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Trip: Seduced by a new Asian mistress

There are [22] stories from my trip: Seduced by a new Asian mistress

Stupidity soars to new heights while I stay grounded.

VIETNAM | Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | Views [1292]

You can't have a signature move unless you put it in to action at every available opportunity. Like John Travolta and a dance floor, Tiger Woods and a bedroom, er golf course or Dubya and his Texan ranch, my place to shine is the airport. ... Read more >

Tags: flights, misfortune

Tears, taxi thieves, transport truants, then tattoos on Tramadol in Thailand.

VIETNAM | Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | Views [2304]

Leaving a country should never make for interesting reading, unless you have a fetish for missed flights. My obsession with such an activity is bordering on perverse, but I still adhere to the same casual approach to punctuality. Leaving anywhere ... Read more >

Tags: flights, friends, shopping, tattoo

Spending in Saigon like it'll save my life.

VIETNAM | Sunday, 5 Dec 2010 | Views [1794] | Comments [2]

Yeah, I brought an expired credit card with me overseas. No worries for the naïve. Move money around like its millions and I can spend dollars like they're Vietnamese Dong. It's good karma keeping the economy going. Before long though, ... Read more >

Tags: friends, shopping, sight seeing

Riding a scooter to Russia.

VIETNAM | Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | Views [1258]

I've heard of time-warps, sometimes believing I had passed through one when I see my moustache in some reflective surface. I think the 70's are alive and well until reality makes a rare appearance in my mind. I've heard of worm holes as well, those ... Read more >

Tags: misadventures, on the road, sight seeing

Beyond boundaries.

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | Views [1389]

Disclaimer: The following journal contains sexually explicit material, adult themes and drug taking. It may, or may not contain the words 'fuck', 'tart' and 'freak', a reference to the smell of poo after eating Indian food, a farting ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, food, friends

Sunburn, speed and shit food in the South.

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 | Views [1297]

You are truly blessed when you hope fervently enough for something to see it come to fruition. Third world countries highlight this blessing Westerners have when our hopes are far less significant than the everyday survival that is most of the Vietnamese's ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, food, misfortune, on the road, philosophy

The dawdle from Dalat on the barf bus

VIETNAM | Monday, 8 Nov 2010 | Views [1524]

When it came time to leave Dalat, it was obvious it wasn't going to be an easy, or dry affair. Numerous roads were blocked due to floods, numerous destinations weren't worth visiting for the same reason and the bus we chose to leave on started the ... Read more >

Tags: misfortune, on the road, travel books

A massage for mini-me?

VIETNAM | Saturday, 6 Nov 2010 | Views [13995]

Even if there was things to do in Dalat when it's pissing rain, we weren't interested. I had sold Uma on the idea of visiting Dalat solely on the steam room, sauna and hot tub at a certain 'Dreams Hotel'. They seemed like easy dreams to satisfy ... Read more >

Tags: culture, misunderstanding, near miss

Escaping adverse weather and adulthood

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | Views [1946]

Arriving in teeming rain did not paint Vietnam's beach capital Nha Trang in a very pretty light. The city's setting is beautiful with large mountains looking down over a long stretch of beach dressed up by sculpture gardens and facing ... Read more >

Tags: fun, tourist park, waterslides

Fear and clothing in Hoi An

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 | Views [1499]

My stay in Hoi An certainly didn't start on the right foot because it didn't start on my feet. The friendly hotel receptionist at Hue had organised his 'friend' to pick us up and escort us to his $10 hotel that had a pool. We were ... Read more >

Tags: on the road, shopping, touts

Touted to intolerance before reaching tailor town.

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 | Views [1073]

Most tourism involves some test of patience when confronted by conditions or customs completely at odds with what is considered normal back home. One's understanding and appreciation of the diversity of humanity is broadened by approaching ... Read more >

Tags: philosophy, shopping, touts

Stunning sights seen through a dream

VIETNAM | Sunday, 31 Oct 2010 | Views [2574]

I woke up to darkness. An all pervading black. I knew it was daylight because I could hear Vietnam doing what it does best on the roads outside the hotel window. The cacophony of commuting traffic had been singing in disharmonious accord for an hour ... Read more >

Tags: health, hospitals, scenery

Living the Ninh Binh drug cliché.

VIETNAM | Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | Views [4401]

In the past, when someone said to me, “Let's go to Nimbin?”, it usually meant our stocks were low. With Uma slowly becoming a travelling pharmacy, I didn't think it likely, or necessary, that we would be acquiring more drugs. With karst formations ... Read more >

Tags: hospitals, on the road

Auditioning to be a castaway

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | Views [906]

Waking to the view of Halong Bay's karst mountains required repeated pinches to ensure I wasn't still dreaming. Finding out the switch for the air conditioner was just outside the door made me realise I'm always dreaming. The Belgium ... Read more >

Tags: boat, sailing, scenery

From death defying to awe inspiring.

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | Views [2416]

3 days cruising on Rancho Relaxo shouldn't have to start at 7am. Being paid to get up that early for work makes such an effort sensible with the axiom 'sooner started, sooner finished'. Choosing a guided tour probably ... Read more >

Tags: boats, roads, sailing, scenery

Luck so bad it requires a name change.

VIETNAM | Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | Views [2860] | Comments [2]

Sapa is Vietnam's trekking capital, and we had gone there with a vague idea to do just that. With loafers left over from the wedding being my only shoes, it shows just how vague I am. I hiked to Cat Cat village in them and nearly ... Read more >

Tags: hospitals, misadventures, shopping

Sapa; a misty village on Vietnam's rooftop.

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | Views [1126]

Sleeper trains are such a good idea I can't believe they aren't used for commuting. You wouldn't get jolted awake every 20 seconds and people could dribble on a pillow instead of their neighbours shoulder. For long distance travel, not only do you ... Read more >

Tags: hill tribes, scenery, transport

Signature move #3; smashing cameras

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | Views [1060]

No party can be categorised as such until something gets smashed. Normally its something of the hosts, but I must be too considerate for that. Some may disagree and just call me an idiot instead, and part of the following journal makes it hard to ... Read more >

Tags: food, mishaps, museums

Crashing a communist party.

VIETNAM | Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | Views [909]

Hanoi had been planning my welcoming party for months and the city was awash with red and yellow flags and banners. Every shop front, street sign and forehead spoke of the 1,000 year prophesy of my arrival. I had been warned that I would be swarmed ... Read more >

Tags: celebration, people

Photos: Vietnam

VIETNAM | Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | Photo Gallery

All these photos were taken in Vietnam unbelievably enough!
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Bird watching in the Bangkok zoo.

THAILAND | Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | Views [2509]

My solo adventure started ominously enough with my 630am pick up for the ferry showing up at 725am. The receptionist was more worried than I was and called the company three times to ensure I hadn't been forgotten. I must still be on Broome time as ... Read more >

Tags: on the road, people

The four horsemen of the budget apocalypse

THAILAND | Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | Views [2466]

The boys night in Melbourne relocated to Asia for nearly a week. It was an inauspicious sign for bank balances, livers, and the price of grain. A trip overseas had been discussed ad nauseam and it took one of us getting married to see it happen. I ... Read more >

Tags: beach, friends, sport