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Thought I'd post SC's latest email to her friends back home as she doesn't have quality access to the internet to post here...

Hi all,

This will be the last long one for a little while. Last time I said the
internet cafe was like watching ice melt, it's actually like waiting for man to evolve!

I just got off a one speed bicycle touring around Hue (the old capital city of VN). My ass(excuse the language) is still very sore from a four day motorcycle tour and 12 hour bus ride follow-up.

As I wrote before, Jessica and I managed to see the sights around Hanoi. We went from Van/bus to big boats and little boats paddled by old women up the river. I thought we were getting a good taste of 'roughing it'. Our first day on our "Minsk" (Russian motorcycles) we spent driving through very small villages. Our guide followed an old road (now being built into a HWY) to Laos. This was a HUGE challenge for me as a driver of a
motorcycle/dirtbike and the terraine of Vietnam hills. Nevertheless it was worth the sites from what we saw.

Almost every person(especially the children)we passed got whip lash watching us drive by. "Chi" and Jessica were on the bike ahead of me and when everyone saw them they were stunned. I followed up the drive by with a "Hello" and a wave, just to ensure they did see a tourist! It was a cool feeling to see their eyes light up with excitement.

We stayed with a family of three generations, 7 people in total. They lived in a White Thai village in a traditional Thai stilt house. They of course farmed for a living, and our view was of their farming land and crops.
Dinner was typical Vnamese food and 'traditional' comments thrown back and forth (translated of course). It was great fun. We heard some noises of a whistle so I followed a man up the village road to find a group of men playing their evening game of volleyball. (No, I didn't join in, but I was invited-they were good but had their own rules).

After dinner the young people of the village put on a dance performance for Jessica, Chi and I. We were the only tourists staying in the village that night. It was beautiful, the girls were gorgeous and the guys were handsome in the traditional dress. I had shivers up my arms because the performance was in our honor, and an honor it was. The evening ended up with a traditional bamboo dance of hopping and skipping and we sat with the dancers drinking sticky rice wine from bamboo straws.

Our second day was spent dodging villagers, cattle, water buffalo, and cow dung along a very long red clay road. We stopped to fix Chi's motorcycle in a small village. Every one stopped to stare particularly the women and children. We sat at the corner shop sipping on Franta as the whole town pretty muched stopped what they were doing to observe our behavior.

I felt like I was surrounded by prey, more curious than ever. Every time Jess or I laughed or spoke you could hear people imitate us. It was pretty funny and cute. Chi's ten minutes were actually an hour, so Jess and I were getting anxious to get the heck out. The women and children lost interest, but that's when the men came in to observe. (They were all impressed that I would be driving a motorcycle).

We spent the night in a traditional village house overlooking a lake. The house was built amongst lacquer (Sp?) trees, lacquer used for finishing. An older retired man and his wife greeted us with open arms (handshakes). That night the rice wine came out again, and the old man wouldn't let us give up on the rounds of drinks. The food was excellent, all cooked by the oldre lady. We followed dinner up with Korean soap operas and locally brewed
German beer poured from a 7-up bottle. -It tasted like uncle Tim's
moonshine!

We woke up on day three and went to the morning market. All the ladies staredand followed us around. Chi was very excited to translate for us/viceversa. They used words to call us that sounded Chinese "come buy over here". It was very exciting for us to cause such a rucus on a Friday morning! We bought some dragon fruit for our breakfast, but we didn't get a chance to pick up some silk worms the women were fiddling with in front of us. (I've seen a lot in the last few weeks, a little more than one's stomach can take).

I took some photos of the older couple and his oldre couple brother. I have some shots of the house that remind me of the stories I've heard about my father growing up. The kitchen was very primative looking to me, but nonetheless, the great food came from there!

We spent the day driving, again, dodging cattle, water buffalo, school children on foot/bikes, puddles and hay. The road was fairly desent this time around. Our asses still killed from days before! We ate at another random little noodle shop on the side of the road. It actually had vallet parking and it was packed for lunch. Good food, yet again!

