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The Faces of Rajasthan, India

Posted on 21 October 2010 by Nellie Huang

Stretching across Northern India, the region of Rajasthan pulsates with invigorating energy and vibrance. The cacophony of deafening sounds, blinding sights and fragrant smells in India never fail to awaken the curiosity in me. Splashed in bright rainbow hues, Rajasthani cities are distinguished by colours: Jaipur, the chaotic capital, is known as the ‘Pink City‘ for its reddish palaces while the desert city of Jaisalmer is dubbed the ‘Golden City’ for the honeycombed fort that rises above the golden sand.

Against the backdrop of the cities, the streets of Rajasthan are filled with natives dressed in bright orange saris and bulky red turbans. Its spirited people are the reason why this part of India draws million of tourists to its doorstep. Warm, friendly and happy – it’s hard not to get infected by the spirit of Rajasthan. To get a taste of Rajathan, here are some of portrait shots of its beautiful people.

A tribal lady in the Thar Desert

A tribal lady in the Thar Desert, close to the northwest frontier with Pakistan.

A Hindu lady sitting on the window sill of the Amber Fort, Jaipur.

A Hindu lady sitting on the window sill of the Amber Fort, Jaipur.

On the stairs of the Jagdish Hindu Temple in Udaipur, an old lady sells offerings in the form of colourful jasmin flowers and coconut leaves.

On the stairs of the Jagdish Hindu Temple in Udaipur, an old lady sells offerings in the form of colourful jasmin flowers and coconut leaves.

On the streets of Jaisalmer, a lady smiles for the camera.

On the streets of Jaisalmer, a lady smiles for the camera.

Swaggering moustache and multi-coloured turban: a typical Rajasthani man gets ready to milk his cow.

Swaggering moustache and multi-coloured turban: a typical Rajasthani man gets ready to milk his cow.

Hindu ladies, dressed in beautiful saris, stroll through the courtyard of Amber Fort, Jaipur

Hindu ladies, dressed in beautiful saris, stroll through the courtyard of Amber Fort, Jaipur

A priest sits on the stairs of Jagdish Temple, Udaipur.

A priest sits on the stairs of Jagdish Temple, Udaipur.

Mother and son pair strolling through downtown Jaisalmer.

Mother and son pair strolling through downtown Jaisalmer.

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Cappadocia: A Land of Fantasy

Posted on 11 July 2010 by Nellie Huang

Deep in Central Turkey, magical fairy chimneys and bizarre rock outcrops abound. Cappadocia’s vast lands are sprinkled with extraordinary works of nature, creating a setting fit for fantasy. During a recent trip to Turkey, I ventured deep into the land of elves and fairies, searching for something beyond the ordinary.

Arriving at Kayseri International Airport, I wandered if I’d landed in another planet. Amidst the outlandish landscape, there was silence except for the occasional sounds of eagles circling the skies. It was daybreak as we drove into Göreme, Cappadocia – the sky shrouded in red, and clouds ominously draped over the mountainscape.

Red skies in the morning: Daybreak at Göreme, the main town in Cappadocia

Red skies in the morning: Daybreak at Göreme, the main town in Cappadocia

Winding my way through the town of Göreme, I found myself staring in the skies as thousands of multi-coloured hot-air balloons float languidly into the air. I had the rare opportunity of hopping onto a hot-air balloon with Cappadocia Voyager Balloons: an inspirational experience that could only be described with superlatives.

Hot-air balloons fill the morning skies as tourists take off into the air to soak in a bird's eye view of Cappadoci

Hot-air balloons fill the morning skies as tourists take off into the air to soak in a bird's eye view of Cappadocia

Some say the best way to see Cappadocia in its full glory is from above

Some say the best way to see Cappadocia in its full glory is from above

I continued my tour around Cappadocia, snaking through entrenched valleys studded with obscure but awestriking works of nature. At Dervent Valley, we chanced upon several hikers and cyclists, hungry for some adventure.

As the sun awakes, the patchwork of meandering valleys and sharp conical outcropsthat make up Cappadocia are bathed in a gentle golden glow.

