Easter(n) Capital

Happy Easter, everyone! I love this time of the year for many reasons: the weather gets warmer, the snow and ice go away, the sun sets later, and the end of the school year gets closer and closer! Which, admittedly, also means report card-writing season is just around the corner. At this time of March […]

Southeast Asia’s Fusion Town

When my sister told me she wanted to go to Luang Prabang in Laos, I have to admit I wasn’t too thrilled about it. I didn’t know much about Laos and didn’t think it was worth the extra effort when there were places that were a lot easier to get to, like Thailand or Singapore. […]

Buddhist Dusk & Barbeque Dinner

I took a walk around my neighbourhood in Thaketa last week, just as the day was nearing its end. There was a pagoda nearby so I checked it out. It’s amazing how strong the influence Buddhism has on everyday Burmese life and culture. I must have passed by three monasteries in the vicinity of the […]

Daily Yangon

I love photographing Yangon. The street life is as vibrant as the backdrop. When golden hour hits, it’s incredibly enchanting. Very appropriate for Burma, where every business is named “Shwe” something, “shwe” meaning “gold”. I just came back from Japan for my first visa run, and talking to friends who were curious about Burma, I […]

This is Burma

“This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about.” Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East (1898) Well, not quite. I know the Philippines. I lived there. It’s a lot like the Philippines. Actually, it’s a lot like many other Southeast Asian countries. It’s as if they all got together and decided that […]

Hit The Kyoto Pavement

Haven’t gotten a chance to update the site much, or to take pictures around Kurume for that matter. It’s been a busy time preparing to leave Japan and move to Myanmar. Good thing I have some photos from my trip to Kyoto in March that I’ve been looking for an excuse to put up! My […]

Hit The Tokyo Pavement

“Immense” is one word I’d use to describe Tokyo. If you go up to one of the many free observation decks in the city, you’ll see a giant metropolis that stretches out literally as far as the eye can see. Take the view from the Empire State Building, or the Eiffel Tower, multiply it many […]

Dazaifu Day

Dazaifu is definitely one of my favourite places in Fukuoka. It’s beautiful, it has a ton of history, and it’s easy to get to from Kurume. I kind of liken it to a tiny Kyoto. It also has the best-designed Starbucks in Japan, a beauty of a store using local wood to help it blend […]

Empty Tenjin

I love the work of French photographer Jean-Michel Berts. He does beautiful black and white fine art photography of different cities around the world. His pictures are distinct because with great timing and technique, he captures light falling on buildings and cityscapes so well. Most of the time, his pictures are also eerily devoid of […]

The World on Two Wheels

Today’s post is all about the bicycle. Why bicycles? For one, it’s a machine that I’ve always loved. My family still remembers me outracing the bigger kids in the neighbourhood…at 5 years old! For two, it’s how I mostly get around Kurume. It’s so fun to bike in Japan because there are very few laws […]

Fukuoka Saturday Scenes

I don’t always get a chance to shoot Fukuoka on Saturdays. Usually I’m still in Kurume doing Kurume stuff. But yesterday I was in the city to have my x100s looked at by the Fuji people at their HQ in Hakata. I’ve been having issues with the on/off switch since a trip to Nagasaki a […]

Morning Walk

My wife and I are about to make a big career decision soon. Naturally, my sleep pattern is kind of out of sync. The other morning I woke up unusually early and went for a walk around the neighbourhood to clear my head a bit. As I mentioned in a previous post, this area is […]