Monthly Archives: February 2013

Kiên Giang, a province in the Mekong Delta

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My friend on Facebook just reposted a commercial about watermelon delivery in a small town called Long Xuyên in An Giang province in the southern Mekong area of Vietnam. So I’d like to talk to you about the neighbouring province, …

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HKGFM – Asia Hitz online radio

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I never quite recovered when Kawaii Radio shut down. It’s not that I listen to a HEAP of streaming radio. But if I was ever walking to the shops, I would have it streaming. Since the first day the iPhone …

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The word on the street

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Yi and I were watching Slumdog Millionaire last night. I thought she might be able to relate to it more than a Japanese movie since it shows the slums of Mumbai and countryside India. She sometimes thinks that the rest …

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A beachside Valentines Day at Vung Tau

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I wasn’t able to come with Yi to her family’s house in the Mekong for Tet. A week earlier we’d been invited out to dinner at a Vietnamese BBQ place by another journalist at one of the publications I write …

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Tales from Bui Vien Street: Ten Dollars

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I would like to tell you a story about Ten Dollars. Ten Dollars is not a thing or a quantity. Ten Dollars is a person. A street vendor who I have known for a good two years. He works in …

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If you can’t say it, don’t eat it

I have a policy about food when I’m living in a foreign country. It isn’t about being scared of new foods. Quite the opposite. Actually it’s about not wanting to look like an idiot. If you’re only in a country …

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America is economically superior to Vietnam ? How pray tell ?

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Someone this morning said to me “Vietnam may be ok, but America is still at the top of the economic pyramid”. Really ? Let me quote some statistics for you. Percentage of Americans living in poverty in 2011: 15.1% Percentage …

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