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

The Flower H'mongs bury a village mate. Bac Ha, Vietnam


Posted By Lester V Ledesma

The last few days of the Taoist Hungry Ghosts month saw this Teochew opera troupe waiting for its last curtain call of the season:


And then there was the burning of hell money everywhere. At Newton Circus, a massive paper effigy of the Tai Soo Yah - the hell god - was sent off to the netherworld in spectacular fashion.

Thus ended this year's Hungry Ghosts Festival.

Posted By Lester V Ledesma

Time to offer food and money yet again to this month's hungry ghosts!


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

Managed to photograph a rare performance of Hainanese rod puppets, thanks to some friends at a Chinese marionette theatre enthusiast group. 


The performance was fascinating - and it was so different from the other traditional puppet shows that I've seen here in Singapore. The sight of the old folks scrambling for the coins was especially fun - until it dawned on me that theirs was maybe the last generation to have an emotional attachment to this show.


Being non-Hainanese, I am not sure if children take part in the coin toss. I imagine this must have been a blast for the kids of long ago. If so, these old-timers were probably the same boys and girls chasing after lucky coins, fifty years earlier when it was a much larger affair.


I think if we want performances like these to continue as living traditions, we need to bring the kids along. These days the Hainanese rod puppets are only performed once a year. However, if the children enjoy it they'll remember it - and hopefully they'll want to see it again and again as the years go by.

I'm hoping to catch this show again next year - and next time I'm bringing my daughter along :)



User Profile
Lester V Led...

Recent Entries

You have 968326 hits.