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At the Vietnamese Noodles Factory ~ Part 2   Leave a comment


At the Vietnamese Noodles Factory ~ Part 2

I had the opportunity of taking photographs at Vietnamese Noodle Factory at a cottage industrial level. The interior of the place was dark as there was little lighting and the walls were darkened by the burning wood fires. The lady has to endure the hot steam from the hot containers steaming the noodles like “bee hoon”. The smoky steam made some interesting to the photographs taken. It was very hot and humid apart from the darkness here. Thus, it was extremely challenging to shoot here.

SP Lim

Noodle Maker

At the Vietnamese Noodle Factory
I had the opportunity of taking photographs at Vietnamese Noodle Factory at a cottage industrial level.

At the Vietnamese Noodle Factory ~ Part 1   Leave a comment


At the Vietnamese Noodle Factory ~ Part 1

I had the opportunity of taking photographs at Vietnamese Noodle Factory at a cottage industrial level. The interior of the place was dark as there was little lighting and the walls were darkened by the burning wood fires. The lady has to endure the hot steam from the hot containers steaming the noodles like “bee hoon”. The smoky steam made some interesting to the photographs taken. It was very hot and humid apart from the darkness here. Thus, it was extremely challenging to shoot here.

SP Lim

Noodle Maker

At the Vietnamese Noodles Factory

The Thai Buddhist Temple in Vietnam in landscape format   Leave a comment


The Thai Buddhist Temple in Vietnam

This is a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City in monochrome. I had the opportunity of taking the photograph but did not actually centralize the framing properly. We were given less than an hour to take photographs here as we were travelling quite a distance to another town.

SP Lim

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The Thai Buddhist Temple in Vietnam

The Thai Buddhist Temple in Vietnam   Leave a comment


The Thai Buddhist Temple in Vietnam

This is a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City in monochrome. I had the opportunity of taking the photograph but did not actually centralize the framing properly. We were given less than an hour to take photographs here as we were travelling quite a distance to another town.

SP Lim

Vietnam Photo Expedition 5D CF Part 1 333

At the local Vietnamese Noodles Factory   Leave a comment


At the local Vietnamese Noodles Factory

I had the opportunity of taking photographs at the local Vietnamese Noodle Factory at a cottage industrial level. The interior of the place was dark as there was minimal lighting and the walls were darkened by the burning wood fires. The lady has to endure the hot steam from the hot containers steaming the noodles like “bee hoon”. The whitish smoky steam made some interesting addition to the dark scene in the photographs taken. It was very hot and humid apart from the darkness here. Thus, it was extremely challenging to shoot here. High ISO was used as I did not use tripod at all. This was the whole backyard factory with the equipment stacked neatly. There shall be a series of 10 photographs to illustrate the female noodle-maker steaming the rice noodles.

SP Lim

Noodle Factory

At the local Vietnamese Noodles Factory
This was the whole backyard factory with the equipment stacked neatly.
SP Lim

Night Photography of the Vietnamese River – Part 3   Leave a comment


Night Photography of the Vietnamese River – Part 3

There was a river beside the hotel where we were staying for the night in Vietnam during our Photographic Society of Penang’s Photo Expedition. The usual advice by the photographer-cum-tourguide was not to bring any camera outside the hotel especially at night for security reasons. However, the scenic view by the river-side was too irresistible not to capture the beautiful night scene. So a few courageous of the photographers, including the blogger, took their DSLR’s and tripods to capture a few shots but turned to more than 50 snap shots per photographer while the rest went to bed. No risks, no gain. Luckily, we came back safe and sound with great photographs.

SP Lim

The First Bridge

Night Photography of the Vietnamese River – Part 3
There was a river beside the hotel where we were staying for the night in Vietnam during our Photographic Society of Penang’s Photo Expedition. The First Bridge.

Night Photography of the Vietnamese River – Part 1   Leave a comment


Night Photography of the Vietnamese River – Part 1

There was a river beside the hotel where we were staying for the night in Vietnam during our Photographic Society of Penang’s Photo Expedition. The usual advice by the photographer-cum-tourguide was not to bring any camera outside the hotel especially at night for security reasons. However, the scenic view by the river-side was too irresistible not to capture the beautiful night scene. So a few courageous of the photographers, including the blogger, took their DSLR’s and tripods to capture a few shots but turned to more than 50 snap shots per photographer while the rest went to bed. No risks, no gain. Luckily, we came back safe and sound with great photographs.

SP Lim

The Vietnamese Bridge

Night Photography of the Vietnamese River – Part 1
There was a river beside the hotel where we were staying for the night in Vietnam during our Photographic Society of Penang’s Photo Expedition.

Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon by night   Leave a comment


Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon by night
I had taken a few photographs (maybe a few hundreds to be honest) of City of Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam, from the bus while travelling to and from our restaurant where we had our dinner. In general, food was good with practically every dinner served with bitter gourd soup. I had actually refrain myself from eating the raw vegetables served as it might upset my stomach. Better to be safe than sorry.

SP Lim


Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese: Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh); formerly named Saigon (Vietnamese: Sài Gòn; About this sound listen, French: Saïgon), is the largest city in Vietnam. It was once known as Prey Nokor, an important Khmer sea port prior to annexation by the Vietnamese in the 17th century. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam 1955–75. On 2 July 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding Gia Định Province and was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City after Hồ Chí Minh (although the name Sài Gòn is still unofficially widely used).

