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    Crossing Bridges 8 to Vietnam 10 to 16 November 2011

    Applications are invited from PhotoMalaysia members to participate in this year's Crossing Bridges Event, to be held in Vietnam, and hosted by Photo.vn. This year's event will take place from 10-15 November, and only 14 PM members will be given the honour and privilege to represent Malaysia, and be a part of the Malaysian contingent.

    The cost for full board and lodging per person is US$500 based on a twin sharing room. Single occupancy rooming is not encouraged, and if you want a single room, the additional single room supplement will be US$230 per person. All participants will have to book and pay for their own return air fare to Ho Chi Min city, and you are advised to book early in order to get the best air fare prices. You should plan to arrive in Ho Chi Min city on 10th November, and leave HCM on the 16th of November.

    If you wish to participate, please send a PM to Digitalartist with the following personal details.

    1. Your full name & PhotoMalaysia Nickname
    2. Identity card number
    3. Passport number
    4. Expiry date of passport
    5. HP number
    6. Email address
    7. House address
    8. Name of next of kin
    9. Relationship with next of kin
    10. Telephone number of next of kin
    11. Address of next of kin

    The limited slots are usually immediately taken up, and some PMers who anticipated this have already written to me to book a place. Therefore, those who submit incomplete information will be passed over. Selection will NOT be on a First Come First Served basis. I am trying to get a group made up of first-timers as well as repeat attendees on a 50-50 basis. Those wishing to participate in this year’s Crossing Bridges will need to fulfill the following requirements:

    1. Be existing members of PhotoMalaysia for NO LESS than 3 months as of 1 July 2011 (registered with PhotoMalaysia on 1 April 2011 or EARLIER)
    2. Actively participating PMers who are 18 years old or older
    3. Have a genuine interest in making friends and have an easy-going demeanour
    4. Be physically fit and with a sense of humour
    5. Able to do with little sleep (4-5hrs daily average) for a week
    6. ABLE TO SHOWER WITHOUT HEATED WATER once or twice during the trip, and able to postpone breakfast for a couple of days, to shoot the morning mist and sunrise in hauntingly beautiful mountains and lakes (See Lake Dai Ninh and Lang Biang Highlands pics below).
    7. OK with twin-sharing rooms throughout the trip
    8. Able to make the ENTIRE trip (no half-way join or half-way need to go back participants)
    9. Have a spirit of sharing experiences, and a genuine desire for making friends with people from other countries.
    10. Once notified that you are successful, you will need to send in your USD 500 equivalent in full within 3 days of notification to confirm your attendance and place (I will give you personal information required and banking instructions then). Your payment will be forwarded immediately to the Vietnamese organizers so that they can firm up hotel, meals and transport arrangements.
    11. Successful candidates will be informed on Friday 29 July. By 3 August persons who have not paid up will have their slots re-assigned to those on the wait-list
    12. Withdrawals after acceptance will cause a slight inconvenience. If you withdraw after confirmation and payments, your slot will first be offered to a person on the PhotoMalaysia waiting list, if any, from whom you will have to obtain a refund yourself. If there are no persons on the Malaysian waiting list, your slot will be offered to persons from another country, and in that case, your payment of USD500 will be forfeited by the Vietnamese organizers, and will be used to help pay for incidentals in the CB8 budget. The organizers are working on an extremely tight budget and they will be most thankful for your generous donation.

    Cau Dat Hills
    Also known as the Earth Bridge, the area has steep streets, and magical mist-shrouded valleys dotted with centuries old tea-plantations. The Cau Dat area has ideal conditions for presenting you with stunning and gorgeous landscape images as in my sample pic below, which is a picture of one of the participants of a PMPE to Vietnam in 2009. Our PMPE participants love this part of Vietnam, and we've held 2 PMPEs to Vietnam already.

