Funny article below, I suggest that there are quite a few cliches missing from the list and invite you all to stop talking about Macs V PCs do some introspection before the weekend. The 6 Characters You’ll Meet At Every Expat Bar From South America to Southeast Asia, from the Middle East to the Middle Kingdom, every town that sees tourists has one: the ex-pat bar. It’s never hard to find your way there - all you need to do is follow the American music which is old enough to feel stale without being old enough to feel hip and look for a chalkboard sign advertising a European football match. But no matter where you are, the same set of people manages to populate every one these ex-pat haunts, so read on to identify who’s who and save yourself some valuable mingling time. 1. T...
I've noticed a little quirk that many Vietnamese have. They really like to give obvious instructions, or offer unsolicited and completely unnecessary help. For example, whenever I'm arriving at work, the guard insists on showing me where I should park (ie. next to the other bike...really???) and that I should lock the neck of the bike. I only go through this same ritual every day, so it figures that I'd need reminding. Often when I leave work, he illustrates whether I should walk my bike backwards onto the road or ride forward and turn around on the footpath. Last time he did it, there was a large black 4WD parked on the road behind me and it was obviously impossible to walk my bike backwards - I had to go forward and turn around on the footpath. Yet, there he was, desperately indicatin...
Seems like there's a demand for something more developed, which could accommodate more wide-ranging discussion topics than what is here presently. See http://www.thebeijinger.com/forum as an example of what could be.
Hello NH devotees, Having been in Hanoi for nearly six months and still not having started anything of substance is making me a little anxious. I have wholeheartedly decided I want to start a Cafe/Restaurant in Hanoi after finding a niche opportunity. Everything is in place and planned but the toughest hurdle has been securing a location. Just recently I agreed to a landlords terms just to find them pulling out at the last moment, the location was great, right next to the beer binging intersection in the old quarter (Lương Ngọc Quyến). Meanwhile I have also been browsing websites (muaban.net & vatgia.com) and highlighting through the major newspapers. But all it has lead me to are outrageous conditions by landlords (usually 2 years advance) and or agents that advertise great o...
Is it just me, or are other people also having a problem with the Search feature of Ask A.N.H.? The other day I seached for "Ice" knowing that there was a Q that was burried 4-5 pages deep in discussion and the search turned up nothing, and it's not the first time...
Ok sooooo..... What about in top spots there was like a "Wooden Spoon" section. If your not Australian you might need translation. It means last place. Bottom of the ladder. Like a not so top spots section. There was quite a good one I came across and I thought people would never see this unless they are trawling along, browsing on a Sunday eveining. http://newhanoian.xemzi.com/en/venue/show/2540/Monument-to-Triumphant-Frolicking-Stallions---Gateway-to-Ciputra I'm sure some hilarious things would come up? Do you think this is a good idea?
Given the plethora of witty posters, I think there should be an additional prize given for the best line of the month. All this hard work should not go unrewarded. Sometimes this might mean a single response could win the prize or that pinto may be the victor, but still ... note: this is a friday-style posting, mainly because home with sick daughter and, yes, nothing better to do.
This is a discussion thread inspired by some other recent threads that have made me smile. What's the funniest or cheesiest introduction (or chat up) lines you've ever heard (or used)! Here's one from me: A:- "A hundred Polar Bears jumping up and down!" B:- "What!?!?" A:- "Just something to break the ice." Hey, but I'm still hung over so I'm sure you guys can do better!
Clearly my arse is not yet big enough to be declared a new planet. Either that or I look like a person who would clearly be a good customer. Why else would I be invited to the opening of "Donkey Donuts"? I have been googling and although I have found images- go figure- I haven't discovered any info about why one would call their shop "Donkey Donuts"? I have heard of "Dunkin Donuts" but "donkey"? What has one to do with the other ? Is is a chain? Is there some folklore? Simply alliteration? I am curious about why one would choose such a name. Call any Americans/South Americans explain the link and why donuts and donkeys are a good match??
Seeing the avatar belonging to "Travel Goddess"- who has since left Hanoi - pop up has reminded of something that has been in my mind for a while...who is out there? The largest list of NHs I ever saw was on Racka's "followed" list. What is your name? Where are you in Vietnam? Who has left but still follows TNH? Who is really a sock puppet? Now this is for everyone - even those who never post - you do know your name and what country you are currently in! Can we have a role call please ?
My house has exactly two windows - not much light or air unless I open them. The problem is, the ground floor window opens onto this area about 20 sqm that is the entrance way to a business and also looks directly across the way into a neighbor's front door. They like to keep their doors open and often when I come home they've shut my window's glass slats. Not a problem until today. I come home and they've wedged a pole between the wall outside and one of my glass slats. I open the bottom and reach up and knock it down. Of course a woman comes barreling out of the house telling me very loudly not to open my window. I just shut the window and the inside shutters, not wanting to deal with her or try and negotiate in Vietnamese. I'd like both realistic and "creative" ways to d...
Hi, can anyone suggest a place to find good quality/stylish ceiling fans? I remmeber Westinghouse was a good brand, but I cannot find anything like that! I have seen all the standard stuff on the streets. I want to see something a little different. NOT Chinese different! Cheers
Well?? Have you? What stopped you? Why did you start or why did you not partake? I doubt very much if there is one among us who has not done this at some point or been a willing? pillion. You'll notice, hopefully very briefly, that there is one of us not present due to the same "invincibilitty cloak" thing that is the very basis for don't do it, ever. However, I do, but very sedately.....usually. Lets start with "we can get away with it" and go from there. So what do you do? "Beer"
Is it possible to get rid of a follower on NH? Especially strangers that don't reply to PMs? On Facebook and other social networks you get to approve who follows you. I'm only a fan of stalking when I do it.
Is that a 'new trend'? A foreign guy goes to VN to earn a living. Everything's so new to him! His english is not really well ( English is his second language)and he only can speak a few VNese! The best way that he can survive in VN as well as helps him to improve his VNese quickly& efficiency is having a VNese girl friend! Then, kicks her out when he's fed up w/ her and finds another VNese girls... What do you think about this circumstance?
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