Floating down the Mekong River to find the Superman of Laos

Floating down the Mekong River to find the Superman of Laos

Floating down the Mekong River to find the Superman of Laos


“As you know, I’m quite keen on comic books. Especially the ones about superheroes. I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating.

Take my favorite superhero, Superman. Not a great comic book. Not particularly well-drawn. But the mythology… The mythology is not only great, it’s unique.

Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there’s the superhero and there’s the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he’s Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone.

Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red “S” – that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears – the glasses, the business suit – that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us.

Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He’s weak… He’s unsure of himself… He’s a coward.

Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race.”

- Bill’s Superman speech from Quentin Tarantino’s movie, “Kill Bill Volume 2”

Speaking of Superman I am going to be "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!" with my Flickr posting. I’ll be posting more frequently with perhaps a photo a day since it will take me a decade to post all the photos from my six month sojourn to Southeast Asia at the rate I am going. Please do not feel obligated to comment at all my photos, but a fave would be nice just to let me know you stopped by.

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“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again.” - Pico Iyer

I photographed this little boy on my two day cruise on the Mekong River from Chiang Khong, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos. We stopped along the river to visit an ethnic minority village and this was one of many photographs I took of the photogenic children. It was very hard to see the poverty, living conditions and hardship of the village.

Yes, travel will open our hearts and eyes. It is the greatest cure for ignorance.

Check back for more of my adventures in Laos!

Happy Travels!

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Taken on: 8th March, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Sam Antonio Photography's page of Flickr

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