Scenery Sunday :- Fatih Wednesday Market (Istanbul, Turkey)

One of my favorite things to do while traveling is blend in with the locals. This time in Istanbul, I stayed outside of the typical touristic neighborhoods and lived among locals.

On a rainy Wednesday, I stepped into the supersized outdoor market in the Fatih neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey. I brought along my camera, shopped with the locals and walked shoulder to shoulder with them all.

Weekly markets around the world feed my curiosity; visually, mentally and physically. From the way people dress, what they eat, how they bargain and buy, how they socialize, how they react to the weather, it’s all part of the local culture. Continue reading

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Fashion and Beauties of Vietnam

Long sleeved camera assistant in HCMC, Vietnam

Long sleeved camera assistant in HCMC, Vietnam

On the first full day of my 20-day visit in Vietnam, I noticed something very obvious and conflicting, with my eyes while in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC).

Everywhere I go. Everywhere I look. The thermometer read +35C (95F). The heat. The humidity – oh the humidity – it was about 95%. Luckily by this time, I had started to acclimatize to the crazy hot heat of Asia – this took 1.5 months. However, it still felt like a ginormous sauna / steam room to me, every time I leave the comfort of air conditioning. Continue reading

Be Inspired by these Fabulous Fashionistas!

This is such an inspiring group of women. It is truly important to be able to express yourself authentically – for the sake of yourself and to maintain integrity.

Do as you please.

Trying to please everyone else makes life unnecessarily challenging for yourself. It’s a lot easier to focus on yourself and make yourself happy. This may be a challenging idea but I believe it’s such an important idea to live by.

I am a person who grew up constantly seeking approval, always wanting to ensure those around me are happy. It’s exhausting and stressful. Right now, as I transition into a person who puts myself first, the words: selfish, inconsiderate pops up. I may feel guilty at times but then again, if I don’t consider myself the most important person to look after, who will? Why rely on others when it’s simplest and easiest to just rely on myself for my own happiness?

Let’s drop the labels that society have taught us to use on each other. Just allow each person to be who they are truly and honestly – without judgement. Look at them with pure love and compassion – not pity or disdain.

These old “grannies” are incredible in their own right! Celebrate life and beauty! XO

Thank you to Channel 4 for making this fabulous documentary!