A few Days in Phố Châu

2017-11-09 at 15:26

Charity Work with Mr. Trần

Mr. Trần Đình Trợ is not an ordinary man. He is out there to help others. And he does it every day! I use Mr. Trần here so you do not confuse him with my friend Trần! Mr. Trần usually wears a hat so it is easy to know who is who!

Mr. Trần and me
My friend Trần took me to meet Mr. Trần. We went to the English School he is running on the side. They collect books for the children. Fixed a few computers and provide internet in the classroom. But the main purpose of the building is giving free English class to kids that could not afford it otherwise.

Mr. Trần gives the contributions and sits for the proofing picture
One day he went out to give donations and money to people. Trần asked if I want to ride along. Gitte and Gieter stayed at the same hotel so we took them too. Mr. Trần collects donations and gives them to those who are in need. This picture is from our second stop that day. We went to a home where the parents take care of their son. His hip is open and he has multiple other problems. Money and supplies where dropped and a picture to proof that the family got the donation is taken. On the green paper you see a list of names and the amount they gave. This way everybody can be sure that the money they gave reaches the people.

On the way to the next house - Heenezy and Maria protect us!
On the way to the next house – Heenezy and Maria protect us. You do read right: Heenezy! The car is not from the organization. Somebody drove us with his car so we could go from house to house. Since some people get not only money we needed a car to transport the other things.

House and household goods donated
House and household goods donated. A guy from the local government was also there and a few neighbors to celebrate.

Counting the donation money
Counting the donation money

Group photo
Group photo. You can see how much they got on the wall. Not sure if you really need to have a banner like that all the time but that is the way they do it.
I was hoping for the food they prepared but we went on to the next place after the picture.

Another House
Another House – this one still under construction. We stopped at a few more places and where back at our hotel in the late afternoon. Quite a day different from the others. And very interesting as well.

The Green Food Place in Phố Châu

Food place in Phố Châu

Food place in Phố Châu
Nothing special but I liked the green walls and the contrast with the orange and red plastic.

Photo shooting at the Temple

Trần is into Photography and one of his friends is a Photographer. One afternoon we tagged along with him to a temple where he took some pictures of an old man. I took the opportunity to get a few pictures as well. But the guy had my lens so I only could use the 50mm and of course I had to stay back and could not get the best angle.

Temple Roof

Reading at the temple
So this is staged – not like the usual pictures I take

Happy old man
He does look like a happy old man!

Do you like my pictures?
Not sure why but they put me there to show him the pictures so they could get some shoots with us.

At the Chinese Temple

Tree at the temple

Sunset at the temple
Sunset at the temple – not really – only some clouds.
We went to another small temple far from the main road.

Baby Goat
Baby Goat

Kids on a bike
Kids on a bike

Bringing home the buffalo
Bringing home the buffalo

Can I have a picture with you?
Can I have a picture with you? Sure enough word spreads fast when a tall white guy stands in the fields. So everybody stopped and they waited to see what we do.

Everybody came over to see what we do

Even he came over for a selfie with me
Even he came over for a selfie with me

Back in Phố Châu

At the butcher shop
At the butcher shop in the morning

Song Hà - a famous Vietnamese writer
Song Hà – a famous Vietnamese writer. He offered me a drink and we took a picture together. He put me on his Facebook for a while and I never saw that many likes for a picture in one day.

Picture with the monk
Trần took me to a temple. They wanted a picture with me as well.

Dinner at the temple
Later another monk came over and walked us round the temple. He invited us to stay for dinner. Great – only vegetarian food here. One of the monks worked in East Germany before and could speak German. So he was happy to talk to me in German. He still has his former wife and kid over there in Germany and visits every year. Small world!

Dinner with friends of Trần
Nice dinner – not too much food for me but the beer was cold

And a picture with the girls
The next evening we went to meet some of Trần’s friends. A picture with the girls – why not?

At the Wedding Shop
At the Wedding Shop

Phan Chau Trinh School

Strange things happen everywhere. More or less this school is in the middle of nowhere and a German guy helped to build this school and another one in Quang Nam. Rudolf Walther gave 500.000€ the German World University Service gave some and the rest of the money was from the province government. The school can also be used as shelter if the province gets flooded.

Schoolboard
The school board

The School Guard
The School Guard

Phan Chau Trinh School
Phan Chau Trinh School

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From Phong Nha to Phố Châu

2017-10-26 at 09:58

Another one of those Gray days. You can not see where the sun is the whole day because the Gray soup is so thick. And it looks as it would start to rain every second. Had my breakfast at the Mountain View Hotel. Since I do not like to eat eggs I had my Baguette with Tomatoes instead. That did confuse the boss woman for a few days but now she is used to it. And since I stayed here a few times she gives me an extra Vietnamese slow drip coffee every morning as well. Nice!
“Pack the Bag” game and everything on the bike. Drove down to the Lemon Tree Spa to say Adios to Trang.

