This online shoebox contains random pictures, notes, whatever. I've been a professional writer-photographer for so many years now. It's a damn good excuse to carry a camera around.

Posted By Lester V Ledesma

So where do I start? After my wifey's surprise Maldives treat and the Bangkok assignment in January, a few other things happened on the way to today:

There was the run to Phuket and Sukhothai where I covered King Ramkamhaeng's birthday, among other things:


Then it was off to Myanmar where I photographed Yangon and Inle:

Afterwards, I headed off with my PhotoTrekkers to Bhutan where we shot the Punakha Dromche:

Not bad for the first half of the year, I tell ya:

Then without further ado, I hied off to Kuala Lumpur to shoot Islamic architecture and hang with Hainanese old-timers:

A few weeks of rest followed, then I promptly boarded at plane to Hanoi, where I hopped aboard the night train to Sapa Valley:

... and then I found myself back in Myanmar - whopeee - for the year's second PhotoTrek!

Philippines next - this time to Coron and Calauit Island:

Which happened back-to-back with an excursion down south to meet the Manobo tribespeople of Butuan:

Afterwards I stayed home to spend the Singapore Jubilee weekend with my wife and daughter:

Needless to say I'm happy with how this year is going.

A little tired, but yes - very happy :)

Posted By Lester V Ledesma
Nobody smokes more beautifully than this Intha Tribesman from Lake Inle, Myanmar: Cheroot
It was in the midst of the annual Phaung-Daw-Oo festival celebrations when I saw him inside a Buddhist temple with his fellow male elders. They were all sitting on a rug, enjoying a big pile of cheroots (local cigars) while the women prayed to Buddha. I sauntered up to him, and when I raised my camera to take his headshot, he seemed to know the portrait that I had in mind. The man exhaled slowly, a rich cloud of smoke oozing from his mouth. This is one of my favorite headshots ever. And man, that cigar really tasted good. I bought a US$1's worth - that's about 2 dozen cheroots!




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