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Image Flashback 2011

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Lagen Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
A Sobering Reflection at Year's End


This is a meditative day


Make Packing for Your Flight a Breeze

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Mini beach, far offshore from Nha Trang beach, Vietnam
How can you say no to the tropical breeze at this time of the year?


I can not believe it is that time again. The year-end and New Year's holidays are fast approaching. But it can be so confusing for what personal belongings one who wants to bring before heading to the airports

Prasat Preah Vihear Area to be Demilitarized

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The Cambodian-Thai border dispute began in 2008 as the latest round of a century-long between the two involving the area surrounding the 11th-century temple (named Khao Phra Wihan in Sisaket Province, Thailand and/or Prasat Preah Vihear in Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia)


Temple troops to be withdrawn

Soothing Blend of Colonial and Royal Thai

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I stayed at this finest hotel in Chiang Mai, now placed 7th on the "world best hotel" list of 2011 and it was the only hotel in Southeast Asia to figure among the top ten

Le Méridien Chiang Mai

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I stayed at this interesting themed city hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand, twice in six years time. First time was during its pre-opening venue!

Vietnam Domestic Airfare to Hike Again

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Đà Nẵng Airport


National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines said it will raise airfare for its domestic routes starting on December 15

Dry Winds Trigger Red-Flag Warning in L.A.

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The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning in the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Tuesday afternoon, and northeast winds are expected to reach 25 to 40 mph with the possibility of 60 mph gusts.

Japanese Influence in Taiwan

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Xin Beitou, Taiwan


A notable Japanese influence exists due to the period when Taiwan was under Japanese rule.

Highway Slides into Ocean after Storm

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California Coastline


Heavy rain in southern California has caused a huge portion of a road to collapse into the sea, leaving a gaping hole in the side of a cliff.

Hyatt Regency Saujana Kuala Lumpur 1/2

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Taking its name from an old Malay expression "sejauh di sana" meaning, in English, Saujana means "as far as the eye can see"

Hyatt Regency Saujana Kuala Lumpur 2/2

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WillKat Opt for Kensington Palace

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The Duke and Duchess will be moving into Kensington Palace


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to make Kensington Palace their family home after the Queen personally intervened to enable them to live in Princess Margaret’s former apartment.

Destructive Flooding Puts Southeast Asia at Risk

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Nakhon Ratchasima, a city (thesaban nakhon) in the north-east (Isan) of Thailand and gateway to Isan


Sixty of Thailand's seventy seven provinces have been affected by floods and mudslides over the past two months. Thirty provinces are currently curtently deluged and Chiang Mai, one of the largest cities was being prepared for evacuation (at the time of this writing).

Typhoon vs Hurricane

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The 18th typhoon alert in Asia this Summer on September 28, 2011

Maximum Alert on Guatemala

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Façade: my first impressions of Central America!


Roads in Guatemala City and dirt roads in the mountains continue to deteriorate with the torrential rains.

Siri Says

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The iPhone 4S personal assistant application, Siri, not only talks back with humor and wins your heart, too

Day 15: Hanoi Vietnam

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5/4/2009, Vietnam




The Hồ Chí Minh Mausoleum (Vietnamese:
Lăng Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh)

Thanksgiving Airfares Soaring

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Going home for Thanksgiving?


You will be so surprised when booking your flights for the upcoming holiday season.

High Radiation Reading in Setagaya

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My personal view on nuclear power plants (on the geographic magazine assignments photography)


Japanese TV stations reported that Tokyo Setagaya Ward 6 in the volume of residential sidewalk near the string measure up to one hour 3.35 (10/13/2011 updated) instead of 2.707 micro on 10/12/2011. Sever levels of radiation.


東京都世田谷区の高放射線量

東京都世田谷区弦巻5丁目の区道で高い 射 線量が検出された問題で、同区は13日午後 、改めて測定結果を 公表する。12日までに毎時約2.7マイクロシーベルトが確認されたが、13日午前の専門業者 による測定ではさらに高 い3.35マイクロシーベルトを検出。区は原因の特定と除染を急ぐ考 えだ。

Day 14: PM Bac Ha Vietnam

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5/3/2009, Vietnam




Changes Under the Hood

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image: desktroy.com


The iPhone 4 drops to $99 for the 8GB version while the iPhone 4S is featured at higher price points for their 16GB/32GB/64GB models.

Day 14: AM Sapa Vietnam

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This photo by Ryan


Lao Cai is a town (where I am standing) in northern Vietnam. It is on the border with China, adjacent to Hekou (city right behind my back across the river in the picture).

