• Asia,  Vietnam

    My Affinity with the Vietnamese

    I conducted a media workshop in Ho Chi Minh City a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to go around since I was there for work.  But just being there surrounded by all those crazy motorcycles and eating  delicious Vietnamese cuisine (especially the very filling Banh Mi)  was more than enough to satisfy my wanderlust. Except maybe for more high-rises and malls, nothing much has changed since the first time I went to Vietnam eight years ago. Motorbikes still rule the streets, mini-food stalls are still  set up by the roadside, and the Vietnamese are as polite as ever.  This got me to thinking about the…

  • Europe,  France,  Pinaytraveller

    PARIS FOR THE FIRST TIME

    The first time is always the sweetest. When I saw Paris for the first time, I was filled with a sense of  surreal wonderment. Maybe because I couldn’t believe that I was actually there. I felt like I was the luckiest girl on earth!  It was 1999. I was single and ready to fall in love. The City of Lights offered all kinds of possibilities. It didn’t matter whether I was alone or with a lover (or was in fact with a production team, shooting a documentary). Paris opened up all my senses and just like that, I fell absolutely in love with her. Armed with my very basic Nikon…