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One of the mandatory shot for every visitors to Angkor Wat.

Almost everyone who visited Angkor Wat has one common goal in mind, and that is to watch the sunrise in front the temple.  People leaves their hotel/guest house as early as 4:30am and make their way to temple via tuk tuk or car which has been arranged a day before.  The journey from the city to Angkor Wat is about 7km and takes about 15 minutes.  Most of them are armed with touch light, camera, tripod, mini stools, ground sheet and even breakfast.  Once the gate open at 5am, the crowd begin to make their way in the dark towards the pond in front of the temple. It is the perfect spot to view the sunrise, almost 80% of the Angkor Wat sunrise pictures are taken right there.   During dry season, the water level in the pond can be quite low.  People step into the mud just to get as close to the water in order to get a good reflection of the temple in their pictures.  By 5:15am, the front of the pond are almost filled.  Those who came after that will have to be contented with standing on the vast grass patch behind.

As the expected time of the sunrise approach, you can feel the anxiety of the people, wandering if they will see the sunrise especially when clouds and fog are quite common.  On my first morning, luck wasn’t on my side.  The sky was enshrouded with heavy fog and the sun was nowhere to be seen.  When the sky has completely brighten up, you can see the disappointed expression and hear the sigh of sadness from the crowd.

I decided to try again on the 2nd morning and while on the road the temple, I notice the stars can be seen quite clearly.  This is a good sign indicating there was no heavy cloud so the chances of seeing the sunrise is higher.  Again when it reach the expected time, the sun was no where to be seen and the sky has turn brighter as each minute passed.  Some people around me begin to pack up and leave while a few of the “hardcore” photographer like me insist on staying back a little longer.  To our surprise, the sun suddenly rise up from behind one of the pagoda.   Many of those who were already packing up quickly setup their tripod and camera again.  From then on, everybody glued their eye firmly on the direction of the sun.  You can hear people cheering and the non-stop clicking sounds of camera and handphone.  What a breathtaking view and an unforgettable experience!

Angkor Wat Sunrise

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The very first sunset that I caught in Seam Reap of Cambodia.

After checking into the hotel in Siem Reap at 415pm, I hire a tuk tuk driver to bring me to the ticket office at Angkor Wat.  The ticket counter to purchase tickets for the subsequent days opens at 4:45pm and with the ticket, you are allow to enter the temple free of charge after 5pm on the day itself.

One of the favorite spot in Angkor Wat for sunset is Phnom Bakheng which is about 5 minutes journey by tuk tuk from the ticket counter.  The walk up the hill takes about another 15 minutes and I arrived at 5:10pm.  Entry to Phnom Bakheng is restricted to 300 people at any one time.  There was already a long queue, estimated to be more than 200 people.  Since not many people at leaving the temple, the chances of entering before sunset is quite slim.  I decided to go onto the platform near the entrance to the temple to get the sunset shot instead.  There was already a large number of people sitting around with camera in their hands, patiently waiting for the sun to set. I manage to find a spot, though not ideal, to setup my tripod and getting ready to snap.

As the sun lower, the sky turn to orange and with an amazingly clear sky, the sunset was magical.   Instead of just focusing on the sun, I zoom out to include the forest and trees which form a nice silhouette framing the perfect sunset.  What a good way to start the trip!

Sunset at Phnom Bakheng of Siem Reap Cambodia

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It was exactly a year ago, on the Lunar New Year’s Eve when I was alone trekking on this snow-capped mountain, known as Triund Hill, in Dharamshala.

The snowfall caught me by surprise after two hours of trekking.  Without knowing how far more to reach the top, I was contemplating to make a U-turn.  The foot path was covered with fresh snow and I was not even sure if I was walking on the right path.  It took me another hour before I reach the peak and was elated to finally see some people.

I end up having my “reunion dinner”, consist of Maggie mee and omelette, with a group of strangers, inside a room kept warm using firewood.  The year of goat was ushered in with me enclosed and shivering in a sleeping bag .  It was definitely not the most comfortable way to welcome the new year, but it is the most memorable one!

Wishing everyone a prosperous Lunar New Year, may the year of Monkey be blessed with good health and fortune!

Snow Capped Triund Hill

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A white bearded man at Jain Temple of Jaisalmer

If you have ever been to Jaisalmer of Rajasthan and you have not spotted this white-bearded man, chances is that your trip is not complete…

While I was searching for information on Jaisalmer and reading travel blogs, the image of this man keep appearing, he surely must be an icon of the city!

So who is he?  He is the person who is guiding the entrance to Jain temple inside the fort and I always see him whenever I walk past the temple.  Many tourists were attracted by his long white beard and would approach him for a picture or two, after which they give him some token as apprecation.

I was looking down from the roof top of the guest house where I was staying and saw two guys sitting down, drinking tea and chatting with each other.  He immediately caught my attention and that is when I decided to pull out the Fuji XC50-230mm and snap this photo from a distance.


Featuring Jodhpur, the 2nd largest city in the state of Rajasthan India, which has an estimated population of 1.32 million in year 2016.  It is located near the geographic centre of Rajasthan state and near to Jaisalmer.  Most people who visit Jaisalmer will make a stop at Jodhpur, which allows them to further their journey directly to Jaipur or make a detour to Udaipur in the further south.

The city is also commonly known as Blue City due to the blue-painted houses around Mehrangarh Fort, the location where this photo was taken just before sunset.

Coincidentally, the equipment used to capture this image are similar to the previous featured photo Hawa Mahal – a Samyang 8mm fisheye lens mounted on Fuji X-T10.  It was a little rush in the process as the fort closed at 6pm and the security was trying to get people out of the fort.  I thought it will be nice if we can stay a little longer and take the night scenery of the city from this point.

Blue City Jodhpur in Rajasthan state of India

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