Varanasi is a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C.E. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws pilgrims who bathe in the River Ganges’ sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along its winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated …
Shooting machine guns in Vietnam – out of Saigon.
Hotel Room, Manila 1995
You eat with your hands and on banana leaves, but it was exciting.
On the banks of the river Ganges is the fantastic Trayambakeshwar temple located.
An old woman selling food in Vietnam.
A Buddha sitting peacefully in a cave for a couple of centuries. Shot in Vietnam in 2008.
Squatters in Vietnam occupy some unused land in Northern Vietnam.
Vietnam has some wildly beautiful nature, from the yellow terraces in harvesting season of the North stretching to central highland or the fascinating bustles of the Mekong Delta in the South. We did some jungle trekking and mountain hiking, which was brutally exhausting since there was not a path. The view was rewarding then however.
The UH-1 Huey became the symbol of American involvement in the Vietnam War. Photos is taken War Museum Saigon, Vietnam.
A kitchen in a Nothern Vietnamese Hut – including the inevitable puppy (added for commercial purposes).
From Wikipedia: Since the 1980s, some women from Vietnam have become victims of kidnapping, the bride-buying trade, and human trafficking and prostitution in China.,Taiwan, South Korea, and in the cases of human trafficking, prostitution and sexual slavery, Cambodia. The present-day struggle of the Vietnamese female victims of “bride-brokers” can be summarized by the larger-than-life poem …
Shot back in 2006, Vietnam is a great country.
Buddhism in Vietnam as practiced by the ethnic Vietnamese is mainly of the Mahāyāna tradition. Buddhism may have first come to Vietnam as early as the 3rd or 2nd century BC from South Asia, or from China in the 1st or 2nd century AD. Vietnamese Buddhism has had a symbiotic relationship with Taoism, Chinese spirituality, …
2006, it seems I was bored.
Photo was taken 2006 on a business trip.
This is the port of Mandalay in 2001. Mandalay is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Burma. Located 445 miles (716 km) north of Yangon on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, the city has a population of one million, and is the capital of Mandalay Region. Mandalay is the economic …
I forgot the name of that temple in Delhi. Picture was taken 2008.
Some Indians joke around with poor tourists (me) in Delhio’s Purana Qila.
That is the bridge called Lakshman Jhula. It is said that Lakshmana crossed Ganges on jute ropes between the place where this bridge is built. Lakshman Jhula was built in 1939. There are spectacular views from the bridge.
From Wikipedia: Purana Qila (Hindi: पुराना क़िला, Urdu: پُرانا قلعہ, translation: Old Fort), is the oldest fort among all forts in Delhi and, the oldest known structure of any type in Delhi. It was re built by the Afghan king Sher Shah Suri, on the same site, which was perhaps the site of Indraprastha, believed …
Taken somewhere between Rishikesh and Delhi on a really long car drive.
Delhi 2008. It is estimated that more than 400,000 street children in India exist. Mainly because of family conflict, they come to live on the streets and take on the full responsibilities of caring for themselves, including working to provide for and protecting themselves. Though street children do sometimes band together for greater security, they …
Somewhere between Rishikesh and Delhi.
The Rickshaw is the world’s oldest form of wheeled transportation and in India today Rickshaws are still a major method of taxi style transportation for people taking short journeys. Multitudes ride them to and from work. Business people going to appointments use them. Women travel on them for shopping and children going to and from …
Taken in Rishikesh, India. Snake charming is the practice of pretending to hypnotise a snake by playing an instrument called pungi. A typical performance may also include handling the snakes or performing other seemingly dangerous acts, as well as other street performance staples, like juggling and sleight of hand. The practice is most common in …
The Bahai house of worship. Architecturally is a cross between the modern Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool and the Sydney Opera House, with a lotus leaf design surrounded by turquoise pools. The Bahai religion is based upon universal peace and elimination of prejudice, their devotees staff the place and help orient you round, offering leaflets explaining …
This is when I visited my dear friend Paula Yayha back in 2006.
This is 2006 in Bangkok – we tried some of this specialities. However its so long time ago I don’t remember. Thanks.
Rishikesh is the Gateway to the Himalayas and its nice! I recommend everyone to go there – even the Beatles did in the 60ies.
Still trying to find paradise.
This time: Indonesia – long distance train service.
A guy I came across in Mumbai, he did not become my friend however.
Ho Chi Ming is omnipresent. Taken in Hochiminh City.
This water buffalo photo shows an asian water buffalo, found in Vietnam. I heard they produce some great water buffalo milk, water buffalo yogurt and even water buffalo mozzarella!
Life was fun in my 20ies. Half a year studying at university and half a year travelling through the world. The picture was taken in 1993.
