The human billboard

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In this series I captured the lives of those who stand behind the advertising billboard in Bangkok, Thailand, where I spend a lot of my time working nowadays.  Let’s be honest, here at home (USA) we all find those sign spinners are doing an amazing job.  They spin the sign.  They dance to the music.  In Bangkok things are a bit different.  Most of them are teenager.  They hide behind the billboard either waiting for their shift to be over or playing with their phone.  It took me awhile to finally figure out why are these teenagers hiding behind a billboard.  They were actually in possession of it.

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As an engineer and technologist, I find these tasks are such a waste of human talent. I always wondered if these ad/marketing strategy really work.

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24 hours in Las Vegas

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I find the strip too crowded.  The people smoking inside the building are disgusting.  I have no patience for sitting in one place to test out my luck.  I am ok with the low light lifestyle.  I can be easily entertained even out in the middle of nowhere.  Eyes can see as far as the horizon.  Nothing out here except rock and sky.  The breeze makes it less hot but the brightness is intense.

Near miss

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Here’s a joke, who brings a laptop on a hike?  Asian does!

Complete album https://www.flickr.com/photos/duclephotography/albums/72157679427510574

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Night and day in Bangkok

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At night it’s a very vibrant.  Sometimes I take the train from one end of Bangkok to the other.  I know this city quite well now.  People at the hotel recognize me.

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I try my best not to hate it anymore.  Things become less strange to me.  I learn to move at their pace.  And surprisingly things will work itself out.

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The morning colors are different.

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Sometimes I walk aimlessly.  I find it better that way.  Photograph whatever I see instead of having an agenda.  Perhaps I won’t be disappointed that way.

Spring 2017 Bangkok photos https://www.flickr.com/photos/duclephotography/albums/72157679573191022/with/33642458291/

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48 hours in Viet Nam

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Nearly 9 years after I first visited Viet Nam in 2008, the country has changed a lot more than I do.  I don’t think I change even a little bit.  Actually a lot of jobs change since the economy crash.  I went to this very beach on a church summer vacation 4 months before my family left to the USA.

One thing had not changed and perhaps will never change, everyone went into the water with their shirt on.

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Soon and very soon Saigon will be like Bangkok.  High-rises are going up at an alarming rate.  In four years there will be an underground metro system.

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Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

It is quite beautiful.  Perhaps this was my very first time seeing the cathedral.  It appears to be a date place.  Youngsters taking selfies around the church on Sunday early afternoon.

Complete album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/duclephotography/albums/72157680331719150

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Window view

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Hong Kong

I love the window but don’t want to give up my freedom of moving around

Sometimes I would get really lucky on an empty flight, I can finally lay down

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Sometimes outside is nothing but a white blank space

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Sometimes I get to see the sun rises and sets

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Sometimes I see snow flakes on the window at high enough elevation

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Even during my connection I would sit by the lounge window, mostly day dreaming

I don’t like flying.  I hated it!  More than anything

Nothing scares me more than being trap in a tube…filled with people

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Happy spring

I have been dabbling with collage lately.  I was inspired by Japanese art and the super bloom of the cherry trees around my area.  The mountain is not Mt Fuji.  The photo was taken in the Philippines, and so was the boat.

This piece is a “floating rock”.  The cloud was from an airplane view, a cypress tree from Monterey and Natural Bridge from Santa Cruz.  I was inspired by Paul Bond and his surrealism paintings (http://www.paulbondart.com).

I guess there are a lot of similarities between an early morning on a lake and yoga.  Both call out for tranquility.

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Hello again

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“Hello again” the voice from the mountain called out.  For the last 5 months I’ve spent every other weekend skiing.  Until last weekend the snow was starting to get sticky and I called it [done].  I rode only up to the restaurant today but it is nice to be out on the saddle again.  For some reason with both sports being up on the mountain, I just don’t get the same emotional attachment to skiing  as much as I do to cycling.  I don’t feel the satisfactory from the adrenaline in skiing as I do with cycling.  Well I tried, I got a ski pass for the first time ever and it might be my last.

Cycling rules!

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Spring in Tahoe

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Sunset in Tahoe City, north shore

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I rushed to the dock just in time to catch the full moon before it disappeared behind the cloud

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I barely had any sleep

We laughed

We drank

The sun shined beautifully on either side of the lake

As long as you make an effort to catch it

Breathtaking!!!

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I wanted to run really fast

And at the end of the dock

I would jump in

Only if I don’t freeze to death

The snow soon will melt

Soon Spring will be

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Complete album https://www.flickr.com/photos/duclephotography/albums/72157677928737694/with/33432083655/

 

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