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Return to SE Asia: A Solo Traveler in Bangkok, Luang Prabang and Vietnam, 1/08

Old Feb 20th, 2009, 10:23 AM
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Pandas are very persistent. We will not lose track of the various reprobates that "owe" us. What else do we have to do? No amount of chaos will distract us.

What's up with the new boof? The authors name looks like an anagram. See Carrot Gas?
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Old Feb 20th, 2009, 10:38 AM
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While you two spar, I'd like to slip in a parenthetic word or two on my continuing delight with the ekscrunchy syllabus. I just finished another boof -- Tom Parker Bowles' THE YEAR OF EATING DANGEROUSLY. As promised, the chapter on Laos was very worthwhile. So far, for me at least, Fuchsia Dunlop is still the class of the field for writing about cuisine and cultural discovery, but the Parker Bowles book makes for a tasty, light read. Thanks for another enjoyable recommendation. Close parentheses.
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Old Feb 20th, 2009, 11:05 AM
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EK -- I'm not #300, I'm #350!

Thanks for the free xlb and kaufu offer, if you are sincere, location should be changed to NYC not Shanghai because you know I can't synch my vacation with yours!!
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Old Feb 25th, 2009, 12:18 PM
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Am I correct that the OP has not completed her profile? She has the time to make boof assignments, but not finish this report or complete the profile? One wonders about priorities. Maybe I could sneak in and do her profile for her. A sample:

Hobbies-procrastination

Favorite Trip-Anywhere without an end point

Favorite Song- "Hold On"

Favorite Shape-Mobius Strip

Need I go on?
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Old Feb 26th, 2009, 03:44 AM
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Ha Ha Panda..guess what: I have NO idea what a mobius stripe is!!! But the rest of those things are funny enough to actually use in the profile. Last time I looked,by the way, there was no snap of you, either!!

Marya: I am SO glad you liked the boof by Parker-Bowles. In case you did not see the other post, a new boof has been assigned as extra credit:

FACTORY GIRLS by Leslie Chang

Ok--A New boof has just been assigned. (I had a difficulttime finding the assignment because OPPANDA did not file the thread under "CHINA."

FACTORY GIRLS by Leslie Chang

Tells the stories of several young Chinese women who migrate to coastal cities seeking work.
Author is the wife of Peter Hessler. Very absorbing to read the stories of the individual woman and the overview of the subject of migration and how it has changed in the last decade as more women leave home to find work. Particularly interesting now that millions of these migrants are in jeopardy of losing their jobs as factories slow production and close down. Author tracks the women over a period of years, both in the cities where they work and in some cases, to their hometowns. Recommended but not essential.

Shanghainese: I apologize: 350th!!!!!!!!! Looks like you now have credit for an order or red-cooked pork belly in your future as well!

Now that another Asia trip is looming in the distance, I will hurry up and finish this one very soon...



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Old Feb 26th, 2009, 08:17 AM
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This may be helpful:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobius_strip



I also note this entry in Wikipedia:

A Möbius strip made with a piece of paper and tape. If an ant were to crawl along the length of this strip, it would return to its starting point having traversed the both sides of the strip, without ever crossing an edge.

Envision us poor readers of this report as the afore-mentionaed ant!
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Old Mar 1st, 2009, 01:28 PM
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Temple Club is mentioned in many guidebooks but surprisingly, I was the only westerner in the dining rooms on the evening that I dined there. I ate quite early (around 6pm) since I had to return to the hotel and gather my things before departing for the airport. The brick-walled interior once housed to a Chinese temple and retains many of the original architectural elements. Even if you do not eat here, I would recommend coming for a cocktail.

I began my meal with my then-favorite of Absolut vodka and fresh lime juice. (75,000VND)

Rau Tron Thit Bo Kieu Nam Bo, a salad of sliced beef tossed with peanuts, banana flowers, onions, carrot, cilantro, and probably a host of other ingredients made a tasty first course. (100,000VND) My main course, Tom Me, or prawns in tamarind sauce, was very good. (160,000)

The total bill was 368,000VND, or $21USD. I would recommend Temple Club for whom a beautiful atmosphere is important. Food wise, I have to give the edge to Quan An Ngon, where I will be heading shortly after landing on any future trip to Saigon.

After dinner I returned to the hotel, gathered my bags, and awaited the Exotissimo car that would transport me to the airport. (A car service is most definitely NOT necessary, by the way.)
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Old Mar 1st, 2009, 02:04 PM
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Agree that Temple Club offers a very pretty room but that much better food can be found elsewhere.

Oh, good -- the syllabus grows. FACTORY GIRLS is on order. I don't know Chang's work at all. Her husband is one of my favorite China observers. Among many other writings, his piece in the "New Yorker" about driving in Beijing is priceless.

I also await a copy of POSTCARDS FROM TOMORROW SQUARE, James Fallows' new book.

But now you will be turning your attention to Burma!
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Old Aug 6th, 2010, 09:12 AM
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Old Aug 7th, 2010, 10:19 AM
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How does one eliminate threads? This one began 2 1/2 years ago. Even EKS got in finished in a little over a year. The operative word is finished.
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Old Aug 7th, 2010, 11:18 AM
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Well, welcome back yourself!

Glad to see you are feeling better, or at least good enough to resume pestering the heck out of me!!!
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Thank goodness it wasn't deleted! I've printed it, and got through part of it during breakfast. I'll continue reading this afternoon. It's a fabulous read!
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