We stopped at an elementary school along the way to our next village. I snapped some photos of the school yard, outdoor classrooms and of course the children. All the children came out to greet us at the gates, like we were royalty. We had a great time saying 'hello' adn 'hello' in Vnamese. The children got a kick out of us and they were in 'ahhhh'. I have a few pictures of them with their mouths actually open with that same 'ahhhh' expression.

We had to take two boats that day one 3 hour and one 5 minutes. Both boats the men were saying something in Vnamese. All I heard was "something something, Vietnam, something something". Chi said that the men were asking
us if we wanted a Vietnamese husband. As usual, I didn't back down from the jokes and offered to take a man with me!

The goal for the day was to capture some water buffalo in their natural state. Well, better yet, I captured some shots of some children in our next host village playing with them.
The children walk the cattle and buffalo like anyone would walk the family pet. It is a big responsibility they have. The children make for great little workers, when not fooling around or drawing with Jessica's sketching crayons!!!

One of the little boys rowed Chi, Jessica adn I out on the lake for a swim. The boat was paddled by foot, something common around these parts! (the water was gorgeous!) We headed back for a shower (water pan over our heads) and dinner. 5 little girls surround Jess and I with our sketching pads and pencils. They took over the shop and created beautiful little traditional looking sketches for us. It was great fun adn they all spoke a tiny bit of
English as well.

The women were dressed in traditional clothing and everyone surrounded us in time for dinner. Then all the women and children disappeared and Jessica and I were sitting with three men with their shirts off. Our food was laying out on a mat and we all sat in a circle on the second floor of the stilt house.
We were told that b/c we were wearing shorts we had to sit with the men. And then the sticky rice wine started pouring!

We joked, laughed and hickled each other we ate the pork (bought two villages over for our pleasure) and the specially cooked fish Chi prepared for us. It was yummy and very delightful company. The women adn children appeared from behind the divider to join in the laughter. They stil didn't
join us in the circle, but had a great time observing!

We spent the last few shots of wine drinking with the women of the house(s). Two of the women pulled Jessica and I aside and they dressed us in their traditional clothing. It made for great pictures (of course pictures to follow!).

So for the mean time, this will give you a dose of what were are
experiencing, or trying to experience. We like the city, but we are trying to stay out of it. Viet nam is beautiful and the people have been very kind to us. I can't wait to share the stories and pictures when I return!

Thanks for reading this long one...

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tsk tsk tsk...

Regsi, without my permission and all. Quite an honor for this thread, but, sorry about all the spelling/ grammar/typos and mistakes. (A little embarrasing for just having taught in Taiwan for a year). I'm not sure that anyone really cares, but it is nice to share 'alternative' experiences with others.

I spent today on another 5 hour bus ride to the Central Coast of Vietnam. We stopped in HoiAn, a little place known world wide for taylor made clothing. I'm not leaving for a few days b/c I have a lot on order (it's about time I spoiled myself). Today I finished my Christmas shopping in under 5 hours, and two months ahead of schedule! Silk jammies for all!
:wa:

Regsi, it's sh*tty the football uni thing didn't work out in Taiwan, I bought an authentic adidas jersey for only $1.40 US. What they say about Vietnam's prices are true...cheap! :)

Happy reading out there!
Cheers

+SCExcuse me, I have to go hit on the bloke from the bus, he's drinking in the pub next door~ :eek:
 

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yuck...

Has anyone ever been too hot to go to the beach? :confused:

+SCwaitingforslowmointernetservices:rolleyes:

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yum yum yum...

I'm sorry gang, the only website I can get into on the net is TTP, so I guess you're stuck with the tales. Either that, or I'll just keep chatting to myself.

I'm sorry to hear about all the rain out your way. "Same Same but different" storms are happening here. We just ran into two chicks from Ottawa that were on the bus behind us. They got stuck in the flooded areas that our bus (water over tire deep) made it through. I couldn't imagine spending 24 hours on the same bus, with the backpacker's BO smell. :(

On another note, I just had the best Indian food ever. Since when was Viet Nam famous for its butter chicken?

