Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Yangon 2020



With so many things happened in 2019 I knew I wanted to close the year and start all over again fresh and brand new in a quiet place. Yangon then came into my mind. I’ve been to Myanmar few times ( even celebrated New Year once in Bagan ) but I haven’t really spent some time in Yangon. So I booked my flight ticket and accommodation, extremely happy and grateful to celebrate love, dream bigger, and begin again in one of my favorite places on earth. Landed in Yangon in the morning, I started to notice few changes not only in the airport but also in the city center. My first stop later in the afternoon: Yangon Station then take the circular train. Only 200 kyat, definitely the best way to explore the city. And if you love photography or people-watching like me, well this train is the perfect spot to hunt portraits. There’s just so much lives and colors! I spent around three hours filming, taking pictures, appreciating the little things in life that sometimes I take for granted. Sitting on a crowded train watching kids laughing, couples in love, father and son hugging, young girls listening to the music, people struggling to make ends meet…I am just so humbled and grateful for the way Myanmar reminds me again of what truly matters in life. These guys probably don’t have much but from the way they smile at you and treat others, you can tell how much they enjoy and appreciate life. On the last day of 2019 I received so much love, strength, inspiration, kindness, happiness, hope, and peace.










Thursday, December 19, 2019

Hanoi: Celebrating The Simple Joys in Life

There’s a beauty and joy I can’t even explain with words when I step into a new place or revisit some of my old favorites. If you’ve been to Hanoi before, you probably know how crazy hectic this city. Motorcycles, traffic, buses, backpackers, street food, happiness, and many more. It’s chaotic and sweet in the same time. What I love most about going back to Vietnam, this country never fails to give me a sweet, simple joy. From a cup of egg coffee, a bowl of bun cha, to random conversations with strangers on the street. Life can be brutally hard out there but if you just appreciate the little things and be grateful for what you have…it isn’t so bad. When I sit in a small cafĂ©, sipping my coffee, surrounded by beautiful people who speak different language then suddenly my world isn’t so small anymore. It’s colourful, vibrant, full of love, blessings, and hope. I just feel at peace with where and who I am right now, where I was and where I am going next. There’s no need to rush, everything has its own time.

























Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Amsterdam


How I wish I was in Amsterdam right now but looking at these old pictures I took probably in 2016 make me happy enough just to remember how much fun I had exploring Amsterdam for the very first time. From hunting the best cheese, poffertjes, Indonesian food ( you can take the girl out of Indonesia but not the Indonesia out of the girl ) to day trip to Leiden and Haarlem, it’s just hard not to fall in love with the Netherlands. I certainly hope to return to Amsterdam someday and continue exploring this beautiful country.