Latest Huffington Post Piece: III

Hello WordPress family!
Hope everyone is having a great week! Keep up the awesome work!!

Today I’m keen to share with all of you my latest piece I wrote for the Huffington Post Australia!


In this piece, I talk about the insight I was provided into the lives of township youth in South Africa – and how their stories of struggle and survival really impacted me!!

Please please please go check it out – it would mean the world to me!!!

Click here or the pic below 🙂
Thank you all so much for the love and support!!

Happy days!

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AMA (ii): Answers

Also listen to the answers on:
My podcast – On Anchor or on iTunes (just search for the RyanC Podcast)
Instagram – @ryan.chengg

So here we go, the answers to this week’s AMA:

(i) What do you enjoy about photography, and how will you make a career from it?
The thing I enjoy most about photography is the concept of capturing a moment in time – forever. I think the world we exist in today, individuals are obsessed with our own story, curating and selling who we are to the rest of the world. But as a result, we become ignorant to the stories around us, stories that can impact us and help us grow. Within photography, the camera forces you to remove your own expectations from the craft. Instead, the camera encourages you to be present – it demands awareness and a level of listening – so that when the right moments arise, you can capture the story and message that may impact the people who see it in the future. Photography taught me perspective and I’m super grateful for that!

How will I make a career from photography? The truth is I’m not sure yet! The blog (writing and photography) has opened up a lot of opportunity for me – so definitely writing or journalism! A path that allows me to tap into photography is all that I want. But once I know – you’ll all know too!

(ii) Best dessert you’ve had while travelling?
The best dessert I’ve had while travelling was actually in Japan. And it’s not super weird. But it was a vanilla ice cream that you ate out of a vacuum-sealed foil packet. It was just super delicious haha! So yeah not a fancy answer to that question!


(iii) Where would be the first place you’d like to visit in Europe and the United States?
Europe – Iceland 100% because of the untouched and wild nature of the landscape and then Russia, because I think culturally it is such an interesting place, especially with the nation’s relationship with the rest of the world. Getting to know locals would provide more context to life there than what we see on the news.

United States – Antelope Canyon in Arizona; I’ve seen too many amazing photos and I’ve gotta go!

(iv) One thing that you never forget to bring while travelling? (not including phone, passport, important items etc)
One thing that I will NEVER forget to bring while travelling is actually a pen! Since I began travelling, the humble pen is actually such an important item – especially on planes where you have to fill out entry and exit cards – having a pen handy is just practical and can often be overlooked!

ALSO – I have like an airport outfit that I always make sure I’m either wearing or carrying on to the plane. This includes a super comfy hoodie and my Nike sliders – just for all round comfort, especially for those long haul flights! So every time I’m travelling – my insta story (@ryan.chengg) features me in the same outfit for every flight!

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(v) Overall do you have an all time favourite part/place/moment of Japan?

Favourite Part:
My favourite part about Japan was amongst other things – the Ramen!!! I was never a big ramen fan before I left for Japan, but once I was there I couldn’t get enough of it!!! Just having traditional ramen with hand made noodles – incredible!!

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Favourite Place:
My favourite place in Japan would have to be Kyoto – unlike the other cities, it was not urban jungle. Instead, it held a lot of its historical heritage which made for interesting walks as I roamed the city!! A ton of famous sights are located in and around the city (the Imperial Palace, Fushimi Inari, Gion) which really immerses you in the culture while educating you about the past.

Favourite Moment:
My favourite moment – of which there are many (you can see them in other blog posts) – would be staying with monks in a monastery up in Mt. Koya. That was just such a unique experience, spending the night in the complex and waking up the next day to take part in a traditional meditation ceremony! It was just an incredibly insightful experience that allowed me to better understand Japanese spirituality and faith!

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It’s that time of the week again WordPress family – ask me anything!


It can be absolutely anything!
Who’s my favourite ninja turtle?
favourite dessert?
favourite desert?

This is just a way to provide all of you more context to me, and allows me to engage with all of you in a more personable way!!

Much love!
And I can’t wait to hear from all of you soon 🙂

Japan 014: Faces Around Tokyo

After another day of moving around – I thought I’d share with all of you a collection of the various portraits I took around Japan.



It’s no secret that I love taking photos of locals in the country that I’m visiting – culture lives inside all of us, and each individual story is unique to the cultural experience.



To view the full gallery – click any of the displayed photos – or click here.

And let me know in the comments – what are your favourite things to shoot?
And what is your favourite country to shoot in?

Much love xx

Latest Huff Post Piece

Hey WordPress!
Just wanna take a moment and share with all of you my latest piece for the Huffington Post AU!


In this piece, I talk about how Imizamo Yethu – a South African township near Cape Town – taught me the importance of understanding that as travellers, we are mere visitors to foreign culture. And with that, there are responsibilities attached with being travellers; including empathy and compassion.

I talk about how a number of travellers who were incredibly rude to the locals, really drew this piece and conclusion out of me.

So please – go check out my Huff Post piece and let me know what you think!

I’m always looking to connect with and feature creatives on my blog.
So if you’re interested, go check out the sawubona section on my site, see what type of content other creatives have shared and get in touch with me!!!

Much love to all!