:confused:

+SCinNhaTrangbeachVnam
 

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only 23 minutes later

Greetings from Cambodia. This will most likely be the first and only post from Cambodia, since it has taken a ton of time to log on.

Saigon was crazy fantastic. If anyone ever wanted to know why çopyright'was invented, this is the place to gather an understanding. We spent numerous hours in countless DVD/cd shops. It's hard to imagine I came out alive, and with only 40 disks in hand.

We spent all day yesterday (9hours) tackling the highway between Ho Chi Minh City (Saingon, Vnam) and Phonm Penh, Cambodia. Let's just say the "highway" was made out of compressed gravel/tar yet spots of red wet clay as deep as our knees. The ''peasant'' bus thankfully made it through, although many others were stuck going the other way. You gotta love the rainy season in South East Asia!

I'm sure the flooding and the rain that you lot have experienced is bad, but this is unbelievable.
:eek:

+SC'sexcellentadventures:wa:
 

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What to do with all that money?

I see this thread isn't going places :rolleyes:.

For those of you who have (hadn't yet had) a chance to visit Cambodia, it's a highly recommended destination. Easily accessible from Thailand, rather than Viet Nam.

The weather is spectacular at this time of year, pretty hot but not crazy humid. Phnom Pehn is a pretty quiet 'clean' city/town with cool places to chill. We spent 5 days hanging lakeside and touring several museums. The Killing Fields (still had clothing scattered everywhere) and the Genocide museum were really creepy places to set foot in. They both left me feeling a little nauseous with anger (after reading a lot about the history of the two sites) Really shock-ing.

Heading north to Siem Reap, the Angkor Wat complex is truly spectacular and leaves one breathless. We spent 5 days hanging about the little street vendors eating our .50cent noodle/rice dishes (better than the actual restaurants). My fav little pizza shop served 'extra' Happy Herbs Pizza, leaving me with a day and a half buzzzzzzz. (HOS you would have loved the place).

Kway and Sydney (the two Dragons' co-ed soccer team mascots) have been enjoying their South East Asia trip these past few days. There are some classic photos of the two of them enjoying the beers of Thailand, VNam, Cambodia and now Laos.

So to wrap things up (I can't really), we took a sketchy, not recommended flight from Siem Reap to Vientiane, Laos. We made it with no aviation radars and all! We will be here for at least ten days, I plan to workout/run a bit and get more prepared for my trek in Nepal. But, not to bore any of you.

Hey Regsi, for sure, I don't think anyone has ever posted from Laos before...

+SCgoingstrong
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Hey Regsi, for sure, I don't think anyone has ever posted from Laos before...
Why would they?

:D

The Sexual Chocolate - TTP Xmas Pub Crawl planning has started... :D

~Regs.
 

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SC,

I've never had you, though I sometimes dream of the Oak Street Bridge :eek:

:D

~Regs.
 

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that's it Buster...

As soon as I see you...You're going in the river bank

How many times do I have to tell you, it was the duration of Oak S-T-R-E-E-T, not just the bridge! :eek: :eek:

~SC;)
 

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the closest to heaven I'll ever get...

Anyone have some words of wisdom for me as I am about to embark on a journey of a lifetime?

Why you ask? (Or, I ask myself) I leave for Nepal in 15 hours and I am doing a 14 day trek to Mt. Everest base camp. The trek grade is ranked "ENERGETIC/STRENUOUS," the highest altitude reaching 18,200ft/5545 meters, up to 8 hours trek per day and lastly, up to 12 kms per day...

Can you say 'shite my pants':(
:(

This would have been a good time to "Ask Auntie Jinks", but seeing as Auntie Jinks passed on some time ago, there is no one to turn to... :confused:

+SCa.k.a.crappppingmypantsandabouttogetonaplane

I'll be sure to ask someone to pee "TTP" in the snow and snap a photo for all of you.
 

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I'll be sure to ask someone to pee "TTP" in the snow and snap a photo for all of you.
Can't you hook up a streaming webcam for us on Everest?

