…entre nous soit dit…

between me you and the gatepost.

New Years Eve 09/10


Well the night didn’t start off as anything very exciting… We had to wait for almost an hour while Petia and Sigrid got ready – mean while I’m starving my arse off!

But eventually we went and got spring rolls and a drink at an absolutely deserted place. Then we headed to the Riverside Restaurant, which while having los of people there, wasn’t very exciting and was over priced.

So we moved on to Chivas Shack for the $1.75 cocktails. I skipped out on that round and instead went in search of a joint. A couple of streets over I found the place I’d been told I could one from, The Red Fox. I was denied at first because I didn’t want to buy a drink – just a joint. So I sat and talked to a 60 or 70 year old guy who was completely and utterly baked. He managed to score me a joint when he went to get another one with a beer. So I said thanks and left him.

Then I went back to Chivas – just in time to be introduced to the new guy in the group as Mum’s “weed child”. So I sat their smoking and everyone else drank until finally Mum turned to me and said, “So are you going to share that or what?!?” So then everyone shared it – including my now stiff uptight and prudish mother who previously used to smoke back in the 60’s and 70’s. Turns out the newcomer was actually a guy who did some teaching at Mum’s school, which freaked me out quite a bit seeing as she’d just introduced her child as a pot head to a colleague more or less.

He told us the place to be was definitely the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC). It’s normally really busy there, but it was packed for new years. It was awesome as we were told it would be. We only just made it to the top floor as the countdown started, and we were standing on top of tables on the balcony trying to see the fireworks down riverside when the clock finally ticked over. It was pretty cool… Although it didn’t seem like such a great place when we learnt that seeing as it had been so busy, they were out of pretty much all the alcohol. So, we had a choice of mojitos or bourbon or beer. Seeing I hate bourbon and not the biggest fan of beer, I was mojitos all the way!

Mum had left by this stage and there were only five of us left including Mum’s colleague (who it turns out was only 22 when I thought he was way closer to 30). So we went to get some “happy pizza” and then after another two group joints, we headed off to this club called ‘The Heart of Darkness’ that Daniel (Mum’s colleague) knew about.

You could just walk through the door of that place and it was like a wave of disgust washed over you as soon as you looked around. It was honestly the seediest place I’ve ever seen or been to. It was absolutely horrible and disgusting. There were so many prostitutes in that place that you couldn’t walk more than a step without being surrounded by them. And to match that fact, there were a large amount of seedy old westerner men there checking out every girl with beady perverted eyes and chatting up girls who looked like they were around 15.

Horrible place and I’d never recommend it ever. It had a cool symbol for the logo though. And it’s probably going to be the only club you’ll ever see where they have traditional religious statues inside the club while it still acting in full swing as a raging whoring club.

Overall a good night, although I went home early at around 2.30ish. I wasn’t much in the mood for partying without friends, because I was tired, and because I’d had to sort out the fight with Dom over the phone as well before midnight. I didn’t still want to be in the middle of a fight when the clock ticked over and I was already so emotionally exhausted from all of that.

Anyways. That’s about it for the moment I guess.


January 1, 2010 Posted by | Cambodia/Vietnam Trip, Celebrations, drugs, drunk/drinking, experiences, Travel | 5 Comments

Christmas Photo Update

I’ve spent the entirety of today cooped up in our room at the guest house (by my own choice) creating the new newsletter for New Futures Orphanage. The previous one had lapsed as the writer had become too busy to be able to carry out the duties any more.

As a result it meant lots of formatting, writing and editing of photos from yesterday and last night. I had a few too many photos from Christmas – really not necessary, but owell. Thought I’d post up just a couple of the best photos to show the good times had by all. It was, after-all,  a big shin dig.


December 26, 2009 Posted by | Cambodia/Vietnam Trip, Celebrations, Travel | 1 Comment

It’s That Time of the Year!