A random pick – on a business trip in 2006. Traffic Conditions and transport are even worse than in the UK (I know).
Taken in Sumatra, Indonesia. Driftwood can be used as part of decorative furniture or other art forms, and is a popular element in the scenery of fish tanks.
Sikh religion considers the beard to be part of the nobility and dignity of their manhood. Sikhs also refrain from cutting their hair and beards out of respect for the God-given form. Alright – let your manhood grow! British people [and the british army] are highly indebted and obliged to Sikhs for a long time. …
Indian actuation of a Ferris Wheel – and a rather human manual actuation. Near Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India.
Streets over Streets
Ho Chi Minh died on the morning of 2 September 1969, at his home in Hanoi at age 79 from heart failure. In Vietnam today, he is regarded by the Communist government with god-like status in a nationwide personality cult, even though the government has abandoned most of his economic policies since the mid-1980s. He is still …
Puppies being sold on a busy street in Saigon, Vietnam.
Barber in Vietnam.
A candle throws its light into the darkness In a nasty world,so shines the good deed Make sure the fortune, that you seek Is the fortune you need. Taken in Borobudur.
Slaved into brittle and worked for a lifetime Shaved into rhythm to die on duty The Death of A Workhorse (obituary archives)
Back to somewhere back to anywhere – time has no meaning. I go with you Taken in Sumatra, Indonesia.
This one was shot from my hotel room. There’s not much room in Hong Kong…
Purple Lotus flowers to be found in Vietnam. It grows in the deep mud, far away from the sun. But, sooner or later, the Lotus reaches the light becoming the most beautiful flower. The meanings of Lotus flowers are different across the cultures of the world. The Lotus can be associated with the soul of the humans or …
Snake charming is the practice of pretending to hypnotise a snake by playing an instrument. The snake charmers typically stitch closed the mouth of their performing snakes, leaving just enough opening for the animal to be able to move its tongue in and out. The downside for the snakes is that they soon die of …
This guy drove us insane by following us in Delhi India for one hour. Talking to him did not really help – all we got was insane staring to an unbearable extent. We escaped by jumping into a taxi. Can you feel the crazy eyes?
Jama Masjid in Delhi is the largest mosque in India. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers. The image was taken before a thunder storm.
This landscape pic was taken near Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India in HDR.
We all know how to lay around and waste time – but can we relax and enjoy the nothingness? Doing nothing can be even hard work sometimes. But I believe we all need to apply more methods to relax like these stress-reducing techniques shown on the picture. So? Do nothing!
An unforgettable night with this Indonesian band in Jakarta. They were the exact opposite to rock’n roll but good.
Beautiful flower pics: purple flowers of the rice to be found in Vietnam. I don’t know what they are called but I watched a guy picking them from a rice field hence I call them rice flowers.
The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues (and lots of stupas) Approximately 40 kilometers northwest of Yogyakarta, Borobudur is located in an elevated area between two twin volcanoes, Sundoro–Sumbing and Merbabu–Merapi. The construction has been estimated to have taken 75 years. Just a great place!
These freshly graduated girls begged me to takes picture of them so I did.
Where can you find love in Bangkok these days? Btw, this is not an asianporn / asiansex site.
This guy is clearly practicising third eye meditation in his car. He’s observing in that moment chakras and auras. It’s time for awakening you third eye now.
1 night in china at a posh bar in Shanghai. Forgot the name of the bar – but it’s a common hangout for expats.
Taken in Bangkok. To watch the fight is much fun – lots of shouting and betting. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science Of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” …
Cao Đài (道高台) is a syncretistic, monotheistic religion, officially established Vietnam, in 1926. Roughly 3 millions are following. Cao Dai says there are 36 levels of heaven and 72 planets harboring intelligent life, with number one being the closest to heaven and 72 nearest to Hell. Earth is number 68. It is said that even the lowest citizen on planet …
Bangkok, Thailand – some soldiers hanging out and having fun. Joe is out of school didnt fucking ask for much couldnt get a job the marines his last hope down at the frontline with a gun not a toy killing many men not asking what for Joes family the comrads next to him die one …
Photo of myself in Singapore in 2006. Taken by a smart salesman.
Amazingly poor work environment and working conditions in this sweatshop in India. I wonder what’s the average weekly pay? Accidentally came across workshop in New Dehli’s old city in 2006.
Been there many time in my 20ties in the 90ties as a backpacker. This place changed quite a bit towards mass tourism and entertainment. E.g. you can find a Burger King there now etc.
If you manage to squeeze yourself into that cave you get to a really nice cave full of Buddhas and stuff. Great travel experience. Bit like this one.
My trip was horrible. The plane was struck by lightning which considerably delayed the scheduled arrival time!