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12 Years Of Travel: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall, UK

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous for its burgeoning surfing scene, Newquay also has some stunningly beautiful scenic walks along its cliffs too. Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall 21 May 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Less than fifty miles from where I grew up, I’d never been to Newquay until this visit to see a friend who I’d first met in […]

A day out in the Swan Valley

by Carmen Allan-Petale @ Double Barrelled Travel

One of the best things about being home is that we can finally host our friends who have hosted us all around the world. We have spent the last month busily furnishing our home to get it ready to entertain and host friends, and along with Dave going back to work full time in a [...]

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Traveling in Dawei Myanmar

by Toni Neubauer @ Myths And Mountains

It took me 36 hours and three flights to get to Dawei.  Although it’s just some 1200 miles from Kathmandu, […]

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My Mom Says This Blog is Boring

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Last month, my mom told me she thought this blog was boring. “Where’s all the fun stuff? I want to see more photos of you traveling. I don’t care about these other updates.” “Mom, I live in Austin now. You know I’m not on the road that much,” I replied. “I know but still….I want […]

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How Much Money Do I Need For Hong Kong?

by Guest Travel Writer @ Travel Happy

Hong Kong has it all – heavenly food, high-octane nightlife, striking architecture and top shopping all laced with heaps of culture and tradition. There are plenty of ways to spend a fortune, but Lee Cobaj explains how Hong Kong doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive Hong Kong © barbara-pictures Compared to its SE Asian neighbours, […]

5 Reasons Why Death Valley Should be the Next National Park You Visit

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

When you think of Death Valley, what is the first thing that comes to mind? A barren desert landscape, crawling with scorpions and rattlesnakes? Yes, you can find that here, but there is so much more to Death Valley than a forbidding desert landscape. We spent several days touring the park and fell in love with this place. Out of ...

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Christmas Travel Ideas for 2018: Plan Ahead!

by Toni Neubauer @ Myths And Mountains

Choose a Different Kind of Holiday – Christmas Travel Ideas Did the sweet holiday season leave you exhausted? Us too! […]

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What I'm watching: Scotch Mist

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

It's a little film of every song off Radiohead's In Rainbows. You can watch it too.

Moscow Christmas and New Year in Russia

by WAVEJourney @ WAVEJourney

MOSCOW IN RUSSIA FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S EVE by Chris Vassilopoulos of A Greek Adventure Travel Bloggers Influencer Network (#TBIN) Members Share Their Top Picks For Christmas Markets That Should Be Visited in 2017! Have you visited a Christmas Market or Holiday Market near home or when travelling?  WAVEJourney asked our Travel Bloggers Influencer […]

Moscow Christmas and New Year in Russia was written by WAVEJourney and originally published on WAVEJourney - WAVEJourney - A Women's Travel Magazine

How to Trek to Everest Base Camp

by Toni Neubauer @ Myths And Mountains

Which Route Will You Trek To Everest Base Camp? A trek to Everest Base Camp can provide you personal satisfaction, […]

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Explore Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Baan Dam Museum (Black House), and Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple) in Chiang Rai, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Wat Rong Khun may the most popular but it isn't Chiang Rai's only draw. There are two other attractions close to the city that are worthy of your itinerary – Baan Dam Museum, aka Black House, and Wat Rong Suea Ten, otherwise known as the Blue Temple. You can visit all three in half a day.

Kẻ sát nhân ra tòa vì kỳ thị chủng tộc

by Đinh Quang Anh Thái @ Nguoi Viet Online

Stanley Vernon Majors bị truy tố về tội cố sát do thù hận, đã giết, chỉ vỉ ghét người Á Rập. Jabara, ở Tulsa, Oklahoma, ngay trước cửa nhà nạn nhân.

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Saigon By Night

Saigon By Night


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Saigon By Night at Peppermill Concert Hall on Sunday Sep 3, 2017 at 7:00PM

“Monsieur Doumer, his Emperor and his King,” Figaro (Paris), 21 January 1898

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

The King of Cambodia, H M Norodom I, and the Emperor of Annam, H M Thanh-Thai, have just paid a visit to the Governor-General in Saigon. The stay of the old Khmer sovereign and the young Annamite emperor in the old capital of French Indo-China took place on the occasion of splendid week-long celebrations. Celebrations […]

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No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

Silverland Sakyo Hotel and Spa

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Puerto Vallarta -Zip Lining

by Todd Breton @ Breton Travels

Zip lining adventure in Puerto Vallarta with a little grease! We are enjoying our stay at the Hyatt Ziva but were wanting an adrenaline adventure in nature, so we booked a zip lining tour. As you will learn a little rain does not stop us from enjoying our self. We brought our tween kids along […]

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The Rex Hotel

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Brussels Christmas Market in Belgium

by WAVEJourney @ WAVEJourney

BRUSSELS CHRISTMAS MARKET IN BELGIUM by Patti and Abi Maghamfar of One Road at a Time Travel Bloggers Influencer Network (#TBIN) Members Share Their Top Picks For Christmas Markets That Should Be Visited in 2017! Have you visited a Christmas Market or Holiday Market near home or when travelling?  WAVEJourney asked our Travel Bloggers Influencer […]

Brussels Christmas Market in Belgium was written by WAVEJourney and originally published on WAVEJourney - WAVEJourney - A Women's Travel Magazine

Chín người đấu tranh cho nhân quyền sắp bị CSVN đưa ra tòa

Chín người đấu tranh cho nhân quyền sắp bị CSVN đưa ra tòa

by Người Việt @ Nguoi Viet Online

Từ ngày 23 đến 31 Tháng Giêng, 2018, nhà cầm quyền CSVN sẽ đưa ra tòa và kết án 9 người tham gia vận động dân chủ hóa đất nước và đấu tranh cho quyền tự do tôn giáo.

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The best places in Viet Nam to visit in October & November

by HAE Marketing @ Hoi An Express Travel

Some like it hot, but many don’t! The autumnal months of October and November are the perfect time to visit Vietnam for those who can’t handle the heat.  Autumn is in full-swing and temperatures across the country become comfortably cooler.  Whilst much of the country is wet and stormy at this time of year, it […]

Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City


Where in the world are Zac and Sarah?

Our flight to Ho Chi Minh City from Danang was quick and painless.The airport security is very lax in a lot of these countries, with (in some cases) the ability to just walk around the security lin…

The first public motor vehicle in Indochina, 1901

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

Published in La Dépêche coloniale illustrée, 15 April 1907 We publish here a photograph depicting the first public motor vehicle in Indochina, which was put into circulation here in Saigon in 1901 by a motor transport company whose engineer and director was M. V. Ippolito. The latter, now the agent-général of Établissements Peugeot in Indochina, […]

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Can You Travel Hong Kong on a Backpacker Budget?

by Guest Author @ South East Asia Backpacker

Over all, Hong Kong cost us around HKD$3,500 for two people for three nights. Solo travellers might find themselves spending a little less than this. It’s a beautiful city with so much to offer, and its often overlooked by backpackers. We wholeheartedly believe that anyone who doesn’t visit here is missing the opportunity to see a different side to China, unlike anywhere else.

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Bonsai Saigon River Cruise – Resurrection!

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Bonsai is Back!!! It’s my great pleasure to announce that as of April 2017, Bonsai Dinner Cruises has a brand new boat, “The Bonsai Legacy,” and is re-open for business. I often get queries from my readers about which night...

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12 of the Best Things to do in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Taylor's Tracks

12 of the Best Things to do in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Taylor's Tracks


Taylor's Tracks

Discover the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh city to help you create an incredible itinerary that's packed with history and beautiful sites. Find out what to do in Ho Chi Minh for an unforgettable time in the city, the best Ho Chi Minh attractions and all of the top things to do in Ho Chi Minh that you can't miss.

The Ibera Wetlands of Argentina

The Ibera Wetlands of Argentina

by Tim and Joanne Joseph @ A Note From Abroad

January 8th – 9th Departing Buenos Aires on the 8th, we caught a flight to Posadas and then had about an hour drive to Ituzaingo where we checked in to Cezeta Hotel. This is another quite basic style lodging. I … Continue reading

SINGAPORE: 5 Best Places to Eat Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore

by Lionel Lee @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Hainanese chicken rice is one of the most popular Singaporean dishes and often considered by locals and foreigners as one of our National Dishes. In this post, I will share with you the top 5 Chicken Rice places you should check out when you visit Singapore.

Vietnam from Above by Thang Soi

by John @ A Traveller's Guide to Vietnam

Again I am amazed by the magnificent footage captured by Thang Soi in his production “Vietnam from Above.” The video and soundtrack is first class so it is no surprise it is so popular on youtube. For me, Thang Soi has produced something of real value. See more of his work in the Facebook link … Continue reading Vietnam from Above by Thang Soi

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Cruise News: Katarina Line to Highlight 2018 Culinary and Nature-Based Activities

by WAVEJourney @ WAVEJourney

Cruise News: Katarina Line to Highlight 2018 Culinary and Nature-Based Activities   With the growing interest in soft adventure and culinary vacations, Croatia’s Katarina Line announced enhancements to the itineraries of the company’s Harmony and Rhapsody land tours, two of their most popular programs, to highlight the tours’ new experiential activities for 2018.   The […]

Cruise News: Katarina Line to Highlight 2018 Culinary and Nature-Based Activities was written by WAVEJourney and originally published on WAVEJourney - WAVEJourney - A Women's Travel Magazine

Ho Chi Minh City Mangrove and Guerrilla Base Day Trip Including Lunch in Vietnam Asia

Ho Chi Minh City Mangrove and Guerrilla Base Day Trip Including Lunch in Vietnam Asia


WizTours

Notable for its extensive mangrove forest, Can Gio is a low, palm-fringed island sitting at the mouth of the Saigon River, some 25km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. It was formed from silt washing downstream from the river, so don’t expect any white-s

I hate Yahoo! Chat

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

I hate it. I despise it. I loathe it. To me, it is a pest. But it lets my wife keep in touch with friends and family in Việt Nam. She can type with them. She can even speak with them, and without paying Telstra or VNPT a single cent. So it stays on the family computer, as there's only the one. But I don't like it running when I use it. Most software runs in the background when minimized, and never disturbs the user except in emergencies. Yahoo! Chat is designed to distract and grab attention, even if the user has other ideas. I think it is not an accidental bug, but a deliberate feature - the same feature possessed by a lot of malware.

Last night illustrates my scorn. Yahoo! Chat was running, as my wife wanted to get a reference from one of her friends. She was speaking on the headset, so the keyboard was free for me to write. It was a nice moment of domestic bliss - husband and wife using the computer in tandem without getting in the way of each other. I'd made a few notes, but hadn't got to the point of turning them into sentences.