It doesn’t much feel like Christmas seeing as I’m in Cambodia – a Buddhist majority country that doesn’t celebrate Christmas. There’s a party on tonight though, so maybe that will kick my Christmas spirit in and have me singing all the carols…. No. I very much doubt that. I hate carols. I want to see the kids open their presents though. They have SO much in each of their bags that honestly these kids are way better off than the average village kid around here (in terms of presents anyhow – the whole not having their family thing is still a downer obviously)

Part of me wishes I was spending Christmas at home with my Dad, family and Dom… but part of me is glad that I’m here so I can see the joy on these unfortunate kids faces. I just wish I had more christmas cheer. Who knows… maybe Christmas just isn’t really Christmas unless your young and still believe in the Christmas magic. Guess that means I’m going to have to wait until I have kids (or nab someone else’s) to enjoy it properly again *sigh* Well I can safely say that that most absolutely won’t be happening any time soon. So guess I’ll just have to wait another 10 or so years…

December 25, 2009 Posted by | Cambodia/Vietnam Trip, Celebrations, experiences | Leave a comment

Haul galore :)

Well I must say that it was a rather fine haul of presents this year. Quite amazingly good actually.
Top of the list being the presents from Mum and Dad. Being my big 18th and all, they thought it necessary to buy big significant presents – not that I’m complaining at all!
Number One big present for the day, from Dad: Cannon EOS 450D Rebel XSi DSLR Hands on Camera… I am truly in love with this thing! And just to sweeten the present, it was a twin lens kit as well. You can be sure that the first photos taken will be up on here by tomorrow!

Number Two big present for the day, from Mum: 2001 Silver Toyota Corolla, which I’m totally stoked with despite already having a 1988 Toyota Corolla and my new car being an automatic. I still love it. It almost reminds me of my uncle’s old silver Saab that he used to have (a bit far fetched I know, but the shape is vaguely similar… sort of).
But all in all, pretty schweet I think. Well I’m happy anyways 🙂

January 25, 2009 Posted by | Celebrations, fun, Personal, photography | Leave a comment

On this fine day – the day of my birth.

Happy birthday to me,
Happy birthday to me,
Happy birthday to meeeeee,
Happy birthday to me.
Yay for being the legal age to drink and party.
This should be a good year people.
Oh yes indeed.

January 24, 2009 Posted by | Celebrations, fun, Personal | Leave a comment


Happy New Year Mofos !



January 1, 2009 Posted by | Celebrations, observation, people | Leave a comment

The beauty of Christmas…

Why is it that someone feels the need to create absolutely horrible jokes that are just pure shameful? Every year the jokes that come out of the christmas crackers are just as shudder-worthy. I thought I would include just some of the horrors from this christmas:

Q: What language so birds speak?
A: Pigeon English!
Q: Doctor how do I stop my nose from running?
A: Stick your foot out and trip it up!
Q: How do soccer players stay cool?
A: They sit next to their fans.
Q: Did you hear the joke about the roof?
A: Never mind, it’s over your head!
Q: Why did the elf put his bed in the fireplace?
A: He wanted to sleep like a log!
Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Jean who?
Jeanius – you just don’t recognise it
Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Cows who?
No they don’t, they MOO!
Who’s there?
Heaven Who?
Heaven you hear enough of these silly knock knock jokes?
Oh god, yes we all most certainly have. They’re horrible, and their creators should be shamefaced knowing that they are torturing millions of people around the world with their lameness!

However there are some highlights to these festivities and the writings about this merry time – including spoofs of christmas carols:

Charging through the snow, 
In the V8 wonder sled,
crashing into trees, 
Coz I’m off my fucking head.
Been smokin billy’s too,
I’ve had beers n more,
I’m heading to the red light zone to get myself a whore! (OH!)
Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Santa’s smokin weed,
Mrs Clause is on the floor,
She’s over dosed on speed (OH!)
Blitzen’s fucked,
The elves are too,
They’re peaking off their heads,
and if Rudolph snorts another line, the prick’ll end up dead!

Now that, my friends, just screams ‘champion!‘ to me. Yes indeed it does. 

Learn it. Love it.

December 25, 2008 Posted by | Celebrations, just for shits and giggles, observation, people | Leave a comment