Belly Up Flying

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City aerial at late night

The serious incident on the Air Nippon flight appears to have been caused by the co-pilot flipping the wrong switch to unlock the cockpit door to allow the aircraft captain to return after he had used the bathroom causing the plane to dive and fly almost belly-up, according to the Japan Transport Safety Board 

Day 13: Sapa Vietnam

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5/2/2009, Vietnam (captions added)



Panting and sweating (around 100°F or 40°C,) as we were finally aboard the overnight express and settling into our air-conditioned deluxe cabin with four bunks. The eight and a half hours' train journey from Hanoi to Lao Cai just about to set off.

Day 12: Ha Long Bay Vietnam

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5/1/2009, Vietnam



Nuclear Explosion in France

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My personal view on nuclear power plants (on the geographic magazine assignments photography)


At this moment, it's hard to tell how big this story is.
One person was killed in the blast and four injured at a nuclear waste processing plant in southern France.

Season of Transition

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Color-blocking has permeated menswear as well in 2011


Look at all sides of a situation instead of focusing on immediate needs while destiny is at work in life.

Day 11: Ha Long Bay Vietnam

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4/30/2009, Vietnam



Day 10: Hanoi Vietnam

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4/29/2009, Vietnam




Exploring 1,000-year-old Hanoi in three days

Day 9: Quang Binh Vietnam

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4/28/2009, Vietnam




Phong Nha - Kẻ Bàng National Park

Day 8: PM Huế Vietnam

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4/27/2009, Vietnam




The Truong Tien brigde crossing the Perfume river is a symbol of Hue city

Day 8: AM Museum of Cham Sculpture

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4/27/2009, Vietnam




NHA - DAD


芽莊 - 峴港

No Smoking Zone

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Hooka (Shisha), picture taken at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, 2004


I am a nonsmoker. And I hate it when people smoke around me without showing concern

Beauty of Desert Biome 1/4

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Desert Biome in California, U.S.A.
The desert has very little rainfall, less than 0.79 inches (2 centimeters) per year. It supports little life. The life that is present in the desert has adapted to conserve water. The plants have tough, waxy coatings, such as the cacti, with thick leaves to store water.

Beauty of Desert Biome 2/4

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Desert Biome in California, U.S.A.

Edsa and Makati Shangri-La Hotels Manila

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I had been frequently staying at these hotels whenever I visited Manila for work since 2004. Both Edsa Shangri-La and its sister Makati Shangri-La Hotels

Beauty of Desert Biome 3/4

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Desert Biome in California, U.S.A.

Beauty of Desert Biome 4/4

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Desert Biome in California, U.S.A.

Easy like Sunday Morning

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6/20/2011


I need coffee to wake me up every morning
All photos by cellphone


Waking up naturally at 6:44 AM. With scents of coffee and coulommiers mingling and chatting in the house. Guten Morgen!

You Won't Find Me on Facebook

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Image du jour by cellphone on 6/13/2011
With the daily self-portrait posted, never have to worry I might vanish in the sea of network world completely


Drift netting is just not my style of social networking.

Recycled 747 Airplane House Completed

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image: studioea.com


Wing House in Malibu, California is a luxurious new home with views of the Malibu mountains, the Pacific Ocean and the islands in the distance.


Candle Festival in Ubon Ratchathani

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Candle Festival Parade in Ubon Ratchathani, Northeast Thailand


烏汶蠟燭節

泰國東北
Don Schumann

Ice Cream Cone

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Enjoying ice cream cone at SM Mall of Asia, Manila, Philippines


1904 The ice cream cone is introduced, at the St. Louis World's Fair, Louisiana Purchase Exposition

Sprouts Appear to be E. Coli Culprit

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Hessen, Germany


German health officials said they had finally determined the source of the outbreak, which began in early May. Interviews with patients, restaurants and suppliers allowed investigators to whittle their list of suspects down to bean sprouts grown on an organic farm in Lower Saxony, near the village of Bienenbuettel

Long-Separated Place

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Photo by Cellphone


I look about the house I left 6 months ago, freshly aware of the roomy four-bedroom of a space that for the 18 years of being my Taiwan's home-base (of course, whenever I am not roaming between any hotels or other oversea residences ) I had taken for granted.


Hotels in Putrajaya

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Putrajaya is a planned city, located south of Kuala Lumpur, that serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia.

太子城是一個重新規劃的城市,位在吉隆坡的南方,是馬來西亞聯邦的行政中心。

Airlines Make Billions Charging for Bags, Food, Movies

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Ancillary Revenue reported by airlines grew to €15.11 billion ($21.46 billion) in 2010 and has almost doubled since 2008

Picturesque Village Sapa Vietnam

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There is my new airlines' in-flight magazine featured article in June 2010 May 2011 issue, with the hidden town in Vietnam's northern highland region, Sapa incisive reportage

Fish Feeding or Hunting?

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El Nido, one of the best dive sites for underwater adventures


Fish feeding or hunting by hands?


Myth of Turning Muscle into Fat

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Modeling by "188" Rake, location at Bohol Beach


People often worry that once they stop regularly working out, their muscle will become fat. Is this just paranoia or spot-on?