Then 5 of her friends tried to chat with her at once. I was in the middle of a word, and BLAM! there was Yahoo on top of my writing showing someone's message! I clicked minimise, returned to my application, got out two more characters and WHAM! another message from someone else! I tried to return to the same word (the fundamental unit of language - not the application), and before I had even typed out a character ZAAM! Yahoo was back again! Think of 5 ADHD-inflicted children crying for your attention. Letting users embed sound effects in messages makes things worse. One of them displayed this insistent woman whining "Alôôôôô". My train of concentration was derailed, and writer's block was in da house. I was angry.

The biggest problem with Yahoo! Chat is that it grabs the focus off other applications running on the same computer. As the article says:

In computing, the focus indicates the component of the graphical user interface which is currently selected to receive input.

Selected - one hopes - by the user. Not some rogue program. Which leads to a further issue - anger. I get really furious when Yahoo! steals the focus. The people trying to chat with my wife are interrupting what I am doing, even if they aren't aware of this. It makes me want to type "fuck off" back at them. I don't. It's rude, and they're the friends of my wife, and most are nice. They don't deserve to be abused by me, and my wife certainly doesn't need me using her nick to do so.

I have to live with the program - close it down when I can, and (if my wife needs it on), avoid work when it's open. Perhaps TweakUI can stop Yahoo! stealing focus. Perhaps not. And did I mention I hate Yahoo! Chat?

The 5 Best Night Markets in Taipei

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

Taipei is inarguably one of the top street food cities in the world. Taiwan is known as the land of snacks: they have literally invented and re-invented genre after genre of snack food over the years. From pearl tea to fried chicken, the Taiwanese are all about inventing and perfecting the ultimate snack foods. Think Chinese-influenced foods created with the ingenuity and dedication to perfection that (you would think) only the Japanese would bring. While Taipei isn’t quite as famous with local Taiwanese as Tainan for their snack culture, they’ve got it covered and will most likely be your first stop in Taiwan. The sheer volume of street food options available alone are enough but, matched with the quality and price of the food available on the streets, it’s pretty much unbeatable. The catch with Taipei street food though, is ... Read More »

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Moving to Ho Chi Minh City

by John @ A Traveller's Guide to Vietnam

Having past my 50th year I felt compelled to follow my dream of Moving to Ho Chi Minh City and living in Vietnam. I was so sick of driving up and down the freeway everyday and although I had a great job with a great company, I was very aware that the clock was ticking … Continue reading Moving to Ho Chi Minh City

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10 Tips For Budding Travel Photographers

by Guest Author @ South East Asia Backpacker

In response to requests throughout my trip for picture-taking and gear tips, I’ve compiled a list of insights that have helped me improve my photography related experiences throughout the past two months.

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Sorry for posting slowly!

by Zac Smits @ Where in the world are Zac and Sarah?

Sorry for the lack of new posts everyone. We are currently visiting family, and taking some time to relax, regroup and catch up with everyone. Also check out the 360 image test from below…hopefully you guys think they’re as cool as I do 😀 [vrview img=”https://i1.wp.com/www.zacandsarah.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/R0010074.jpg?ssl=1″ ] Remember to click and drag the photo around!!  

Popular Las Vegas Day Trips By Car

by DayTrippen @ Daytrippen.com

Red Rock Canyon Travel time 30 minutes 17 miles – Red Rock Canyon is a quick 20-mile drive from Las Vegas. Activities at Red Rock Canyon include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and photography. The canyons elevation is about 3000 feet so in the summer its a few degrees cooler and winter it can […]

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Paradise Cove Beach Malibu Day Trip

by DayTrippen @ Daytrippen.com

Paradise Cove is located in Malibu Beach, California. The beach is not visible from Pacific Coast Highway and is located on private property. Paradise Cove has been the location for numerous movies and commercials including Lethal Weapon 4, Charlie’s Angels, The Rockford Files and several Gidget flicks shot in the late ’50s early 60s. Today […]

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Two Days in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Two Days in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Earth Trekkers

Best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon: tour the Cu Chu Tunnels, shoot an AK-47, War Remnants Museum, motorbike tours, and food tours.

Cruise News: Royal Caribbean 2018 Cuba Cruises Expanded

by WAVEJourney @ WAVEJourney

Cruise News: Royal Caribbean 2018 Cuba Cruises Expanded   Royal Caribbean Expands Sailings to Cuba in 2018 with New itineraries, New Destinations and More Sailings    Royal Caribbean International will double its opportunities for a Cuba adventure next summer, with two ships sailing to the island nation – Majesty of the Seas and Empress of […]

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Connecting you to the local experience – My day out with Inspitrip

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Well, I haven’t been out on a trip for quite a while. (I think the last one was with Saigon Treasure Hunt) The main reason is, I’ve been totally flat out writing and editing the second edition of my book...

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Macro Madness - Copying without Formatting in Word

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

Microsoft are an institution of this age. How could it survive otherwise with such buggy products? People use Office because most other people use Office, and it is harder to "collaborate" from some other suite of products. Office is not too large to fail - nothing is - but without some Bear Stearns loss of liquidity, it is not going to disappear overnight. Instead, there is the slow decline in market share to competitors such as Google and OpenOffice, and the loss of revenue to piracy. It can't come soon enough for me - as long as the upstarts have learnt from MS's mistakes.

The biggest problem of all is featuritis - packing new features into the product so that customers upgrade to new version. Because Microsoft did (and still does not, for all that I know) ask what the customers want, the customers get a lot of unwanted additions. Remember the dancing Paperclip? Of course you do. Then there's the automatic formatting, and the one hundred and one permutations of AutoCorrect.

Because of Microsoft's top-down approach to its base, they also miss the obvious. For example, paste without formatting. It's obvious - people want to cut some text from somewhere but without the formatting crud. The source may use bullets or numbers or odd fonts or different colours. The destination uses the standard Word styles. All the fancy styling is undesired. But by using the standard Paste function, that's what the destination gets.

Microsoft does let the customer do this, but they don't make it easy. Rather than provide a nice one-click menu item or a shortcut key, the user has to choose Edit → Paste Special from the menu, and then choose the "Unformatted Unicode Text" option. It's ok if you do it once or twice. Unfortunately, my job involves updating old software requirements documents, and that includes updating the content to a new style. Doing these actions 100+ times a day was becoming a strain.

So I wrote these macros, and then gave them shortcut keys for quicker use. (I chose Alt+U and Alt+C, but others can make their own.) Add them to your Normal.Dot or whereever else you want.

The PasteUnicode is the simplest - it just pastes without formatting. The CopyUnicode is a stranger beast. One of the snafus of Word is how it copies bullets and numbering - it "thinks" the user wants the number in the numbering or the bullet in the bulleting. When copying from sources, I found it was better to make the text "plain", copy, and then undo the operation. That's what the macro does. It's a kludge, and I'm not happy with it, but at least the macro alerts you if there are problems. Use with care - preferably when the source is read-only.

Sub PasteUnicode()
'
' PasteUnicode Macro
' Macro written 8/03/2008 by DaOOSG
' Free for distribution.
Selection.PasteAndFormat (wdFormatPlainText)
End Sub

Sub CopyUnicode()
'
' CopyUnicode Macro
' Macro written 18/07/2008 by DaOOSG
' Free for distribution.
Selection.Style = ActiveDocument.Styles("Normal")
Selection.Copy
If ActiveDocument.Undo = False Then
MsgBox ("Undo was unsuccessful")
End If
End Sub

Any feedback is appreciated. Cheers.

5 Day Berlin Itinerary

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

If you are planning a trip to Berlin, you should know that there is a lot more to see here than just the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin is the largest city in Germany and one of the largest cities in the European Union. It’s a diverse city filled with world-class museums, beautiful squares to wander through, and ...

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“Saigon Life,” from Société de géographie de Lille, January 1883

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

Life in Saigon changes little from day to day. Indeed, it will be much the same tomorrow as it was today and yesterday. The days when the Messageries Maritimes courrier vessel arrives from France are without doubt the most interesting days for everyone in this town. The arrival of the courrier vessel within sight of […]

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Day Trip to Torrey Pines State Reserve San Diego

by DayTrippen @ Daytrippen.com

Torrey Pines State Reserve is a beautiful wilderness reserve nestled in San Diego County. If you are a nature lover, it’s one of the wildest stretches of land left on the Southern California coast! With over 2,000 acres of untouched land, the reserve has long stretches of beachfront, and an amazing lagoon which is home […]

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Angkor Park – Siem Reap

by Zac Smits @ Where in the world are Zac and Sarah?

Angkor Wat is located outside of Siem Reap, in the Angkor Archaeological Park. This park covers some 400 km² (just shy of 100,000 acres), and is of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. It holds the ruins and remaining buildings of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. To access the Angkor Archaeological park, you can either hire a tuk-tuk for…

SIEM REAP’S 10 BEST BARS: CLASSY, HIDDEN DIVES JUST OUTSIDE OF ANGKOR

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Every year I find myself in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a week. It’s inevitable, and always enjoyable.

Angkor Wat is, along with Bagan in Myanmar, one of the two most spectacular temple sites in Asia, if not the world. I’ve come back again and again with friends, or by myself. Although lately I barely spend time in the temples of Angkor Wat, I love the cafe and bar scene of nearby Siem Reap, a charming little French colonial town adjacent to Angkor that now serves as the tourist-amenity center of the region. Though a tourist town, it’s far from a tourist trap. There is something about the clear blue sky, slow clouds and that long twilight that I love here. And, there’s the drinks.

Pub Street is famous here. It is the center of Siem Reap and the fulcrum of activity in ... Read More »

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Escape Hunt Experience Ho Chi Minh City

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I don't generally call someone a "racist" on first encounter...

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

But I'll make an exception to the author of Countenance Blog.

After all, this is someone who tagged 474 of his own posts Black Crime, yet forgot to provide "White Crime" as a category. Or even "Crime".

And anecdotes concerning (white) men who attack others with chainsaws? They get put in the plain ol' "Missouri" pile, buddy.

