Beach vendor. Kuta Beach, Indonesia 09/02/2010
Made's wide smile and wide-brimmed hat caught my eye along this busy beach nearing sunset. Made sells bracelets and sarongs to tourists for a living. Like most Balinese, she's gorgeous!
Good energy and a great smile from someone who knows they're livin a pretty good life playing and working along Kuta Beach in Bali.
Young soccer players, Bali Indonesia. 08/23/2010
An entire team of smiling faces waving madly at you when the sun is still rising in Bali's coastal countryside will certainly bring a brighter day. I was particularly struck by the girl below who embodies a classic Balinese movie-star look even in her phys-ed uniform. The boy has a pretty great casual groove happening.
Little girl. Bali, Indonesia 08/21/2010
This girl was playing in a group of kids in a small village near the base of a volcano in the interior of Bali. If you find this mountainous misty land watch out- you may feel like a moviestar, these children and their smiles are amazing and so flattering.
From the capital of Malaysia, meet one of the guys who can cook you up a plate of delicious fried rice and veggies. Enda--- completely charming.
Street food vendor. Malaysia 08/16/2010
This woman selling delicious hawker food caught my eye with her lovely smile. She first needed permission to have her picture taken from her husband (behind) but he was quite happy to oblige!
Fisherman. Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. 08/16/2010
15 years ago Zu (middle) left Burma with her mother and came to Malaysia to live a better life beyond the grips of a government run by force. Today she runs a restaurant called April's Cafe and has two beautiful children, and is perhaps the most welcoming person one may ever meet. Guess how old the grandmother is? Answer: 67! The secret? The Burmese apply a special tree bark paste onto their skin that keeps it 'close to nature'.
Bangkok style setter, Thailand. 08/04/2010
This girl I met outside a temple in Bangkok screamed cute from her braces (!), haircut, clothes and smile. A fashion capital for SE Asia, the streets of Bangkok are full of wonderful style setters; the Thai are also wonderful people.
Burmese schoolgirl. Thailand 08/04/2010