S: Emily is in Asia
BC: Dear Aya and Ayo, I have created this book especially for you. I have spent over a year traveling now and it has been the most wonderful time of my life. I miss my family very, very much and I wish they could be here to share these experiences as well. In this day and age of technology it is easier to do this with photos and stories over the Internet. However, this is not accessible for everyone. A book is a simple and enjoyable way to share special moments. All of the photos in this book have been taken by myself or my travel companion, and boyfriend, Vinh. All of these photos are of things that I have seen and done! I really enjoy taking photos and Asia is such an inspiring place. I think of you both often and send my love. I hope you enjoy this book! Love, Emawawy | Ice skating on a frozen river, Jinbu, South Korea
FC: EMILY IS IN ASIA | A collection of photos for Aya and Ayo
1: VIETNAM | On the 9th of November 2009 I left New Zealand to join my boyfriend,Vinh, in Vietnam. This was the first country of many that we would visit. We spent of two months traveling from Saigon to Hanoi enjoying the most incredible food, history and culture. | Overlooking the houses of suburban Saigon
2: A typical scene in Saigon. | TOP: Vinh and I wearing traditional hats in Hue MIDDLE: Riding a boat down the river in Hoi An with a girl we met. Her grandmother is in the background rowing BOTTOM: Vinh and I learning how to cook Vietnamese food.
3: Incense burns in one of the many caves on Marble Mountain, Da nang. | Fish in a pond writhe as they struggle to get food at the old Imperial Palace, Hue. | The ancient ruins at Mi Son. | A Buddha, Nha Trang.
4: MALAYSIA | We've been to Malaysia twice due to it's central location in Asia. I believe that it is this location that makes Malaysia such a melting pot of culture and religion. The strong influence of Muslim, Indian and Chinese people as well is its colonial history, (not to mention the fabulous beaches, and food) makes this one of my favourite places | A peacock struts its stuff at a Kuala Lumpur bird park
5: TOP: A crowd of women in colorful Hijabs (Muslim head coverings) in KL. MIDDLE: Parrots clambering all over me in a Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. BOTTOM: Waiting for naan bread at the Petaling Street night market in KL. | Performers wave the Malaysian flag at the opening of the Kuala Lumpur Festival of the Arts | A Mosque in Kuala Lumpur
6: A Hornbill in Palau Pankor. | The KL tower at night. | TOP:Lankawai Isaland MIDDLE: Vinh and I enjoy the sunset on Lankawi Island BOTTOM: I see a butterfly while swimming in a waterfall on Lankawi Island.
7: Scenes from the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, Held every February at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumper. Thousands of people climb over 200 stairs to give offerings of milk. Some even more devout Hindus wear painful Kavadi and even pierce their cheeks and tongue.
8: HONG KONG | Hong Kong is such an exciting city. We were there for three weeks. We were also very lucky as it was during the Chinese New Year celebrations. It was a spectacular start to 2011, the year of the rabbit. | Flowers at the Kowloon flower market
9: Fish in bags. | TOP: Tsim Sha Tui at night. BOTTOM LEFT: The Hong Kong skyline light show. BOTTOM RIGHT: New Year decorations at a temple.
10: A giant dragon parade balloon and the New Year parade in Hong Kong. | The Teacup Ride at Hong Kong Disneyland. | A junk cruising Victoria harbor. | CLOCKWISE FROM THE BOTTOM: People waiting for the fireworks in their hotel rooms, A parade clown, lotus lanterns.
11: CHINA | We went to China to teach English. We lived in the Sichuan province, known for its very spicy food and Pandas. It was one of the most challenging four months we've had. China is still a developing country and the cultural divide is huge. However we learned a lot and grew with the challenge. We look back on our time there with fondness. It certainly was an interesting time | A performer at the Sichuan Opera in Chengdu
12: ABOVE: Mahjong at Peoples Park in Mianyang. BELOW: Pandas at the Chengdu panda sanctuary. | An opera performer applies make-up before the show
13: LEFT: Teaching one of my classes. Each class had 50 students aged between 12-15. RIGHT: The view outside my classroom window. We lived and worked at a school on the outskirts of a city called Mianyang. | LEFT: A pagoda at a monastery in Chengdu. RIGHT: I wonder what these turtles are talking about?
14: Scenes from the Lau Dai Lantern Festival. An incredible day in an ancient town. TOP LEFT: Vinh and I let off a lantern. BOTTOM LEFT: Dragon dancers MIDDLE: Lanterns float past ancient buildings into the night sky. ABOVE: Fire dragon performance. Fireworks everywhere. madness. BLEOW: Blowing bubbles.
15: I am currently living in South Korea, and have done so since July 2011. It is an unexpectedly wonderful country and I think it's reputation has been tarnished by the conflict with North Korea. Vinh and I both teach English at an academy and are having the most amazing time enjoying this delightfully surprising country. | KOREA
16: TOP LEFT: The Taewa river in our home town, Ulsan. TOP RIGHT: A food street in Seoul. BOTTOM LEFT: Ancient tombs in Gyeongju. BOTTOM RIGHT: Exploring Busan Aquarium.
17: This is me, ice fishing at the Pyeongchang Ice Fishing Festival, | TOP: A sand sculpture at Ilsan Beach. MIDDLE: The DMZ. This is the boarder between North and South Korea. Technically, Korea is still in a state of war. BOTTOM: Vinh and I with some students.
18: TOP: Trinkets blow in the breeze in Insadong, Seoul. BOTTOM (FROMLEFT TO RIGHT): Traditional Korean architecture, Spring blossoms, and running down the side of a tomb mound.
19: JAPAN | We were able to take a week off work and visit Tokyo, Japan. It is an amazing place. Basically every stereotype you hear about Japan is true so it was a lot of fun being in such a well known place an experiencing everything first hand | Snow, trees and a security guard outside the Imperial Palace
20: Quirky Japan. TOP LEFT: A Japanese pub at night. BOTTOM LEFT: Every toilet has as many buttons as the cockpit of an aeroplane. TOP RIGHT: 3000 people cross the Shibuya Scramble Pedestrian crossing every time. MIDDLE RIGHT: Akihabara, the home of Japanse cartoons. BOTTOM RIGHT: A cartoon made its way onto my cake.
21: ABOVE: A temple rooftop and blossoms. RIGHT: The Imperial Palace in the snow | LEFT: Making a snow sculpture. RIGHT A traditional Japanese wedding procession at a temple.