Terrance

by John @ A Traveller's Guide to Vietnam

My time in Saigon. I spent about 4 months in Saigon in early 2011. It was my first trip there, and I wasn’t sure what to expect but Saigon was all the buzz. Having lived there for four months, I can understand why people love it so much. In many ways it’s a super-congested, fast-paced … Continue reading Terrance

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The mysterious tale of Hoi An’s Cao Lau

by HAE Marketing @ Hoi An Express Travel

Hoi An’s legendary Cao Lau is shrouded in mystery. Amazingly, despite being the signature noodle dish of Vietnam’s hippest heritage town, both its origins and essential ingredients are unknown to almost everyone. The sweet and smoky broth of Cao Lau shows more than a hint of Chinese-style flavouring and the name is rumoured to be […]

Day Trip to Pico Canyon Mentryville Ghost Town Santa Clarita

by DayTrippen @ Daytrippen.com

Named after California oil tycoon Charles Alexander Mentry, and tucked away at the base of the chaparral-covered hills of Pico Canyon, Mentryville was one of the first oil boomtowns in the state and was home to over 100 families in the early 1930s. The entire settlement was built around its oil well located in the […]

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Vegas beyond the slots…

by Todd Breton @ Breton Travels

When people think of Vegas, they think of gambling; but many visitors enjoy other activities when in the Entertainment Capital of the World. In our opinion, Las Vegas can be like touring a Hollywood Studio lot, relaxing at a spectacular hotel resort that are amazingly affordable while seeing replicas of tourist destinations from around the […]

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Saigon Bikes arrives in Vietnam

by John @ A Traveller's Guide to Vietnam

  Hi everyone! First of all, we want to thank saigon-life for letting us introduce ourselves. Now we will give you a quick overview about saigonBikes: Who are we? We are a group of German and Vietnamese people working together to create saigonBikes in Ho-Chi-Minh (Saigon).   What do we offer? When you arrive in Vietnam, … Continue reading Saigon Bikes arrives in Vietnam

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25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN THAILAND

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Thailand, with over 26 million foreign entries in 2016, can be a very touristic place to visit. By some accounts, 20% of the Thai GDP is based on tourism (worldwide nations average about 10%). Thailand is often an entry point for all of Asia, a constant revolving door of tourists on short or extended trips. We’re writing this article to help you avoid getting your hand caught in that often dangerous door.

Thailand is a country that can live up to its high expectations and reputation. It really can be paradise. On the other hand, it can be a disappointing place filled with drunken pub crawlers, tourist scams, empty promises and subpar made-for-tourists versions of local dishes. Pad thai made with instant noodles? You’ll find it all over Phuket and Koh Samui. If you venture past the tourists districts, the food ... Read More »

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Blue River Hotel 3

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Hiking Mosaic Canyon in Death Valley

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

Mosaic Canyon is a fun hike to do in Death Valley. There is just enough rock scrambling and navigating through obstacles to keep things interesting. Mosaic Canyon narrows and widens several times throughout the hike so the views are always changing. This tends to be one of the more popular hikes in Death Valley, so be prepared to share the ...

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How to Order Coffee in Vietnam Like a Local

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

Vietnam is a country that runs on coffee. There is a cafe on just about every block in Saigon and Hanoi and they’re packed most of the day with a mix of locals leisurely sipping away enjoying the day and others grabbing a quick fix on their way to wherever they’re headed. The cafe culture in Saigon is why it’s one of our favorite cities in the world. To see the list of our favorite Saigon cafes, check out our post on it.

Coffee is brewed differently in Vietnam. It’s sort of a mix between the French press and pourover methods and despite producing great coffee, it’s surprisingly “low tech”. You won’t see any chem-lab looking siphons or giant blown-glass drip towers. Coffee is brewed in a little metal filter called a “phin”. Grounds go in, water goes in, and coffee ... Read More »

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Buenos Aires ~ Opera House (Teatro Colon) Tour

Buenos Aires ~ Opera House (Teatro Colon) Tour

by Tim and Joanne Joseph @ A Note From Abroad

January 5th We had a rainy day, which was refreshing after the oppressive high heat of the previous day. With our light weight rain jackets, we were prepared, and off we went to get our tickets to tour Teatro Colon, … Continue reading

My Travel Map

by noreply@blogger.com (Froilan Grate) @ Last Row Traveler



As of August 1, 2013

Tara, byahe tayo!

Froilan Grate | Last Row Traveler
Visit also No Bystanders | Planet Run | Customer Wow | Halo Halo and more 

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LIVE LIKE A LOCAL: RENT A SHORT-TERM APARTMENT WHILE TRAVELING

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

If you want to experience the true life of a place, experience it like a local: get an apartment in a true neighborhood. Wake up to the sounds of street vendors and garbage trucks. Be recognized with a smile by your local noodle-slinger.

If a city strikes your fancy, rent an apartment for a month and stick around for awhile.

Another advantage of worldwide Internet networking is that it allows us to exchange short-term apartments without going through an agent or company. Check the New York City craigslist sublet page and you’ll find plenty of Parisians happy to exchange their Left Bank apartment for a little temporary stepping stone on the Upper West Side. Though apartment exchanges are rare in Asia, there are plenty of expats and locals alike who will be vacating their adobe and happy to have someone trustworthy in ... Read More »

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve On The Emerald Princess

Celebrating New Year’s Eve On The Emerald Princess

by Tim and Joanne Joseph @ A Note From Abroad

December 31st Before I talk about how New Years was celebrated, I want to mention our experience at the Platinum Photography Studio. (By the way, the professional shots on this page were NOT the ones from the Platinum Studio. Those will … Continue reading

Day Trip to Fort Tejon State Historic Park

by DayTrippen @ Daytrippen.com

Fort Tejon was originally established in 1854 and was later home to the U.S. Army’s First Dragoons who worked from the outpost until the summer of 1864 when the Army closed the fort, ending its career as an active military post. Fort Tejon offers the history lover a real experience as visitors can talk with […]

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A short drive from Hot Springs

by Todd Breton @ Breton Travels

Arkansas is the natural state, you will certainly see nature with these excursions:  Jean State Park, Nimrod Dam, Ouachita National Forest and Hollis CCC.   Petit Jean State Park This breathtaking park was Arkansas first park. According to their website you can explore “more than 20 miles of hiking trails in Arkansas that will lead you through […]

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Hoa Vien Brauhaus

by admin @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights - maps

25 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT SAIGON (HO CHI MINH CITY) - The Hungry Suitcase

25 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT SAIGON (HO CHI MINH CITY) - The Hungry Suitcase


The Hungry Suitcase

When someone embraces a person they love, it manifests on the brain a mappable sensation of electricity that can actually be seen on an MRI scan. Love affects the brain in the same way that stimulants such as alcohol or drugs affect our physiology and physchology. Love, like whiskey, is addictive. And cities, like love, can cause us to be irrational and abandon our plans and direction to return back again and again.There are many cities I love, but there are only two cities in the world that I just can’t quit.They are both sweltering delta cities with a French colonial history. One is at the mouth of the Mississippi and the other at the mouth of the Mekong. This week, I returned to my favorite place in Asia. How do I love thee? I count (and photograph) the ways. 25. ... Read More »

Li'l C - Big Shoe Lady

by admin @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights - maps

Benazir Bhutto (nee Corleone)

by noreply@blogger.com (Down And Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

I hoisted this from Dsquared's comments at Crooked Timber:

By the way, here’s the cut out and keep collection of Benazir Bhutto editorials and blog posts:

1. Bla bla bla martyr, bla bla loved country, tragedy, father, bla.
2. Bla bla corruption, bla bla western puppet, bla bla popular uprising bla.
3. Bla bla stability, bla bla “strongman”, bla bla Russia bla.
4. Bla bla democracy, Islam, woman, bla bla.

The amount of boilerplate know-nothing crap flying around on the radio yesterday was nothing short of embarrassing. People at think tanks really ought to learn how to say “no, I don’t really know enough to comment” when the opportunity to hear their own voice comes up.

Uncle Kvetch adds number 6:

Dsquared, we’ve got an addendum to your list over on this side of the pond:

6. Bla bla, country 90% of Americans couldn’t locate on a globe, bla bla, what does this mean for the Iowa caucuses bla?

Initially, there was no number 5. Fortunately, Vivian filled the gap with the always timely:

Not to mention: BLA!! BLAH!! Al Qaida! Blah!
bleh.

That's why I'm putting only two thoughts of my own on this event - any more, and I'm just wanking around. I'll leave thinking to those who know something, such as these articles linked from the same Crooked Timber thread. 

  • Juan Cole tells us about the riots running in Pakistan sparked by her assassination
  • Daughter of the West - Tariq Ali. That's a fair history of Ms. Bhutto, but it was written before her death. He doesn't accuse her of complicity in the death of her brother, Mir Murtaza Bhutto, outside his house in 1996. He just lays out the facts in damning detail.
  • That explains why the most angry piece of them all is provided by Mir's daughter (and her niece) Fatima Bhutto. It was also written before the shooting, so I'm not going to accuse her of speaking ill of the dead. The title is Aunt Benazir's False Promises:

And I am suspicious of her talk of ensuring peace. My father [Mir Murtaza Bhutto, brother of Benazir] was a member of Parliament and a vocal critic of his sister's politics. He was killed outside our home in 1996 in a carefully planned police assassination while she was prime minister. There were 70 to 100 policemen at the scene, all the streetlights had been shut off and the roads were cordoned off. Six men were killed with my father. They were shot at point-blank range, suffered multiple bullet wounds and were left to bleed on the streets.

My father was Benazir's younger brother. To this day, her role in his assassination has never been adequately answered, although the tribunal convened after his death under the leadership of three respected judges concluded that it could not have taken place without approval from a "much higher" political authority.

My first thought about this story: that's cold, and not in a "cool" hip-hop way. Colder than Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II.

My second thought - arising from the first - is that it looks like she was a really horrible woman. Corruption is one thing, but fraticide is really not on.

Buenos Aires ~ Starting our Intrepid Tour, Food and Tango

Buenos Aires ~ Starting our Intrepid Tour, Food and Tango

by Tim and Joanne Joseph @ A Note From Abroad

January 7th On the evening of the 6th, we were scheduled to meet up with our new Intrepid Tour group at our hotel. It turns out to be a very small group with four from Australia, two from the UK, … Continue reading

Travel United Arab Emirates – Discover Abu Dhabi

by Viv @ WAVEJourney

Travel United Arab Emirates – Discover Abu Dhabi   GOLD SPRINKLES ON MY CAPPUCCINO IN ABU DHABI by Elizabeth von Pier   I sit down in the lobby of the breathtakingly opulent Emirates Palace Hotel and am served a cup of cappuccino with chocolate swirls and 24-karat gold sprinkles on the creamy foam. There’s a […]

Travel United Arab Emirates – Discover Abu Dhabi was written by Viv and originally published on WAVEJourney - WAVEJourney - A Women's Travel Magazine

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide


Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

A comprehensive budget travel guide to the city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam with tips and advice on things to do, see, ways to save money, and cost information.