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    Crossing Bridges is a much anticipated, interesting, annual event for photographers who are members of PhotoMalaysia.com, Clubsnap of Singapore, Fotgrafer.net of Indonesia, Photo.vn of Vietnam, and Photographers from the Philipines. The purpose of the Crossing Bridges Event is to build bridges of friendships and understanding between nearly a million photographers who are members of online Photography forums in this region. The event has been held annually since 2004. It has been hugely successful, and life long, close, cross border friendships have developed among participants of previous Crossing Bridges events. Which is why half the participants are regular attendees, and each event is like a gathering of old friends. I personally count Kristupa, Dodie, Eddy,Tung-Tung, LongPT, Haipiano, and Peter as very , very good friends. Last year I met a lot of extremely nice and talented photographers from the Phillipines, such as Manny, Icky, Billy,Miss Huang, etc. What I'm trying to say is that the Crossing Bridges Program is an excellent opportunity to make new friends from the international photography community. Most of the CB participants, and especially the Indonesians and the Philipinos, are extremely gifted photographers.

    At each Crossing Bridges event, participants get to visit and shoot prize winning locations which local photographers usually keep as closely guarded secrets. The hauntingly beautiful Dai Ninh Lake, which is almost always covered by mist in the mornings, shot by PMPE participant G88, shown below is an example of the kind of landscapes you can shoot.

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    Several bilateral photography events have emerged from the CB program. For PhotoMalaysia, one of them is the very successful series of PhotoMalaysia PhotoSafari Experiences (PMPE), which have been organized with the help and co-operation of friendships developed during the Crossing Bridges events. A coffee table book featuring pictures shot by a recent PMPE trip to Vietnam can be viewed by clicking the book cover below. Inside the book you will be able to see dozens of the exotic locations that participants of CB8 will get to visit and shoot. Be sure to select full screen view for a better viewing experience. If the spirit should move you, you can buy a copy online direct from the printers, who will print it for you on demand, and courier it to your address. You can pay by credit card direct to the printers.

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    This year’s Crossing Bridges program, the 8th, will visit Vietnam's South-Eastern coastal and hill areas which are less explored by tourists. Participants from all 5 participating countries will gather in Ho Chi Min City on Thursday 10 November. For 5 days from 11 to 15 November they will visit and shoot in areas such as:

    Long Hai
    is a small fishing village in Ba Ria Province and located 30km north-east of Vung Tau. This fishing village is always crowded with fishermen, boats and a fish market with lots of beguiling photo opportunities such as the pictures below. During CB8 the plan is to drive to Long Hai by bus from HCM at midnight on the first night, and arrive just before the break of dawn at Long Hai Fishing village to shoot some really exquisite pictures before going to the nearby village for a breakfast of Phoa Hoa Noodles:

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    Long Son - The Ancient Village & House of Trang
    The Long Son Commune sits on Nua Mountain, located next to Ganh Rai Bay and to the south of Sac Forest. Nha Lon Long Son was created by a man nicknamed Tran, whose real name was Le Van Muu, a follower of An Giang-based Tu An Hieu Nghia religion. The legend is that he came to the region and set up the House of Tran in the beginning of the 20th century”. The house of Tran is like a musuem. And every year about 2000 members of the commune gather at Long Son in an annual festival. Most of the men have long white beards and they wear a distinctive black dress. The first picture below, shot by PMPE Alumni member Wil Thimister during a PM PhotoSafari to Long Son last year, is a fine portrait of one of the permanent residents of Trang, with another follower out of the DOF at the back. He has the look of a typical Trang follower. The picture below that shows this gentleman, and a lady follower, beaming with pride when PMPE4 presented to the House of Trang, a copy of the PMPE Coffee Table Book featuring several pictures of them and their magnificent Temple.

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    Phan Thiet Town

    is the capital city of Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Located on an arm of the South China Sea, Phan Thiet is one of Vietnam's most important fishing areas. Ho Chi Minh lived in Phan Thiet for a short time and taught at the Duc Thanh school. During the war, Phan Thiet was the site of the US military base known as Landing Zone Betty which was located at the now closed Airfield South West of the City

    Bao Loc

    Bao Loc is a town of Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam. Bao Loc is famous for its Bao Loc tea.

    Tuyen Lam Lake

    Tuyen Lam is a beautiful natural lake located on top of a mountain covered with pine trees. It is 6km east of Dalat City.

    Suoi Vang Valley
    Small streams, wild horses and home to the Koho tribe otherwise known as Da Lat’s Golden Valley or the Valley of Love

    Trai Mat Hills
    Terraced farms and close to the nearby ancient Champa Kingdom with thick pine forests. In town, there is an old Russian diesel steam locomotive

    Lang Biang
    Is a pleateau on the southern area of the Central Highland of Vietnam. Lang Biang Mountain commands a grand view of the Dalat area


    Da Lat
    Home to the famous Vietnamese highland arabica coffee bean and Vietnam’s premier hill station city. It is a maze of little streets , churches, vegetable gardens and waterfalls all mixed together in offering freshness and pleasure to its visitors.


