Travel Photo of the Day (August 20)

One of the things I love about traveling is the opportunity to people watch. I wonder what they are saying and if they sit and chat each evening. Photo taken on Mabul Island, Malaysia.

One of the things I love about traveling is the opportunity to people watch. I wonder what they are saying and if they sit and chat each evening. Photo taken on Mabul Island, Malaysia.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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36 Responses to Travel Photo of the Day (August 20)

  1. bulldog says:

    TBM… now they do look like they are discussing today’s Gold price… or maybe the price of eggs… I love to people watch, being very deaf I don’t hear conversations but boy the body language can say so much…

    • TBM says:

      I also have difficulty hearing. Of course if you ask my partner I have selective hearing. I don’t know, I’m not listening when told this. All kidding aside, you’re right body language is key in this photo. It tells me so much more than their words.

      • Novroz says:

        They could also be gosipping about their neighbours 😉
        “Did you know Mrs A just bought a new boat?”

        “Really? how could she afford it? She has no husband?”

        “I know! That has been the talk in our Kampong”


      • TBM says:

        I love the stories these photos produce. Makes life interesting.

  2. Anna says:

    Mabul island must have been interesting! I love people watching too. Would also love to take more pictures of locals but sometimes I feel like it’s rude and I am too shy to ask if it’s OK to photograph them. I really love travel photography especially related to people around the world.

    • TBM says:

      I know. Taking photos can seem intrusive. I had been told that the people in the village encouraged visitors to take photos. And we also made some purchases from the locals to help support the economy. There are many photos I wish I could have taken during my travels but didn’t feel like it was right to.

      • Anna says:

        It’s so nice when the locals encourage you to take a photo! I experienced that in Sri Lanka where almost everyone wanted to be a part of my pictures! It’s a good idea to first support the locals and maybe then ask for a picture.

      • TBM says:

        Oh I want to go to Sri Lanka! That sounds amazing. Yes, it’s very important to support local populations. I also try to buy locally even in London. Try–I’m not always successful.

      • Anna says:

        Same here, it’s a nice thing to do and for example local food is often a lot healthier too! 😉 You’d love Sri Lanka! I got a last minute chance to go there and ever since the spontanius trip it’s been in my top 3 destinations visited!

  3. bocafrau says:

    Love getting these glimpses into other people’s lives and cultures.

  4. megtraveling says:

    People watching is so interesting – great picture!

  5. Beth Ann says:

    They seem quite relaxed with one another so I bet they do sit and chat daily! Great capture. Love the bright red colors and the mismatched patterns.

  6. Hafidh says:

    Very nice picture, *Melayu Culture

  7. pattisj says:

    I like seeing the different fabrics–so unlike what is available here.

    • TBM says:

      It is funny the little things we notice, like fabrics. I’m like that when I travel as well. But when I’m back home I would be the worst witness since I don’t notice a thing.

  8. Vishy says:

    Nice picture, TBM! Looks like they are deep in conversation. I am wondering what they are talking about. Thanks for capturing this beautiful family scene.

  9. Sartenada says:

    Great idea for photos. This one is very beautiful.

  10. Novroz says:

    It’s amazing how neighbours are alike. I feel like watching a snapshot of my own country. The big cities might be different but the villages are sure alike

  11. Lovely blog! Looking forward to following your posts!

  12. This pic reminds me of home, despite the simplicity of their house, they look they are just fine, sit back and relax, and just have a conversation! Been a while I didn’t come here, and you are moving to a new place? And you have self-published a book, how great! Congratulations! 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Nelda. How are things with you? When I get settled in I’ll pop over and see what you’ve been to. This summer has been busy, but good. Hope all is well!

  13. Fergiemoto says:

    Very nice capture of these two conversing!

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