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…is my fourth high key photo and was shot from a water bus about to pass underneath the bridge (I don’t know the name of the bridge. Could be the Memorial Bridge which was completed in 1932 and in the first bridge to cross the Chao Phraya River?)
The Chao Phraya river flows through Bangkok and has an extensive water transport system serving passengers crossing or travelling along the river as well as certain canals. The water bus is one of the modes of transportation for a city that is notorious for its traffic jams (but I’ve never experienced any traffic jam on the river).
The water bus is the service provided by Chao Phraya Express Boat Company and it is one of the cheapest and nicest way to see Bangkok. Some western travellers I’ve met have experienced this 'Bangkok Tour' with me as I do like to share my experience with people. The price? A good conversation.
water bus to Nonthaburi (Pier 30), the province immediately to the north of Bangkok. There, we would walk about 500 meters to a wet market selling food products, cooked and uncooked where we would sample some of the food there, with me sharing what I know about the food.
After we are done, we would go back to the pier and take the river bus to Saphan Taksin (Pier 1).
On the way to Nonthaburi, had we sat on the right side of the boat, on the way back, we would also sit on the right side of the boat. Then we get to see life on both banks of the river including seeing little boats pulling up to five large barges full of goods.
Once we get to the Saphan Taksin Pier, we would go to the BTS station (BTS or the Skytrain is an elevated rapid transit system in Bangkok) and our destination is Siam Station (largest and busiest station on the BTS) which is situated in the heart of Bangkok shopping district.
There, we would go to the Siam Paragon Mall which is one of the largest malls in Thailand. At the lower ground floor of the mall is the food supermarket and one of the products sold there is a good range of Thai sweets and delicacies. As they give free samples, we get to try more Thai food (but this time it’s free).
When done, we would get out and go to the bus stops across the street where we would take bus #15 to go back to area around tourist area Khaosan Road.
So, to summarize: People who came on my 'Bangkok Tour' get to see three sides of Bangkok and use three different modes of transport with the most expensive mode being the skytrain.

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… was shot at McLeod Ganj, home of Dalai Lama.
I first came here in the middle of 2009, about four weeks after I left Varanasi where I endured a month of heat. In fact, every day I was there, the high for the temperature was above 45°C. I kept staying because, “If 1.5 million Indians who stay here can handle this heat, so could I.” I am from Malaysia where the temperature would never go over 38°C but I’m just a stubborn person who chooses what to give up and running away from Varanasi wasn’t one of them.
When I was in Varanasi, I saw and felt the Hindu faith. I wanted to feel faith again and that was what that brought me to McLeod Ganj, to see and feel the faith of Tibetan Buddhism.
I didn’t stay at McLeod Ganj but a village about 2.5 kilometres away called Bhagsu. Why? Higher altitude and a lot cheaper.
I thought I would stay there for about a month and move on to see other parts of India but I ended up staying 3.5 months there and used up my Indian visa.
I have been there 4 more times spending about 15 months there in total. But, on my last trip there in 2016, when I left, I told myself that I would never come back.
When I first started travelling in 2008, I met a seasoned traveler who told me he would never go again to a place I wanted to visit. When I asked why, his response was, “Because I wanted to remember the place the way it was.”
Same case for me with Bhagsu and quite a few other places in other countries.

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I really hope that I could back to Nepal early next year, if everything permits.
Being there between January and April is like being outdoor in air conditioning. Not too cold and definitely not hot.
It will be my 7th trip to my favourite country to visit where in the first 6 visits, I have spent more than 1.5 years in total. Nepal is a country that has taught me a lot, especially patience.
How do you get better at anything? Practice. Practice. Practice.


ps: As usual, I am pushing my ONLY gallery called WHY NOT???
The obsessively chosen and truly excellent photos there are attention catching, nicely framed, aesthetically pleasing, sharp and clean portraits of children from all over the world.
Please visit the gallery and enjoy.

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... but this time in Kolkata, India.
When I first went to India in March 2009, due to cheap flight from Bangkok, the first city I went to was Kolkata. Interestingly, the city really prepared me for what India has to offer. This is how I would describe India:

"India, either you love it or you hate it but you would never be indifferent to it."

When I was in Kolkata, I met many western tourists who would say, "I can never take the rickshaw. I cannot be sitting and having another human being pull me. I cannot do that to another person."
I would reply, "If you don't take the rickshaw, then they cannot make a living. However little money they get, they need to work for a living! Hardly any welfare or unemployment benefits here!!!"

ps: As usual, I am pushing my ONLY gallery called WHY NOT???
The obsessively chosen and truly excellent photos there are attention catching, nicely framed, aesthetically pleasing, sharp and clean portraits of children from all over the world.
Please visit the gallery and enjoy.

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… is uncropped and in very high key.
When I over processed the photo shown in the first comment, I copied the settings to this photo. I like it.
Out of the places I have been to, Pokhara, which is in Nepal is my #1 favourite place. I have been there five times and have spent nearly a year in total there. I hope to spend more time there in the future. I am aiming to go there again in early January 2021, if Covid-19 permits.

ps: As usual, I am pushing my ONLY gallery called WHY NOT???
The obsessively chosen and truly excellent photos there are attention catching, nicely framed, aesthetically pleasing, sharp and clean portraits of children from all over the world.
Please visit the gallery and enjoy.

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