Saturday, 19 January 2019


Next Stop, Bangkok

We'll be back home later this afternoon and I have to say, I am really looking forward to my own bed and pillows.  We've had a smashing time but no matter where we end up, we always love coming back to our own pad.

Well Said

Silence is golden when you can't think of a good answer.
Muhammad Ali"More Than a Hero"
US boxer (1942 - )

Daily Mash

THE last person to still use two spaces after a full stop has died, it has been confirmed.
While friends and family have mourned the passing of Roy Hobbs, 87, the rest of the world is quietly relieved to see the end of the typographical pedantry that he takes with him to his grave.
His daughter Laura Hobbs commented: “We’re very touched by all the support we have received and we know that dad could never be replaced.
“But yeah, that double space thing was so fucking annoying! Amen to the end of that.”
Hobbs added that she had repeatedly informed her father that double gap was actually an out-of-date nod to the spacing on old typewriters.
She continued: “He kept saying it was ‘proper’ and irritating us all by doing it in text messages and emails until he passed.
“We really will miss him. Full stop. One space.”

Viz Bits

Letterbocks รข€“ Paparazzi

Lunch at the Hotel

We had quite an abundance of VND (dong) and so we splashed out on lunch at the hotel which was doing a special 15% discount for the midday diners.  I had their beef special with fries, wifey went of squid with steamed rice and the entire lot came to just £12.00, including tip.

You have just got to love Asia.

Lifelong Ambition

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I found out something about wifey I never knew until yesterday.  She has always wanted a Vietnamese style dress (ao dai) since she was a little girl and so she suggested we head to Han market, a short stroll from our hotel.

She went clothes shopping and found an ideal dress, I poked about a bit and found a large pack of chilli beef jerky, which should keep me going for a few weeks back home.  Both winners.

Sanouva Hotel

Very nice indeed, right in the heart of the city and directly opposite a baker's shop with delicious baguettes, something I have been craving all week.

Good sized rooms, huge flat screen, fast wi-fi and an enormous bed with excellent linen.  Walk in shower, enough storage space and a cracking view from our tenth floor window.  Worth the extra at around £40/night and we'll be doing a full review in due course.

Three Damp Days

As mentioned, we had some bad luck with the rain but wifey picked up a plastic poncho for pennies and we braved the downpours.  On our run down to the river we spotted the Dragon Bridge and the Cathedral but the bar we were looking for had changed and looked a bit seedy.  Even with Tiger at VND 40 000/pint (£1.33) it wasn't worth the company of a fat ex-pat and his hooker mate, so we headed back into town and found a brilliant little local coffee shop that was serving Larue beer- and at only VND 20 000/tin.

We sat with the locals, smiled with the waitress and cleared out their fridge over the ensuing few hours until we were the last in the cafe and on their last tin.  I think we had 15 in total and they seemed quite embarrassed they had run out of beer.

We paid up, wished them well and wandered across the street to the next beer shop.  Here too, they cleared a table for us and we ended up on bottles of Tiger for another eight.

By this time we had done enough and it was all we could do to hail a taxi back.  Top night out and damn good value too.

Last Day

Our trip to Vietnam concludes shortly as we will have to fly back home to Bangkok this morning.  It's been super fun, we've met lovely people, had a very interesting 3 part tour, residing in Hoi An, My Khe and finishing off in Da Nang, the city.

Although the weather slightly spoiled things slightly towards the end it didn't stop us from having fun and making more wonderful memories of us travelling together.  If you fancy a trip out, we would recommend Hoi An without doubt and certainly this region over the capital of Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi in the north.

C & H

November 26, 1994

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Grub Mark Ups

Apparently, the general rule for pricing restaurant dishes is a 70% gross profit on the ingredient costs, to cover all the associated labour and outgoings, leaving a notional 10% clear profit.

Anyone seriously believe that with some of the prices charged at restaurants?  Especially as Young's pub chain are punting out a cauliflower "steak" for the same as an Aberdeen Angus beef jobbies.

Yeah, at fourteen quid a pop.  Yes, you did read that correctly, a slice of cauliflower for £14.  Just who are these twats who buy things at these prices?



