21 Mar 2015

Bibo, Hong Kong 2015


I love Chinese food, and not surprisingly some of the best is in Hong Kong.




I’m not a big fan of French “gastronomie gourmande”.

So our first night in Hong Kong it was dinner at Bibo, French “gastronomie gourmande”. For you single guys it’s this happy wife, happy life thing.





We were joined by LA travel agent extraordinaire, Myrna Oken.

They food was as great as the art.

20 Mar 2015

Sanya, China



Sanya is on the southern tip of an island that is the southern most point in China. They bill themselves as the Hawaii of China (false advertising), attracting some warm weather seekers from farther north in China and some Russians.

Normally cruises heading north through Asia stop in Northern Vietnam at one of the beautiful places that allow a choice of just enjoying the area or heading into Hanoi for the day.

We got Sanya instead. Cruise lines are always looking for new places to visit. I think this was one of those places. 

My guess is that it will be back to northern Vietnam in the future.



18 Mar 2015

Once in a Lifetime

On the eve of one of Israel’s closest and important national elections, Allyn and I had the privilege of having a four person private dinner with Ambassador Marc Ginsberg and his lovely wife, Janet, in our cabin on the Crystal Symphony.

Besides being an Ambassador to Morocco, (the first Jewish ambassador to an Arab country), he has held major Middle East policy jobs for E Kennedy, Carter, Gore, and Clinton. Currently he advises and reports for CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, BBC, Al Arabiya, CBC and Fox News.

I mean who else advises and reports both for the left and the right?

We learned more about Israel and the Middle East last night than in all of our previous years combined.

17 Mar 2015

What Happened to Saigon?




This is the Saigon we knew and loved for decades. Before that the only difference was their bikes were manual instead of motorized.

Now it’s becoming just another big city with the same stores, same high rises and same look. 



14 Mar 2015

Sihanoukville, Cambodia, 2015


The point of this port stop is as a jump off point to visit the marvelous temples such as Angkor Wat (been there; done that) or the Killing Fields outside of Phnom Penh.


Allyn took the important 12-hour tour to learn about the terrible atrocities of the Khmer Rouge. I went to town, paid $20 for a nice one hour massage (regular was $15 but I sprung for the aroma therapy), and watched the movie on board about the Khmer Rouge.



The Khmer Rouge was the communist party in control of Cambodia from 1975 – 1979 led by Pol Pat.

They insisted on absolute agrarian self-sufficiency.

The combined effects of executions, forced labor, malnutrition and poor medical care caused the deaths of about 2,000,000 citizens, roughly 25% of the country.

The world did not say much because they kicked out all journalists. There was no Internet. Yet this wasn’t hundreds of years ago. I was already out of college.