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Pasig River 2018

Early morning

Unloading and loading of passengers

The banca that will bring you just across the river.

Long-tail Boat

This long-tail boat is used as tourist boat in Mekong river within the Golden Triangle.

Sunday Snapshots: Laundry Time

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Washing clothes in the river

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A communal spot in the river for washing clothes

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This communal spot has makeshift sun shield roof

By the River Tamsui

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To pause for a while and watch the sunset

One fine afternoon, in place of long walks, it was the perfect time to ride leisurely by the river Tamsui and watch the sunset in my rented bicycle. Then I’ve come to understand that I take delight inTaiwan more than in Hong Kong or Macau.

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River Waltz

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Approaching the jetty of our host as we end our river cruise

It was around 10:00 in the evening when we cruised the Pengkalan Datu River. There were no artificial lights seen along the way except from distant houses, from the torch of lone fisherman seen occasionally by the riverbank working on his net or trap, and from the headlights of the boat navigator. The water was so eerily still and quiet except for the sound of some huge fish jumping now and then.

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We cruised that night on a boat just like this one

We were actually cruising deep in the night to see the fireflies. Those insects must be huge for I can see them flicker from distant trees and bushes as we ride along the river. Too bad the moon was very bright that the simultaneous flickering was not that spectacular. On the other hand, the full moon was perfect. It made the night so beautiful while we waltz along the river.

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Pengkalan Datu River at sunset

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Pengkalan Datu River at sunrise

Of River and Running in Japan

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In Japan, there’s always a running path along a river. This one is in Kyoto.

By the Melaka River

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Unhurried stay, wanderings by the side streets, and most particularly the walks by the river for several days, impart some profound understanding of Melaka.

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Something that cannot be accomplished by river cruising on a tourist boat for 45 minutes or by staying for couple of nights only.

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Health campaign post on the benefits of walking 10,000 steps

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Tourist boat on a river cruise

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Dining by the river on a quiet evening

Catching Tilapia in Sungai Melaka

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Caught tilapia

Around midday on a weekday in Melaka, things are quiet by the riverbank walkway. But for this local guy, it’s the best time to drop a net and catch some tilapia.

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Somebody else is interested

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Receptacle for the catch

 

Placenta Tree

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The organic matter inside those plastic bags or bottles that are hanging in the mangrove are placentas. I suppose these are the placentas of the water village mothers as they cannot bury them (as what normally land people do).

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By the Iloilo River, I Ran

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When I was a kid, my favorite view in Iloilo would be the passage of the ship in this river coming from the strait of Iloilo. I would either be at the roof deck or at the railing of M/V Princess of Negros or M/V Don Vicente. How I wish I have photographs of these two beloved Negros Navigation vessels. Each way will take 2 hours but it was truly a joy to slow travel in those ships than in fast craft vessels which took over the Bacolod-Iloilo route in the 90s.

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Esplanade is a little more than a kilometer long

Whenever I run in Iloilo, one can always see the river, or one can certainly pass at some bridge spanning the river. This filled my mind with historical thoughts like my story above.

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I appreciate this beautification effort in Iloilo

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See that Gothic structure over there at the other side of the river? that's Molo church. I ran towards Molo district first before running in this esplanade by the river

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A sundowner run on one's trip means sunset appreciation and a good appetite for dinner

By The Sumida River, I Ran

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Tartan track by the river. I guess the Taito-ku urban planner must be a runner

During my Tokyo visit, I regularly run by the Sumida River in Taito Ward which is just a seven-minute running distance from where I stayed.

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The river view

The path by the river is an ideal place for running with its lovely water view and tartan track.

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Obviously it's spring time

Running and traveling go together as one can run and observe everyday life at the same time. In this case, the morning life in Tokyo.

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One can do interval training in this track

With running, one can also wander far in the corners and side streets than by any other means for a much deeper understanding of the place and its residents.

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Running will be most beautiful when the cherry trees are in full bloom

Thus, my morning run makes a delightful introductory paragraph in every full day chapter of my Tokyo wanderings.

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Run across any of the bridges spanning the Sumida river like this one to run more at the other side. See those white birds on the river wall ?

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With all the runner-friendly amenities included in the city's urban planning (especially clean public toilets that never run out of toilet paper), isn't it better to be out there running regularly (when in Tokyo) than not at all?

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