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:

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Then it was off to Myanmar where I photographed Yangon and Inle:
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Afterwards, I headed off with my PhotoTrekkers to Bhutan where we shot the Punakha Dromche:
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Not bad for the first half of the year, I tell ya:
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Then without further ado, I hied off to Kuala Lumpur to shoot Islamic architecture and hang with Hainanese old-timers:
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A few weeks of rest followed, then I promptly boarded at plane to Hanoi, where I hopped aboard the night train to Sapa Valley:
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... and then I found myself back in Myanmar - whopeee - for the year's second PhotoTrek!
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Philippines next - this time to Coron and Calauit Island:
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Which happened back-to-back with an excursion down south to meet the Manobo tribespeople of Butuan:
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Afterwards I stayed home to spend the Singapore Jubilee weekend with my wife and daughter:
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Needless to say I'm happy with how this year is going.
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A little tired, but yes - very happy :)


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma

I'm not really used to having myself get splashed all over a newspaper front page, but it's nice to get the chance to tell some stories I've never told :

MBulletin
 

You can read the entire web version in the Manila Bulletin online :)


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma

Monks, monks, monks in Yangon... can't get tired of photographing them... :)

Tangon Trio

 


 


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma

yangone
Glad to have finally brought our PhotoTrekkers to Yangon!

No other Southeast Asian city has that blend of innocence and grit, squalor and sheer beauty. Here, serendipity awaits at every corner, as do the deep, dark secrets of its longtime isolation. The more I discover about Yangon, the deeper I want to get into it. Heck, I can shoot this place over and over.

And I will - See you in November, old boy :)


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma

It's been a very interesting week. Started it on Sunday trading water bombs with Burmese folks celebrating Thingyan at a local Singapore temple:

 

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... and while they were basking in the spirit of their water festival, Filipinos a world away marked the start of Holy Week 2014.

 

The climax of this occasion was, of course, today. This morning I photographed penitents in Manila:

 

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Then later this afternoon I covered one of the many Via Crucis processions throughout the city:

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But of course, it's only Friday. There are still two more days to go in this wet, hot, holy week :)

 


 


 
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