Proud to Be an American

We spent 3 hours at the American Consulate in HCMC yesterday for Ti’s and Thien’s (15 yo son) K-1 Visa interview. Arriving just after 7 a.m., the line was already to the end of the block, about 80m long. We got dutifully in line and before long a couple of staff members were working themselvesContinue reading “Proud to Be an American”

First World Problems

Was just finishing washing the dishes after another scrumptious dinner produced by yours truly, when I noticed that the galley sink faucet produces much hotter water at full volume versus reduced volume.  So, my next thought was I better add that to the list of things I need to brief Ti and Thien about. Then,Continue reading “First World Problems”

Driving Lights on Dauntless

Since my first car days, driving around Mt. Rainier in the middle of the night, I have loved having extra lights on my car, driving lights. No video games, no internet, we didn’t pretend life, we lived life. Fast forward 40 years and during my first year with Dauntless, I somehow found myself, cruising theContinue reading “Driving Lights on Dauntless”

The Older I Get; The Less I Know

Many of you know my fascination and appreciation for Northeast Asia cultures, in particular Korean. My  first visit to Asia was 20 years ago, visiting Korean Airlines in Seoul, for a business-related trip. I found the South Koreans a marvel to work with and I ended up finalizing a NOTAMs product for them. Twenty yearsContinue reading “The Older I Get; The Less I Know”

I’m So Lazy

Since I’ve been back in HCMC, I don’t even do the little I have to do. What do I really have to do? I’d like to get my electronic Dauntless logs up to date. I’ve been stalled in August 2017 for the longest time. I need to re-organize my hard drive on my laptop, soContinue reading “I’m So Lazy”

Hindsight is Not Always 20-20

Despite my accomplishments this past year, another 2500 miles behind me, the Golden Gate in front of me, the Baja bash, Panama Canal, the Atlantic Ocean, behind me, I wonder if I did not make some big mistake. For not the first time, I wondered about my sudden decision to flee northern Europe two yearsContinue reading “Hindsight is Not Always 20-20”

What We Know

It was about 10 years ago, 5 years before acquiring Dauntless, my first and probably last boat, that I got a vague idea about cruising and living on a boat. I’d never heard of Kadey Krogen, I thought sailors who crossed oceans were living the life of hermits. I spent the next 5 years readingContinue reading “What We Know”

How Fresh is Fresh?

In the last 5 years Dauntless has visited almost two dozen countries.  While, I’ve been in couple dozen more in the last 40 years. That’s a lot of different languages and cultures. It was 42 years ago, that I first set foot in Italy and it would begin a life of living and experiencing newContinue reading “How Fresh is Fresh?”

Vietnam & Americans

I’ve hesitated writing this post for months. Why? Because I know how sensitive this subject can be for Americans of my generation. I didn’t want to offend or disrespect anyone. Disrespectful to the American veteran who was put into a shitty situation thru no fault of their own and told to fix it, without theContinue reading “Vietnam & Americans”

Tet – It’s Not a Holiday, It’s an Adventure

Yesterday as I was watching my girlfriend Trinh prepare the food at her grandmother’s grave, I realized how much my perspective has changed since crossing the Atlantic. I accept a level of uncertainly, magnitudes above, what I would have been comfortable with even 10 years ago. The cemetery is about 20 minutes from Trinh’s mother’sContinue reading “Tet – It’s Not a Holiday, It’s an Adventure”

Vietnam Tells You How to Avoid Storm at Sea

With Tropical Cyclone 21W (Doksuri) bearing down on northern Vietnam, they gave this 4 minute video of how to avoid the storm if at sea. I don’t understand a word, but I like it because it’s pretty understandable.  Some explanations: In the beginning, the Cap 11, refer to winds of Force 11, which is when  actionContinue reading “Vietnam Tells You How to Avoid Storm at Sea”

Fire Training in HCMC, Vietnam

This was quite spectacular because I have never seen office workers actually getting “hands-on” learning how to use a fire extinguisher to put out propane and liquid fuel fires. They also watched how to deploy and connect the firefighting hose that are everywhere, as well as outside my apartment door. So, I thought you wouldContinue reading “Fire Training in HCMC, Vietnam”