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[5 Mar 2012 | One Comment | 999 views]
Becoming a yes man – Driving in Saigon

If you talk to anyone who’s visited Vietnam, one of the first things they will mention is the traffic (just type ‘Saigon traffic’  into YouTube and you’ll find countless videos). To say that traffic is mental would be a bit of an understatement. There are motorbikes everywhere, on the sidewalk, inside houses and on the roads. At first, looking at the traffic as a pedestrian is terrifying, with many first timers struggling to cross the road. This was exactly the reaction we had when we first arrived. We would not …

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[26 Feb 2012 | One Comment | 910 views]
Becoming a yes man…teaching English

Becoming a yes man is part of a series of posts that will take a look at some of the things that we have said ‘YES’ to that we would normally have said ‘NO’.
I’ve always been the adventurous type and usually pride myself on trying new things. This is especially true when it comes to the fun stuff like sky diving, scuba diving and anything provides a bit of an adrenaline rush.
It’s easy saying yes to things that you want to do or enjoy, but what about the things you …

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[2 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 1,426 views]
Taking the road well travelled

Travelling gives you the luxury of meeting new people.
Before embarking on a trip, hope and pray you like the people you do meet because it’s not going to be the last you see of them. I don’t know if it is because we cling to our photocopied or otherwise ligit copies of Lonely Planet but these days most of us are heading in the same direction.
It might just be a faded concept that the travelling folk are all hippies with backpacks that whip out a compass and let the wind …

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[3 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 1,430 views]
Best bits in pics – Part 3

A street scene in Siem Reap in Cambodia. You never get sunsets like you do in SE Asia and this is an example of street life as the sun was setting. Lovely small town with great bars, cafes, restaurants and of course the Temples of Angkor.
Conked out from the power cut, G tries to find some refuge on the cold tiled floor with not much on as a long night of 40C  with no air-con or electricity kills us. Disgustingly sweaty, we both jumped into the pool the minute the …

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[18 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 1,126 views]
Best bits in pics – Part 1

Here are a few of the best bits of 2010 in photographs. Behind every picture there’s a witty story usually so do read on through them and enjoy!

Hong Kong. The beginning of the trip and the beginning of my stardom among the Asian population. This woman purposely made her way over to me to ask could she get a photograph with me. So started a wave of Asian men and women asking me for a pic with them…or just randomly taking photos of me in the street. Oh to be …

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[20 Oct 2010 | 4 Comments | 2,415 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 | 2,168 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 | 3,903 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 …

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[3 Jun 2010 | One Comment | 741 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 …