Can I get a snap: The Philippines edition

After that last whingey post, hereโ€™s something, before I get back to posting about China, to highlight one of the things I loved most about the Philippines: Filipinos!

Just about everyone we interacted with was so friendly, smiley and welcoming.

And a lot of them were also camera hogs. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Itโ€™s been a while since Iโ€™ve had people stopping me to ask to take their picture. I donโ€™t think anything will ever compete with the snap-happy Indians, but Filipinos are strong seconds for hamming it up in front of the camera. Here are the โ€œsnapsโ€ I took during our time on the islands.

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The parade in Dumaguete remains one of the highlights of our month in the Philippines. I wandered around the area where the students were setting up and got called over to snap some shots. This one is musicians on a truck (being on a moving vehicle is no barrier to posing for the camera!).

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Gotta love the glitter!!

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More poses from mid-drive. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Young Christmas carolers

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This was at the lovely church in Dumaguete. The woman on the left tweaked my nose while telling me I was pretty and grilling me about when I was going to start having babies with Roman.

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Friendly fishermen in Dauin

Can I get a snap?: The Kratie edition

It’s been a while since snap mania in India. We’re a few days into our stay at Kratie, our first stop in Cambodia, and I’m discovering that some kids here can give the Indians a run for their money when it comes to enthusiasm in front of the camera! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is just a selection of the pics-on-demand I took on my afternoon walk today.

DSC 0166 A friendly group hanging out in front of a village store. The little guy had just had a bath.

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This bunch ran out to greet me as I was coming back to town and wouldn’t let me go without doing a photo shoot first.

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And a dance move or two.

Can I get a snap part two: Hampi

Like I mentioned in my earlier Hampi post, the kids there were just great – and not afraid to ask to have their picture taken! ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is another series of snaps, all from our stay in Hampi.


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In fact it was a whole family of hams and camera hogs ๐Ÿ˜‰



Practicing his Bollywood look



One snap at her brother’s request



Field trip on an ice cream break


Can I get a snap?

I’d heard plenty of stories before starting this trip about people in India’s inclination to take photos of non-Indian tourists. So I haven’t been surprised by the numerous times we’ve gotten requests for “one snap please”, at which point camera phones are whipped out and we participate in a family portrait session, have wary or disinterested toddlers herded to our side or pose with a posse of young men one by one as they share a single pair of sunglasses between them.

What I didn’t expect is the requests we’ve gotten from people who want us to take their picture. It’s not like we’re carrying a Polaroid camera or they ask us to e-mail them the photo. Half the time they aren’t even interested to see the picture on the digital display after it’s been taken and they’ve already started to wander off by the time I’ve gotten it on screen. I can’t fathom what the novelty in this could be, but it’s such an easy thing to do that seems to make them happy, so I love doing it.

And I love the resulting pictures.

So here is the collection of ‘snaps’ (so far?). I know the odds are slim to none, but I do harbor a fantasy that maybe one day the folks in the photos might stumble across them online and get a kick out of seeing the snap they requested from a random Western girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mcleod Ganj, September 2010


Amritsar, October 2010


Amritsar, October 2010


Jodhpur, November 2010


Jodhpur, November 2010


Jodhpur, November 2010


Varanasi, November 2010


Varanasi, November 2010