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

Wharf

A morning scene along the river banks of Ngaputaw in the delta region of Ayeyarwady in Myanmar.  Locals have constructed a jetty and mooring poles made of bamboo for the passenger boats that… Continue reading

Village Boys

Ngaputaw Township, Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar / July 2016:  Mingling with community members, I couldn’t help but wonder what the future lives of the kids would be in a very remote village where majority… Continue reading

Trapper

Ngaputaw Township, Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar:  A local fisherman sets shrimp traps along the banks of a river.  The grove of palm trees that line the river banks provide a perfect habitat for river… Continue reading

Bamboo Jetty

Ngaputaw Township / July 2016: A couple of ladies carefully make their way to shore through a makeshift bamboo jetty.  Passenger boats ply a river network that connects remote villages to the town… Continue reading

In Seach

 

A Cloudy Morning

Inle Lake, Myanmar / September 2016:  Situated almost almost 3,000 feet above sea level in the Shan Hills of Myanmar, Inle Lake receives a lot of rainfall and serves as a catch basin… Continue reading

Loose Line

Inle Lake, Myanmar / September 2016:  Finding this man, armed with a fishing line attached to a bamboo pole and ready with a big basket and a teapot; I asked my boatman to… Continue reading

A Daily Dance

Inle Lake, Myanmar / September 2016. Just like any touristy place in the world, there are locals who pose to entertain tourists and there are those who do it because it has always… Continue reading

Fish Drive

Inle Lake, Myanmar / September 2016. Aside from the Inle fishermen’s unique way of paddling using their foot, I also discovered one of their unique ways of catching fish.  The fishermen work in… Continue reading

Village Women of Southern Shan

September 2016. Doing work in the Southern Shan State of Myanmar, I had the opportunity to enjoy sights of the gentle and colorfully clad village women from highland tribes. I had no way… Continue reading

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