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

Singaporeans regard Tanjung Pinang, the capital of Bintan Island, as the gritty city that they need to get through on the way to a squeaky-clean beach resort. They're missing a lot.






Located two hours away by ferry, this city once hosted the Malay empire's seat of government, before the Dutch and the British arrived to dismember it.


Traditional culture remains strong; Locals at Penyengat Island (off the coast) indulge in a game of sepak takraw in front of the ancient Raya Mosque.




Sunset at Jalan Merdeka, where the seaside promenade becomes host to a bustling night food market.



Early morning finds rowboats ferrying folks from the nearby kampung air  - water villages on stilts - to shore.


A familiar scene anywhere: a kids runs after resident pigeons, this time at a local Buddhist temple serving the city's large Chinese population.


Just a two-hour ferry ride from Singapore, Tanjung Pinang is an easy getaway from the sterile, hectic Lion City.

Posted By Lester V Ledesma
Water taxis easily outnumber their four-wheeled counterparts in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei:


They say this nation's land taxi fleet numbers only at around 40 vehicles. This oil-rich nation is so affluent that everyone can afford to buy their own cars :)




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