M35 Truck
M35 Truck – still doing the heavy lifting in the forest

The main drag of Phong Nha
The main drag of Phong Nha towards the right of The Lemon Tree Spa

The main drag of Phong Nha
And towards the left

Phong Nha Hollywood Style

Phong Nha Hollywood Style – at the mountain where you do a left into the city if you come from the ocean.

Open road into the mountains after Phong Nha
Open road into the mountains after Phong Nha

Rainforest somewhere between Phong Nha and Phố Châu close to Xã Hướng Lập
Rainforest somewhere between Phong Nha and Phố Châu close to Xã Hướng Lập

Rainforest somewhere between Phong Nha and Phố Châu close to Xã Hướng Lập
The rain stopped for the rest of the trip and that made for a great show above the rainforest

Rainforest somewhere between Phong Nha and Phố Châu close to Xã Hướng Lập

Nhà thờ Giáo họ Tân Phương
Nhà thờ Giáo họ Tân Phương

Another church in the middle of nowhere

Another church in the middle of nowhere

Phố Châu

Went to the same hotel as the last few times. The Ly Ha Hotel in Phố Châu. I got another room at the second floor again. Now I had 3 different rooms in this hotel.

My room in the Ly Ha Hotel

My room in the Ly Ha Hotel
My room at the Ly Ha Hotel in Phố Châu. 8€ with AC, fan, closet, table, chairs, kettle and private bathroom with hot shower. The room is not to big but for a few nights perfect.

My room in the Ly Ha Hotel
The bathroom. Small but everything I need

Mr. Trần
Mr. Trần – the manager of the hotel took me again for a coffee at his favourite place. Of course we did talk Photography for most of the time.

The Cafè downtown
The heart of the Café

The Cafè downtown
From the “room” before the heart

The Cafè downtown
Part of the courtyard with the stairs up

The Cafè downtown

View from the “room” under the balcony into the courtyard

The Cafè downtown
Little raised table on the right

The Cafè downtown
There are 2 more seating areas upstairs

The Cafè downtown
Who would think to find such a place in the middle of nowhere??

Off to the Karaoke wonderland
Later Trần took me to see some friends and we ended up in the Karaoke place

Private Karaoke room
Private Karaoke room – everybody was happy and there was cold beer so I was happy too!

This is how a room looks when you have Vietnamese customers
This is how a room looks when you have Vietnamese customers – poor cleaning woman 🙁

Todays Drive

191 km in 7 hours and 34 minutes including lunch, photo stops, rain coat shopping and shelter seeking as well as a Gas stop. Since I drove the same road as last time I have the same map again – I hope you do not mind!

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A few more days in Ninh Binh

2017-09-05 at 16:07

A few days in Ninh Binh and the sky was gray – all the time. What to do the whole day? Hard to say but before you realize it – the day is gone – the sun goes down and dinner is on the table. So for you this post with pictures from two days.
Wake up late – check the sky – GRAY 🙁
Have coffee and cookies and if I was up early we went for a soup next door. Waiting for dinner and talk to the guys. Sometimes we did something.
And sometimes something happened at the hotel. One day a wedding was under way and the soon to be husband with family stayed at the hotel. They all dressed nice and lots of decoration was brought to the hotel. I took some pictures for you.

Wedding Decoration
Gifts for the bride. In Vietnamese beliefs the red colour will bring luck to the young couple.

Wedding Decoration
Betel leaf with areca nut as traditional gifts

Carved Mellon
The words “song hỷ” are carved into a mellon as the Chinese character 囍. Here they used hearts and not squares. That means double happiness. Or happy together if you like 🙂

Details

Waiting for the rest of the family
Waiting for the rest of the family. You see a decorated lacquer boxes, covered in red cloth on the right of the table. And some more gifts on the left.

Dinner at Thanh's place
The other night I was invited to Thanh place for dinner. The whole family prepared a meal. That was interesting since I could take a look at another house and the customs there again.
Food was good and so was the local fire water.

Happy at the YAMAHA shop
Happy at the YAMAHA shop. Viet brought his scooter in for repairs and we had to wait for it to be finished. The girls where happy with me and needed a few snaps. I like that – it is a easy way of making a few ppl happy with absolutely no effort!

King Roti
Next we went to a gold shop to change money. And on the other side of the street I see this. Ahhh Indian Food! Lets go there quick. Turns out that they serve something strange which I really want to eat only once. Some baked little pastry or something.

Ninh Binh
Gray with a few drops of rain. Well – another one of these days…

At the park in Ninh Binh
Next stop: the park in Ninh Binh. Not sure if it is the only one but it is big and is in the centre. As you can see the Vietnamese learn to drive very early. Still it does not help. I would say they are in the lower 10% if it comes to proper driving.