Well Said

When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.
William Hazlitt
English essayist (1778 - 1830)

Daily Mash

A BAR owner cannot believe he is getting away with charging £10 for a ‘mocktail’.
Publican Tom Booker explained that he – along with the entire industry – is constantly surprised at being able to ‘take the absolute piss’ for mixing some fruit juice.
Booker said: “When we introduced them we charged eight quid and I was sure we’d get a lot foul-mouthed complaints. Then we whacked them up to £9, and now £10. Because it’s ‘Dry January’.”
But Booker insisted his customers were not being duped in any way: “We put the ingredients right there on the menu. They know exactly what they’re getting.
“Our ‘Nojito’ is a lime and soda with some mint in it, while our ‘No Sex on the Beach’ is just cranberry and orange juice.
“We might put those up to £12 on Friday night.”

Headline de Jour

Man has 15 cans of beer pumped into stomach to stop him dying of alcohol poisoning



We have plenty of options locally to eat out but it is rare for us to have an apartment with a good kitchen, so we decided to cook at home for a couple of days and save a few quid.  Probably just as well as it didn't stop raining all day yesterday and we were stuck inside.

I'd picked up a piece of lean pork loin and fried it off with some soya sauce and noodles.  Delicious and it made two meals at 50 pence a pop.  Wifey had a takeaway seafood pho which she thoroughly enjoyed and she even managed to make a fresh salad, her first since leaving home- she is a big salad fan, even on holiday.

But with us heading into town for our next hotel and having saved quite a bit of cash, we're going to be rather spoiling ourselves.  Wifey is hankering after squid and I may splash out on a pizza.  We know how to live the high life...

Viz Bits


Shopping Centre

You'll never be able to compete with Bangkok's finest, but they have a fair offering at Vincom Plaza a five minute cab journey away.  We only went as they had a Vin supermarket and had to stock up on bread and a few bits- as mentioned before, finding a basic baker is a nightmare here.

Anyway, nice shops a fair supermarket and ideal to while away an hour or so but our next hotel is close to the Han Mall, which apparently is bigger and better.  We shall see.

Very Comfortable Indeed


The Martin Ho Hotel offers guests who stay longer than one night a free transfer to the airport in Da Nang.  We qualify (three nights) but don't fly back until the weekend and have another couple of nights at a flash 4* in town.  We cheekily asked if they would offer us a lift to our next pad instead of the airport and they agreed.  Excellent.

American Chocolate Manufacturer

If I was an American making chocolates and wanted a good name for my brand/company, guess what I would call it?

Yankee Doodle Candy.


The Con is On

My only negatives with visiting Vietnam is that while the majority of people are welcoming and happy to see you, a small minority will want to take you for a mug.  There has not been one trip where we have have not been taken for a ride, literally with their taxi drivers or the subject of being ripped off in the shops.  Here's another blatant example.

We have been to the corner shop to pick up a few bits and during the day all is well.  But at night with a different person serving they tried to charge us VND 40 000 a tin of Coke.  Erm, we paid VND 12 000 earlier during the day.

Challenged, they will always act dumb and make out their English is non-existent and if you push further, its the predictable display of anger and hard stares as if we are the bad guys.  Then it's the pretence of a simple error but instead of coming clean, they further compounded their guilt by lowering the price to VND 20 000/can.  So what's this?  Dark night tax?

As you can imagine, we told the to get stuffed and will not be returning.  How very disappointing that something like this always happens in Vietnam.

Wash Out

We had been warned of impending poor weather with plummeting temperatures and heavy rain for the entire week but on arrival it was quite glorious.  Yesterday morning we awoke to find the forecast correct; it had been tipping down all night. 

Undeterred, we waited for a break in the rain and what looked like lighter skies in the distance as we walked off to get to My Khe beach proper (we're at the other end where it is less crowded but with less facilities), apparently a 2 - 3 km stroll.

We reached half way and the rain returned with vengeance soaking us to the bone.  In sodden clothes and footwear we  about faced and got back to the pad to dry out.  We decided to give it a miss and stayed in the rest of the day watching crappy old movies and had a ball.

We're lucky in that while bad weather may have stopped play for many people on vacation it doesn't inconvenience us much, as once our "holiday" is over we return to beautiful Bangkok and carry on as normal.  Life for us tends to be one big holiday all the time.

