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VACommuter's Shenanigans in Japan

Discussion in 'Asia' started by VACommuter, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. VACommuter

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    Looked like carnival prizes to me. We had the tuk tuk driver for several hours for $20 US take us all over. US dollar is good to go in Cambodia.
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    Damn right. Had him take us to the mall and wait while we downed a quick set of Blizzards.
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    Hot scooter pillions abound.

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    Evidently the monk was not interested in the Come Here Restaurant.
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    Trees full of rather large bats. Kind of creepy.
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    Stopped at the Elephant Bar at Raffles Hotel.
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    Hmmmm. What to drink?
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    I went with the Phnom Penh sling. When in Rome .... Raffles in Singapore is where the Singapore sling was invented.

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    Pretty fancy place with a lady boy bar tender. Good think we had tuk tuk man cooling his jets outside to be the designated driver.
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  2. VACommuter

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    Saw this road rage guy get out and start yelling at another car. Unusual even with bedlam traffic.
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    Scaffolding truck. Amazed that scoot could pull that load.
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    Next day stopped at a village specializing in silk weaving. View looking down at our river boat.
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    Local 7-11 equivalent.
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    High tech gas pumps compared to the lady selling fuel from plastic coke bottles.
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    Little shop that builds spirit houses.
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    Who hangs laundry on a barb wire fence. Let’s get that fresh laundry rust stained and full of holes.
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    Explaining the loom operation.
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    Traditional Cambodian patterns for scarves and such.
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    Main Street back to the boat. They said eventually this will be paved. Fuck progress.
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  3. VACommuter

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    The local school.
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    This cutie was selling. I ended up with a silk scarf. Later on the boat our guide gave a long presentation on all the things you can do with the scarf and special folding tricks.
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    A shot of the fuck OSHA steps they carved out of the hillside to provide access from the boat. Realize that I was one of the youngest people on the cruise. Lots of decrepit old farts. Fortunately no hips were broken.
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    Mixing up my breakfast choices. Those hash brown discs were money.
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    This was a rural “bus”.
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    Growing mulberry trees. Favored food of silk worms.
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    Proud bastard stood on the stump showing off the whole time.
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    Thought the dog was dead. It was in the 90’s with matching humidity.
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    Typical village house.
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    Rice straw. Probably to feed the cow.
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    The village well.
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    Girl on a scooter.
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    Make shift gas station.
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    Cow. Most of the cows in Cambodia were skinny things.
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    Drying rice in the sun.
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    More looms.
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    Next stop a temple with monkeys.
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    Smaller building but very extensive grounds.
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    This monkey grabbed someone’s DEET and I hung out trying to get a picture after he got a mouthful of that shit but he was too slow. The group was moving on.
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    Obviously a male beast of burden.
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    Grooming time.
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    Monkey with one hand trying to open a water bottle. Pretty aggressive monkeys snatching anything they could.
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    Missed the money shot where this monkey tried to start screwing the cat.
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    In the end, the monkey settled for grooming the cat. Something tells me these two aren’t strangers.
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    I liked the painted statues.
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    Lots of big golden Buddhas.
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    This reminded me of a water slide.
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    I am not an animal...

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    Big reclining Buddha.
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    4 faced Buddha head on the roof.
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    Longest bamboo bridge in the world.
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    Gets rebuilt every year after the floods demolish it.
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    I found my unicorn in Cambodia.
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    Checked out rubber tree farming. Not in season currently.
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    Rows and rows of rubber trees.
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    This region is very famous for the peppercorns as well.
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    Cool Jeep at the rest stop.
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    I never get tired of these contraptions. This thing looks beat.
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    Lots of these around too.
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    Full load of peeps. Am I the only one amazed? 650 cc’s can barely haul my fat ass around.
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    Cambodian rials are not very valuable. Or gas is very expensive.
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    Not all fun and games. Officially off the boat so time to hit the hotel gym.
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    Traditional dances after dinner. Felt like she was looking at me. Probably trying to figure out what the hell was on my face.
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    Oh the fresh fruit. I do like the dragon fruit. White with black seeds. Very tasty.
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    Random scooter girl.
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    One of the many temples around Siem Reap. Also the sit of the big one, Angkor Wat.

