Easy Riders

Cars are a luxury in Vietnam. Everyone goes everywhere on a motorbike – scooter, motorcycle, moped, it doesn’t matter, as long as it only has two wheels. Moms use them to take their kids to school. Dads use them to commute to work. Families use them for general getting around and it’s not uncommon to … Continue reading


Friday morning, Loc took us on a tour of Cholon, Saigon’s busy China Town, starting with the Thien Hau Temple where we raised incense shrouded wishes for our family’s health and happiness. Next, we toured the Cholon market which is far too big to cover on foot, so Loc hired rickshaws for each of us. … Continue reading

Quận 1

Our Vietnam trip has been planned by our longtime friend, Bill Dudziak, and a Vietnamese tour-guide, Nguyễn Loc. (Loc arranged for Trinh to take us on the Can Gio tour.) We will be traveling in Vietnam with Bill and his wife, Emily, and friends of theirs, Bob and Annie Cooper, with Loc as guide and … Continue reading

Can Gio

On our second day in Vietnam, we left the big city and traveled 25 miles southeast to the Can Gio mangrove, a UNESCO recognized Biosphere Reserve at the confluence of the Saigon and two other rivers, the Soai Rap and the Vam Co, and their delta on the South China Sea. [NOTE: The full title … Continue reading


Tokyo is a very high-tech and modern city. Technology and electronics are everywhere and in everything and no more so than in the Shinjuku ward near its highly-trafficked train station. We took the subway there Sunday morning and had breakfast at the Starbucks there, sitting next to a young couple from California here in Tokyo … Continue reading

Sky Tree

From our hotel, there’s a nice view of the Sensō-ji Temple, and off in the distance, the tallest free-standing tower in the world, the Tokyo Sky Tree. From the moment we checked in, getting to the top of the Sky Tree was on my list of things to do in Tokyo. The rain we had … Continue reading

Where’s Waldo?

To get our bearings and learn how to use Tokyo’s public transit system, we decided to limit our travels on Friday to a simple ride on the Ginza Line to see the Tsukiji Fish Market and a Kabuki play. The Tokyo subway and train system can be a bit overwhelming, although they do a pretty … Continue reading

Land of the Rising Sun?

We’re off on another adventure, this time to Asia, our first visit. Departing Vancouver International Airport at 2:00 Tuesday afternoon, we flew for 10 hours and landed at Tokyo’s Narita Airport at 5:00 Wednesday afternoon, losing 7 hours by time zone, but gaining 24 hours crossing the International Date Line. I think. Here’s what it … Continue reading