Monthly Archives: June 2012

Se moi from a sidewalk vendor

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Last night I was having a beer at my favourite roadside bar, and I glanced around and noticed that the cigarette vendor behind me had a huge container of “se moi”, or “Chinese salted plums”. At home, we call them …

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Every day is Pepero Day !

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What’s “Pepero Day” I hear you ask ? Well, first I had best explain what Pepero is in the first place. Some time back in the early 80’s, some Korean snack makers were sitting around going “You know, that Pocky …

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ISO 9001 certified snacks

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ISO 9001 certification isn’t big in Australia. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone advertise it. But it matters in Asia. Quite a lot. Worldwide, China holds as many as ten times the ISO 9001 certifications as any …

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How people get around

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Getting around in Vietnam with your family isn’t as easy as it might be in other countries. Why ? Because private individuals can’t own cars. So what do you do when you need to take the whole family somewhere ? …

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Blind but still getting around just fine

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Saigon is not really an ideal place to live if you’re handicapped. There is little to no wheelchair access to anything, and streets are busy and footpaths mostly full of motorbikes. It’s definitely not a great place to be if …

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Lovely Booze

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Hopefully this post doesn’t go against my previous one where I claimed to be “looking after myself”. I looked in my fridge earlier for a can of redbull because I was feeling a little average after consuming a few too …

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Are you taking care of yourself ?

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Yes. I am. I’m walking lots. I walked all over District 4 this morning in the most evil heat. Must have walked a good 8-10km I think. Bought a new pair of shoes. Not joggers, but at least casual shoes. …

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East versus West

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I’m staying home today. Well, for most of it. I’m tired and I felt just like sitting at home with a beer and watching anime. I went on my cyclo tour with Sit this morning. It was very disappointing. Firstly, …

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Civilisation is having your credit card accepted

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You know what it’s like in Australia sometimes when you want to pay by card for stuff. Some places will shake their head and say they don’t take cards. Others will specify a $10 minimum purchase, and some will even …

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Nigiri Please !

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Japanese for dinner tonight. Nothing fancy. Just some assorted sushi, some nigiri, and a little bento box of assorted goodies. Inexpensive, healthy, and sooooo delicious. I may not be doing anything real fancy here other than sitting around listening to …

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