27 Hours… Hanoi to Luang Prabang: The Worst Bus Journey in SE Asia?

by Guest Author @ South East Asia Backpacker

Have you done the 24+ hour bus journey from Hanoi, Vietnam to Luang Prabang, Laos? Or Vice Versa? Feared by backpackers all across Southeast Asia - is this journey as bad as they say it is? Read this and decide whether you want to book a flight instead!

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A food tour of Little Saigon for first-time visitors

A food tour of Little Saigon for first-time visitors


Nguoi Viet Online

The rising food scene in Little Saigon in Orange County, Calif., has attracted the attention of connoisseurs and curiosity of foodies around the world. Even folks who travel to the area from Vietna…

Best Price on Vietnam Inn Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City + Reviews

Best Price on Vietnam Inn Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City + Reviews


Agoda

Read real reviews, guaranteed best price. Special rates on Vietnam Inn Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Travel smarter with Agoda.com.

Visit Nami Island, Gangchon Rail Park, and Petite France on a Day Tour from Seoul

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Nami Island is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Seoul. Aside from being storybook beautiful, it's a curious place that's unlike anything we've ever visited. There's a child-like quality to the island reminiscent of faeries, elves, and other playful spirits. We relegate them to fantasy as adults but here, they may still exist.

“Assassination of a King: Details of the Latest Annamite Intrigues” from Le Matin, 4 August 1883

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

Kien-Phuc, nephew of Tu-Duc – The assassination of his predecessor – A palace revolution – Causes of our Expedition – The role of M. de Champeaux – The poisoning of Hiep-Hoa We know by dispatch of the death of the king of Annam, Kien-Phuc, who was aged just seventeen. Who was this sovereign? How had […]

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Visiting Saigon During TET – 2017

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

TET or Lunar New Year occurs at the end of January in 2017. The lead up to the Year of the Rooster will be very festive, but during the actual holiday period, the atmosphere around the country will change completely. The...

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Mazatlan

by Todd Breton @ Breton Travels

Spicing things up in Mazatlán We finally got on our Mexican Rivera cruise ship with Princess, as our previous blog explained our flight was canceled so we boarded the cruise in Puerto Vallarta. After exploring the ship and enjoying a good night sleep on our floating hotel, we will explore Mazatlán today. We have cruised a lot […]

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Harvey House Railroad Depot Casa Del Desert

by DayTrippen @ Daytrippen.com

Harvey House Railroad Depot also is known as the Casa Del Desierto sits by the railroad tracks in Barstow, California. The Barstow Railroad Depot opened in 1911 as a Santa Fee train station and Harvey House. Before there were dining cars trains would stop at Harvey Houses so passengers could dine or even spend the […]

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No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

The Indonesian Government recently announced citizens of forty five countries no longer need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Indonesia Immigration Stamp How Does Visa Free Entry To Indonesia Work? If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, arrive at one of the entry points below and proceed to Passport Control. […]

6 (Non-Millennial) Solo Female Travelers Share Their Travel Wisdom

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Solo female travel isn't just for millennials! In this column, Kristin Addis introduces us to some older solo female travelers who are following their dreams to see the world. These women come from all backgrounds and all walks of life, proving it's never too late to start traveling.

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Christmas!

by Sarah @ Where in the world are Zac and Sarah?

Arriving back in Bangkok our friend Griffin offered us his place for a few days, as he was away for the weekend. When you’re on a budget, free accommodation is the best accommodation. Griffin’s place was in a nice location near the railways and shops, and the best part, it had a pool and workout facilities! What an nice way to relax before Christmas! Having…

Inexpensive Souvenirs to buy in Vietnam

by John @ A Traveller's Guide to Vietnam

Inexpensive Souvenirs for your holiday in Vietnam. Vietnam is rich in Culture and Tradition and you will come home with some lifelong memories of your travels. Bring a little Vietnam home to share with family. Have you ever found yourself in the situation where you are hurrying around the shopping centres in search of inexpensive souvenirs … Continue reading Inexpensive Souvenirs to buy in Vietnam

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NV Tours - 179, Phạm Ngũ Lão, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

NV Tours - 179, Phạm Ngũ Lão, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh


DiaChiSo

Diachiso.vn là cổng thông tin tìm kiếm dịch vụ chất lượng nhất Việt Nam. Diachiso.vn cung cấp hàng trăm nghìn địa điểm dịch vụ và thẻ ưu đãi cho cộng đồng Việt Nam, Khám phá không gian dịch vụ bằng công nghệ tour ảo 360.

Our Music City Adventure

by Todd Breton @ Breton Travels

Nashville has many nicknames Music City and “Songwriting Capital of the World”. It is where many genres of music have roots.  This was our first visit to Nashville and we loved the charm of the city. Many of tourist destinations we visited were close together, so we parked in one spot then we could easily […]

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Ho Chi Minh Museum

by admin @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights - maps

The Secret Sauce Behind Scott’s Cheap Flights

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Scott Keyes turned a simple newsletter into a popular travel hacking site, Scott's Cheap Flights. In this interview, Scott tells us how he and his worldwide team find cheap flights using a combination of manpower and knowledge of industry trends. Every flight is hand-searched!

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9 things to do in Antarctica

by Carmen Allan-Petale @ Double Barrelled Travel

The Antarctic represents one of the last great pristine wildernesses left on earth. It’s a clean and quiet haven for people who are looking to get away from the hectic pace of their everyday lives. But what about things to do in Antarctica? That being said, what can you get up to in the Antarctic? [...]

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Buenos Aires ~ A few Highlights Including Colorful La Boca

Buenos Aires ~ A few Highlights Including Colorful La Boca

by Tim and Joanne Joseph @ A Note From Abroad

January 3 – 4th ~ Buenos Aires on our own Getting off of the ship went smoothly. We caught a cab at the terminal and arrived at our hotel by 10:00. We had made the decision to book Two Hotel, … Continue reading

Lost in Chiang Mai: A Personal View of How the City Has Changed in 5 Years

by Nikki Scott @ South East Asia Backpacker

Have you ever revisited a place only to find it completely transformed? This is how I felt recently upon revisiting Chiang Mai after being away from the city for five years. Chiang Mai had been the home for the SEA Backpacker Office and was personally my home for the best part of three years. During […]

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Buenos Aires ~ Evita Tour Including Recoleta Cemetery

Buenos Aires ~ Evita Tour Including Recoleta Cemetery

by Tim and Joanne Joseph @ A Note From Abroad

January 2nd, 2018 Buenos Aires is the second largest city in South America and the capital of Argentina. It is located on the Rio de la Plata, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. By the end of the 19th century, … Continue reading

Seoul Food Guide: 22 Must-Eat Restaurants in Seoul, South Korea

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

This list of 22 must-eat restaurants in Seoul includes some of the best places to try popular dishes like bibimbap, kalguksu, and Korean bbq. It also included four of the oldest restaurants in Seoul. If you're looking for solid restaurant recommendations, then these are 22 you should seriously consider.

Cruise News: Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Bioblitz in Sub-Antarctic

by WAVEJourney @ WAVEJourney

Cruise News: Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Bioblitz in Sub-Antarctic   LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS-NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CONDUCTS FIRST EVER BIODIVERSITY ASSESSMENT BY CITIZEN SCIENCE IN SOUTH GEORGIA   Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, the global leader of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, has completed the first stage in their pilot Citizen Science BioBlitz in the Sub-Antarctic, marking the first ever […]

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DIY Guide to Halong Bay: Dodge the Crowds & Get More Bang For Your Dong!

by Guest Author @ South East Asia Backpacker

If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam, chances are that the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay is on your itinerary… and so it should be! Made up of around 2000 limestone islands, Halong Bay is just a stone’s throw away from Hanoi. A few clicks on your favourite search engine will suffice to understand […]

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Motorcycle Riding in Vietnam

by John @ A Traveller's Guide to Vietnam

  Motorcycle Transport About 90 million people, including me, think that riding a motorcycle is the best way to get around in Vietnam. Motorcycle and Scooters of 110cc and less are the most prevalent but there are all sorts of other motorised two and three wheeled contraptions transporting all sorts of things such as panes … Continue reading Motorcycle Riding in Vietnam

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Vietnam - Mekong Tours

Vietnam - Mekong Tours


U.S. Passport Service Guide

The Mekong Delta “Nine Dragon River Delta” is the region in southwestern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network

6 Reasons Not To Visit Hoi An

by HAE Marketing @ Hoi An Express Travel

Hoi An is a small town that is incredibly diverse. From the travel-back-in-time feeling created in its UNESCO-protected Ancient Town, to its picturesque beaches, romantic rivers and desert-island style Cham Islands; it’s got someone to offer almost everyone. But is it really the right place for you? 1. Don’t visit Hoi An if you don’t […]

Joseph’s Hotel Exceptional Service

by John @ A Traveller's Guide to Vietnam

It had been a busy week already in Ho Chi Minh City and I still had meetings in Hanoi on Thursday afternoon and another on Friday morning so I booked the Thursday morning flight up with a 5pm Friday return. The flight was uneventful and I caught a taxi to Joseph’s Hotel in Au Trieu … Continue reading Joseph’s Hotel Exceptional Service

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Ho Chi Minh City

by Todd Breton @ Ho Chi Minh City – Breton Travels

We are in the famed city of Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon. Today’s tour is focused on visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels. These tunnels were famous during the Vietnam War. Included in this tour was a countryside visit on our 3 hour drive to the tunnels. Countryside Drive We boarded our bus around 7:30 […]

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Welfare Bastardry

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

Rudd defends 'hardline' benefits plan

Families face losing their welfare for three months if their children continually skip school, under legislation to be introduced to Federal Parliament this week.

Under the Federal Government's proposed scheme, regular school attendance will become a condition for receiving all welfare except the Family Tax Benefit.

If the legislation is passed a pilot scheme at eight schools will begin next year.

"Hardline?" I call it punitive. It won't prevent truancy in families who are rich enough not to need welfare - it's easier to skip school when both parents are at work. It won't help those unemployed who are dedicated to giving a better life for their kids. What it will do is penalise those families who are dysfunctional enough to be affected by the scheme. They may not be that many, but they exist. And if the parent(s) are that fucked up, then they probably don't get the crude cause and effect reasoning ("truancy implies no welfare") behind the plan. Given that, their kids probably need all the money they receive from the dole. Even if much of it is lost at the bottleshop or goes up mom and/or dad's arm, some of it may spill out into food and textbooks and uniforms. Cut off the cash, and you're going to have a lot more kids hungry in class. Unfortunately, empty stomachs are a poor way to motivate children to concentrate on their studies. From this, a small problem (truancy) is aggravated, as kids feel even worse at school. Their studies decline. They get picked on by richer kids for torn and worn uniforms (with mum and dad less able to afford to fix the things). Given the conditions, do you blame them for escaping school?

