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[30 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 2,844 views]
The Secret Diary of a Call (Centre) Girl

Ok so my job might not be as exciting as the TV show title it rips off but it’s worth a mention on this blog.
Yes it’s a secret that I’m blogging while I’m in work…but to be honest I don’t think it’s that big of a deal really. That’s where working attitudes differ between Australia and the UK.
I’m no Belle deJour but I have been working in a call centre for a financial company for 6 weeks now. It was tough getting back into the routine of working life…especially after a month of thai partying …

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[20 Oct 2010 | 4 Comments | 2,432 views]
Working in Saigon – A day in the life

Saigon (officially known as Ho Chi Minh City) is Vietnam largest city with a population of around 8 million people and over 5 million motorbikes. Anyone that has visited this city will agree that it is crazy busy, making crossing the road a bit of a gauntlet and finding a quiet area even more difficult.
Strange as it might seem but Donna and I decided to settle amongst the madness for 4 months and teach English in Saigon. The original plan was to teach in Cambodia, but having enjoyed travelling down …

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[13 Jul 2010 | No Comment | 934 views]
Photo blog – Temples of Angkor

Visiting Cambodia and the Temples of Angkor have always been high on the list of places to visit and see during my travels.  Ever since seeing pictures of some of the temples a few years ago I’ve been fascinated in the sheer scale of them ever since.
We had already been on the road for more than 4 months by the time we made it as far as Cambodia.  In this time we had seen more of our fair share of Buddhas, Wots and other sacred temples, mainly throughout Northern Thailand.  …

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[9 Jul 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,169 views]
Best toilet in the world

I’ve seen my fair share of horrific toilets during my travels around Southeast Asia but was pleasantly surprised when I had to answer the call of nature on the Slow Boat from Vietnam into Cambodia. As I stepped into the toilet I soon realised that this could quite possibly be the best toilet in the world. Its certainly a toilet with the best views I’ve ever seen before. The experience was too good not to share so I grabbed my camera and recorded the toilets-eye-view so you can judge for …

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[7 Jul 2010 | One Comment | 3,920 views]
Bus Travel in Asia – Top Tips

South East Asia is a big place but it’s incredibly easy to get from A to B using any number of ways – Flying, Buses, Jeeps, Taxi-shares, organised tours…the list goes on.  Anyone who has travelled in the region before will know that taking a bus is usually one of the most cost-effective options.  However the quality of the bus service varies vastly from country to country, this is something we have learned with each bus we stepped on.  With this in minds I thought I would write a few …

Photo of the Week, South-East Asia »

[3 Jun 2010 | One Comment | 745 views]
Photo of the Week: Sunset on the Mekong River

There are some moments on a trip like this that money can’t buy and this was one of them.  We had just had an unforgettable 2 days on the slow boat down through Laos, from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang, and were arriving as the sun was setting over the Mekong River.  The picture above was taken as the boat quietly chugged along the in the last few moments of daylight.  Needless to say – if you have read our previous post about the journey – we were all feeling …

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[14 May 2010 | No Comment | 651 views]
Stalking is the key….

….to getting a job in Saigon.
No, I’ve not gone all Glenn Close on the Vietnamese employers but believe me, a bit of assertion and dedication is needed to get a teaching english job in this town.
Before we started looking for an actual job, we were told
A) “It’s really easy  to get a teaching job in S.E Asia”
B) “You don’t really even need a TEFL qualification I’ve only a degree and I’m getting paid $20 an hour”
C) “It took me a week to find a job and I wasn’t really looking”
My …

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[30 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 465 views]
Kung Foo Fighter

Following on from our previous Photo of the Week of the talent show winner in Chiang Mai I thought I would post a video from the event.  The video below is off one of the contestants at the talent show.  A you can see, this kid just oozed enthusiasm and talent.  Quite why he didn’t win is beyond me.  Check it out and decide for yourself.

Photo of the Week, South-East Asia »

[28 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 560 views]
Photo of the Week- Mekong Delta

This little boy showed the adults how to do it on the Mekong Delta tour. When presented with a Burmese Python, this groovy dude jumped at the chance to have a go holding it.
As you can see from everyone’s reaction in the background, everyone was delighted to see him having so much fun with the snake.
He also deserves his prime place as Photo of the Week on Borebags purely for wearing those trousers. He is a real dude!

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[26 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 795 views]
Cruising through Halong Bay

Halong Bay was high on the list of priorities on my “must see” list of things to see in Vietnam. Believe it or not, the main reason for this was down to the Top Gear Vietnam special. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should look it up. It shows the beauty of Vietnam perfectly, alongside the usual larking about from Clarkson, Hammond and Captain Slow.
Halong Bay is one of the most iconic places to visit in Northern Vietnam. You can’t visit Hanoi (or northern Vietnam) and not do …