Asia 2014

A journey through Hong Kong, Borneo-Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, northern Thailand, and Tokyo over the course of 90 days.

Unlike the previous trek, it was not a bicycle tour, however it shares fundamental qualities as a deeper step into minimalism, a way of life that I have been embracing in the last several years. In the context of this particular trip, it meant a 45-liter backpack and 10-liter messenger bag for all photographic gear as well as life essentials. No bag-checking please! Target weight: 32 lbs / 14.5 kg (dry)

*Update #1 (March 1): And here it is! In Hong Kong now, visiting family, reacquainting myself with the motherland, and about to hatch the next steps.

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every piece of gear and clothing brought along for this backpacking trip

Went a little OCD here. I really wanted to keep the weight low and thus tracked every piece of gear I stuffed into the packs.

Went a little OCD here. I really wanted to keep the weight low and thus tracked every piece of gear I stuffed into the packs. Note that the large majority of the mass derives from the cameras and electronics.

*Update #2 (May 30): Just returned. Clocked in at 90 days in Asia. What an incredible time and experience. I’ve added the map below of notable destination and transportation hubs.

*Update #3 (June 20): Blog post with some favorite captures over the 3 months

Hitchhiking across Sabah in Borneo Malaysia with my Couchsurfing friend!

Hitchhiking across Sabah in Borneo Malaysia with my Couchsurfing friend!

Also, below is a video of climbing Mt. Kinabalu and of sunsets in Sabah, Malaysia. I made this compilation as part of a presentation I did on my travels and photography as well as night time photo workshop at the Canon office in the city of Kota Kinabalu with local photo enthusiasts and other travelers.

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Showing my time-lapse video and favorite photographs from my bicycle tour

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Probably explaining geeky behind-the-senses setup and answering the audience’s questions 😉

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Leading a night photography workshop on long exposure and light painting

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Workshop participants follow my instructions while 3 volunteers with flashlights draw shapes/letters in the air to demonstrate light painting

and another short video of river rafting in Padas in Sabah, Malaysia.

Update #3:

In May, I crossed paths with Faa Sumitra and her friends in Thailand 2 months ago while hitchhiking at a national park just outside Chiang Mai. Their fascinating upbringing in a native Ahka hill tribe village and equally inspiring personal stories made it impossible not to visit their rural homes, nestled in the cloud forests of northern Thailand, off the grid, and more self-sustaining than any “civilized” western cities I have come across. I later had the opportunity to meet the children and staff of G.R.O.W., and spent several days living, playing, laughing, listening, and documenting the tremendous progress, vision, and love they have for one another, and for God. This is a story of Faa and her adopted children in Thailand. A story of compassion and of greed, of love and of neglect – the widespread issue of physical and sexual abuse of children are far too often untold, and to say that the short as well as long-term effects are serious would be an absolute understatement.

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