The only bright note in the plan is that it is a trial. Howard would haven't even bothered to experiment - he'd implement the scheme everywhere and le the chips fall where they may. But governments have a bad habit of ignoring bad experiences. I expect Rudd to pronounce it a success even if children are literally starving as a result.

Howard may be gone, but his authoritarian heavy-handedness lives on. Let Jarvis explain:

Thanks to Wombo for passing on the YouTube on this
Larvatus Prodeo thread.

Don't Miss Saigon Street Food Tours in Vietnam - Gr8 Travel Tips

Don't Miss Saigon Street Food Tours in Vietnam - Gr8 Travel Tips


Gr8 Travel Tips

Discover Saigon Street Food Tours on Scooters. Enjoy Sightseeing, Traditional Food and Mixing with Locals on a Saigon Street Food Adventure!

New Years in Spain!

by Zac Smits @ Where in the world are Zac and Sarah?

A few days after Christmas, we took a SAS flight into Barcelona, Spain to meet up with Sarah’s parents, Scott and Betsy! They had traveled halfway around the world to catch up with us, and it was time for a family adventure before New Years! We started with a late afternoon stroll through the city, and walked to Nova Icària Beach. This popular Spanish beach is host to…

A Journey Through Madagascar: Notes on the Privilege of Travel

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

We travelers are a lucky bunch. It's easy to forget just how privileged we are to be able to travel the world. The truth is, most people rarely even leave their own country, let alone visit destinations all over the globe. My recent visit to Madagascar reminded me that it's important to keep this perspective in mind, and to give back to organizations that help the places we visit.

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Tours - A Traveller's Guide to Vietnam

Tours - A Traveller's Guide to Vietnam


A Traveller's Guide to Vietnam

“We are always at your service” is the motto at Viet Viet Travel and you will see why when you meet Mr Phat and his wife Kim. They take every opportunity to make your stay in Vietnam a memorable one. Located in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City Viet Viet Travel is a quality Travel Agency and Tour … Continue reading Tours →

SURVIVING BORACAY ALONE

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

In March of 2012, I was nearly finished with a 3-week journey moving west through the Visayas region of The Philippines. Visayas is famous for beach and diving destinations. I have never been very interested in beaches, so I was focused on the cities of Cebu, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Iloilo and Kalibo. I did, however, have a beach destination as my final stop before flying out of the country. That beach was the most famous beach in all of The Philippines- Boracay. I was all by my sad self during these weeks in the Philippines. I’d met people here and there along the way, but I didn’t join a backpacker caravan or fall in love. So, how is it traveling to Boracay alone, anyway?

Often beach destinations entice travelers of impossibly clear turquoise waters bookended by eternal sunrises and sunsets. So often, ... Read More »

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5 of SAIGON’S BEST HIDDEN COCKTAIL BARS

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is a place of surprises, much of them elusive to first-time visitors with just a few days on the ground. Though a bit challenging at first, Ho Chi Minh City eventually became our favorite city in the world and a base for many of our adventures in the Southeast Asian region. It’s also a pretty great place to go out and grab a drink, whether it’s a Monday or Saturday, Saigon’s music venues, breathtaking rooftop bars, and tiny neighborhood spots are buzzing.

Unlike the more world famous, easy-to-find spots of Bangkok and Shanghai, Saigon is a city of tight neighborhoods which unveil themselves only to those intrepid enough to explore the tiniest, faintest lines on the map. Saigon doesn’t have a Times Square or Pudong. It’s a megacity comprised of small, distinct districts and alleys. Perch ... Read More »

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7 things to do in Hokkaido, Japan

by Carmen Allan-Petale @ Double Barrelled Travel

Keen skiers often come for its famous snow slopes, but explore a little further and you’ll find skiing is only one of the many things to do in Hokkaido. When winter has come and gone, there is still a lot to do across the area – whether you’re interested in food, nature, art or coffee! Start [...]

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Belles on Bikes - Saigon Food Tour

Belles on Bikes - Saigon Food Tour


Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

A fantastic experience with Saigon Food Tour. The best of Vietnamese cuisine and a city tour with belles on bikes rolled into one.

“What’s So Great About Vietnam?” One Backpacker Explains All…

by Guest Author @ South East Asia Backpacker

A whistle-stop guide through Vietnam as a backpacker! Includes tips on the wackiest and most fun activities, the local grub not to be missed, where to stay... from glitzy backpacker resort to rustic homestay... plus transport info! Vietnam is a beautiful, wildly varied country with tons to offer, and us backpackers need to soak its magic up before it becomes too touristy...

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Two Fun, Short Hikes to do at Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

Just 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas is Red Rock Canyon, an outdoor playground for hikers, families, and outdoor adventurers. Go mountain biking, rock climbing, explore the hiking trails, and enjoy the view on the scenic drive through the park. If you want to escape the bright, neon lights and all-you-can-eat food buffets for a little outdoor adventure, Red Rock ...

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7 of the best food trucks in Miami

by Carmen Allan-Petale @ Double Barrelled Travel

What are the best food trucks in Miami? This is a question I was asking myself the other day as the food truck scene that seems to be growing in popularity faster than you can say ‘taco’ thanks to the Online Marketing in Miami who help these trucks get their business up and running with popularity. [...]

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Niềm tin của giới tiêu thụ Mỹ tụt liên tiếp ba tháng

by Đinh Quang Anh Thái @ Nguoi Viet Online

Ban Nghiên cứu kinh tế của Đại học Michigan cho biết chỉ số đo niềm tin của giới tiêu thụ Mỹ lên cao nhất vào cuối năm ngoái đã tụt xuống trong tháng Giêng.

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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

by Tim and Joanne Joseph @ A Note From Abroad

December 30th Puerto Madryn is another stop where seeing penguins was the number one billed attraction. But unlike other areas of Argentina that had been colonized by conquistadors, this settlement began with 150 colonists from Wales, England who were seeking … Continue reading

Goodbye Bali, hello Australia with baby on board

by Dave Allan-Petale @ Double Barrelled Travel

Today is our last day in Ubud, Bali. It’s our last day of travelling for a long time because of our baby on board. But we couldn’t be more excited. In a few hours we’ll be picked up and whisked away to Seminyak on the coast where we’ll do some last minute shopping, settle into [...]

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How to Use Your Social Network to Travel the World

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Celinne da Costa spent a year traveling the world and relying on the kindness of strangers to host her. She stayed with 70+ strangers in 17 countries across four continents. In this interview, Celinne tells us how she did it all, with surprisingly very few hiccups along the way.

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River Cruise Tips: New AmaWaterways 2018 Rhine & Moselle River Cruises

by WAVEJourney @ WAVEJourney

River Cruise Tips: New AmaWaterways 2018 Rhine & Moselle River Cruises   WJ’s first river cruise in Europe was on the Rhine and Moselle rivers with AmaWaterways – way back in 2008. It was this particular experience that inspired us to take as many river cruises as possible. We highly recommend booking an itinerary with […]

River Cruise Tips: New AmaWaterways 2018 Rhine & Moselle River Cruises was written by WAVEJourney and originally published on WAVEJourney - WAVEJourney - A Women's Travel Magazine

Lầm ngân hàng với Taco Bell, lộ ra tội say thuốc lái xe

by Đinh Quang Anh Thái @ Nguoi Viet Online

Douglas Francisco, 28 tuổi, bị bắt về tội lái xe trong lúc say rượu, sau khi được đánh thức dậy.

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Hệ thống đại học UC muốn tăng học phí thêm $342

Hệ thống đại học UC muốn tăng học phí thêm $342

by Kỳ Hùng @ Nguoi Viet Online

Hội đồng quản trị hệ thống University of California (UC) hiện đang tính tới việc gia tăng học phí cùng các lệ phí khác đối với sinh viên là cư dân tiểu bang.

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Old Saigon Building of the Week – 19-21 Tran Hung Dao, Late 1920s - HISTORIC VIETNAM

Old Saigon Building of the Week – 19-21 Tran Hung Dao, Late 1920s - HISTORIC VIETNAM


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This article was published previously in Saigoneer http://saigoneer.com/ One of the real architectural gems in Hồ Chí Minh City’s District 1, the flatiron building at the junction of Trần Hưng Đạo, Ký Con and Yersin streets (original address 19-21 boulevard Galliéni) was constructed in the 1920s to provide both offices and residential accommodation for the family …

The Emperor of Annam – The Investiture Ceremony at the Court of Hue, from Saïgon Républicain, 6 March 1889

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

It was in the prison where he had been confined since the death of Phan-Dinh-Binh that they found the new king, designated as heir by the Grand Dowager Empress, the Court and the Co-Mat, and conducted him to the palace. The induction ceremony took place on 31 January. It was a marvellous spectacle; more than […]

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‘A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY’: THE TWILIGHT ZONE EPISODE THAT EXPLORES OUR NEED TO TRAVEL

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

“a place around the bend where he could jump off”

Created during a time (1959-1964) when American television seemed eerily clean and domestic, The Twilight Zone challenged viewers to examine a possibility of uncertainty beyond the comforts and assumptions of contemporary life. It was my favorite thing on TV. One episode in particular always stuck with me- A Stop at Willoughby. It brings up questions. How could such a ‘successful’ man working in a New York tower and living in an upscale suburb be so miserable? Why would he dream of escaping to a sleepy village where the streets have no name and the children wear overalls and go fishing?

A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY is the story of an advertising executive named Gart. Gart feels endless pressure from his pugnacious boss and his minion-like coworkers at his New York City office during ... Read More »

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Travelling the World as an Introvert: How I Coped

by Guest Author @ South East Asia Backpacker

What difficulties might one face when travelling the world as an introvert? One traveller describes her personal experiences on a world trip and how at first, she ignored her needs and tried to be someone that she's not. Introversion is something that affects many people and in spite of the obvious challenges, this article proves that it is possible to fully enjoy travel as an introvert, you just need to listen to yourself...

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Ireland – Part 1

by Zac Smits @ Where in the world are Zac and Sarah?

