Daily Archives: October 29, 2008

Kanvaga Bay, Rennell Island, Solomon Islands

Posted by on October 29, 2008

Kanvaga Bay, Rennell Island, Solomon Islands

Kanvaga Bay, Rennell Island, Solomon Islands

One of the most beautiful things I’ve seen on my trip was Kangava Bay on Rennell in the Solomon Islands. This beautiful bay, which would be a packed with tourists if it were anywhere else on Earth, had only a few families with small wooden houses living near it. We stopped here to fix a flat tire and everyone ate fresh coconut while we waited. Because of its remote location, Rennell attracts only a few visitors every year.

Kanvaga Bay, Rennell Island, Solomon Islands

Posted by on October 29, 2008

Kanvaga Bay, Rennell Island, Solomon Islands

Kanvaga Bay, Rennell Island, Solomon Islands

One of the most beautiful things I’ve seen on my trip was Kangava Bay on Rennell in the Solomon Islands. This beautiful bay, which would be a packed with tourists if it were anywhere else on Earth, had only a few families with small wooden houses living near it. We stopped here to fix a flat tire and everyone ate fresh coconut while we waited. Because of its remote location, Rennell attracts only a few visitors every year.

Still in Saigon

Posted by on October 29, 2008

I’m still in Saigon. I said I wasn’t going to leave until I have all my Cambodia photos processed and I plan on sticking by that. I wasn’t aware of just how many photos I had taken between Angkor, Preah Vihear, Tonle Sap and Phnom Penh. I still have 500 left to process. Taking photos is fun. Processing them isn’t so great.

I was especially upset with a lot of my photos because it was an overcast day when I visited Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple. When you have a bright gray sky, it tends to really wash out photos. When shooting landscapes or buildings, I like a blue sky with moderate amounts of fluffy clouds. I probably get more hung up on the sky than I should, but I hate having a solid white background.

I’m enjoying Saigon. It is a much better city than I thought it would be. I don’t think it is on a level with Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok, but it can be within ten years. There is a vibrancy here. It may not be on a par with Hong Kong yet, but it is here.

I’ve become a regular at a local cafe with wifi. I am amazed at how waitresses in this part of the world go out of their way to point out my dimples in a matter of seconds. The woman who runs the guesthouse I’m staying at mentions them every time she sees me. I wonder if there is some cultural things in SE Asia surrounding dimples I don’t know about. If there is, perhaps I should stay longer :)