Saturday, 3 May 2014

Vietnamese Balut

Balut is such an aphrodisiac I was so horny after....except that I ate so much that sleep won.

Vietnamese Balut is practically the same as Philippine Balut.

This is balut sa puti.


Seafood at Nguyễn Thượng Hiền

The northwestern stretch of Nguyễn Thượng Hiền is packed with seafood paluto eateries. It's sit amongst locals and the quality is better and the price cheaper than trannylicious Dampa in Manila.

Kuhol, bisukol, shells, etc.

You need to splurge on the cheap and labial oysters.

Protect the Vietnamese Seas from Chinese encroachment!

Saigon Signs

Jo Aurea Imbong and Tito Sotto approve of this message. No glove no love!

The Vietnamese Satur Ocampo wants you to pay attention to the lecture! This will come out in the quiz!

Brutalistic Architecture. We like.

Whatever it is, the Nashman is like a moth to a lamp.

Apparently, this is called Turtle Lake. (Travelling without a guidebook is so hipster)

Full of  young lovers trying to get to first base. Fun times!

This hole in the wall was highly recommended by people in the know.

A great alternative to air-conditioning. Much nomz.


Lunch was in a very conyo burgis restaurant.

Quail's eggs! Reminds me of long bus trips when Halsema was still exciting.

Beef wrapped in Betel leaf! Senator Tito Sotto approves.

Jasmine rice is 12 pesos per kilo in Vietnam! No wonder rice smugglers in the Philippines are raking it in! Get excellent cheap rice in Vietnam, avoid customs duty, sell at high mark-up! Death to rice smugglers!

I hope it's from the Mekong delta and not the Saigon river.

Stroking his huge gourd.

Bespoke Nashman First Fitting

Twenty four hours after my measurements were taken, it was time for the first fitting. So quick! "When you go back to your country, maybe you can lose weight" said the seamstress. I agree. (Ang taray niya. I like. Kasi tama naman, what's the point of bespoke kung pangit any pangangatawan.) Nevertheless, I asked for a slim if I've lost 10 kg. This will be my motivation to lose weight.

The tailor came by motorbike. But of course.

I need to work on the biceps. They are transforming into bingo wings.

Half inch flaccid. I'm a grower, not a shower.

Le anipals sont arrivés

His Royal Orangeness Karl Willem, PA/PR Gromit have arrived and have joined Hipster Shaun in our Saigon Adventure. They brought the medium format camera along because Saigon deserves it.(The dawgs were mesmerised by the PAL attendant Ms. Agnes Atas.)

HRO Karl Willem, PA/PR Gromit, and Hipster Shaun took a short walk just to shake off the jet lag.

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel designed the Saigon central post office. Post offices are kewl!

Friday, 2 May 2014

Saigon Dinner: Eatery along Cach Mang thang Tam

Consumerism/capitalism marries us all.....and there is no divorce.

This is what you call a head to tail restaurant. No part of the animal is wasted! Eat the innards, wear the skins! So Eco!

The last time I ate snake, it was at a Michelin-starred restaurant. You wouldn't even know you were eating snake. This sounds very back to roots rustic.

However, snake is so last year. Fortunately they have porcupine!

As a starter, missionary sex pork barbecue. It was much nomz.

The grilled porcupine arrived. It was yummy! Very tender! Like duck minus the fat!

Then some stir fried frogs....which came with the skins.

To finish, grilled fish.

Saigon Bespoke

After landing in Saigon and dropping my bag at the hotel, the first order of business was not lunch. The Nashman went straight to the tailors to get one suit done, some pants, and some shirts. And why stop there when I heard good things about a shoemaker specialising in patinas?

Zegna fabrics were tempting but expensive. Best to start with a half-canvassed linen suit suitable for the tropics.

The pretty seamstress knows my dimensions. In centimetres!

Then off for a shoe consultation. There were half-brogues, whole cuts, and classic oxfords (or richelieus as they say in France).

And for local flavour, the Vietnamese star. Why not?

I'm a messy shopper.

Apparently, here I'm a 39EEE. The made to order shoe will be ready in 7-8 weeks. Yay.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Modern Life Mysteries #37: Incessant face selfies.

Bakit madalas mag-selfie ang chaka? Napaka-literal na ginawa talagang "Face"-book? As in pag-gising mo sa umaga ang feed mo punong-puno ng mga mukha. Puede ba Facebook is a social media platform, not your vanity mirror! Ang tatapang niyong magselfie hindi niyo naman kamukha si Gwyneth.