Ireland is an amazing country with an incredible history. It is home to some of the oldest archaeological sites – chamber tombs, standing stones, ring forts, mounds and passage tombs. Also home to personal favorites like Guinness and Murphy’s Irish Stouts, Jameson and Teelings Whiskey and the home of the iconic shipbuilders of the Titanic. Oh, and the final scene in Star Wars 7 on Great…

Pho Binh Noodle Shop

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Insider’s View Episode 8 – Fiona Briers

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Episode 8 of Insider’s View comes from Fiona Briers who runs the brilliant Bright Solutions in Vietnam. The work they do to empower women and produce gorgeous handicrafts is fabulous. She’s been here almost 9 years so I’d say she...

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Exploring the Valley of Fire near Las Vegas, Nevada

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

The Valley of Fire is a brilliant, colorful spot located in Nevada, just one hour from Las Vegas. Filled with panoramic vistas, hiking trails, petroglyphs, and stunning red and pink rock formations, the Valley of Fire makes an excellent day trip from Vegas. What is the Valley of Fire? The Valley of Fire is a state park located 50 miles ...

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Starbucked

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

Announcement to Customers 29th July 2008

Starbucks has been a part of the Australian market since 2000. There are currently 84 Starbucks locations throughout the country, including Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, South Australia, Sydney, and Tasmania. 23 stores will remain open in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and surrounding areas to serve customers in those communities. The list of stores that are scheduled for closure will appear on this site by 5pm July 31st after all affected stores partners (employees) have been personally notified.

Losing nearly three quarters of their stores isn't the worst of it. It sounds like Starbucks is abandoning whole cities. If the company has to flee the Gold Coast - one of Australia's most famous tourist destinations - they're in worse shape than I thought.

I've had my doubts about Starbucks succeeding in Australia. There were, and are too many alternatives - from the small cosy places and fancy cafés to existing chains like Coffee Club and Gloria Jeans. The coffee is better elsewhere, there's more room to sit (or cuddle or seduce), and meals are available as well. The competition also have better aesthetics, while Starbucks expect their customers to order their coffees like they order their Big Macs and their KFC. As for the produt: my first and last impression of their brew (sipped in 2001 in Salt Lake City) was that it was coffee-flavoured froth. I haven't tasted it since then.

It's the staff who get my sympathy. From The Age:

Several former Melbourne employees, mainly aged in their teens to early 20s, said after a meeting at Little Bourke Street's Mantra Hotel, that they were shocked by the sudden nature of the announcement.

One former employee of the Lygon Street store in Carlton said he was upset former employees had been given less than a week's notice despite Starbucks making the decision to close the store two weeks ago.

"All the stores were just cannibalising each other, all the bigger stores were just taking money from the smaller ones," Ilias, 22, said.

Perhaps I'm not reading the press release correctly. Let me put on my amateur MBA hat. The sensible thing now would be to reduce the number of stores - I know Starbucks is cash-strapped in the States, and they're cutting back there. But I would try to keep at least one restaurant in each of the CBDs, and spread the rest around. It seems a little extreme that they can't make a profit from one single franchise in Adelaide or Perth (both +1 million cities).

The sensible thing would be to spread themselves widely, concentrate on one or two stores in the city centres, and if possible spread (or re-spread) to the suburbs. Instead they've been engaging in Darwinian selection with their franchises - crowding hem together, and letting them fight each other. That seems to be the Starbucks business model - I've heard it happen in the States, and in the U.K. Alas, the result is not the survival of the fittest, but the malnourishment of the population. No wonder the company is failing, and leading to massive retrechments. The soon-to-be-unemployed have my sympathy, but the management can go Starbuck themselves.

Taking The Foodie Motorbike Tour In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Taking The Foodie Motorbike Tour In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


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Favorite Photos, Favorite Moments of 2017

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

Just like that, another year comes to an end. As we get ready to flip the calendar over into 2018, it’s nice to look back and reflect on the past year. For us, 2017 was all about balancing work and school and sports with as much travel as possible. It was a hectic year, but we all think that, don’t ...

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New Ambulance Service for HCMC

by John @ A Traveller's Guide to Vietnam

Did you know that Ho Chi Minh City now has a new World Class Ambulance Service. Dial *9999.  When travelling overseas on holiday or business I always make it a priority to have good quality Travel Insurance and now I keep  this number in my wallet too. I have never had the need for an ambulance personally … Continue reading New Ambulance Service for HCMC

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Paris – A whirlwind adventure

by Zac Smits @ Where in the world are Zac and Sarah?

We took the renfe – AVE fast train from Barcelona to Paris which takes a little over 6 hours. The train is comfortable and clean, as you would expect from most European train services. Once we arrived in Paris we caught the Metro (subway) which runs all over the city. It is cheap, efficient, and the easiest way to travel around. We settled into our accommodation and hit the…

10 THINGS I CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Recently I’ve taken a four-month break off of travel to settle into a comfortable life in a quiet town. It’s been nice, mostly.

I do miss packing and unpacking the bags. I miss tossing away ripped up socks, giving away paperback books, and moving what’s left of my big shampoo into a small little shampoo thingy.

Some things are essential to have packed and ready to grab when I’m on the road. I will not include the obvious things like a camera, computer, passport, etc. These following are the little home run hitters that are easy to forget about, but always needed:

1. DENTAL FLOSS

I like to eat. I like to eat meat. I like eating late. My teeth are spaced fairly far apart from laughing too much. Stuff gets in there and I need to get it out. I’ve often been wandering ... Read More »

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Mai Chau Aerial Footage

by John @ A Traveller's Guide to Vietnam

Recently, Jeff Nesmith produced a stunning video/soundtrack of Mai Chau, in the Hòa Bình Province, northern Vietnam. He has captured the essence of Vietnam with his brilliant use of aerial videography and choice of soundtrack. The music is “At Rest – Romance – Kevin MacLeod” For more of Jeff’s outstanding creations go to Gypsycreative.com

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Last Post

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

This is the last post at this site - at least for the foreseeable future. I have decided to decamp from Blogger and set up my old domain. That place is also called Down and Out Of Sài Gòn, and comes with its own blog.

I doubt few people are reading this site after nearly a year of inactivity. But to those happy few who wish to read anything more by or about myself, please visit the new site. Cheers.

As of 18th of February, 2016, I have let the old domain http://www.downandoutofsaigon.net/ expire. I now lurk at a site under my own name: Peter Murphy, and it also comes with its own blog.

Dalat named one of the ’52 places to go in 2016′ by NY Times

by HAE Marketing @ Hoi An Express Travel

The New York Times recently listed delightful Dalat as one of the top 52 places to go in 2016 citing it as “A cool alternative to the usual steamy Vietnamese destination” and we at Hoi An Express fully endorse this, keep reading to find out our top reasons why!     Le Petit Paris in […]

“The Court of Annam modernises,” Les Annales coloniales: organe de la “France coloniale modern,” 14 December 1912

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

Packed with the usual colonial arrogance and assumptions of western superiority, this short 1912 article by Henri Cosnier sheds interesting light on French Governor General Paul Doumer’s policy towards the royal court in Huế The powerful breath of modernism carries off, one after the other, the sumptuous traditions of the court of Hue. The republican […]

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How to Visit Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

Death Valley National Park is filled with unusual spots to visit and the Racetrack Playa may be one of the most bizarre. This is the place to see those mysterious sailing stones…the large rocks that somehow glide over this dry, muddy surface, leaving imprinted trails behind them. This is not a spot you can just visit on a whim. Getting ...

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Eat, Stray, Love: Eating Your Way Through Ubud, Bali: A Self-Guided Food Walking Tour

by Guest Author @ South East Asia Backpacker

If you’re looking to experience Ubud beyond the Monkey Forest, this self-guided food walking tour takes you off the beaten path into serene rice fields with quaint cafes and tasty treats dotted all along the way!

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10 Cool Travel Spots to Visit in 2018

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

Are you looking for cool travel spots to visit? How about somewhere different than the ultra-popular Paris, London, New York City, or even Iceland? Sure, those are all amazing, but if you are looking for a place that is a little more unique, we have some ideas for you. This is not an “off-the-beaten-path” list nor is it a “best ...

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Metz Christmas Market in France

by Viv @ WAVEJourney

METZ CHRISTMAS MARKET IN FRANCE by Amy Askin of Beloved Atmosphere Travel Bloggers Influencer Network (#TBIN) Members Share Their Top Picks For Christmas Markets That Should Be Visited in 2017! Have you visited a Christmas Market or Holiday Market near home or when travelling?  WAVEJourney asked our Travel Bloggers Influencer Network (#TBIN) colleagues for their […]

Metz Christmas Market in France was written by Viv and originally published on WAVEJourney - WAVEJourney - A Women's Travel Magazine

Sunk Cost

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

A workmate had been given a Palm Tungsten E2 care of some corporate give-away. As he didn't want it, he emailed everyone to sell it at a discount - $200 AUD or so. I was curious - I'd never owned a PDA before, and I wondered what the fuss was about - so I emailed it back. I had some vague idea that I could note down ideas for my moribund blog on the train or bus home. As I was the only one to express an interest in it, he popped around, dropped it off, and then went on holiday. I didn't pay, but I agreed to, and will - despite what I am about to write.

Let this be a lesson to me: impulsivity is a disorder - especially impulsive buying. I am not impressed with the Palm. It has Bluetooth, but I don't use Bluetooth. It has no phone capability as far as Australian networks are concerned. The sole game - Solitaire - isn't even as good at the Windows version; I can't take card off the destination pile. There's no way of teaching the machine to recognise my handwriting, so the Graffiti handwriting software is no good for me. There's a PVC cover for the screen, but it has the aroma of car seats in an open carpark during a tropical summer's midday; some of the additives are unhealthily volatile.

The thing that shits me is that it doesn't handle Unicode very well, and that's the real deal-breaker for me. Most OS do these days - Linux does, Windows does, and so MacOS does. It's a sign that the designers didn't think about their client base very well - many of whom are multilingual. It's not a matter of internationalising the thing so it can handle English or Russian or Vietnamese - its a matter of making the product being able to handle all three (and others) at the same time. To do it properly, you need Unicode; otherwise you're buggering around with incompatible character sets that break when you send a message to someone else.

Well, I've got the thing, I opened the box, I played around with it, and I have to pay. It would be churlish to return otherwise. The only bright thing is that I could use the machine to learn about embedded programming, but I don't think I'll use the machine for much else.