C & H

November 26, 1995

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

In Case of Flight

Most punctual airlines

  1. Copa Airlines 
  2. AirBaltic 
  3. Hong Kong Airlines 
  4. Hawaiian Airlines 
  5. Bangkok Airways 
  6. Qantas Airways 
  7. LATAM Airlines Group 
  8. Azul 
  9. Qatar Airways 
  10. KLM 
  11. All Nippon Airways 
  12. Jetstar Asia 
  13. Japan Airlines 
  14. Air Astana 
  15. Singapore Airlines 
  16. Delta Air Lines 
  17. Iberia 
  18. Solaseed 
  19. Mango 
  20. Alitalia 

Most punctual small airports

  1. Minsk 
  2. Abha 
  3. San Jose Cabo 
  4. Curitiba 
  5. Tenerife North

Most punctual medium airports

  1. Panama City 
  2. Dammam 
  3. Sao Paulo Viracopos
  4. Recife 
  5. Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

Most punctual large airports

  1. Osaka 
  2. Honolulu 
  3. Brasilia
  4. Salt Lake City 
  5. Portland

Most punctual major airports

  1. Moscow Sheremetyevo 
  2. Doha 
  3. Minneapolis 
  4. Detroit 
  5. Mexico City

Most punctual mega airports

  1. Tokyo Haneda 
  2. Atlanta
  3. Singapore Changi 
  4. Denver 
  5. Los Angeles 

Well Said

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882)

It's a Condition*

A Chinese woman has been diagnosed with a bizarre medical condition which leaves her deaf to the voices of men.

Prior to the occurrence she said she felt sick and could hear ringing in her ears, so she thought going to sleep might help.  However, when she woke up she she realised she was unable to hear her boyfriend talking to her.

But when she got to the hospital she soon realised she could hear her female doctor’s voice perfectly.

Turns out she is suffering with a condition known as "low-frequency hearing loss", after working late, putting her body under stress and not getting enough sleep.  This caused a loss of sensitivity to deeper sounds, and which only allowed her to hear sharper, higher-frequency sounds- such as the voices of women.

Fortunately for the poor lady in question, the ENT specialist said that she expects her to make a full recovery.


*I don't think this illness is all that rare- wifey has not been listening to me for years...

Headline de Jour

Council bans cheese toasties to stop motorbike gangs



Entry 4

Mar not May

"You say potayto, I say potarto"* and whatever the rest of the lyrics to this shit song go.

But the "song "entered my mind as I was queuing up somewhere with an American couple behind us discussing salads.  The girl was repeatedly saying tomayto which sets my teeth on edge.  I was so tempted to turn around and ask her what she calls her mother (and I don't mean "mom", another deal breaker).  She would have to admit she says Mar not May so why change the pronunciation for tomarto?

*Really?  Just who does say that?   Not even the Yanks do, so who are they guffing on about?

News Thump

The fabled Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have been spotted eating lunch at a Westminster cafe.
Death, Famine, War and Conquest will soon saddle up and ride to Parliament where they will set up camp in preparation for today’s Brexit vote.
“We’re all jolly excited,” said Conquest.
“Well, I am anyway. The other three aren’t known for being the happy-go-lucky types, of course.”
War quietly chuckled, “We’re getting a civil war, unless I’m very much mistaken.
“I would say this is like Christmas come early but I hate Christmas as that’s when people usually call a truce. So let’s say it’s like Boxing Day come early.”
Famine said, “I’ve enjoyed your feeble, far-too-late attempts at stockpiling food.
“You’re probably not going to starve, but you are going to have less food than you would like, which is the Western, first world version of a famine, so my presence here is entirely justified.”

Missing Out

Best of luck to the lads who play their penultimate game of the dart's season tonight.  I will miss not playing but I have no doubt I will nit be missed and you will taste victory.  I'll be back for next week but as I seem to recall, we have a bye- and that is the final fixture!

