a travel log and video postcard from angkor wat.

Last year, one of my best mates, Jamie made a surprise trip to Cambodia to see our friend Bailey. It was one of the coolest things ever. Very few things matched that experience. Jamie basically decided one morning that he would buy a flight from Toronto to Cambodia for the evening of that same day. He sent me a message after he bought the flight and told me what his plan was. Of course, I immediately made arrangements to rendezvous with him.

The other sweet thing was that Sara was off traveling with Beata at that time. Beata had taken time off from her job in Atlanta to come over to Saigon for a visit and the both of them were roaming around parts of SE Asia to go see some wonderful things together. I knew that part of their trip would steer them right into Siem Reap to check out Angkor Wat. So… I got in contact with Beata and asked for permission to crash the party. With Beata’s permission, we planned a surprise where I would “run into them” at the night market in Siem Reap. The plan went off without a hitch. Sara’s facial expression was unforgettable and I really wish I planned a way to film it but I wanted to experience it rather than be preoccupied with the filming bit.

Anyway, if you have 6 minutes to kill, check out my latest travel log and video postcard highlighting this trip. You should see it in full 1080p HD, but if you can’t see it on this blog then go to the actual link below for full HD. Enjoy.

https://vimeo.com/123385000

BOAT in Boracay, 2015. Teaser.

Another year abroad has gone by real quick and another Boracay Open is in the books. This time, I was successful in forming my own team with misfits largely from Canada and the remaining from the US and one from the Philippines. We came in to the tournament seeded 4th (which is too high), but without the Boracay Dragons actually competing for a seeded spot this year, we were able to break out and top off the tournament with a 3rd place finish on universe point.

Big ups to BOAT and the friends who made it amazing. Let’s go for another next year!

Check out the teaser video I made above. If you need to see it in HD, go to the actual link here.

Meredith MacNughton comes to Vietnam.

It was quite a surprise when I came home the other day and Rosie told me Mere was in town and would like to meet up for drinks. It’s always an uncanny feeling when you hear that someone back home is now halfway across the world in the same city with you. It’s an even greater uncanny feeling when you see them in person outside of a familiar environment.

So, last night, Rosie and I took our motorbike from the Go Vap District, where we’re studying for our TESOL certification, and went to the Pham Ngu Lao area (backpackers’ area) in District 1 to meet up with Mere and her boyfriend, Jeff.

The four of us had beers at this bar called Go2 Bar on 187 De Tham Street before making our way over to the night market at Ben Thanh, which is about a 10 minute walk away from the bar. The restaurant in the market where we settled for food is called the Hai Lua restaurant where you can have beers for as cheap as approx. 0.65 cents. We also decided on the seafood hotpot dinner (called lau in Vietnamese) that would feed the four of us. We did not, however, expect how fresh our food would come.

Check the video below to see what we ended up getting. Class was cancelled today so I was able to quickly edit and upload the video. (The full 1080p HD version was being encoded by Vimeo while I wrote this, so hopefully it should be done by the time you guys see it.)

Seafood hotpot dinner in Saigon.

A couple of pictures to come soon.