Massenet Première in Saïgon, 1900

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

From Le Ménestrel, journal de musique, 30 December 1900. A first in Saigon!  The new Saigon Theatre, a marvel of architecture inaugurated earlier this year, recently presented the première of La Navarraise, the poignant lyrical drama by Jules Massenet. Great success! Our brave soldiers, just returned from the campaign in China, were thus able to experience a […]

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Visa for Vietnam

by John @ A Traveller's Guide to Vietnam

It is a requirement of the Vietnam Government that travellers to Vietnam have a Visa, whether it be for holiday, visiting friends or business. There are exemptions if you are from a country with whom Vietnam has an agreement, for example Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and UK nationals … Continue reading Visa for Vietnam

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The Most Common Travel Scams In India

by Robert Tellier @ Gr8 Travel Tips

A Look at Some Very Popular Tourist Scams in India Below, is a list of 3 very popular scams that take place throughout India, particularly in the large cities, that visitors should be aware of in case they should happen to become a target while traveling in the Country Scams in India #1 – Beware … Continue reading The Most Common Travel Scams In India

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Phnom Penh

by Sarah @ Where in the world are Zac and Sarah?

Taking the Giant Ibis Night bus from Siem Reap, we arrived before sunrise in Phnom Penh. As we walked from the bus station along the Tonle Sap River, the sunrise was so beautiful that we didn’t mind how early it was. A group of women (and some men) practiced their early morning Tai Chi while others worked out on the exercise equipment in the park along the water. We have noticed…

The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Bangkok, Thailand

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and its biggest city by far. It's a top tourist destination which is consistently ranked among the world's most visited cities. In fact, so popular and beloved is Bangkok that it was voted the "World's Best City" by Travel + Leisure magazine readers for four consecutive years. Spend a few days there and you'll get its appeal.

12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

London is steeped in history, but it’s also shaping the future of how we control the landscape Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London 10 June 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: I spent a few days in Greenwich for my 40th birthday – it seemed appropriate to go back to the Source Of All Time as I […]

Google Street View in Việt Nam?

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

Perhaps that's a premature question to ask at this time. Only four countries have Google Street View now, with Australia possessing the best coverage of them all. (Even Canada misses out, and that's a surprise. Located next door to the U.S., it's generally the second stop for new ideas and tech coming from there.) I know Google Street View would be mostly popular in Việt Nam. My wife told her friends about it, and they want one too. Mostly popular. But I see a few issues in the way.

If Google Street View comes to South-East Asia, it's likely to hit Singapore first, because it is small and thus easily mappable - and also prosperous. Then bordering Malaysia, which is a little less prosperous but shares a border and English - then Thailand. All three of these countries have excellent coverages under Google Maps, with Thailand's being utterly superb - it displays place names in the original Thai with their transliteration underneath. Both are represented well in Map View and Satellite View - all countries are displayed in the latter, but it's the fortunate few that have city streets shown in the former.)

Alas, Google's coverage of Việt Nam is lousy. It's not that it limits itself to showing highways, and misses city streets - let along missing the common hẻm - the alleys in which most people live. I expect the granularity - the detail - to improve in time, and the company has to start somewhere. What gets my goat is that Google makes mistakes with the place names they've written. There's an attempt to get the tone markers right (to its credit), but either misses a few or gets the letters in the wrong order. For example, Biên Hoà (a satellite city of Sài Gòn) is rendered as "Bein Hoa". It's like they got their information from an old encyclopedia. I can complain to them (and I will), but I also take it as a sign of how important Google considers the country. Not very.

Having said this, do I need to mention the paranoia of the Vietnamese government - the one who would be certain to nix any deal? I doubt they'd like foreign companies taking detailed pictures of their roads - no matter how pure their intentions are. It's not just the military angle, although Street View allows the United States China foreign governments to case the place without even visiting. It's the vested interests of the local party hacks that are endangered. Imagine if Street View could show roads as they really were? Not a nice yellow line on the map, but potholes and rubble where streets should be? And that the same people who were in charge of maintenance are suspected of embezzling the budget blind? I know these people are quite vicious when their interests, livelihoods, or lives are threatened.

Street View won't stand a chance.

The Ultimate Behind the Scenes Ship Tour on the Emerald Princess

The Ultimate Behind the Scenes Ship Tour on the Emerald Princess

by Tim and Joanne Joseph @ A Note From Abroad

December 29th ~ At sea Early in the cruise, I saw a notice in the daily Princess Patter that one could sign up for an optional behind the scenes tour, billed as the “Ships Ultimate Tour”. Tim had long wanted … Continue reading

Living Lagom in Sweden: An Interview With Lola Akerstrom

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Lagom is the key to unlocking the Swedish psyche, and it governs all aspect of Swedish society. In this interview, Lola A. Åkerström talks about why lagom is about more than just balance, and what it's like to assimilate into life in Sweden as a writer and photographer.

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Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide - Southeast Asia Backpacker Magazine

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide - Southeast Asia Backpacker Magazine


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Known by locals by its former name, Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam became Ho Chi Minh City in 1976 following the country's victory over the French...

Emperor Khai Dinh in France: A Victory for French Cuisine, Le Monde illustré 8 July 1922

by timdolinghcmc@gmail.com @ HISTORIC VIETNAM

Our host, His Majesty Khaï-Dinh, Emperor of Annam, has on several occasions shown himself to be an Asian sovereign who knows how to appreciate European customs. At the time of his reception at the Hôtel de Ville, when he was obliged to sign the registers of honour, the Emperor, before taking his calligraphy brush as […]

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Finding Treasure in Saigon - Unique Shopping Tours - Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Finding Treasure in Saigon - Unique Shopping Tours - Ho Chi Minh City Highlights


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Clusterfuck Bollocks

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

Don't get James Howard Kunstler talking about 9/11 conspiracy theories. He should stick to Peak Oil and financial meltdowns, where he can be amusingly snarky. And for god's sake, don't bring up Arabs: they seem to be his personal untermensch.

From a strategic point-of-view, 9/11 required a severe punitive response against the people responsible (casualties were higher than the attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941). That meant against an Arab people. Since the act was not perpetrated by any Arab nation per se, this left the US in a quandary. And of course, it begs the question: why was such a response even required?

Yes, and since Irish people are behind all the IRA bombings in the world, the appropriate response is to re-annex Ireland.

Jim: the problem is that what you are talking about isn't strategy at all - it's madness. Apocalypse Now 'Are my methods unsound?' - 'I don't see a method at all, sir' lunacy. It's also collective punishment, which is not ethical nor desirable or (in this case) that effective. "Severe punitive response against the people responsible" - I have no problem with that, if you actually choose the actual people responsible (like Osama bin Laden), rather than the people responsible (Arabs). And if you are going to blame a multi-million ethnic group for the work of a score or so of dead hijackers, you're a fucking loon.

Why can't more war commentators be like the War Nerd, who talks about war so jovially, yet makes so much sense? The opposite is the rule - polemicists who take themselves so seriously, and with little sense to show for it.

Saigon Street Eats tour - Double-Barrelled Travel

Saigon Street Eats tour - Double-Barrelled Travel


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Cyber Monday: All Books and Courses Up to 50% Off!

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

This Cyber Monday, all of my books and courses are up to 60% off! If you've ever thought about learning to blog, improving your writing or photography, or wanted to become a travel vlogger then you'll definitely want to check out this sale! There is something for everyone, but the sale won't last so don't wait!

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Insider’s View. Episode 7 – Jean Ngo (The Expat Shop)

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Editor’s Note: Episode 7 of Insider’s view comes from Jean Ngo, owner of “The Expat Shop.” Jean is yet another visitor who fell in love with this crazy city while on holidays and returned to make Saigon her home. As...

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Everland Resort: What to Do at South Korea’s Biggest Theme Park

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

Everland Resort is a Korean theme park located about 36 km from Seoul in Yongin City. It's South Korea's biggest theme park, receiving around 7.3 million visitors annually. Its most popular attractions include T Express, the world's steepest wooden rollercoaster, and Panda World, which is home to a pair of giant pandas.

The many wonders of the UK – outside of London

by Guest post @ Double Barrelled Travel

This week’s guest post comes from budding blogger Laura Bowery, who enjoys writing about the best things in life, taking photos and experiencing as much of the world as possible. In this post she shares her favourite 6 wonders of the UK and Europe. As someone who has lived up and down the British Isles, I’ve seen my fair [...]

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The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Seoul, South Korea

by JB Macatulad @ Will Fly for Food: Travel + Food Guides

South Korea is booming. Over 17 million tourists visited the country in 2016, a number that will only grow as Korean pop culture continues to find its way into the global mainstream. Whether you're into K-pop, K-dramas, cosmetics, or kimchi, there is so much to be excited about in this burgeoning megacity called Seoul.

Hotwire Million Dollar Sale – Las Vegas 5-Star Getaway

by WAVEJourney @ WAVEJourney

Hotwire Million Dollar Sale – Las Vegas 5-Star Getaway UPDATE: THIS SALE IS SOLD OUT! BUT CHECK HOTWIRE FOR MORE AMAZING TRAVEL DEALS. This Hotwire Million Dollar Sale is recommended by WAVEJourney!   Las Vegas has some of the top luxury hotels in the world! Whenever we visit Sin City we make a point of […]

Hotwire Million Dollar Sale – Las Vegas 5-Star Getaway was written by WAVEJourney and originally published on WAVEJourney - WAVEJourney - A Women's Travel Magazine

South America: What to pack and where to hike

by Guest post @ Double Barrelled Travel

South America is a majestic continent full of history, scenery and good food – the perfect location for a backpacking jaunt. South America: What to pack When preparing for a trip to this lush continent, it is important to pack everything you need without taking too much, and taking some cs go knives is essential, [...]

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Saigon Central Post Office

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8 of the Best Cafes in Hanoi

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

The big cities in Vietnam have a cafe culture that is virtually unknown to the rest of the world. Don’t expect a Chemex of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe with hints of blueberry and strawberry or an Aeropressed Kenyan. You might be able to locate one eventually, but not before tripping over scores of cafes serving up tumblers of coffee so dark it looks like used motor oil and smells like the most intense mocha you’ve ever had. It’s no secret that we love Vietnamese coffee and as a follow up to our very popular Saigon cafes list, we offer a list of some of our favorites in the northern capital city. Also be sure to check out our handy guide to ordering coffee in Vietnam.

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Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) ~ The Paris of the Orient

Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) ~ The Paris of the Orient


A Note From Abroad

March 25th ~ Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam We are hopping forward a few days, and I will need to fill in the blanks after we get home. Our first three days with Gate 1 covered much of the same sites we…

And the winner is….

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

I received thousands of submissions for my round the world contest, and I enjoyed reading every single one of them. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner. Today, I'm very excited to announce the official winner of the round the world contest! The journey begins next month.

