5-Star Insider

March 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I thoroughly enjoyed having breakfast at the Executive Club of the Westin Miyako in Kyoto. Every morning, I watched the fog from the mountains gently retreat from the sunrise, until I could finally see the tiled roofs of the temples of Nanzenji.

In almost all of my international trips, I’ve always had the pleasure of staying and dinning at five-star hotels. To date, I have enjoyed the tropical sun at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall Resort in Jamaica and at the Westin Resort and Spa in Puerto Vallarta. I have savored high-grade wagyu and otoro at the Westin Miyako in Kyoto and until today I still can’t forget the heavenly Hainanese Chicken Rice at the Meritus in Singapore. I have immersed myself in the warm waters of W Hong Kong’s 76th-floor outdoor pool (the highest in the city) in the middle of winter and I have beaten the heat of Ho Chi Minh City with overflowing cold drinks at the Club Lounge of the Sheraton Saigon. These great hotels are destinations in themselves, and as a tribute, deserve their own album of iconic photographs.

Wedding Photography and Me

September 16th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Ann DiptychAnne, June 2008

I have always been reluctant about getting into the business of wedding photography. I used to say that I didn’t want to get involved with the business part of it and that there’s no glory in capturing cheesy romantic moments, but that’s just obviously my unreformed biases refusing to get with the program. In general, I actually find shooting weddings and engagements a joy, especially if the couple exchanging vows are good friends and they’re game about giving people a peek into their crazy side. My opinion about the whole thing changed even more after I, too, tied the knot. I finally became a subject on the other side of the lens. Given that, the only thing keeping me from getting into the business of wedding photography is my decision not to do so. Things could be different tomorrow. Maybe. Who knows?

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