How I took my first people’s photoes in Saigon

One of my interests is travel photo. Though I am an amateur in this stuff and take photoes only at my phone, I think that one day I won’t be too greedy to spend some money to the good camera.

One of things that wannabe-photographer wants to do when comes to a new country is to take photoes of native people in this country. They differ, as well as their traditions, so such photoes can tell you much about the athmosphere of the country you travel.

I consider myself a bit shy person, so for me it was really hard to take photoes of the people – what if they won’t like it. I’ve lookes for the guides in the internet and came across a very good advice.

Just take a photo. The worst thing you can face is that the person you’re taking photo of will come to you and ask to remove the photo. So there is nothing to worry about.

Moreover, I think it is always easier to take people’s photo when you travel because everyone understands that you’re a tourist and, therefore, will most prabably be more loyal to you.

Sometimes, people will be too busy to notice you.

IMG_9056 IMG_9050Sometimes they will just don’t care about you photoing them.

IMG_9231 IMG_9237Sometimes they will even be glad if you take a photo of them.

IMG_9256Or fully concentrated on doing something else.

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How a hotel gave me credit card details of strangers

As you probably know, I am on a more than month long journey in South-East Asia. Now I have lack of time to write large posts, but mainly because I spend most of the time exploring the sights, so I will most probably write more when I get back.

I happened to stay in a 3* hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), Vietnam. The whole hotel was average but rather cheap for this location and service – that is why I’ve chosen it.

The stay was mainly “alright” – if don’t consider the non-sicking water in the shower, all was fine.

Since me and my girlfriend are travelling for about 20 days already, we’ve faced a situation when we need to print our boarding passes for web checked-in flight to Kuching. We’ve decided to ask the reception desk about where in the city we can do it. It appeared that the hotel provided a self-service for this kind of stuff (I mean, printing) and provides two PCs from which you can print the required from your flash drives. That was very nice of this hotel.

Later, during the check-in time, I’ve realized that the printing was done on a paper that was used from one of the sides. To make things worse, this side contained private faxes sent from Booking.com service to the hotel reception.

IMG_9400It contains anything you need to withdraw money from this credit card for online shopping, hotels reservations, air tickets, international terrorism support.

Well done, hotel!

So this was a lesson. You never know and if you travel much, probably, your credit card information will be given to a random stranger. So, choose more respected hotels.

Instead of P.S.

When I checked out of a hotel, I did not yet knew about what I will find in the paper I’ve printed a day ago. But the hotel staff didn’t used my credit card information that was sent by Booking.com to the hotel previously. I’ve paid by my Visa just like in an ordinary shop.

At the gate check-in, they’ve torn my boarding pass paper in twain, so now one part of it is missing.