At the park in Ninh Binh
The wheel saw better times as well. There where a few girls playing and they where happy when we walked past it. Time to try some of the English they learned in school.

Poor animals at the park in Ninh Binh
This was the saddest thing of the whole winter 2016/2017 trip: Poor animals at the park in Ninh Binh

Monkey in a cage
A few cages with monkeys

Sweets for the monkey
Sweets for the monkey. There was a woman selling sweet stuff to feed the monkeys. Should sell bananas or whatever the monkey needs. But not sweet stuff with sugar…

Birds
Rare birds? Nope – the usual city birds. In a small cage…

More monkeys
More monkeys

Boats in the park
Well together with the sky this makes for an another sad display

Breakdance kid's
The Breakdance kid's had fun. A few minutes later one of the gardeners saw me and gave me two 10 litre cans of water and signalled me that I should follow him. He brought me to a small patch of land with some seedlings and instructed me how to pour the water over them. Strange but a lot of fun! Since I have my personal Vietnamese translator I could ask all the questions about the strange park I wanted. Which is nice.

That looked better a long time ago
Searching for a coffee place – a local one – we stumbled over this nice pool.

The Mikoyan-Gurevich 21

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 Fishbed
Better know as the MIG-21 or the Fishbed as the soldiers from the US called the plane in the last war. It does not look much but they managed to shoot some US planes out of the sky. Hit and run – do not wait for an air fight. You might lose it! That was the name of the game. Usually the attack head on was with MIG-17 and the MIG-21 came from the back. The F4 Phantom was easy outmanoeuvred and the NVA shoot down a few of them.
After almost 1000 lost US planes America had to change something. The NAVY opened their “TOPGUN” school and the USAF started a similar program. And they put different planes in the sky as well that could deal better with the light and agile MIG-21

The cone moves relative to the speed to control air intake
The cone moves relative to the speed to control air intake

The cabin is pressurized and air-conditioned.
The cabin is pressurized and air conditioned

Since the tank is very small they usually carried extra fuel tanks
Since the tank is very small they usually carried extra fuel tanks

Details on the MIG 21

Rear view
Rear view – looks like you ride a jet engine with a pair of super small wings.

All sorts of stabilizers on the plane
All sorts of stabilizers on the plane

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Days in Pai-Radise

2017-03-27 at 09:30

Only a few more lazy days till 2017. Wow that year was another fast one. Here are a few more pictures from the Pai-Paradise:

Who are you - the latest addition to Twin Hut
Who are you? Meet the latest addition to Twin Hut. When I came to Pai the first time Dream was a child and now she has a baby.

Yellow-Green-Blue
Yellow-Green-Blue

Another sundowner
Another sundowner

Dinner with Konstantin
Dinner with Konstantin

Another Khao Soi
Another Khao Soi

Happy cat - happy me
Happy cat – happy me

Looks like they have a new owner. I did like the old place better. More green - now it looks like same same but different!
Looks like they have a new owner. I did like the old place better. More green – now it looks like same same but different!

Sleeeeeeep cat sleeeeep
Sleeeeeeep cat sleeeeep

She was there every day to back up photos and snatch a coconut
She was visiting every day to back up photos and snatch a coconut

The cat is not impressed
The cat is not impressed

Sometimes everybody is gone - I have the place for myself - win!
Sometimes everybody is gone – I have the whole place for myself – win!

Lazy afternoon at #8Lazy afternoon at Twin-Hut bungalow #8

Another new place downtown Pai. From your room right into the pool.
Another new place downtown Pai. From your room right into the pool.

Who could imagine that 15 years ago?
Who could imagine that 15 years ago?

Sunset from bungalow #7
Sunset from bungalow #7

Lunch at Hellas
Lunch at Hellas

Today she fixed my shirt - thank you!
Today she fixed my shirt – thank you!

And some happy new year dinner
And some happy new year dinner

31st of December at Irie Bar

31of December at Irie Bar

31of December at Irie Bar

31of December at Irie Bar

There are a few live videos at my facebook page

For example the last 2 songs for 2016 and the countdown to 2017

Peng - thank you!!!
Peng – thank you!!! Once a year she does cook a Khao Soi for me 🙂

Hmmm special Khao Soi lunch

Hello again!
Hello again!

Lazy January - the girl is waiting for the data back up
Lazy January – the girl is waiting for the data back up

Another one of the spectacular ones
Another one of the spectacular ones

The Twin Hut gang
The Twin Hut gang

View from Bungalow #7
View from Bungalow #7

He likes my bed....
He likes my bed….

German visitors from China
German visitors from China

Vegan green papaya salad
Vegan green papaya salad

And two more videos from ->
The Band at Irie Bar: Pancakes in the Morning or Tennessee whiskey & a Harmonica

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