As the sun awoke, the patchwork of meandering valleys and sharp conical outcrops that make up Cappadocia were bathed in a gentle golden glow.

As I clambered up to Göreme's viewpoint, an impressive panorama unfurled upon me. Millions of peculiar fairy chimneys jut out into the skyline of Cappadocia.

I clambered up to Göreme's viewpoint, where an impressive panorama unfurled upon me. Millions of peculiar fairy chimneys jut out into the skyline of Cappadocia.

Another highly recommended stop is the Göreme Open-air Museum, where towering fairy-chimneys are on display. I wandered around the clusters of rock outcrops, even climbing within the chimneys to get a feel of living within a cave as a hermit.

Imposing fairy chimneys are on display at Göreme's Open-air Museum. I wandered into the bizarre rock formation and could even climb within the outcrop and witness how hermits lived centuries ago.

Imposing fairy chimneys are on display at Göreme's Open-air Museum. I wandered into the bizarre rock formation and could even climb within the outcrop and witness how hermits lived centuries ago.

By evening, I set off for my abode for the night: Yunak Evleri Boutique Hotel. An exclusive hotel carved right out of the cliff face, Yunak Evleri is a gorgeous property tastefully designed in traditional Ottoman style.

My abode for the night, Yunak Evleri Boutique Hotel, is an exclusive property tastefully decorated to give guests an au naturale setting with a lavish touch

My abode for the night, Yunak Evleri Boutique Hotel, is an exclusive property tastefully decorated to give guests an au naturale setting with a lavish touch.

My sprawling deluxe suite was separated into two main areas: the living room and sleeping area. I relaxed in style on my Ottoman kilim sofa, while swaying to soothing music in the background. The day came to an end as I dozed off in my rocking chair, fantasizing about my next day of adventures in Cappadocia.

The interior of Yunak Evleri is designed with a touch of traditional feel and a hint of authenticity.

The interior of Yunak Evleri is designed with a touch of traditional feel and a hint of authenticity.

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Walking through Culture in Kyoto

Posted on 01 February 2010 by Nellie Huang

I throw out my fortune-telling sticks in Kyoto’s Kiyomizu temple; my Japanese friends translates, ‘You will have good fortune in 2010.’ I’ve never been a believer of such old-fashioned predicaments, but it’s hard not to fall for this. I am after all, in Kyoto, a gorgeous prefecture in Japan, littered with vermillion temples, emerald green gardens and towering mountains.  I thank my blessings and continue to explore the cultural capital of Japan. I’ll let my photos do the talking, bringing you through a fusion of culture, street life and faith.

The bright vermillion pavillion in the holy grounds of Kiyomizu Temple, one of the most popular temples in Kyoto.

The bright vermillion pavillion in the holy grounds of Kiyomizu Temple, one of the most popular temples in Kyoto.

Kiyomizu Temple stands above the city, offering impressive panoramas of the area.

Kiyomizu Temple stands above the city, offering impressive panoramas of the area.

Ladies dressed in traditional kimono make their way to offer their prayers at Kiyomizu Temple.

Ladies dressed in traditional kimono make their way to offer their prayers at Kiyomizu Temple.

Tatami restaurants alfresco-style along the streets of Kyoto.

Tatami restaurants alfresco-style along the streets of Kyoto.

A young geisha draws in the crowd with her beautiful traditional costume.

A young geisha draws in the crowd with her beautiful traditional costume.

A Japanese rickshaw driver on the road.

A Japanese rickshaw driver on the road.

Sun sets over the golden rooftop of the Bydo-Inn Temple.

Sun sets over the golden rooftop of the Bydo-Inn Temple.

Bydo-Inn, an ancient temple rising above a lake, gives an interesting peek into Japanese religious history.

Bydo-Inn, an ancient temple rising above a lake, gives an interesting peek into Japanese religious history.

Red Gates are ubiquitious in the streets of Kyoto as a symbol of their beliefs. This red gate stands across the gate of Byodo-Inn.

The Red Gate Across the Entrance of Byodo-Inn

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