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

Flower Girl

A girl sells lotus buds and other flowers at a sidewalk outside the Shwedagon Pagoda in downtown Yangon.  The lotus has an important symbol in Buddhist belief.  Flowers are among the most preferred… Continue reading

A Roadside Scene

Bundles of handwoven grass mats wait with their owner by a roadside store for the next bus to the city.  Weaving is an alternative source of income for rural Myanmar women on lean… Continue reading

Meal Stop

A lady traveler examines the foodstuff on display at a bus stopover between Yangon and Mandalay. Among the chow one can get from these roadside diners, aside from the usual veggies and river… Continue reading

A Long Way Home

Two ladies make their way home from the ricefields in Monyo Township in the Bago Region of Myanmar.  Women comprise a significant portion of the country’s labor force in the agriculture sector as… Continue reading

Dusty Roads

A farmer and his wife ride towards home on a cartload of bamboos and firewood along the dusty rural roads of the rice-growing delta region of Bago.  The agriculture sector accounts for around… Continue reading

Farm Huts

The rustic Asian scenery is what keeps my eyes and lenses busy as I travel to the rural areas of Myanmar and it thrills me to imagine how simple and quiet life would… Continue reading

Boating with Grandpa

A old man takes his grandson, a city boy, on a boat ride around a small lake in a remote village in the Kyaukkyi Township in the Bago Region of Ayeyarwady Delta in… Continue reading

Waiting for the Rain

Traces of the previous year’s rice season can be seen around a blooming fire tree while the rest of the fields at the back have been cultivated for this year’s cropping.

Fields of Green

These working women look lilliputian in size in the middle of the vast fields of green beans in the flood plains of the Irrawady River  in the Bago Region of Myanmar.  This year’s… Continue reading

Myanmar: When the Granaries are Full

These structures are used to store rice and other grains in rural Myanmar.  In the dry season (around October to May), when the rice fields have been harvested and the granaries are full;… Continue reading

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