    We depart from Ho Chi Min City for home on Wednesday 16 November
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    Some more pictures from the locations we will visit for CB8. Did you know there are real sand dunes in Vietnam close to the area we will be visiting? There are white sand dunes and red sand dunes. This is the red sand dunes shot by PMPE participant Khair Mahfar in 2010. I think our Vietnamese hosts may take us there to shoot the wonderful landscape at sundown.

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    There are some exquisite old temples in Ho Chi Min city. The light in this one was near perfect when I made this shot in 2010. We will probably also visit this temple if there is time when we come back to HCM.

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    Here is another shot of the misty Cau Dat Hills at dawn. The creation of the man made Dai Ninh lake nearby has resulted in a micro climate system that makes these hills always mist bound in the mornings....a perfect setting for exquisite dream like shots.

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    This is an old French era steam train at the beautiful Dalat Railway station. Below it is an almost abstract close up of its wheel.


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      Re: Crossing Bridges #8 - in VIETNAM

      One of the most exciting activities of the year. IF you can make it, you should join. BUMP for CB8.
      [URL="http://www.jasonbeyond.com"]www.jasonbeyond.com[/URL]

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        The scenes and food are the best...
        Maxby has a facebook too

        PhotoSafari - each experience is a different

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          would love to join - but seems that November is a bad month.... haih..

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            *Ted Adnan (a veteran of Crossing Bridges trips since 2007) Like this!*
            Behind The Scene by ted adnan ...

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              The response is excellent. We seem to have more ladies than men this year. If you are interested to join in, please send in your details quickly. I intend to start shortlisting as soon as I have 20 applications and the mix will be about 50% veterans and 50% freshies.
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                Crossing Bridges is an annual event where you get to meet photographers from various ASEAN countries. It is now 8 years old. You can experience the different styles of photography used in each component countries. For eg, Indonesian photographers are very good in landscape photography, Vietnamese photographers are very good in both landscape and people interest, Singaporeans are very good in people interest lead by an exceptional talented, tungtong, Filipinos are excellent events and people interest while Malaysians are more towards landscape and people interest.

                It is also a social event where we get to meet up with fellow photographers around the ASEAN region. The endless TT's we have; the usual show of fire power and poisoning only on a larger scale.

                I think next year it will be PhotoMalaysia's turn to play host to this event.
                Maxby has a facebook too

                PhotoSafari - each experience is a different

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                  Wow..i missed vietnam !

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                    LOOK FOWARD TO REJOIN THE TROOP...
                    http://flipsnap.blogspot.com , FB: anipiah is apai

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                      Originally posted by maxby View Post
                      Crossing Bridges is an annual event where you get to meet photographers from various ASEAN countries....

                      ...It is also a social event where we get to meet up with fellow photographers around the ASEAN region. The endless TT's we have...
                      ...and through contacts made during CB programmes more spin-offs project were hatched and executed by participants from respective country's members oso
                      Behind The Scene by ted adnan ...

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                        Re: Crossing Bridges #8 - in VIETNAM

                        I think this time half of the participants will be ladies....and really good photographers at that.
                        Maxby has a facebook too

                        PhotoSafari - each experience is a different

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                          I'm sorry to say that the response has been a bit overwhelming and applications are now closed. Any applicants after this will now have to be on the waiting list. I'm having a bit of a problem having to make a fair selection from those who have already given me their compete data.
                          Yusuf Hashim
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                            In case those new comer like to find out what we shot during last year CB7, here is a short video I like to share.
                            (it may take a while to load)

                            http://vimeo.com/26105534

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                              Re: Crossing Bridges #8 - in VIETNAM

                              Originally posted by mlee8088 View Post
                              In case those new comer like to find out what we shot during last year CB7, here is a short video I like to share.
                              (it may take a while to load)

                              http://vimeo.com/26105534


                              Good job Mike. Brings back memories.
                              Maxby has a facebook too

                              PhotoSafari - each experience is a different

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