:D

Have fun!

Cheers,

~Regs.
 

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Namaste from Kathmandu, Nepal

Well, I can honestly say the past 14 days of my life was the biggest test of my mental and physical abilities...EVER!

I opted out of trekking to Mt. Everest Base Camp and went HIGHER! "Yes", I could see base camp from Kala Patthar and let me tell you, base camp is just a spot on a glacier and nothing more. :rolleyes:

Let's just say I thought my lungs were going to explode (in the first 3 hours of the first day. What a drawback, having my worst asthma yet, BUT, I found myself a doctor to 'assist' me with my trek. Unfort I might be addicted to "Dimox" (an altitude inhancer) or another 'special' OTHER medication hook-up... :eek:

What do you get when you take Malaria pills, elevation/acclimatization pills and Dr. perscribed antiinflamatory steriods? I can't tell you yet, I haven't come down from the high :eek:

How to: Grow Dreedlocks in Nepal - wear a cap or toque every day and don't once lift up to check out what is going on underneath... :eek:

You know when: the scenery is so spectacular that your guide (a local) stops every 20 -30 minutes to say "beautiful/spectacular/gorgeous/amazing/fantastic/phenominal" (using all the English words you've just taught him).

For Auction (items worn on my 14 day trek)
- 1 toque, worn every day/night - like new
- 1 pair - Yak wool gloves, worn every day - like new
- 1 black sports bra, worn every day -(not so like new...Reccos?)
- 1 pair trekking boots, worn every day (with 12 layers of yak dung)
-2 bags (unopened) Thai jub jubees, multiflavoured
- 1 photo of SC and the Dragon mascot twins (Mt. Everest in the background)

Highlights of the Nepal :
- the amazing food variety in Kathmandu
- the spectacular scenery (snow capped mountains everywhere)
- the local people
- random holy cows and sacred animals free to roam in the streets
- feeding 10 Tibetian refugees that walked 14 days straight from the Tibetian border, only to cross Nepal on their 'walking' to India (5 children walked on their own ages 8-14 years)
- many more unexplainable events (don't want to bore you)

Lowlights of Nepal:
-the black hole toilet facilities
- the 18 passanger plane ride to and from my trek starting point
- the traffic and unorganized chaios in the streets
- losing tons of weight, holding my pants up as I walk on day 13 (only to be put back on at the full moon party in Thailand)

other than all of that, the Khumbu valley trek to Mt. Everest base kicked the crap out of me and I want to acknowledge anyone who had/has gutts to try this true test of oneself being.

thanks for reading, forever changed SC
:)
It's beer time, or Mt. Everest Whiskey time! :wa: :wa:
 

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Great stuff, SC. Sounds like quite an adventure. BTW, I'll take the black sports bra. There is something sexy about a black sports bra :) although the mountains inside it are more important. Are they available for auction too? :D


Cheers, and enjoy the rest of your adventure. See if you can bring me a few of those pills too. Lord knows I could use a change in my regular diet.
 

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The black sports bra

SC:

That sounds like a super trek and an experience of a life time. I am not sure if the pain that you describe is something I would put on the top of my to do list but it is an accomplishment for you.

I hope the recovery is better than the pain of the climb!

Thanks for thinking of me for the auction.

All the best on the rest of your journey.



Captain:

Note that SC has decided already that I get the black sports bra.
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shucks...

You guys :eek: .

Cappy, I have a few pills set aside for the TTP Christmas function with your name on them. Perhaps the pills will distract you from gazing at any mountains ;)...

Reccos, you are the only one that inquires every time I mention the sports bra, so I just figured I give you a first go. Actually, I might toss it in the street fire burning down the street outside the buddhist temple :eek:

Reccos, I didn't really mention how tough things really were, but that's another story (look for the email). I ran into a few people today that came down with Altitude sickness, and they weren't looking so great. I've never walked more slowly in my life, and with my eyes closed, but I guess the pain was actually worth it...

