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Hello everyone! It’s been a while, but I’m back after my travels and rest time, ready and excited for an awesome new season ahead! Just a few word from my traveling:

What a privilege to travel. I always feel a sense of freedom. A freedom to learn from others…and to learn about myself. I get challenged by the different ways of doing/thinking, cultures and scenery. What challenge me the most? What do i do automatically  because of where i grew up/my family/my culture and my ways of thinking?


About the actual trip:

Cape Town – Singapore (2 days to “de-yetlag”) Mariné my friend and awesome traveling partner, lives in Singapore.

fly to Ho Chi Minh City -Vietnam

fly to Hanoi

overnight train to Lao Cai

taxi with guide to Sapa (in the mountains, very close to China)

back to Lao Cai

bus (with tour group) to Halong Bay

stay on junkboat

overnight train to Hanoi

fly back to Ho Chi Minh City

fly back to Singapore

fly toCape town.

my trip was going to be much longer, but maybe more about this later…

2 facts:

8 days in Vietnam is WAY too short.

I took these pics with my Canon 5D II and Canon s90

Enjoy!

Singapore. The Fine levitra pen City.

Everything is just “perfect” and “fine.” But also it’s well known for one thing: Fines!!!

Enjoying Singaporean food and practicing very tiny muscles in my hand i did not know existed:

H0 Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Litchi-like fruit:

Jack fruit

My friend, Mariné

The egg-yolks are the undeveloped eggs from chickens that cannot see the light any more. :)

Sapa

Our excellent tour guide in Sapa. If you ever want to go there, ask me for his details!

Joined the local ladies to plant some rice! Fond memory.


Her hands are dyed blue from working with Indigo dye.

I liked this dog so much! Our guide did as well, but not in the same way though! He wouldn’t mind eating her. They do have dogs as pets…until they have a party. They believe the dogs go to a better place once they die.

These people work hard.

Our view from our room in Sapa View hotel. It was breathtaking!

Rice fields

Halong Bay:

There are 2000 little islands in Halong Bay and 3000 in the area!!!

The Junk boat we stayed on for 2 days in Halong Bay:

Back in Ho Chi Minh City

Two years ago i traveled to Sudan, here are those images!

:)


let me know what you think

  • Marine
    August 2nd, 20111:49 pm

    My vriendin,…dis stunning, breathtaking,… elke foto herinner my aan ‘n oomblik. Trane en lag…wat ‘n vakansie :-) Sal dit altyd bewaar. Hy het ons bigtime bederf. Thanks for pushing me beyond my own wellkept lines and encouraging me to enjoy EVERY minute.

  • Christo van Deventer
    August 2nd, 20111:56 pm

    Lizelle…ABSOLUUT ONGELOOFLIKE fotos. Dit lyk asof jy vir “National Geographic” fotos gedoen het. Ek dink jy kan ‘n hele paar toekennings kry vir hierdie fotos. Die eerste een met die dogtertjie en die baba op die rug is ongelooflik, so mooi, maar daar is ook iets so “sad” op hulle gesigte. Ek dink jy moet die wereld deur reis en vir ons almal wys hoe mooi die wereld is…

  • cindy
    August 2nd, 20111:58 pm

    Lizelle,
    Ek het ‘n massa werk om te doen, en ek is moeg en min lus. Ek het nou sommer bietjie gesit en huil oor hoe mooi jou fotos is. Ek het vir ‘n paar minute ver weg oor baie water saam met jou en Marine gekuier, en gewens ek het die avontuur in my hart soos jy. Die fotos is net meer beautiful soos altyd, en ek gaan later vir ‘n uur sit en elkeen deurkyk. En nog so bietjie droom.

  • Roxy
    August 2nd, 20112:00 pm

    They look like not travel, but travel pics- they are art- you took the commercial drappy-ness out and made these pics real. I want to go there now!

  • Peta
    August 2nd, 20112:00 pm

    Wow wow wow dit is so awesome! Love die kindertjies se gesigte, die reislande, die skoene en jy vrou lyk verukklik en vol smiles en awesome!! well done kani wag nog te sien nie…:-( sad oor die honde…

  • Monique
    August 2nd, 20112:05 pm

    Sooo mooi! En kleurvol! Is dit regtig so kleurvol daar, of is dit jou “magic”? As jy wou regkry om mens lus te maak of self te gaan – you did it!

  • June
    August 2nd, 20112:07 pm

    Zellie, jy kan genoeg verdien deur net op reis te gaan… Ek ruik en proe die land! Stunning mooi fotos

  • marieke
    August 2nd, 20112:12 pm

    Dis ongelooflik mooi!

