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  • Balinese people are perpetually dressing up in traditional attire to attend a never-ending progression of Hindu festivals and ceremonies. I took this charming photo of two men standing in a pick-up truck while  attending a funeral ceremony at a beach in south Bali. Traditionally cremated ashes are cast into the sea. width:600;;height:449
  • This Indian-Malaysian man posed for me in the midst of Thaipusam Festival in Penang, Malaysia. Pilgrims such as him undergo bodily piercings to give thanks to God Kali for granting their wishes during the previous year. width:640;;height:480
  • These three Balinese girls worked at a restaurant I frequented in far northeastern Bali, where I worked as a scuba diving instructor. One day they requested that I take their photo together, for which they brandished their gorgeous smiles. width:640;;height:480
  • Local children in far northeast Bali, not far from where I taught diving. I met them all while checking out a local arak distillery. They were so charming that my friend and I gathered them for this portrait. width:635;;height:480
  • Although chewing betel is common in Asian countries like India and Myanar, I rarely see Balinese sporting the tell-tale red mouths. I was quite surprised to come across these two 'stoned' women in rural Bali while checking out arak distilleries. width:604;;height:480
  • Typical local farmer in far northeast Bali. His clothes and scrubby land illustrate how poor he is. Most locals in the region barely scrape by a subsistance living from farming and fishing. width:600;;height:450
  • I snapped this photo from a bus  in rural Myanmar. The young girl seemed as excited to see me as I was to see them out working in their fields. width:640;;height:480
  • These Indian women posed for me in the back kitchen of famous Golden Temple of Amritsar. I love their candid emotional faces and vibrant saris. width:344;;height:480
  • A handsome guard at the Golden Temple pointedly ignores the crowds walking past along the temple plaza. width:362;;height:480
  • At Shimla, India's most famous and long-standing 'Indian Coffee Shop' waiters still wear traditional serving attire. A very charming touch, wouldn't you say? width:354;;height:480
  • At Mandalay, Myanmar's huge morning market I came across this colorful street sweeper, who really captivated me, with her bright clothing and traditional Burmese face make-up. width:320;;height:480
  • During my train journey across Gokteik Gorge in Myanmar, I was able to take lots of interesting photos of local people at stops in tiny towns and villages along the route. This food vendor is looking for customers at one such stop. width:360;;height:480
  • Another local Burmese woman simnply stands near the tracks, watching all the passengers, town's people and comings and goings at the station. width:335;;height:480
  • This young Burmese woman agreed to pose for me while we were waiting for the (very late) train to arrive so we could begin our journey. width:288;;height:480
  • I loved the unusual color and pattern scheme of this traditional dress worn by a Burmese woman I found praying at Schwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. width:341;;height:480
  • Chinese Malaysians intently prepare noodle dishes at their bustling street stall in Penang, Malaysia. Penang is particularly famous for its delicious and varied street foods. width:364;;height:480
  • This Nepali musician can really play his fiddle! I came across him at a large hilltop temple in Gorka. width:302;;height:480
  • Indian Malaysian musicians playing at the kick-off of Thaipusam Festival in Penang, Malaysia. width:317;;height:480
  • This Thaipusam pilgrim has just finished having dozens of hooks pierced through his entire upper body. Each hook suspends a lime, lemon or orange. He's now being blessed by a priest before venturing out on the long parade walk to a temple on the far edge of town. width:360;;height:480
  • Another Thaipusam pilgrim chooses less elaborate piercings. Here he's in the process of receiving several small facial piercings, while curious onlookers hang around watching the preparations. width:360;;height:480
  • A Hindu priest relaxes while Thaipusam prepations are underway. width:314;;height:480
  • This pilgrim purifies his body before receiving piercings for the Thaipusam parade. width:360;;height:480
  • A drummer for Thaipusam looks on intently at festival preparations, while waiting to begin playing. width:295;;height:480
  • More drummers watching the fascinating and intense piercings being done just before the parade gets underway. width:360;;height:480
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