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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Cabramatta August 8th 2010

Together with some friends, we did some more exploring of the Sydney suburb of Cabramatta, which is home to the largest Vietnamese community in Sydney. Cabramatta is located about 30kms south-west of the Sydney CBD. The primary reason for our return visit to Cabramatta was to show our friends Chung and Ha around as they were keen to see the area they had been told about back in Vietnam. We met them at Cabramatta railway station and took a walk past the Friendship Arch, which is located in the Freedom Plaza. We then headed to a shopping arcade where Terence knew of a good eatery run by a friend’s family. We shared a nice lunch, with a variety of foods and did lots of people watching, as shoppers busied themselves looking at the fruit and vegetables ... read more
food in a small corner of Saigon
Ha, Lorenza, Terence, Sandar, Chung
food in a small corner of Saigon

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney August 4th 2010

There is nothing like playing tourist in your own city. We have had this pleasure a number of times in Sydney and always enjoy the experience of seeing it through the eyes of a visitor. Sure, we live about 90kms north-west of the city these days, but we did spend many years living in and around the city prior to this. Our excuse to play tourist this time came courtesy of my distant cousins from France, Jean and Beatrice (plus their two German friends, Karl-Heinz and Lurshen … sorry no idea how to spell that one … I am open to corrections). They only had two days in Sydney so we did our best to give them a good impression of the city. The weather was a bit cool and at times overcast, but I think ... read more
Bienvenue
Around Sydney
Around Sydney

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains July 11th 2010

Today was a wonderful example of how travel, friendship, having an open door, plus those convoluted six degrees of separation connections can bring so many delights into a single day. Our new friend Chung, who is connected to us via a friend in Hanoi who knows a close friend of Chung's, is currently studying in Sydney. After some meetings in the inner city of Sydney for lunch on a few occasions, Chung came to visit our house. She was also accompanied by four of her friends (Chau, Ha, Linh and Ly) all of whom are either working or studying on a short term basis in Sydney. Not only did they come to visit, they also came to cook. They took the 1.5 hour train trip to our area, laden with fresh ingredients and some great plans ... read more
A whirlwind hit our kitchen 1
A whirlwind hit our kitchen 2
A whirlwind hit our kitchen 3

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Forbes July 4th 2010

This weekend we took off west over the mountains, to Forbes. The purpose of our journey was to attend a friends birthday celebrations. We have not driven out that west for sometime and it was good to get away and see how the countryside is looking. Our last visit to the town of Forbes was 10 years ago for the same person’s 40th birthday celebrations. From our place Forbes is about 310kms, from Sydney you have to add about another 80kms. The temperature on the way gradually dropped from about 12 at our place down to about 4 degrees at Orange. The clouds on the horizon looked suspiciously like snow clouds. At the party we caught up with some folks from our motorcycle riding days with an organisation called the MRA (the Motorcycle Riders Association). All ... read more
Galahs taking off when feeding
It was cold!
Forbes Lake

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 10th 2010

Today was day two of the "Collective Ceremony of Monks Ordination and Novices Novitiation" at the Panditarama Meditation Centre at Smithfield. I think the event is called "Ya Han Khan Shin Pyu" in Burmese. The day started early for the novices and monks, they woke at about 5am for meditation then breakfast. I woke a few hours after them and got to the centre about 8:45am. The novices (children) were happy and full of life. They had obviously enjoyed their first night in the dormitory with their fathers and other novices. It was good to see them so happy and smiling. The day was set to be wonderful as far as the weather was concerned (about 28 degrees C, fine and sunny). At about 8am the adults had gone to a Buddhist monastery at Canley Vale ... read more
Sayadaw U Pinnassara & Moi
Ordination ceremony
Ordination ceremony

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 9th 2010

I attended the inaugural "Collective Ceremony of Monks Ordination and Novices Novitiation" at the Panditarama Meditation Centre at Smithfield. My friends Sandar and Ohnmar (otherwise known as "The Boss"), sent me an invitation to the event and it sounded very interesting. This afternoon the potential novices and monks moved about the grounds of the centre in procession. This was followed by head shaving and then a ceremony where the potential novices and monks asked permission of Sayadaw to wear the saffron robes. The monks then assisted the potential novices and monks to dress themselves correctly in the robes. Also, Sayadaw explained the 10 precepts that novices and monks must adhere to. The ten precepts are: 1. Refrain from taking lives. 2. Refrain from taking what is not given. 3. Refrain from un-chastity. 4. Refrain from false ... read more
robes & bowls in the hall
special hand painted gate decoration
special hand painted gate decoration

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Richmond March 13th 2010

Richmond Farmers Market is held the 2nd Saturday each month at the Richmond School of Arts. Just near this is the Lions Club Markets in Richmond Park. The Farmers Market is well worth a visit for fresh produce and gourmet foods that you will not find in the big supermarket chains. The markets are a great place to support smaller, local producers and also to find some produce from further afield as well. Lorenza and I decided on some curry pastes, fresh produce, cheeses and marinated quail breasts. After attending the market we decided to share our bounty with some friends for dinner. The cheeses we purchased were great, a “blue” cheese that to me looked more green than blue, but had a great taste to it. The double washed brie was very creamy. The blue ... read more
gourmet choices
gourmet choices
gourmet choices

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi March 2nd 2010

Our friend Hang hit the nail on the head when she said that generally when you go travelling the first thing you do is see the sights, second you normally try the food (then you meet the people). If you have not noticed we love food! On the top of the list of our favorite cuisine is definitely Vietnamese food. It is generally made from the freshest ingredients, and is full of flavour and life. A fellow member of Travelblog, theRedRiver, used the following quote in a blog which she wrote titled “My favorite food in Hanoi” …. "I loved a lot of things about Vietnam and the Vietnamese people, but what struck me most was their obsession with food, cooking and eating. I was reminded over and over again of Italy, where the same obsession ... read more
2. Steam Boat
3. Steam Boat Restaurant
4. Steam Boat Restaurant

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi March 2nd 2010

When Lorenza and I were researching and preparing our rough plans to visit Hanoi we came across an organization called Hanoi Kids Club. They were offering free tours of various areas of Hanoi in exchange for English conversation. I read some reports and reviews of their service on sites such as Trip Advisor and decided to contact them. We made contact with the club via their website and confirmed a day and time for our tour. We had some specific places that we were interested in visiting and the tour organiser was happy to oblige. We had to cancel our original tour date via the phone as we had fallen ill and rescheduled it for the following day. I called the phone contact I had been given and found I was talking to a young lady ... read more
Hanoi Kids Club
Hanoi Kids Club
Hanoi Kids Club

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi March 1st 2010

28/2/10 - The drive back to Hanoi from Ba Be took us through Tay ethnic villages. The road was lined with many thatched bamboo houses. The farmers were just preparing to plant their rice, a little later than those closer to Hanoi. You could see that groups of neighbors were helping each other with the plantings and would then in turn help plant others fields over the coming days. Night market - a feeding frenzy The night market was in full swing in Hanoi, so after we dropped our bags back at the Bao Khanh hotel we took a walk around. This market is a new thing since our last visit to Hanoi in 2007. It was very busy, with most of the stalls selling goods like clothing, handbags, shoes, etc. Most of the products were ... read more
Feeding frenzy
Hanoi night market
Hanoi night market




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