  • Jules Morgan
    August 2nd, 20112:12 pm

    Absolutely beautiful images Zel and you are looking so beautiful too!!

  • Selma
    August 2nd, 20112:16 pm

    Lizelle…these pics are AWESOME!!!!! The rice paddy ones are beyond gorgeous! So glad you got pics of water buff…they are my favourite ;-)
    Big up on you for posting these, I’m sure it has not been the easiest time for you…well done for keeping your chin up and still showing us your beautiful work!

  • Danel
    August 2nd, 20112:47 pm

    Lizelle,
    die fotos is regtig stunning… jy is absoluut die beste photographer wat ek ken!!!
    well done :0)
    dxxx

  • Izanne
    August 2nd, 20112:48 pm

    Wow…

  • Annelize
    August 2nd, 20112:56 pm

    Wow, Lizelle. Ek sien nou al so lankal uit na jou fotos. Ek het hoendervleis, voel of jy alles kan ruik, voel en beleef deur hierdie fotos. Jy is soooooo n talentvolle, pragtige mens!!!

  • nastassja harvey
    August 2nd, 20113:16 pm

    Zella, ek het nie woorde nie vriendin – ek is in absoluut awe. Maar wat ek wel gaan se is, weet jy hoe ongelooflik stunning jy is?? :)

  • Taryn Ward
    August 2nd, 20113:27 pm

    So much fun I can tell! What a wonderful experience you can treasure forever! xx

  • Bobbi
    August 2nd, 20113:34 pm

    Wonderful photos! makes me want to travel!

  • Liezel
    August 2nd, 20113:35 pm

    Ek is al vir meer as 2 weke elke dag op jou site om te kyk of jy nog nie geblog het nie. dit was BESLIS die wag die moeite werd! WOW WOW WOW!!!! jou fotos is ongelooflik. het sommer ‘n traan gepik!! absoluut beautiful!!

  • Susan Alkema
    August 2nd, 20113:35 pm

    Amazing! Wonderlike kleure en diepte!

  • Lauren kriedemann
    August 2nd, 20114:07 pm

    such wonderful photos i love them Lizelle

  • Christine Meintjes
    August 2nd, 20114:09 pm

    Wow Zel, jou fotos is altyd so mooi!!! Jy kan enige iets laat awesome lyk!! xx

  • Yolande Snyders
    August 2nd, 20114:10 pm

    Ongelooflik, dit voel asof ek nou op vakansie was.
    Lizelle, jou photojournalism verdien ‘n prys, dis so goed.

  • Nicola Bester
    August 2nd, 20114:23 pm

    Wow Lizelle! Ek het regtig nie woorde nie – jou fotos laat mens voel of jy dit self beleef. Die fotos laat mens met gemengde gevoelens van hartseer en bewondering vir dit wat jy sien! Ongelooflike werk!!!

  • Stephanie McCutcheon Kalish
    August 2nd, 20114:30 pm

    These pictures are stunning! Looks like you and Marine had an amazing trip. I can’t wait to admire the pictures from your next adventure :)

  • Glenys
    August 2nd, 20114:49 pm

    WOWEEEEE!! Zellie, ongelooflik! Ek like dat jy shorts gekry het, ek like dat jy rambutan’s geeet het en is SO bly dat jy op die trip kon gaan al was dit nie lank genoeg nie! Volgende jaar gaan ek en jy op ‘n trippie!xxx

  • Maré Rootman
    August 2nd, 20115:00 pm

    Zellie, daai hondjie op die rooi stoel het seker New York verruil vir ‘n mooier uitsig, te cute!

  • Anel
    August 2nd, 20115:02 pm

    Jinne kan ek hulle double ‘LIKE’! Dis ongelooflik mooi!

  • Jani B
    August 2nd, 20115:13 pm

    Raai waar gaan ek volgende jaar!?

  • Anina De Witt
    August 2nd, 20115:13 pm

    Stunning Stunning!!! Jy het elke mooi oomblik vas gevang!! Maak mens super jaloers,maar shhhooottt jy verdien dit!!!
    Sien sommer vreeslik uit na die ander foto’s wat jy gaan oplaai!

  • Paulette
    August 2nd, 20116:13 pm

    Dit maak amper seer, so mooi is dit. Miskien omdat mens ophou asemhaal as jy die fotos kyk.

  • Diane
    August 2nd, 20117:15 pm

    Stunning pictures! I can imagine that you & M had an awesome time!! Each pic has a precious story :) Xx

  • Lizka
    August 2nd, 20117:52 pm

    AWSOMENESS – stunning soos altyd jy het baie talent ….. dus ongelooflik MOOI

  • Kim
    August 2nd, 20118:15 pm

    Wow, Lizelle! Your travels to Sing looked amazing. The colours, the people… Beautiful!

