Cianjur, Java   palmy paddies

  

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a glimpse

 

glimpse: SELFIE CULTURE | It was a cloudy day at Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, which makes for the white background in this shot. One of the many Buddha statues that adorn the temple sits placidly in front, while four Muslim women take selfies in the back. Diverse religions and ethnicities living together in a peaceful blend, is something beautifully normal in Indonesia and other Asian countries. I also like the dynamic here, created by the person leaning into the picture, whose foot is still midair.

glimpse: THE REAL WORLD | Wherever people thrive on the togetherness and solidarity of their community rather than surrender to a rat race that promotes individualistic advance, where no one is caged in by the cradling comforts of luxurious homes, or locked in a materialistic bare-knuckle competition with their peers and neighbors, everyone gathers inside the outside world; the real world, one might say. With life unfolding under the open air, unobstructed by smothering ceilings, there is room for liveliness to dwell and the inertia of a cozy, lazy couch is abandoned for the vital vibrancy of the vicinity.  

 

Cianjur, Java   Neon rice lit up the countryside.

Ijen, Java   The volcano spat out sulfur by day and at night its lava would glow blue.

 

Uluwatu, Bali   I couldn't think of a

better location for a temple,

or anything for that matter.

 

Ijen, Java   morning glow

 

 

 

 

 

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places / stories

Bali / Orchestrated Traffic Madness & Escaping Death

yet to be written

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Cianjur / Volunteering?

yet to be written

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Ijen / Of Tourists & Miners

yet to be written

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Jakarta / Beautifully Ugly

inner beauty & authentic travel - less pretty cities well worth the visit 

 

Why pretend that you are easy on the eyes of strangers who are just checking you out, soon off to generic liaisons on Bali? You aren’t Kuta, you don’t wear makeup. You look run down. Your old town has seen much better days. And you don’t smell so nice either. But you have character. And soul. And true Javanese street scenes.

Yogyakarta / Art Heart

yet to be written

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In a realm so contrasting that it juxtaposes the world's highest peaks with some of its most paradisiacal beaches, there's naturally much to see: gargantuan caves, neon green rice paddies, bizarre monoliths, brackish lagoons, blue lava and a volcano inside a volcano to name but a few. see more

 

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elsewhere

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in South(east) Asia