Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (Cambodia)

This is the site of the infamous prison/torture facilities of the Killing Fields period during the Khmer Rouge government. I shot this video on my visit to Phnom Penh in 2005.


Hanoi Traffic (more stress version)

And this isn’t even the worst that it gets…

Hanoi Traffic (less stress version)

Accompanied by Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee. The music seems to take the edge off a little.

Trip to Hanoi, Halong Bay, and more in Vietnam 2008

One thing I regret about my time in Asia is not shooting more video. I shot plenty, mind you, but I wish that a) cheap (and more portable) digital video technology had been around from the mid-’90s (especially during the 2002 World Cup); and b) that I had carried my video camera around with me all the time.

I love photography too, but there is something about video capturing the movement and sounds that takes me back to the moment just a little more.

I shot all of this video on a cultural exchange trip to Vietnam between the school in Korea where I worked and her sister school in Hanoi. In this case, I did indeed carry pretty much carry the video camera with me all the time.

It’s a long video (38 minutes plus) and you may not want to watch all of it (though, personally, I think it’s all worth watching), so let me break it down for you:

0:00 – Scenery of rice paddies, Halong Bay, rural Vietnam, and Hanoi’s Old Quarter

1:05 – Korean students at Incheon and Hanoi airports

1:57 – Korean and Vietnamese students (and teachers)

4:09 – Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in Hanoi

7:19 – Hanoi’s alleyways and crazy traffic

8:39 – Traveling in the countryside (rice fields, students on the bus teaching each other their native songs)

9:16 – Visit to a Vietnamese orphanage in the countryside

13:50 – Korean-Vietnamese cultural exchange show at Hanoi-Amsterdam High School

21:25 – More crazy Hanoi traffic

21:57 – More bus ride through the countryside (on the way to Halong Bay)

22:17 – Stop at a road side fruit stand

24:20 – Halong Bay

29:03 – More bus ride (this time to a ceramics factory)

29:43 – Quang Vinh Ceramic Company

30:40 – Dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant

31:10 – Back in Hanoi, visit to a woven-goods (?) store

32:32 – Visit to a furniture factory

33:36 – Farewell dinner at a Vietnamese buffet restaurant

35:02 – The good-byes begin

37:29 – Credits