Next Week's Football

We play Fulham on Sunday (away)


  • Wolves12:30Leicester
  • Bournemouth15:00West Ham
  • Liverpool15:00Crystal Palace
  • Man Utd15:00Brighton
  • Newcastle15:00Cardiff
  • Southampton15:00Everton
  • Watford15:00Burnley
  • Arsenal17:30Chelsea

Viz Bits

Letterbocks _ Grand Prix petrol

Rootin', Tootin' but no Shootin'

Traffic here in Da Nang is much more subdued than the bigger cities (we have been to both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi and it was horrendous) but they do share one thing in common.  They are under the impression that manoeuvring their vehicle is enhanced with repeated and constant use of the horn.  It's almost as bad as India.

For the Love of Money

Vietnam has a strong link with the French and some of the best street food is a crispy bun filled with beef strips and stuff.  At breakfast we have also had magnificent choices of breads to feast on.

Yet you try finding a baker anywhere?  The only loaf we managed to locate was by sheer chance on our visit to the beach in Hoi An- since then nowt.  When  we asked where the nearest bread making establishment was on arrival at Martin Ho Hotel, they looked extremely puzzled and weren't sure what we meant.  When they realised we were serious and did want a proper baker's they said we would have to get a cab across town to the shopping mall and try there.  They didn't sound too confident.

Guess where we will be heading later?


Why do people insist on screwing bog roll holders to the wall behind you so that you have to be a double-jointed contortionist to reach the paper?  The should always be situated next to you.  ๐Ÿ˜•

My Khe Beach

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my khe, da nang, beach
My Khe Beach is located about 6km east of Da Nang and about 24km north of Hoi An. It is a nine-kilometer stretch of smooth sand with an average width between 50m and 70m. The gradient is gentle, and its sheltered position in the lee of the Son Tra peninsula softens the autumn winds that restrict swimming further down the coast.
It is an ideal and huge beach with smooth sand and a slight slope. Behind the beach is a dark green poplar forest, and beside, the Kinh River carries crystal water to the sea. The beach has coral, abundant plants and creatures along bankside and under sea. Especially, the beach is next to the city center, in roads easy to come and by various means of transport. Sea water in My Khe is cool with little wave so you can bath all year's round, especially in summer from May to August. The lack of large waves, less than average pollution, and an annual mean temperature around 25oC, makes it a safe place to swim for adults and children alike.
My Khe was voted by the Forbes as one of the most attractive beaches on the planet since it meets the following criteria: the beach of traffic convenience, the beach open free for tourists, with long and flat sand-bank, sunlight and waves suitable for playing sports, safe for tourists, with luxury resorts and international standard villas...
The Sunday Herald Sun of Australia also voted My Khe as one of 10 most popular beaches in Asia. It is famous for white sand-bank, mild waves, blue water which is warm all year round, coconut trees …. suitable for holiday at any time of the year.
Looking from above, My Khe is fascinating by the blue color stretching to the horizon. Especially at the sunsets, it put on a new color which is quieter, creating a beautiful scene.
Your holiday at My Khe will be more perfect if you stay at one of the nice resorts located along the beach of My Khe, with excellent services and special cuisines.

Vietnam Net

Martin Ho Hotel in My Khe

Much as we were disappointed to leave The Pavilion. it was time to spend some time at the beach.  To make life easy, we arranged a transfer but were surprised to find out they wanted $20 for the trip; turns out it was a long drive of nearly 45 minutes.

It was like getting taking a transfer bus on a package holiday and you don't know where you will end up.  You hope to pass some places and then really hope to stay in others but in the end you finally arrive.  As we did.

The neighbourhood where we are in My Khe is best described as a building site with numerous erections in progress.  But that doesn't matter to us as we have a very smart and large apartment with separate bathroom, bedroom and lounge/kitchen diner.  It's modern, has all the bits you'll need for a long term stay and the wi-fi kicked in instantly.

Two TVs, full cooking facilities, both bath and walk in shower, the hotel is just a short stroll away from the beach (more on that later) and once you get past the construction sites, you will find small restaurants and bars to make sure we have plenty of choices over the next few days.

C & H

November 27, 1986

Monday, 14 January 2019

Well Said

When you really trust someone, you have to be okay with not understanding some things.
Gordon AtkinsonReal Live Preacher weblog, 07-08-04
Author of 


Entry 24

Still Third but for how Long?

2Man City213950
6Man Utd221241
9West Ham22-231
14Crystal Palace22-822