  • Mademoiselle Wedding
    August 2nd, 20118:44 pm

    Just wonderful! Now i want to go to Vietnam. Your pictures are great, thanks to share that with us!

  • Carmen Visser
    August 2nd, 20119:38 pm

    Unbelievably beautiful ! x

  • Minki
    August 2nd, 201110:30 pm

    sjoe dit is ongelooflik mooi Lizelle!!!

  • Hanlie Basson
    August 3rd, 20118:13 am

    Ek is so jaloers!!!!!

  • diné
    August 3rd, 20118:16 am

    amazing photos!! :) i’m dying to visit south east asia, even more now. x

  • Dielda
    August 3rd, 20118:40 am

    LOVE elke liewe kiki! Die een van die hondjie op die rooi stoel sal my lank by bly!!!! SOOOOO SPECIAL ZELLIE!!!

  • Tamara
    August 3rd, 20118:50 am

    These are absolutely stunning- such art :) the way you think blows me away

  • rebecca
    August 3rd, 20119:24 am

    Soooooooo amazing! Makes me want to travel! I will definitely go to Vietnam at some point because of these pictures. You are a true artist Zel x x x x

  • Lezanne
    August 3rd, 20119:33 am

    Poskaart foto’s!

  • Estie Thirion
    August 3rd, 20119:55 am

    stunning girl! Love these shots.

  • Dee
    August 3rd, 201110:12 am

    Wow! Wat ‘n belewenis moes dit geleef het!
    Deur na jou kiekies te kyk voel dit amper asof ek saam met julle getoer het!
    Shjoe dis baie mooi daar, en tog as ek na die mense en die honde kyk skiet my hart so bietjie. Baie dankie vir hierdie trippie deur jou vakansie!

  • ilode
    August 3rd, 201110:22 am

    Lovit! Is mal oor jou fotos weereens!!

  • Lizemari
    August 3rd, 201110:23 am

    Wow Lizelle – ongeloooooooflike stel foto’s – so vars en die kleure is awesome! dankie dat jy dit deel!

  • karen
    August 3rd, 201110:28 am

    Lizzie!
    Jy helder elke keer my dag op na ek jou foties kyk! Pragtig!!!!

  • Gina
    August 3rd, 201111:24 am

    Dis ongelooflike mooi fotos!!

  • Maryke
    August 3rd, 201111:36 am

    breathtaking photos!!!!! YOU ROCK

  • Bruce
    August 3rd, 201112:02 pm

    I.N.S.A.N.E. images Lizelle! Freaking beautiful!

  • elna nel
    August 3rd, 201112:20 pm

    Pragtig!!!
    Jy het in net 8 daggies ‘n leeftyd se herinneringe vasgevang….en dit is wat so beautiful is!! Mense kan vir 8maande travel en nie beleef wat jy met soveel passie en entoesiasme leef nie!!

  • Frances Jones
    August 3rd, 201112:26 pm

    Stunning photos – I’ve heard all about the trip and these photos have really inspired me for my own journey in November. Thank you so much for sharing :)

  • Celesté
    August 3rd, 20111:23 pm

    Onbeskryflik… Jou foto’s is fenomenaal Lizelle!! Jy het SO ‘n besonderse Godgegewe talent en dis absoluut amazing hoe jy veral emosie vasvang in jou foto’s. Die swart en wit close-up van die baba gesiggie het my diep geraak. Doen So Voort!

  • jana
    August 3rd, 20113:05 pm

    Ek was laas jaar in Vietnam maar my fotos is GLAD nie so mooi soos jouen nie x

  • Cheryl McEwan
    August 3rd, 20117:56 pm

    PHENOMENAL images Lizelle! I just drank in each image and relived my trip to Vietnam last year! Isn’t Sapa amazing? I also photographed your lady in image no 36 when I was there! so glad you enjoyed your time there, just breathtaking images! xx

  • Du Wayne Denton
    August 3rd, 201110:00 pm

    Lizelle, stunning! You’ve captured Vietnam so beautifully in the time that you were there.

  • anke
    August 3rd, 201111:43 pm

    sjoe! dis ongelooflike fotos!! love dit!
    dis my droom om ook te travel en om sulke fotos te neem… tot dan sal hierdie my inspireer.. hoe lekker is dit nie om te weet dat ons nog met ons oe kan kyk en die wereld se prag waardeer nie. so lekker om te sien hoe jy dit vasgevang het deur jou oe… met soveel emosie en passie! xoxo

  • Gloudette Spamer
    August 4th, 20118:34 am

    Sjoe Lizelle, maar die foto’s is amazingly stunning!

