My first time setting foot in Hong Kong, a land of rude awakening, literally. Barely a day into this short 5-days trip, I developed a somewhat discomforting knot in my stomach. This trip coincided with the aftermath of Typhoon Hato; in fact, I arrived just about 5 days after the natural disaster subsided.
Spending a short one week summer in Helsinki was an exciting experience as it was my first time visiting a Scandinavian country. Much of the excitement stemmed from the many things I've read and seen in media about the culture, climate, education and economic prowess of the Nordic countries.
Unfortunately, it was a really short stay but it was indeed an exhilarating opportunity to explore the visual makeup of the bustling central business district and the amazing tranquility of coastal outdoors.
Vietnam hasn't been the most memorable place for me. My previous visit to Ho Chi Minh city back in 2012 was marred by an unpleasant experience of a fortunately foiled snatch theft on wheels.
Almost 4 years on and wiser, I am now more careful photographing on the streets without a dangling camera strap! Being the second time in Vietnam, this time much further up north, I was actually expecting colder weather. However, the entire 4-days trip was unusually blazing hot!
It was a couple of days before the big Raya holidays and I hit the road toward Pangkor for a stay at the Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut. This resort is quite a distance away from the more well-known touristy Lumut town.
Built on a quiet peninsular on the Northern Straits of Malacca, the Swiss-Garden hotel is ensconced in a little corner with its own private beach.
I've read a lot about the Fujifilm x100s APS-C fixed focal length mirror less camera for the past year and a half, and did my fair share of research into its abilities. But it wasn't until now that I managed to bring it out for a test run in the streets of Bangkok.
It was a huge departure and change from my usual lugging of an imposing full-frame DSLR. So, it came as a pleasant surprise to discover its many great features and benefits, one of which was surely its compactness and DSLR-like image qualities.