Recalling a visit with Agent Orange’s third generation.
Today’s ‘Smile of the Day’ winner.
A moment of calm before the storm.
Terraced rice fields near Nghia Lo, Vietnam
The vivid memory of this woman’s smile greeted me when I woke up this morning. I have no idea what provoked it but I didn’t fight it. There are worse images that can clutter a mind when one starts the day. The recollection left me no choice but to hunt this photo down and give… Continue reading Breakfast With a Smile, Hanoi
Fisherman on the Ngô Đồng River near Tam Coc, Ninh Bihn Province, Vietnam, October 2010.
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
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
This is recess at a primary and middle school near the village of Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam. A snap of the teacher from this school whose English class I sat it on for a few minutes is here. October 2010
Morning sword dance exercise near Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam. 22 Oct 2010
Suggestion #1: Dump your expectations and stereotypes in the non-recyclables bin before passing through security, and don’t look back.
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
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
How to celebrate 800 posts? “Pictures of large wooden penises,” was the suggestion. “Lots of them.”
These are a few shots I took exactly one year ago today at the Thanhxuan Peace Village, or Lang Hoa Binh Than Xuan, an orphanage, school and clinic in Hanoi set up specifically for victims of Agent Orange. It was also the last time I sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star before an appreciative audience. Fifty… Continue reading Agent Orange’s Golden Anniversary
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
This is a primary school teacher near the village of Mu Cang Chai, posing with her English class, a pic selected today by the travel site Gadling as it Photo of the Day. I enjoy visiting schools whenever the opportunity arises. She asked me to stay awhile, and I did, gladly, to converse for… Continue reading Primary school English class, Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam
The shot above was taken in October at the Thanhxuan Peace Village, a clinic, school and orphanage in Hanoi for victims of Agent Orange. Over the course of nine years, US forces dumped 20 million gallons, or nearly 80 million liters, of Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant containing an especially virulent form of dioxin, on… Continue reading Agent Orange, 35 Years Later
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
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