Sunday, August 10, 2008

Vietnam • Beautiful details

Looking back to our Northern Vietnam trip, I can recall seeing images of beauty not just in the landscapes and seascapes of Hanoi, Halong and Sapa. Rather, it's seeing it in the finer details. These ref magnets sold in the old quarters are simply eye-candies I couldn't refuse so I brought home a pair. They now sit (or stick?) to my refrigerator along with magnets from Camiguin, Cebu, and other places I've been to watching over the traffic of junk food that comes in and out of my refrigerator, hahaha.

Venturing to Cat Ba in the Sapa Valley, we can't help but notice the weathered wooden roof of farm structures. The weathering seems induced by a masterful stroke of photoshop but is in fact, an artwork done by nature, the patina deftly painted by the elements. the weeds growing in the cracks add a splash of green that even the overcast conditions cannot diminish.

Landing and flying from Hanoi, dropping by Hoan Kiem Lake is simply too much of a temptation to pass up. it was rainy during our trip but one makes do with what the fickle weather gives.

In this case, what caught my eye was the architecture of the temple within the lake. It is in itself interesting, showing a strong design tradition that is majestic from the time it was constructed up to today. Even set against a less-than blue sky, the detail just jump out, begging to be recorded for posterity.

Visiting the UNESCO Heritage Site of Halong was tops in our itinerary though some places included in the itinerary seem to be tourist traps.  Exploring what our guide calls the Magical Cave along Halong Bay, one can't help but be mesmerized by the otherworldly-effect of the lighting on the cave walls. Some seem simply outlandish, gaudy and overly-done but some details such as the ones in the image are just too eye-catching not to notice. The cave itself seems to be a tourist trap but good thing, details like these make it at least worth our while.

10 comments:

Lawstude said...

you have captured the details beautifully oggie. i also have some ref magnets of the places i have gone to. those cute little things made of wood, coconut, shells and sand really are awesome reminders of the places we have been to.

i would definitely buy that blue pair.

lagal[og] said...

thanks oman! i'm not big on buying souvenir shirts and stuff but ref magnets are literally shopping magnets to me because they're more practical and take up so little baggage space :-)

Ferdz said...

Eye Candy talaga sila. Cute pa tignan yung gma ref magnets na yun at first glance.

Tuwa rin ako sa textures ng roof sa Cat Ba. Sana lang mas madami

lagal[og] said...

wulfriend! onga eh, kaya nga napautang ako sayo at napabili ng ref magnet. yung roof sa catba, ok nga. sana mas marami pa sila, they would form a great pattern to shoot.

Random Ramblings said...

kuya oggie, just got back from hanoi. i also bought those ref magnets for myself.

did you take that boat trip from the junk to the cave which they said will take 30 minutes? 100% a tourist trap. it is not actually a cave we went to, but a "tunnel" we passed going to this lagoon na ordinary-looking naman. nothing great to miss if the extra trip won't be taken. at $3 per person, feeling ko nadaya..

lagal[og] said...

hi arlene. hmmm, we weren't charged naman for the cave and island fees because they were all included in the halong package we got from handspan. i must agree that the cave was a tourist trap. the inland lagoon was okay but the trip was too short to appreciate.

the donG said...

pag nakikita ko yang cave na maraming neon lights, iniisip ko yung globe sa MOA. hehehe...

ganda nga ng architecture ng mga buildings. ganda ng kultura.

ano nga pala mga nabili nyong souvenir doon?

lagal[og] said...

ei dom! onga eh, medyo gaudy yung multi-colored lights.

as far as souvenirs, marami rin pala kaming naiuwi. yung small masks, the vietnamese ref magnets, of course, salakot na hinand-carry pa namin, hahaha and lots of good morning vietnam shirts (you can't avoid the sellers anyway :-D)

the donG said...

hahaha... dami pala pwedeng pasalubong. siguradong bibili rin ako ng salakot pag pumunta ako dun.

lagal[og] said...

dom, pakuha ka rin ng kuha ni ferdz parang viet-boy :-)

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