    One side of the bridge had demons. The other side gods.
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    Entrance gate.
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    French started most of these restorations.
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    This picture is worthy because as I took it a bunch of large angry red ants took exception to me standing on their nest. I did my best Richard Pryor impersonation while screaming like a school girl. Fortunately only my pride was hurt.
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    Incredible to see.
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    Original carvings.
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    Hot as balls though and lots of tourist around.
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    Still lots of pieces left over. More restoration in progress.
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    What a cutie. Too bad another cutie already sold me a scarf.
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    Another site with more intricate carvings and detail.
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    Stones blackened from a past forest fire.
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  11. VACommuter

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    Visited a second temple complex that has the building with trees growing through them. Portion of Tomb Raider was filmed here.
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    Tree in middle of courtyard.
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    Damn tourists everywhere.
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    Stacked stone construction.
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    Restoration still in process. French replaced missing pieces with concrete. Japan uses replacement stone.
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    Huge gnarly roots supporting and destroying the buildings.
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    Pretty impressive but hard to capture on film.
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    Iconic stuff here.

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    More B65E5168-C80B-443B-A60C-7498A8E0E1B4.jpeg 41044FDA-91DD-49D8-90AD-9F7958214C13.jpeg 99A174B3-1EF6-4EC4-BA46-C886269847D8.jpeg Johnny Law. Nice ride.
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    On to the big boy Angkor Wat. Surrounded by a huge moat.
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    Towers towards front gate.
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    Pretty majestic.
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    VACommuter Long timer

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    Whole stories carved into the walls.
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    Captured the three main towers. These Are on the Cambodian flag.
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    Couple of architectural digest shots.
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    Well, hello.
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    As high as they allow tourists in the tower. Floor higher
    is off limits. Hot air balloon in the distance.
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    These girls look ready to party.
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    Mobile repair guy. Looks like he’s set up to fix flat tires.
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    Pretty sure the salad with my enchiladas is what gave me the weight loss boost for the next week.
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    Helped the wife finish her tacos. All tasted good. Drank soda from the can without ice. I forgot they probably washed the lettuce with tap water. I could have put a satellite in orbit.
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    Interesting little cruiser.

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    Didn’t hit me till the next morning so I still felt like another Blizzard.
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    Flight to Hanoi. Worst leg room ever experienced. Knees against the seat in front of me.
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    This is the lake McCain landed in when shot down. Commemorative marker for his capture now a memorial. They love him because he worked to normalize relations between the US and Vietnam.
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    VACommuter Long timer

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    Scooting in Hanoi isn’t dangerous enough. Strap compressed flammable gas to your ride to make it more challenging.
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    Lots of leg to see in the big city.
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    I’m on a roll.
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    Fruit vendors from the country peddling their produce.
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    Hello. 2EB31A0F-2F0C-4C97-9D0F-42AA60579413.jpeg
    Culligan man delivering water. 32D25DCC-9384-4605-89F9-FCCCD82FC8C7.jpeg Lots of action and chaos on the city streets 7A57897B-A294-4085-9D2B-D13F0A9142C9.jpeg

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    I’ve been a bad boy.
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    Original glass and electrified walls of the Hanoi Hilton. A little underwhelming but worth a look.
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    Quite a bit has been demolished. Original diorama. McCain’s cell is gone.
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    Original doors imported from France when they built the prison.
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    Old prison garb.
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    Prisoner shitter. Stand on bricks, squat over whole, bombs away.
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    How the French shackled prisoners.
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    The ultimate punisher. Original issue and used frequently by the French.
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    Indeed.
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    Heading to see the mausoleum for Ho Chi Minh. Just not this way.
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    There lies Uncle Ho. Does that make this a Ho house?

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    Changing of the guard. Why the goose stepping.
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    Ho’s Peugeot.
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    So many rules.
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    Not as slick changing of the guard out back.
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    Meanwhile Back at the hotel, fuck OSHA. Cleaning ladies working on the glass roof.
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    Selling taters on the side of the road.
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    From the weasels ass to your lips.
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    Huge score on the trip back to Japan. Aisle seat on both legs.
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    With no one next to me.

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    Tori gate presented to me by the wardroom officers.
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    One last look at my roof top terrace before I turn my keys back to the rental agent.

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    What a ride it’s been. 4 years, 2 months, and two days. Fly back to the US for Good Friday morning. I finish checking out of my command tomorrow and pack tomorrow night. Looks like snow possible this weekend in Dahlgren. Oy.
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    Location:
    Some of the best roads in the east..
    BTW … Congrats Mate !!! Well done ...