My favorite spots in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I’ve always loved Vietnamese food and coffee. So I don’t know why it took this long for me to visit the country. The similarities between Saigon (as Ho Chi Minh City is still called) and Manila are comforting and familiar. The thin buildings (which remind me of Singapore shophouses), the marathon of motorbikes on the roads, … Continue reading

Smile Magazine October 2015 – Super Bowls

  It’s finally November – my birthday month! October was a whirlwind for me: not only was I able to travel to Tacloban and to Germany for work, but my wife asked if I wanted to spend my birthday in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam! When I wrote for my contributor’s page in Smile Magazine October … Continue reading

Purple Yam: Home Cooked

When People Asia asked me to photograph Amy Besa of Purple Yam Malate, I smiled to myself. I knew it was going to be another insightful shoot with creative and delicious dishes like when I shot her menuĀ for a holiday feast for Smile Magazine. True enough, it was another wonderful experience with interesting dishes like … Continue reading

Smile Magazine – A Holiday Feast

photography by jar concengco

A big surprise waited for me as I stepped up to Amy Besa’s ancestral home for this shoot. Smile Magazine asked me to photograph a special menu Amy Besa and her team at Purple Yam Malate came up with for the feast of all holiday feasts. And I was going to see it all happen … Continue reading

Chef’s Noodle 2014

To start the year, Chef’s Noodle wanted fresh photos of their dishes and their newest group meals. For this, I teamed up with food stylist Sharlene Tan. Take a look at some of the dishes: Chef’s Noodle: Starking Fire Sushi: Curry Donburi: One of my personal favorite dishes, Bibim Noodle (it’s spicy!): Bibimbap: And a … Continue reading