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

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

Pupps1

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.

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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.

Pupps3

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 :)


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma

Boating, actually.

First to my kickass holiday in Maldives, then to Lanao in the Philippines for a quick cover shoot. Next was Thailand, where I criss-crossed the Mae Nam Chao Phraya on a boat.

Ferry
 

Afterwards, I headed off to Sukhothai in Central Thailand, a place I haven't revisited since '09. That was on two wheels, my favorite mode of transport:

Sukhobike
 

.... and this was only in January. Feb and March have their own stories too... 


 
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

A young lady looks out to sea on the Maldivian island of Maafushi.

Maafushi
 


 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma

Saigon's ancient temples are literally a step back in time. They are some of the last few pockets of peace in the city :)

Cholon
 


 


 
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