No one's fool
This woman strikes me as
nobody's fool. She seems shrewd by the way she observes the object of attention
to her right.. I can imagine her being a tough bargainer in her business and how
she might prefer to keep her own counsel.
A sly smile purses her
What, I wonder, is she
Friends sitting on a
bench by Hoan Kiem Lake in Ha Noi, Vietnam
It's mid-morning in
Ha Noi, Vietnam, and
these two friends are sharing a park bench. The older of the two has his pack of
cigarettes and lighter, the younger, his daily newspaper.
The man in the white jacket
seems to be explaining something, while the other man listens intently.
What are they
Is it wisdom or a piece of
advice the older man is sharing? Or is he explaining a recipe with the thickness
of the rice noodle and how one can tell when it's ready to serve. Or perhaps
it's a family matter, or a financial consideration.
I always wonder about these
A man looks at us
This man was alive during
the Vietnam war, or as it's called there, the American war.
This war followed the
French war, the Chinese war and the Russian war. Seems this country has always
been fighting some invader or another
What is his perspective?
How does he view the world? Did any of his hopes and dreams from his youth come
He still wears a dusty suit
coat as he walks about the capitol city.
The adorable fresh faces
Chinese children are
eager to engage. Once the camera came out, they all huddled together to get into
the photo frame, with one young boy in the orange mask raising his arm making
sure to be noticed.
The youth are our future.
What are they thinking?
What kind of family life do they have? What dreams do they hold?
French beret'd Pals
Here are two more
on a chilly morning, wearing their berets for warmth. The French left much
influence here as evidenced by these hats, the baguettes found on every street
corner and the subtleties in the Vietnamese fusion food.
These men were open and
friendly to us as we snapped their photo.
propaganda was being played from the loud speakers which were dotted throughout
A parade in Jinghong,
While we were in
there was a cultural parade with thousands of Chinese taking part. Members of
the various hill tribes came down in their finery on full display.
This woman doesn't look
particularly happy and anything could be the reason. Her feet could be hurting,
she might be too warm in the sun or perhaps she has a sick child, or had an
argument with her husband or mother-in-law that morning.
But participate in the
parade she would, regardless of the look on her face.
Young Thai Beauties
Thailand is the
Land of Smiles. These young and very social Thai women love to have their photo
taken, so when Billy proposed the idea, they quickly grouped together in
formation and offered radiant smiles.
Their homes are not nearly
as opulent as our Western tastes would dictate, but you would never know by
looking at them, and their clean, stylish appearance.
Two young girls at a
hill tribe gathering
You can already see the
woman in the face of the young girl at the forefront here. Her mind is quick as
is noticed by her bright eyes and the hint of a frown on her forehead.
We drove in the back of a
pickup truck to this
hill tribe location where there was a feast going on. We were offered food
and drink, and the young ones were trying to figure us out and why we were
Our clothes and language
did not match those of their village.
Who were these
A village metal worker
outside Luang Prabang, Laos
This man was pounding US
steel over some
unexploded ordnance in order to fashion a knife. He is intent on his work,
as you can see here, and the slight smile is because we were taking his photo.
He is proud of his work.
At this point, a woman was
pedaling a funnel of air over a handmade forge (while she was embroidering),
another man was holding the red hot steel, while this man pounded the piece into
At market in
Hoi An, Vietnam
This woman looks as though
she is going through the rhyme "He loves me, he loves me not" while pulling
petals off this sunny flower. I doubt that's the case, but I do wonder what she
is thinking about.
Manicured nails, beautiful
skin, long shiny black hair tied in the back, wearing the native conical hats
called non la and a beautiful blouse.
A seaside vendor in Hoi
We were at the beach in Hoi
An one day, and over a short period of time, 3 female vendors came up to our
beach chairs in the sun.
One was a young woman who
was beautiful, engaging, and offered to give us a foot massage for a good price.
The woman above came by and sat in the shade of our umbrella and simply watched,
listened and smiled.
A third woman, older than
the first and younger than the woman above, stopped by, crouched into the beach
sand and began berating the young woman who was giving us a massage.
"These people should just
give you money. Why are you working for it? Can't you see they are rich?
What are you doing?"
On and on she went, making
the young masseuse nervous and self-conscious. Her pained eyes darted to us over
and over, but she continued her excellent quality massage.
This older woman listened,
noted what was going on, but remained silent. She communicated to us via her
smile and kind eyes. She had seen a lot in her time on this earth, including the
wars her country has been in. Who knows what she had been through?
It seemed that she chose a
different path than the acerbic woman - A path of acceptance, forgiveness,
benevolence, good will, and decency. She did not have the bitterness nor the
emotional burden of the woman who who was cussing and scolding the masseuse for
I love the peace written on
And I'll never forget her.
Living an uncomplicated
This Laotian woman is
simply dressed in her stained sweater and hat. We saw many of these village
women when we traveled to
There is a sparkle in her
eyes and it's a boon that she still has many of her own teeth. Free or
affordable dental care is so needed in these impoverished areas.
As always, I wonder what
fills her mind and how she sees the world.
Another Laotian face
This woman has such natural
beauty - smooth skin, white teeth, high cheekbones and glittering eyes.
Does she not look friendly
With people such as this
woman, communication goes beyond language.
I wonder what she is doing
A "Stylin' " young
It's wonderful to see the
youth when we travel the world. Such freshness, such willingness to adorn
themselves in something new and contemporary in order to express who they are as
This young man is healthy
and strong with his whole future ahead of him.
Another gracious Thai
This young woman, with the
behind her, smiles for our camera.
I wonder where she is
today? Does she have a family? Did she graduate from college? Did she ever leave
her home town and venture out into the world at large?
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