It’s Warm and Easy in Tbilisi (Re-post from Feb 2012)

I started A Traveler’s Tale in July 2011.  As a new blogger in WordPress, not too many knew about this site yet and I was still struggling to understand how to best position… Continue reading

Under the Big Mongolian Sky: Echoes from the Steppes (first published in 2012)

A photo essay about the cycle of life and nature in the Mongolian steppes

Papua New Guinea’s Goroka Show – Day Two

Jessie T. Ponce’s photo coverage of the 2015 Goroka Show

Papua New Guinea’s Goroka Show 2015 – Day One

Papua New Guinea, 11 September 2015:   After three years of coming in and out of Papua New Guinea, I was finally able to grab a chance and squeeze into the busy work schedule,… Continue reading

‘Water’ and the Women of Ture-ture

A photo essay about how a group of village women struggle daily to collect water that is not even fit for domestic use.

Oh, Wallaby!

Central Province, Papua New Guinea / November 2013:  I consider myself open-minded and adventurous when it comes to exotic foods and delicacies and I try my best to respect and appreciate what locals… Continue reading

Monuments of Rage

The Buka Passage is a narrow, deep and very fast flowing tidal channel that separates Buka Island by around 200 meters  from the main island of Bougainville.  Our home island for the week, the small but scenic Sohano… Continue reading

Bougainville the Brave

To somebody who watches documentary films, the name Bougainville may ring a bell.  At least two multi-awarded documentaries were made about this obscure island in the Pacific; The Coconut Revolution and Bougainville – Our Island… Continue reading

Kindergartens in the Middle of Nowhere

They call them “Ger Kindergarten”.  Yes, they are right in the middle of nowhere and yet they are fully functional, some with as many as 20 kids in the enrollment list.  The name… Continue reading

Back in Ulaanbaatar!

September 2012.  The last time I visited Mongolia was in Autumn of 2009.  Back then, the Mongolian economy has been enjoying rapid growth mainly spurred by a boom in mining but was facing… Continue reading

Camiguin

“May 13, 1871, 6:00 p.m.  Cotta Bato, the capital of Camiguin Island, was a quiet and attractive town, verdant in its natural wonders.  Its peaceful shores provided strolling grounds for its inhabitants as… Continue reading

Port Moresby

What About Port Moresby? Having posted dozens of photos about Papua New Guinea, I was just waiting for one of the readers to ask something like, “What about Port Moresby, what can you… Continue reading

Daru Island 2

Stranded in Daru Island in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea (see Daru Island 1); I made use of most of my free time photographing the view from my hotel’s main balcony and observing… Continue reading

The Mighty Fly River

River of Life I spent most of my recent Papua New Guinea trip in the Western Province  where the lives of almost the whole population revolve around the mighty Fly River.  “The Fly”, which flows mostly through the… Continue reading

Medieval Mtskheta

 Two Rivers Also along the banks of Mtkvari (Kura) River, at the point where it is joined by the Aragvi river, is the scenic medieval town of Mtskheta.  Located just 20 kilometres (about a half-hour drive) north of Georgia’s… Continue reading

Snatching Birds from Midair in Nauru

NO, the above photo is not a scene from one of those “Alien” movies; the men are not worshiping something in the skies but are swinging something in their hands; and that black… Continue reading

Aceh 2006

I had an opportunity to help undertake relief and rehabilitation work in Aceh in 2006, more than one year after the Indian Ocean Tsunami devastated the place. As usual, I always had a… Continue reading

Against the Tide

Bay of Bengal, November 2016.  In this part of the bay; the slow tide of development in the countryside and the surge of the internet and communication infrastructure in modern worlds do not… Continue reading

Day’s End

Bay of Bengal, November 2016.  As the sun starts to sink, before the sky turns to crimson-red and darkness overcomes daylight; the fishing net has been reloaded into the fishing boat, the meager… Continue reading

Lifeline

Bay of Bengal, November 2017: Meanwhile, as a complex humanitarian crisis continues to unfold near the northern sections of the Bay of Bengal, life must go on in this remote fishing village on… Continue reading

Click!

Bay of Bengal, November 2017.  My photography always takes the backseat of my priorities when doing field work.  More often than not, I am travelling with a team that operates on very tight… Continue reading

Day of Saints

I know I am at least four days late.  All Saints’ Day is celebrated in most of the Christian world every first of November in honor of all saints, known and unknown.  I… Continue reading

Spiky Beach

Imagine yourself walking barefoot towards the sea for a swim and you encounter this bed of spikes between yourself and the inviting blue waters.  Would you dare cross the thorny obstacle?  And who… Continue reading

Lonesome

“Lonesome”: The cold night has passed and I survived being alone.  Now I wake up to the deafening silence of this cloudy morning.  Waiting.  Yearning for company.  Hoping that somebody would finally notice… Continue reading

Morning Glory

Oh how good it is to wake up into  this glorious morning sunlight, walk barefoot out to the sea on a boardwalk that leads to a hut where the aroma of freshly brewed… Continue reading

Forest Walk

August 2017: This pathwalk inside a mangrove forest in the Island Garden City of Samal, in the Philippines, momentarily brought my imaginative mind into a fantasy world similar to scenes in Maleficient so… Continue reading

Peace

The Island Garden City of Samal is a lovely tropical island in the Davao Gulf adjacent to Davao City.  It is very popular with its pristine white sand beaches set amidst the still… Continue reading

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