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Little Saigon Westminster Orange County Day Trip Things To See

Little Saigon Westminster Orange County Day Trip Things To See


Daytrippen.com

Little Saigon Westminster day trip things to do points of interest. Little Saigon is the largest Vietnamese shopping & restaurant district in California.To really appreciate this community, you need to park your car and take a walking tour. Stores are reasonably priced, a restaurant to fit every budget

It's the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning.

by noreply@blogger.com (Down And Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

Here's how things stand.

Rudd won the election. Woo. Yay.

Howard lost Bennelong. Double Woo.

Andrew Bartlett lost the Senate. Boo.

Johnson won in Ryan. Hiss.

Humphreys won in the ACT Senate. Ho-hum. That means that there's going to be Liberal-held Senate until sometime next year... in opposition to Labor.

All in all - 83 to 85 for Labor. A reasonable majority. I wanted more, but mum said I should be satisfied with what happened.

The sad thing is that dad wasn't around to see it. He died of melanoma nearly two months ago. He wanted Howard gone. He would have been happy. And I'm sad he wasn't there to see it. But he was able to tell me about peak oil well before most other people.

People are writing off the Liberals' chance of getting back in power. Two terms - possibly three or four, if they don't disintegrate first. I'm not so sanguine. Petrol production has peaked, which means less petrol for more consumers. This means higher petrol prices. Australia will be looking at $2/litre in a year - perhaps in six months. Rudd might have won the election, but I think his battles have just started. Signing Kyoto is the easiest part.

Arkansas Destinations worth a visit!

by Todd Breton @ Breton Travels

If Arkansas is your destination for a vacation, we want to share a couple of our favorite places to visit in Northwest Arkansas : Eureka Springs and Bentonville.  Eureka Springs is affectionately called the “Little Switzerland of America” and we certainly agree!  .  Town of Eureka Springs Charming mountain town in the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs downtown has […]

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Saigon Unseen

Saigon Unseen


Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

A review of our fascinating tour around the untouristy parts of Ho Chi Minh City with Saigon Unseen. We didn't see another tourist all day.

That Newfangled Google Street View

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn


Corner Barkly and Stuart Highways, Northern Territory

This is the new Google "Street View" as applied to Australia. One day of publicity gone, and already the variety of our pictures exceeds that of the United States. Over there, they've limited themselves to a paltry few cities, and even big ones like Washington, D.C. are excepted. I suppose security theatre is to blame. 

Google Australia may have started with the cities, but they've gone one better with photographing all major highways - from the cities through the bush and into the centre of the outback. They may not have succeeded, but one can see the lines of blue stretching from sea to shining sea when zoomed out all the way. 

Yes, I may have concerns with privacy and terrorism, but they can wait until tomorrow. For now - hats off.

Reconciliation via bad arithmetic

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

From 52 to 48 with Love is three or so pages that shows Democratic voters (the 52) patch up things with their Republican counterparts (the 48) by holding up pieces of paper. The idea is to let the Red Staters know that they're not going to be ignored or mocked in the future. Examples are "Let's vow to be gentler, kinder and more understanding together", "one nation indivisible US", "dear 48, I will listen to you", and (eeewww) "dear 48, you complete me."

The spirit is admirable, but why do the page owners have to fib? It's really 53 versus 46, when you round to the nearest number. Is the extra 2 there to make the Republicans feel good about themselves? If so, it's a futile gesture; this kind of white lie inspires contempt from the "spite" voters. And why is there no reconciliation shown for the other 1 - the Libertarians and Greens? They deserve it more.

My message to the 48 46? No hard feelings, but what the fuck were you thinking? That's about as much as they deserve.

Thành lập ban tổ chức ‘Lễ Tưởng Niệm Tết Mậu Thân 1968’

Thành lập ban tổ chức ‘Lễ Tưởng Niệm Tết Mậu Thân 1968’

by Ngọc Lan @ Nguoi Viet Online

Một buổi họp để thành lập Ban Tổ Chức Lễ “Tưởng Niệm Tết Mậu Thân 1968” do Liên Ủy Ban Chống Cộng Sản và Tay Sai mời gọi diễn ra tại Đền Thờ Đức Thánh Trần trên đường Bolsa, Westminster vào chiều Thứ Bảy, 20 Tháng Giêng.

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Houston Vacation or Staycation ideas

by Todd Breton @ Breton Travels

Houston has many nicknames, Bayou City, Space City, H-Town, Energy Capital of the World, Magnolia City, Clutch City and Big Heart! We call it home and love to show it off to out of town visitors. People who visit Houston are surprised by its size (4th largest city in US), cultural diversity (over 100 languages […]

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Pioneertown Western Movie Town Yucca Valley

by DayTrippen @ Daytrippen.com

Pioneertown was originally built in the 1940s as an old west movie set. Today locals keep the western tradition alive holding mock gunfights from April through October on Pioneer town’s Main Street. Pappy and Harriet’s Palace offers live music, touring bands and dancing on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday in their saloon. The town also has […]

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Quebec City Christmas Market in Canada

by WAVEJourney @ WAVEJourney

QUEBEC CITY CHRISTMAS MARKET IN CANADA by Lauren Yakiwchuk of Justin Plus Lauren Travel Bloggers Influencer Network (#TBIN) Members Share Their Top Picks For Christmas Markets That Should Be Visited in 2017! Have you visited a Christmas Market or Holiday Market near home or when travelling?  WAVEJourney asked our Travel Bloggers Influencer Network (#TBIN) colleagues […]

Quebec City Christmas Market in Canada was written by WAVEJourney and originally published on WAVEJourney - WAVEJourney - A Women's Travel Magazine

5 Days in London: The Ultimate London Itinerary

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

There’s just something about London. With its iconic skyline, trendy neighborhoods, world-class museums, and long list of popular attractions, London is a city that every traveler should visit. We put together this 5-day London itinerary to help you have the best experience here. About this London Itinerary In general, I grouped sites together based on their location in order to ...

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Vietnam: Motorcycle Tour of The Ho Chi Minh Trail | Myths And Mountains

Vietnam: Motorcycle Tour of The Ho Chi Minh Trail | Myths And Mountains


Myths And Mountains

This trip is a first – a motorcycle trip down the famous Ho Chi Minh trail from Hanoi to Saigon …

Christina's Saigon

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Remember, remember, the 4th of November...

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

Yes. Obama's going to win. Random guess: 350 electoral votes and 58 senators to the Democrats. Damn - I'm fascinated by the election - refreshing the browser every couple of minutes, and trying to chase down another link or two. Stop it. I tell myself. Most people are sleeping, and only two little hamlets in New Hampshire have got to vote . That's not literally true - there's been a lot of pre-poll and postal voting throughout the U.S. of A. But I still have to tell myself: stop chasing news that doesn't exist. Get some sleep. Hell, it's your wedding anniversary tomorrow - an early rise is in order. The results will be available soon enough.

So rather than procrastination and wasting time, I turn to writing to get my thoughts and emotions in order. What do my feelings tell me? Quiet relief - even contentment at the certainty of the outcome. No moments of ecstasy, no "Hallelujahs!" nor "Praise the Lord!", not even quiet weeping (common, I hear) at the sheer utter history inherent in the outcome. Perhaps a little wet-eyed when I heard that Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, had passed away on election eve. But that's just empathy; it would hurt, especially as she was as much surrogate mother as grandmother.

But at the end of the day, there have been other events in my life of greater priority and immediate import. My wife's surgery for endometriosis and other gynecological problems last Monday. (Successful, for now.) Australia's not-quite-a-perhaps-we-avoided-the-worst-of-a-full recession, at a time where I'm thinking "I should find a better job". My dissatisfaction with being a requirements analyst - a job work out what is required of software, when I feel could get paid more for writing the software itself. Finding that it's not so easy to get a programming job when you haven't done it for six years. Oh, fuck it - stop whinging - at least I have a job. I'm not in debt. I can even save a little. I can afford some magnanimity.

Good luck, Obama and good luck America. You're going to need every bit of it.

Iraq: it's not the battles - it's the goals

by noreply@blogger.com (Down and Out Of Sài Gòn) @ Down and Out Of Sài Gòn

'Who Won Iraq's "Decisive" Battle?', asks Gary "War Nerd" Brecher, and answers: 

What happened in Iraq this week was a beautiful lesson in the weird laws of guerrilla warfare. Unfortunately, it was the Americans who got schooled. Even now, people at my office are saying, “We won, right? Sadr told his men to give up, right?”

Wrong. Sadr won big. Iran won even bigger. Maliki, Petraeus and Cheney lost.

For people raised on stories of conventional war, where both sides fight all-out until one side loses and gives up, what happened in Iraq this past week makes no sense at all.

Read it all, as they say - it's one of his best. It's hard to say that the Iraqi Army won, with troops defecting or refusing to fight, and dragging the Americans (and the British I hear) as unwillingly props. And then four farcical days later, Sadr calls for a ceasefire, and looks gracious doing so. No doubt he's going to milk everything he can out of the incident election season this year.

Some people seem to be of the "Peace offers are for Losers" persuasion. If they think that way, fine. But do real losers get to keep their weapons? The Mahdi Army did. After all, it's not about the battles, it's the goals. One of Sadr's main ones is to get the Americans out of Iraq. The last few days have moved him a lot closer to grabbing power off Maliki. Once then, I have no idea. But I feel he'd rather order the Yanks out than shoot them out.

It's not that I trust the guy - I don't - I have little tolerance for fundamentalists. I would rather have me an Iraqi Olaf Palme or Nelson Mandela, but they don't exist. Given this, Sadr is probably what we're looking at Iraqi leader a couple of years down the track, and (woo-hoo!) sitting on a lot of untapped oil as well. We'll have to deal with the man. But at least he's no Saddam (I hope), more liberal than the ibn Saud family (not fucking hard), gets along with the Sunnis (unlike the other Shi'ite groups), and might even come out looking better than Bhutto. After all, he never capped his brother, did he?

Oaklawn our road to the Kentucky Derby!

by Todd Breton @ Breton Travels

Oaklawn our road to the Kentucky Derby! Oaklawn is respected as a grade 1 horse racing venue for Thoroughbred horses in Hot Springs Arkansas. The racing begins mid-January and ends with the Arkansas Derby mid-April.   Oaklawn is known as the “home of the Racing Festival of the South and Arkansas Derby.” This blog is our […]

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Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s home

by Todd Breton @ Breton Travels

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is in Nashville, Tennessee We love visiting Presidential museums and were glad we could visit Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. It is a great destination for history buffs or families who want to learn more about the 7th US President. According to our guide one of the best preserved presidential homes and is located […]

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