Every individual has a story behind them. So the faces and portraits always make longer impression than the sceneries. I am glad that I met them (and many others) in the past few months.
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There are few faces that standout in 2012. The first being the little girl in Seam Reap.
Some Children are more fortunate in Cambodia. This girl in the local market was very cute. She saw us taking picture and purposely change to different clothing. We met her again on the next few days.
A honest coconut seller who sold young coconut cheaper than market rate.
Back to Batu Caves Malaysia in February, devotees were ready for Thaipusam Festival.
Shaving and bathing are part of the cleansing ritual before joining the parade.
This brave kid is joining the parade too.
I was very lucky to be allowed to join his family for a close shot of the preparation ceremony. The close distance to the subject has very emotional impact.
March 2012 held the National Craft Day in Kuala Lumpur.
Holi has to be the most colourful event of 2012.
In April, I went to Gua Tambun alone, face to face with this guy.
In May, it is the festival time in Tokyo.
One of the most memorable image of Tokyo was this little girl who creatively outline road (on the road) for little sister to ride on.
June, back to Putrajaya Floria 2012.
Impromptu jamming session of a tourist at George Town.
In Kuala Lumpur, the Anime Festival Asia (Malaysia) 2012 kicked off in PWTC.
July, we ended up in Jogyakarta. Met these kids at Pasar Giwangan.
There were few highlights on Jogya trip. One being the backstage view of the Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan.
Here was the view of the actual performance.
and the lucky encounter of the beautiful model at Ratu Boko.
I plan a trip to Gunung Merapi not because of the volcano, but for the graffiti (the town was swiped out by the recent eruption).
The cute ‘1 Malaysia’ kids at Malioboro Street.
July, time for Bon Odori, guys and girls in traditional costume, dancing together in Shah Alam stadium.
August, passing by Tanjung Sepat.
Met these 2 ladies in Bangkok. The customer and merchant told us different price when Christine wanted to try out the roadside facial treatment. End up tourist has to pay higher rate than the local.
October, big festival for the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. It was special milestone for the temple in Ampang which marked 150 years of the festival.
At the same time, the Hindus also celebrating 9 days festival of Navarathiri. What was so special about this dancer was the fact that he was the only none Indian dancer in the performance at Central Market.
In October, I felt hungry, so we drove down to Kukup to have Asam Fish, and then dropped by Johor Bahru. it was fun to visit and to chat with 2 famous bakery shops. The image below was the owners of Salahuddin Bakery (1937).
The highlight of 2012 has to be Nepal trekking trip, where we met a group of nice trekkers and the locals.
I met this Tibetan family at Boudhanath, every member of the group (friends and family) volunteering allow me to take a close portraiture of them (without asking for money like in other tourist area, that one has to beware of). Lovely folks.
And not to forget the hero of our Himalayan trekking trip, the porters and guide.
It was incredible feat to ‘run’ up the hills with 30-40KG at your back.
And many more nice people we get to know in the trips and events. May everyone lives a happy life.