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  1. Thanks Dallas.
  2. Chris, Ann...thanks for looking in. The essence of travel, imho, is interaction with the local people. Go as a tourist, leave as a friend. Let them remember you for something good.
  3. Chris, Ann and other friends, appreciate you guys looking in and your encouragement. Thank you all. The poorest areas of HCM City are surrounded by luxury hotels and international brands. A stone's throw from this place is a world unto itself. Narrow, dark, dingy alleys with sewerage spewing over. Both sides of these alleys are tiny ' rooms ' which are both the trading place and sleeping place for the owners. Property developers would like to tear these places down and build the concrete hotel and commercial buildings. But the residents would rather die here than sell. This is ironically the most valued real estate in HCM City!! A woman living and waiting for death in this world...so that her descendants could inherit the property...
  4. Got to be amongst the people or get invited into their homes...
  5. Excellent subjects, well photographed and presented.
  6. Super images complimented by the write up.
  7. Thanks for the ' likes ' folks.
  8. Alan, Larry...thank you guys.
  9. Dallas, wish you good health. Showing concerns over other people's health issues, especially friends, over emails is very considerate. But never take that advice, however well intentioned. Visit a medical practioner, preferably one familiar with your medical history for a long time. Then follow his/her advice, or take a second medical opinion if you are not satisfied. And never, ever accept diagnosis by experts or laymen, except in person. And never perform your own differential or clinical diagnosis. I wish you good health.
  10. Thanks a lot Armando. Much appreciated. Thanks to the other friends, that stopped by. And thanks to Dallas for correcting my posting error. Warmest regards.
  11. I spent a couple of weeks in Vietnam, returning a couple of days ago. The easiest thing to capture on the streets is... or something like this... But this was not what I was looking for. More of something like this... Going into the areas less traveled. The slums, the backstreets, the local villages away from the cities. The Floating markets where you could swing a camera and not be greeted by tourist hoarded or guides. Where one joins the Mekong by rowing in a boat from a house through mangroves into the markets. I wanted to get up early. Very early and say Good Morning Vietnam... or have tea in a deep backstreet teahouse with the locals... or sit down with the farmers surrounded by cow dung. Have the farmers and their folk join me on the grass. We didn't know each others language. It did not matter. The babies were happy to be playing with my camera strap sitting in my lap. Get real close to local families. That is the essence of travel, for me... or get deep into the poorest slum areas..where the squalor and poverty is overcome with a smile and strength and hope... and not have a tourist in sight. Except myself, of course... As I said...Good morning Vietnam...
  12. The Eternal Flame for the Martyrs.....