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Bia Ho’i

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

bia.jpgMost street corners in Hanoi (and most other Vietnamese towns) have Bia Ho’i, or fresh beer stands. A glass costs about 2-3 thousand dong and it’s 16 thousand dong to the dollar- a lot of beer for a buck!

The beer goes down easy. Too easy. And it’s been a great experience to sit on plastic kindergarden-sized chairs and watch the world go by. The Xe-oms (hugger bikes, the VN name for motos) whiz by just inches away. [read on]

Suitable Hoi An

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

suit.jpgSometimes I do wonder just what in the hell I am doing.

I’ve been in Hoi An in Central Vietnam for just over 24 hours and I just came from the final fitting for 2 suits I had custom-made.

Damn, Jim. You live in Alaska. You are retired. You want to be a be a ski and kayak bum for the rest of your life.

2 Suits? [read on]

Moto-City Madness

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
Saigon has some 4-6 million motorbikes and it's really the most effecient way to get around the city. The little suckers dart everywhere and can come at you from any direction - even if you are walking on the ... [Continue reading this entry]


Thursday, November 16th, 2006
I spent the day on a packaged tour - cost me all of $5 (not including lunch and entry fee) and went to a town near the cambodian border and visited the Cao Dia main temple...the religion is as a ... [Continue reading this entry]