Training for a marathon might just be a breeze after this one... :rolleyes:

I also must have tipped my guide too much, he's taken me around Kathmandu 2 days in a row now, and I think he's going to escort me to the airport tomorrow :eek:. I guess it's better than being stopped by the military every five minutes to get frisked. :(

Riggs, when is that TTP function happening?

+StillcomingdownfromthehighSC
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the road is getting shorter!

Well, my Spanish isn't any better than when I first drifted off, but my Chinese swearing has payed off! ;)

Note to self: Don't overindulge in festivities taking place on the beach from 2pm to 5am. Better yet, don't touch the Red Bull/Thai whiskey in a bucket, THEN, get on a slow rocky boat to the next island. This makes for a VERY sick SC :eek:

2 Days later and I am still shivering at the sight of harmless children playing with their 'buckets' on the beach. Most likely the things were picked up from the previous night festivities. :D

I switch islands from Koh Phagnan to Koh Samui yesterday morning. K P is a cool chill with great beaches and cheap bungalows. The food was great and there was no shortage of you choice of 'poison' (drink). There was also no shortage of old school European t*ts either. :eek: The DJs on K P are good and you can even take in some afternoon flicks in full view of the surf.

Onto Koh Samui, an entirely different island atmosphere. If one is into finding cheap thrills, cheap-loose men/women, cheap shemales, disco bars for days, hip hop, dr*gs, surf, namebrand clothing, fake namebrand clothing, cheap gagets/trinkles, only to name a few (K-nobby, shall I bring something back for you ? ;) ).

I am regretting not reversing the order of when I hit the two islands. It does seem somewhat relaxing after the messy full moon party and the Bayview Bungalow Beach-Thai-Aussie-versus Swiss-coed-air-guitar-fiasco bucket party :D


Jinks, you must be counting the days brotha! :eek: Enjoy the Christmas party everyone, have a few (more) for me! :rolleyes: :eek: :D

+SCI've got to run to attend the beachside pool at my resort hotel :wa:
 

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Ahhh, Koh Samui, I remember it fondly. SC, have you hit the cleverly named Reggae Bar yet? There's also another "club" I remember, the Green Mango if I recall. An island of 4000 with 5 7-11's. God bless the Thai people and their unquenchable thirst for slurpees. :D
 

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ahhhhhh the Reggae

The Reggae Bar truck has been following me EVERYWHERE! :D

Although there is a lot to do, T-Power, I don't have it in me. That's why I regret the order of which I visited the islands. :eek:

I have been up with the fast food intake, moreso that I won't over due it when I return home ;). God Bless the Thai and their nack for throwing overrated-overpopulated North American fast food joints on every other block...
:rolleyes:

+SChasspenttoomuchtimeinthesun:cool:
 

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back on track?

Although I haven't been home for very long I've been overwhelmed by the return to the lower mainland. I've been trying to avoid adjusting back into society, but it's kinda hard not to get out and about.

Last night I made my first trip out, to an ice rink and pub of all places. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw some of the bar prices, some which have dramatically changed in 16 months. I avoided all confusion of purchasing nasty booze and swigged from my own flask of whiskey to keep warm. :)

On the way home, I stood outside of 7/11 waiting for the automatic door to open, only to notice I was waisting my time. (People are very lazy in Taiwan, and every public store/place has an automatic sliding door)-It's going to take some time getting used to again:rolleyes: .

I can't even count on my fingers, toes, limbs and HOS' body parts on how many overly FAT (and I don't mean "P-H-A-T") people I saw today at the mall. The clothing, food and useless items were all outrageously overpriced. I can't forget to mention the mall kiosks vendors who were selling useless crap from the countries I have just been to costing an arm, a leg and a sister. (my favourite - multi-decorated toilet seat covers).

On a positive note, I was actually happy to see a variety of cultures and colours amongst the crowd. I even evesdropped on a few Chinese coversations -great to have a secret weapon when you don't even resemble an Asian :eek:


+Greattobeback?:confused: :rolleyes: :(

SC
Stay tunned, I have some special TTP travel pictures coming up ;)
 

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