  • Laura Jane
    August 4th, 20119:27 pm

    Wow….ek het skoon ‘n knop in my keel. Ongelooflike photos!!

  • Liezl
    August 5th, 201110:17 am

    Ongelooflik en inspirerende foto’s

  • Tania
    August 5th, 201112:37 pm

    Die foto’s is absoluut wonderlik! Jy vang als so goed vas – die emosie. Dink nie ek sal daar wil gaan toer nie, ek het nie ‘n sterk genoeg maag vir al daai kosse nie ;-) Regtig stunning (soos altyd)!

  • adri
    August 6th, 20115:34 pm

    Zella, dis ongelooflik mooi. Kan sommer sien jy en Marine het ‘n ongelooflike tyd gehad. Volgende keer gaan ek saam :) Het nie geweet Vietnam is so mooi nie. Love dit Lizelle.

  • Johnél vd Westhuizen
    August 8th, 20112:18 pm

    Whow! Ek is sommer lus en pak my sakke en spring op die eerste vlug wat Vietnam toe gaan! Sjoe, Lizelle, jou foto’s is WERKLIK pragtig! Ek is mal oor die kleure en die mense wat jy vasgevang het. Ek moet se, een van my gunstelinge is die hoenderpote!!! Het na jou Soedan foto’s ook gaan loer. Net sulke mooi portretfoto’s.

  • Jaco van Loggerenberg
    August 8th, 20113:07 pm

    WOW Lizelle,

    This is amazing. Such a different live, but incredibly beautiful. I want to visit Vietnam now. :-)

  • Jo-Ann Stokes
    August 8th, 20114:50 pm

    Gosh, cant believe i almost missed this absolutely mindblowing post ….love, love, love! You have such an awesome way of looking at the world. You are one serious talented lady! National Geographic are going to headhunt you without a doubt!

  • carmen und ingo
    August 8th, 20115:12 pm

    wow lizelle! stunning pics! loved vietnam and its looks like you had an amazing time there! would be great meet you someday to share some experiences…

  • nikki
    August 8th, 20119:03 pm

    Sjoe, sjoe, jy is darem net ongelooflik met portraits en om die ‘soul’ van ‘n plek vas te vang! Looove al die oulike self portraits ook!

  • Emily L
    August 9th, 20113:17 am

    Wow friend, these are truly breathtaking! You make me want to travel and see the world! Maybe I’ll be coming to South Africa soon and start there! So amazing that you had an opportunity like that!

  • monica dart
    August 9th, 20111:30 pm

    how did I miss this blog entry??? absolutely blown away. Zelle you look stunning! These images say so much about life in Asia. You have not only captured the cultural side, but emotional side too.x

  • Heather Steyn
    August 10th, 20114:38 pm

    Mal daaroor! Jou trip het awesome gelyk en jou fotos vertel stories :)

  • Rensche Mari
    August 10th, 20114:59 pm

    WOW! Lizelle, die fotos is asemrowend, die oomblikke wat jy hier vasgevang het is so mooi en wil dit ook nou gaan sien, belowe my jy sal my saamvat volgende keer?!

  • Margaret Williams
    August 11th, 201110:49 am

    Margaret van Kodak lab
    Hi Lizelle. Ag man duisend dankies vir jou foto’s en *remarks* oor dit. Ek het dit soo geniet, en natuurlik moes daar skoene fotos bywees. Ja, i must say it brings tears to your eyes. My manager propably gonna fire me, seeing that i’m doing it in work time, haha. Jou foto’s weerspeel jou nederige mooi geaardheid Lizelle. I wish you God’s richest blessings sweethaert.

  • no 1 fan
    August 15th, 201111:39 am

    incredible. ek gaan jok as ek ‘n gunsteling uit wys, maar joh die moterfietse van bo!

  • Dianne
    August 17th, 20111:51 pm

    Unbelievably beautiful – each and every single one.

  • Rudolf
    August 23rd, 201112:25 am

    what a great holiday. stunning imagery. thanks for sharing!

  • Johann Hurter
    September 22nd, 20112:48 pm

    Wow some of the best travel photos I have ever seen! Stunning!!

  • Patricia
    April 14th, 20122:26 pm

    Lizelle,
    Sjoe, hierdie fotos laat mens woordeloos. Dit is die mooiste wat ek nog ooit gesien het.

  • Patricia
    April 14th, 20122:27 pm

    Lizelle.
    Sjoe, hierdie fotos is asemrowend!!!!!
    Voel of mens deel daarvan was.

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