Hanoi-Bac Ha-Sapa photosafari Part 2…continuation

Last 2 weeks were eventful ones for me – I changed the most important lenses of my life i.e. I finally had my cataracts removed and have them replaced with monocular lenses. Suddenly the whole world brightened up before me and I (presently) do not need glasses, not even reading ones. I may be exaggerating […]


Hanoi-Bac Ha-Sapa photosafari Part 2

I apologise for the yet again long delay before I share with you Part 2 of the trip i.e. to Bac Ha with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Nikon D800. This is due to the fact that I had to prepare for my talk at Nikon Malaysia's 1st NPS gathering that was held yesterday at […]



Playing with children is my forte given the training that I have gone through. This is the same child I met in Chengdu, China when I was there last year. He was a bit apprehensive when we first met and I soon got him to open up.

Taken at f/1.4 with my Nikon 24mm Aperture […]


By the big, big tree

Again taken during my last teaching photo-safari to Siem Reap. It was an amazing and fascinating sight to see these trees as part of the ruins.

Talking about teaching photo-safari, I am in the mood for some new destinations starting with the Hanoi-Buc Ha-Sapa route (Vietnam) some time in April or May 2012. If you […]


The one chance that got away…

 This issue has been bugging me since my return from my trip to northern Vietnam. It happened while I was at Bac Ha Sunday market.

I met this lady while hanging around the market resting in the shade. She glanced at me and I said to myself, "Wow, what great features she has!". I smiled […]


Day 2 & 3 – Part 1 Sapa market

 Sapa is higher up in the mountains and hence is cooler with the weather more unpredictable. It may be cold and misty one minute and hot and sunny the very next. Our guide warned us that we may experience the 4 seasons in one day. How true.

We left Bac Ha after lunch. Bac Ha […]


Day 2 – Bac Ha Sunday market

 The 10-hour train ride was on the whole comfortable enough. Many of us were woken up intermittently throughout the journey and the hesitant brakes didn’t help. Imagine a brake system that appeared to fail initially and suddenly decided to work. That was how jerky it was at certain stops along the way. Even then we […]


Day 1 – Hanoi to Bac Ha

 Our first day’s plan was to arrive at Hanoi, freshen up and have dinner followed by taking the 10-hour train ride in a sleeping cabin to Lao Cai. Lao Cai is the end of the line in northern Vietnam and is the border town between Vietnam and China.

We boarded the plane from KLIA (Kuala […]