Archives for December 2007
Apart from a fairly lo-fi cameraphone, I’ve been without a camera for a month or more since the old one decided it had had enough and didn’t want to close its lens anymore. Christmas arrived early this week and I hope the new one lives up to its reputation.
Accchhh… I wasn’t gonna blog about this but… here goes. There’s an article about me (and this blog – as was – back in the day, in Saigon… ohh yes… I still miss it…) in Thanh Nien newspaper today. In a way, it’s quite gratifying to find myself the feature of a "Special Report" in a popular newspaper more than a year since I last set foot in the country, but… a) I’m old news – Tuoi Tre did it all yonks ago b) Thanh Nien, unlike Tuoi Tre, never interviewed me and never met me c) I don’t know, nor have I ever met, the Thanh Nien journalist named That Son and he has never contacted me d) I don’t live in London and I don’t "shuttle between Vietnam and England" – chance would be a fine thing.
I won’t nitpick every single factual inaccuracy – they are numerous – but I’ll admit I had green tea streaming through all orificies as I read these lines,
“I love the hot and humid air, and the noise and excitement of Saigon,” he tells me.
"He swears he will
never start another food-related website because he will never love the
food from another country quite so much."
Where do I swear eternal allegiance to Vietnamese food? Show me. Having said that, I still wants me a Vietnam Friendship medal and if you happen to be reading this President Nguyễn Minh Triết I am available for a medal giving ceremony at your convenience.
I received this from Ayse Toprak who works for Al Jazeera English,
I work for a program called 48 in London, which is a documentary series on cities on Al Jazeera English’s entertainment strand. 48 discovers a city through the personal stories of local guides. Our presenter and editor of the show, Amanda Palmer, and the 48 crew uncover everything from cultural and religious events to the social and economic backdrop of each unique location.
Below is more information on our program. If you’re interested in knowing more about 48, you can watch our previous programs from our website:
I’m looking for a fixer that can help us with our next 48, which will be shot during Tet in Ho Chi Minh. Basically, we need a young guide, preferabley with some journalism background, energetic, out going, who is in touch with the city, born and bred in Vietnam and some one who would be comfortable in front of the camera to work with us as a researcher/fixer/on-screen guide. Excellent conversational English is a must.
Can you help. I can’t – unfortunately – but I hope someone out there can or knows someone who can. Email Ayse at Al Jazeera if you can – ayse.toprak @ aljazeera.net
…at Le Web 3 conference in Paris, but not I’m not blogging – (Drew, please note…) I’m talking to some people who may be able to help/partner us at The Frontline Club with our development of foreign correspondent/war reporter blogs and other meejah stuff. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a blogger to follow Le Web 3 with, you could do a lot worse than One man and his blog.
This is where I write about the world’s best food blog ever, ever, ever. The video above is related by dint of the fact that it was filmed in the same city, but the world’s best food blog ever, ever, ever comes from a land before TV on the interwebs.
I was fishing around for the ideal link to illustrate one of my ‘perfect places to eat’ for a big food magazine I’m working for (more on that soon) and after a tonne of clicks I found it. I love good pubs, chilled restaurants and noisy city streets, but when pushed, on this day, at this hour, the Korean coast is where I’d head.
Oh how times change in Saigon…. Must admit Gastronomy is making me miss Saigon this week. What with her trip to the Banh Xeo and my old stalwart Ngu Vien – with all new front of house sign. At least the food looks like it always did. Then there’s Ourman’s maudlin tones I have yet to respond to… but I will.