The never-ending adventures of a travel writer in Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Circumvent Vietnam Facebook Block

Having trouble getting on Facebook again in Vietnam?

Try Hotspot Shield:

You'll have to download the program, install, then double-click (load) it each time before you try to get on Basically it throws up a "shield" allowing you to get around the block. It works by cloaking your DNS or some such.

It will throw up a few advertisements while you use it (a small price to pay). To get rid of those, simply disconnect when you are done with Facebook. You do this by right-clicking on the little Hotspot Shield icon in the bottom right corner of you desktop (Windows).

Additionally, you may want to consider using the facebook app (plugin) Selective Tweets, if you use Twitter:
With this easy add-on, all you do on Twitter is add the #fb hashtag, which allows you to selectively post your tweets to your Facebook status update without actually logging into Facebook.

Hope this helps... for a while.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Is There Something on My Chinn? Not for long...

I was going to post this on Bobby Chinn's Facebook page to enter his contest but since the Vietnam block on Facebook is preventing me from uploading photos to said page, I'll just post it here for fun. If you want to enter the contest, find instructions here: Winners get free signed copies of his latest book.

Above is a tarantula I consumed on my way from Phnom Penh to Ratanakiri. It was very chewy. A bit like chewing oil paper towels, or one of those green kitchen sink scrubber cloths. It just tasted like the spicy chili oil it was fried in. Couldn't really tell the head from the thorax from the legs. No squishy guts--but also no taste of crab like they tell you on TV.

Bear Bile is not a Magic Medicine

Bear Bile is Not a Magic Medicine. Above is a new PSA from ENV, an organization which I support, trying to discourage people from using the substance. This video is in Vietnamese Language.