Tam Coc Portrait

From a bridge over the Ngô Đồng River, a memorable smile

Today’s ‘Smile of the Day’ winner.


Terraced rice paddies, near Nghia Lo Vietnam

Terraced rice fields near Nghia Lo, Vietnam

Pic du Jour: Pineapple Vendor, Hanoi

Today’s Pic du Jour –the 75th(!) straight since this project was re-inaugurated– features a woman prepping for her morning pineapple sales route, snapped just a few minutes before she sold me my breakfast baggie. This is for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge which asked for illustrations of Street Life. In Hanoi it starts humming at… Continue reading Pic du Jour: Pineapple Vendor, Hanoi

International Women’s Day 2014

Rower on the Ngô Đồng River, northern Vietnam

Rower on the Ngô Đồng River, near the city on Nihn Binh in northern Vietnam. This was taken during an excursion on the  Tam Cốc, or three caves, portion of a popular day trip excursion from Hanoi. Hers was and remains one of the most unforgettable faces and smiles from my visit to Vietnam three-and-a-half… Continue reading International Women’s Day 2014

Women and the Face of Poverty

Today (17 Oct) is the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. If I’d have to put a face on poverty, it would be a woman’s. Much like this one, who I met in Sapa, Vietnam, three years ago this month. Women represent a staggering 70% of the world’s poor, shoulder a disproportionate brunt… Continue reading Women and the Face of Poverty

Agent Orange’s Golden Anniversary, Revisited

That unfortunate anniversary actually came two years ago this month, but I trust you’ll allow me the indulgence of reblogging this to coincide with Agent Orange Awareness Month. It’s a post about my October 2010 visit to the Thanhxuan Peace Village, or Lang Hoa Binh Than Xuan, an orphanage, school and clinic in Hanoi set… Continue reading Agent Orange’s Golden Anniversary, Revisited

Scooters of Hanoi

More photo organizing from last October’s Vietnam trip. There are just over 6 million people in Hanoi and about 4.5 million motorbikes. I didn’t count, but there are probably several 100 of each in the short slide show below. And there’s even a really groovy soundtrack. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/22599197] The Song: Test Drive by Zapac is… Continue reading Scooters of Hanoi

Categorized as Vietnam Tagged

Piran Café in 2010

That’s a boiled dog prepped and ready for sale in a small market in Nanning, China. Apparently, it offended western sensibilities enough to make a related post the most visited on this blog in 2010. Team WordPress sent out a Your 2010 year in blogging report on New Year’s Day, complete with a Blog-Health-o-Meter attached.… Continue reading Piran Café in 2010

17 Hours in Nghia Lo

Here are a few shots taken during a relatively brief stop in Nghia Lo (Nghĩa Lộ) in Vietnam’s Yen Bai Province. I got my first street shave here, too. Nghia Lo is just over 200 kilometers from Hanoi, a leisurely seven-hour trip on a two-lane highway, including plenty of stops. The first two-and-a-half hours meandered… Continue reading 17 Hours in Nghia Lo