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”

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”

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?”

Things I Must Do on Dauntless

Upon waking up this Monday morning, as I was organizing my day, thinking about what I wanted/needed to do, I thought about this blog and what to write. I’d like to finish writing about the events of the trip to Vallejo. But as time passes, so does emotion of the events, making it harder toContinue reading “Things I Must Do on Dauntless”

Don’t Miss Great Foods Because of Bad Translations

A little background. I came to Vietnam with some trepidation. I don’t like hot climates, hot weather or most foods that they produce. I came to meet my special person though I had an open mind. In the early days, I made the mistake of saying I didn’t particularly like “Hot Pot” as Lãu isContinue reading “Don’t Miss Great Foods Because of Bad Translations”

Café Culture

I have two favorite cafés in Ho Chi Minh City, Bui Van Ngo Coffee is larger, fancier and also has some baked goods. Café Thuy Moc is smaller, homier and they make killer smoothies, my favorite being Sinh To Bo, an avocado smoothie.  They are also on a busy street corner that I can watch fascinatedContinue reading “Café Culture”

Maybe the Happiest Day in Vietnam Since the End of the War?

And for once, that may not be an exaggeration. Yesterday, Vietnam beat Qatar in the semi-finals for ASEA U23. I think it’s the first time Vietnam has ever been in the finals. It was a very close game and the Vietnam team kept on coming back each time they fell behind. But I had noContinue reading “Maybe the Happiest Day in Vietnam Since the End of the War?”

Putting out liquid Fires

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 “Putting out liquid Fires”

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”

More Traffic from Ho Chi Minh City

A few more interesting observations: People really don’t drive any worse than most places, in fact, driving, riding two wheelers make you drive much better, otherwise you don’t last very long. There is no road rage. None. People will stop in the weirdest places, everyone just goes around, with nary a glance. I’m getting accustomedContinue reading “More Traffic from Ho Chi Minh City”