The metropolitan area, which consists of the Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area, Thủ Dầu Một, Dĩ An, Biên Hòa and surrounding towns, is populated by more than 9 million people, making it the most populous metropolitan area[3] in Vietnam. The city’s population is expected to grow to 13.9 million in 2025.

The Ho Chi Minh City Metropolitan Area, a metropolitan area covering most parts of the Southeast region plus Tiền Giang Province and Long An Province under planning, will have an area of 30,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi) with a population of 20 million inhabitants by 2020. According to the Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Economist Intelligence Unit and ECA International, Ho Chi Minh City is ranked 132 on the list of world’s most expensive cities for expatriate employees.

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A Fish-eyed View of the Fish Market in Vietnam   Leave a comment



A Fish-eyed View of the Fish Market in Vietnam
While reviewing these photographs this morning, I wish to share these before I keep them into my photo archives for memories. These photographs were taken during our photo expedition to Vietnam in May 2015. This fish market by the beach was very near to the place we shot the sand dunes’ photographs – about 1 km down a cemented path. I was trying an unusual angle with my 8-15 mm Canon lens to the subject of fish market.

SP Lim

At the Hill Tribe’s Village – Take 2   Leave a comment



At the Hill Tribe’s Village – Take 2
Owing to the number of photographs I had separated them into two albums. This is the second photo album.

The Degar, also known as the Montagnard, are the indigenous peoples of the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The term Montagnard means “mountain people” in French and is a carryover from the French colonial period in Vietnam. In Vietnamese, they are known by the term người Thượng (Highlanders)—this term now can also be applied to other minority ethnic groups in Vietnam or Người dân tộc thiểu số (literally, “minority people”). Earlier they were referred to pejoratively as the mọi.

History

In 1962, the population of the Degar people in the Central Highlands was estimated to number as many as one million. Today, the population is approximately four million, of whom about one million are Degars. The 30 or so Degar tribes in the Central Highlands comprise more than six different ethnic groups who speak languages drawn primarily from the Malayo-Polynesian, Tai, and Mon–Khmer language families. The main tribes, in order of population, are the Jarai, Rhade, Bahnar, Koho, Mnong, and Stieng.

Originally inhabitants of the coastal areas of the region, they were driven to the uninhabited mountainous areas by invading Vietnamese and Cambodians beginning prior to the 9th century.

Although French Roman Catholic missionaries converted some Degar in the nineteenth century, American missionaries made more of an impact in the 1930s, and many Degar are now Protestant. Of the approximately one million Degar, close to half are Protestant, while around 200,000 are Roman Catholic. This made Vietnam’s Communist Party suspicious of the Degar, particularly during the Vietnam War, since it was thought that they would be more inclined to help the predominantly Christian American forces.

In 1950, the French government established the Central Highlands as the Pays Montagnard du Sud (PMS) under the authority of Vietnamese Emperor Bảo Đại, whom the French had installed as nominal chief of state in 1949 as an alternative to Ho Chi Minh’s North Vietnam. In the mid-1950s, the once-isolated Degar began experiencing more contact with outsiders after the Vietnamese government launched efforts to gain better control of the Central Highlands and, following the 1954 Geneva Accord, new ethnic minorities from North Vietnam moved into the area. As a result of these changes, Degar communities felt a need to strengthen some of their own social structures and to develop a more formal shared identity. When the French withdrew from Vietnam and recognized a Vietnamese government, Degar political independence was drastically diminished.

The Degar have a long history of tensions with the Vietnamese majority. While the Vietnamese are themselves heterogeneous, they generally share a common language and culture and have developed and maintained the dominant social institutions of Vietnam. The Degar do not share that heritage. There have been conflicts between the two groups over many issues, including land ownership, language and cultural preservation, access to education and resources, and political representation.

In 1958, the Degar launched a movement known as BAJARAKA (the name is made up of the first letters of prominent tribes; similar to the later Nicaraguan Misurasata) to unite the tribes against the Vietnamese. There was a related, well-organized political and (occasionally) military force within the Degar communities known by the French acronym, FULRO, or United Front for the Liberation of Oppressed Races. FULRO’s objectives were autonomy for the Degar tribes.

As the Vietnam War began to loom on the horizon, both South Vietnamese and American policy makers sought to begin training troops from minority groups in the Vietnamese populace. The U.S. Mission to Saigon sponsored the training of the Degar in unconventional warfare by American Special Forces. These newly trained Degar were seen as a potential ally in the Central Highlands area to stop Viet Cong activity in the region and a means of preventing further spread of Viet Cong sympathy. Later, their participation would become much more important as the Ho Chi Minh trail, the North Vietnamese supply line for Viet Cong forces in the south, grew. The U.S. military, particularly the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, developed base camps in the area and recruited the Degar. Because of their quiet resolve and skills in tracking, roughly 40,000 fought alongside American soldiers and became a major part of the U.S. military effort in the Highlands and I Corps, the northernmost region of South Vietnam.

In 1967, the Viet Cong slaughtered 252 Degar in the village of Dak Son, home to 2000 Highlanders, known as the Dak Son Massacre, in revenge for the Degar’s support and allegiance with the Republic of Vietnam. In 1975 thousands of Degar fled to Cambodia after the fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese Army, fearing that the new government would launch reprisals against them because they had aided the U.S. Army. The U.S. military resettled some Degar in the United States, primarily in North Carolina, but these evacuees numbered less than two thousand. In addition, the Vietnamese government has steadily displaced thousands of villagers from Vietnam’s central highlands, to use the fertile land for coffee plantations.

Outside of southeast Asia, the largest community of Montagnards in the world is located in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.

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