Female butchers of Saigon

[Female butchers of Saigon – a photo essay by Tanya Olander from Somewhere in Saigon.] This time last year I would’ve been hard pressed to tell you what it is exactly that fascinates me about the female butchers in Saigon (and throughout Vietnam in general). Up until then, I’d actually never even realized that I […]

Thien Hau Temple, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

The Pagoda of the Lady Thien Hau is a temple located in the Cho Lon (Chinatown) area of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The temple is dedicated to Thiên Hậu, the Lady of the Sea. Thien Hau Temple Map and Location Thien Hau Temple, 710 Nguyen Trai, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Advertising signs in Hong Kong

[Nathan Road in Kowloon, Hong Kong] One of my favourite aspects of the Hong Kong urban landscape are these giant advertising signs that hang over roads. Hong Kong Travel Resources Hong Kong travel guide. Hong Kong hotels – First time to Hong Kong? Find out where to stay in Hong Kong. Hong Kong photo gallery.

Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

Saigon is collecting a fair selection of rooftop bars, and one of the best views of the city can be found at OMG, next to the Ben Thanh Market. Get here around 5pm for happy hour and you can watch the skyline light up as the evening approaches. It’s also a good spot to do […]

Metro construction, Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam

I took this photo as a historical reference to the changing face of Ho Chi Minh City. The city is finally getting a sorely needed metro system and there are numerous blocks in district 1 that are now boarded up in preparation for construction. The building in the foreground is the Saigon Tax Trade Centre; […]

Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, Java – Indonesia

[Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park in East Java, Indonesia.] Like most visitors to Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park (more commonly called Bromo) I arrived to my guest house in the evening without having seen the park. The tour begins with a jeep ride in the morning darkness to the crater rim, arriving in time for the sun rise. As […]

In Pictures: Kota (Old Jakarta)

Kota (Old Jakarta) is the area around the old port area of Jakarta. [Remnants of Old Jakarta] The remaining heritage buildings here are remnants from the Dutch colonial era when the city was known as Batavia. [Jakarta History Museum] Like seemingly every big colonial city in the region Batavia was an “x of the east” […]

In Pictures: Penang through a pinhole

Penang is a place that I return to at least once a year, usually as a visa run from Thailand. I call visa runs to Penang food runs, as one of my main motivations to come here is to eat the food that Penang is famous for. I also love just wandering around the World […]

In Pictures: Ho Chi Minh City – 30 Instagram photos in 30 days

I have become quite a fan of using Instagram to record daily observations and follow friends and other interesting photographers. I resisted joining at first, dismissing it as yet another social media platform that will eat into my work day. However after Instagram was acquired by Facebook for one billion dollars I joined up just […]

Love padlocks, Ljubljana – Slovenia

[Love padlocks on a bridge, Ljubljana – Slovenia] While travelling around Europe I have noticed more cities that have love padlock bridges, such as this one in Ljubljana. I first saw this phenomenon on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, though the origin of this tradition is unknown. I wonder if the couple who first locked […]