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Through My Viewfinder: People

By trade, I was supposed to be an anthropologist. In high school, I knew so well that dealing with numbers is not my cup of tea. Instead, I always so in love with history and culture. Which then led me to choose Anthropology as my major in university. Interestingly, after I graduated, my later resume showed how I had spent many years in the advertising world as part of the creative team. The crazy bunch of kids, according to the account and media departments. Oh what can I say? It was fun and rewarding yet stressful working environment. It was kind of work hard-play hard department in an advertising agency.

Did I waste my education? Oh not at all. There is a strong connection between what I studied and worked for. People. Yes, it’s about observing and understanding people. I feel like I will always be a constant learner, a lifetime student when it comes about people. And it always be an eye opener for me on what I could learn after observing people, wherever and whenever.

Now, being a homebody who is living in a neck of woods on the foothills of Canadian Rockies, I don’t see much people. I live in a small town where everybody almost know everybody. So it’s not really fun to observe them on daily basis. Less intriguing, I might concluded.

The only good chance for me to wear back my observer hat is when I go travelling. Little bit different than what I did back then, now I observe people only through my viewfinder.

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Passing Time: Between cellphones and playing chess (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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Picnic Time: It’s about how to take everybody in one go (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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Somebody has to do the job (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Two ladies wearing Javanese traditional dresses while selling their batik cloths (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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Yogyakarta used to be famous as the city of bikes. This funky lady is still reliving it. (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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The Culture Keepers: Gamelan players in The Palace (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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The becak driver with his stylish white leather shoes (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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Traditional morning offering ritual in a famous crafts store (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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Good Visit: the tempe (soybeans fermented cake) seller and her buyer in traditional market (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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Just pick one: When traditional and modern transportation crowd the street (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

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Showing Off: an old guy lit his cigarette with the natural gas (Garut, Indonesia)

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Waving coconut leaves to be used for making compressed cooked rice before the Eid Day at a traditional market (Cikunir, Indonesia)

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Meat section at a traditional market (Cikunir, Indonesia)

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A fresh veggies seller at traditional market (Cikunir, Indonesia)

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A busy traditional food street seller and his buyers (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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A traditional street performer in trance stage (Jakarta, Indonesia)

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Need your jeans to be altered? He will come to your house with his sewing machine attached on the bike (Bekasi, Indonesia)

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Chinese stamp maker at work (Guangzhou, China)

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Perfect position, full dedication (Osaka, Japan)

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Field trip for kindergarten kids (Osaka, Japan)

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Men at work (Kobe, Japan)

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A lady monk stood still in the bustling tourists destination (Kyoto, Japan)

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Time to go home: two pairs elementary students walking home happily (Kyoto, Japan)

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They wanted to feed the deer, but they got so shocked when the deer suddenly surrounded them this close (Nara, Japan)

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Things to do when you are in a commuter line (Nara, Japan)

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Happy Moment: Young mothers and their toddlers (Osaka, Japan)

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Passion and Pride: A speciality chef in a Japanese restaurant (Osaka, Japan)

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Have to stay stylish while riding your bicycle (Osaka, Japan)

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“Me Time”: Quiet time in a park (Osaka, Japan)

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Rush hour in a main train station (Osaka, Japan)

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Strike a pose: Young ladies in their yukata (Kyoto, Japan)

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A rickshaw driver checking out his cellphone (Nara, Japan)

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School trip (Nara, Japan)

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National Identity: Vietnamese flight attendant in her ao dai(Osaka, Japan)

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Mighty mom picking up the kid from school (Osaka, Japan)

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It’s a man’s bag (Osaka, Japan)

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Taking a bow, saying goodbye (Osaka, Japan)

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Window Seat, Please?

With the boarding pass on hand, I march to my chosen seat. Most of the time always the same, window seat one. I love flying, thanks to my parents who had introduced me into that since I was a wee girl.

As I roamed around between Canada and Asia in 2012, I had some mementoes from my long hours sitting on the jet planes.


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I hope you enjoy the view like I did!

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