13 Mar 2014

Jakarta, Indonesia


Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital city, is huge (28 million in the greater area), noisy, slummy, and corrupt as it gets.


The best jobs are in government. You pay to get appointed or pay to get votes. Then they start paying you for things.


It is the most populous city in Southeast Asia and is located on Java Island, the world’s most populated, with 140 million inhabitants.







No country has more Muslims than Indonesia, 245 million comprising 87.2% of its population. They are much less orthodox than their brethren from the Middle East.


Masjid Istiqlal is the third largest mosque in the world.





Our cute guide, Terresia, ( took us to a local restaurant for lunch.



The 433 foot National Monument, Monas, in Central Jakarta symbolizes Indonesia’s fight for freedom. It is topped by a flame covered with gold foil.


06 Mar 2014

Sihanoukville, Cambodia 2014



Somehow I have a friend, Mike Ross, who has lived here for several years. Just recently he opened up the poker room at Queenco Casino, about 5 minutes from our ship.

He and his lovely wife Phear met us with a giant bouquet of flowers for Allyn.

This afternoon they had a 40-person poker tournament in our honor. Four of our pals from the ship even joined us.



Of course they insisted on treating us to the obligatory sensational lunch. 

03 Mar 2014

Chill Skybar and 27 Grill Restaurant, HCMC, Vietnam



It’s Sunday night at 10:00 PM and still busy. It was another good evening with great food, service, ambiance and company at HCMC’s current “in” place – Chill Skybar and 27 Grill Restaurant. 

The outdoor bar 27 floors up was quite special.




I like how the ship brings along their own basketball court (and bikes etc) for the crew to enjoy personal time off.

01 Mar 2014

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2014




HCMC never ceases to amaze. It just keeps getting even more frenetic if that is possible.



The massages are still great but foot massages now push $10/hour.





Somehow their food is so light, delicate and good amidst all of the turmoil.


28 Feb 2014

Captain Philips


I saw a very good movie today – Captain Philips, allegedly based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of a US cargo ship. It was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Interestingly the movie makes him out to be quite the hero. In real life there is a $50 Million lawsuit by the crew against the company for wanton disregard for their safety.

He is said to have been so arrogant that he consistantly disregarded anti-piracy protocols. Then at the beginning of the attack he even refused to let the crew go to the anti-piracy stations, because he felt their lifeboat drill was more important.

It was particularly chilling watching the movie on a ship headed towards Africa.