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Red Werefox Meets Hooter Girls

Sometimes the Red Werefox is the hunter and sometimes the hunted!

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Blue Werefox at Chang Chui

Chang Chui is a self-named “creative space” just outside of Bangkok city and the Blue Werefox decided to investigate! There is a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 in the center of Chang Chui.

There is also a bar with a helicopter on the roof! The Blue Werefox uses his technopathy to communicate with the helicopter and is informed the craft beer is very good but how would a helicopter really know that?

Later, the Blue Werefox gets some pointers on the topic of hyperdimensional technopathy from the Pink Squids of Andromeda.

What sort of plants are grown in a skull shaped greenhouse?

The Blue Werefox decides to have a cricket salad at the Insects in the Backyard restaurant. Beware of the Giant Venus Flytrap hanging from the ceiling. Sometimes the clients eat insects and the flytrap eats the clients to get at the insects!

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Orange Werefox MBK Center The All Adventure 2016

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The Orange Werefox decided to upgrade his military skills at MBK Center The All Adventure 2016.

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Passport Pocket for Cargo Pants

Passport Pocket for Cargo Pants Captioned

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and in this case I think this is absolutely true! If the picture above explains the topic then just move on! Generally I carry my passport around my neck in a passport holder but sometimes I don’t want to look like a tourist. Stolen passports are worth a fortune so you want a little extra security for the pocket that holds your passport. I came up with a clever idea for upgrading my Molecule classic cargo pants and adding a snap hook to one of the pockets in order to put my passport in a safer compartment.

I use cable ties to attach snap hooks to things like backpacks all the time.

Snaphook on backpack

The challenge here was adding a “thingy” the snap hook could clip onto. It is more convenient and cheaper to cannibalize key rings for both the “thingy”, which is actually a double-eye swivel ring, and snap hook than running around town trying to find these parts separately. I really like the classic cargo pant model because you have two pockets per leg. There is back zippered flat pocket that works for flat objects such as passports and also front button-close, bellow pocket you can use for bulkier items which is a foldable reusable bag in my case. I attached the double-eye swivel ring to the back of the button-down flap of the front pocket.  If you cut a cable tie then there is a sharp edge which I get rid of by using a barbecue lighter to melt the edge.  The pull tab of the zipper of the back flat pocket has a large hole that makes it super easy to attach the snap hook using the cable tie.

Molecule cargo pants zipper pull tabFinished Project!Finished project

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Sriracha Tiger Zoo

1Hugh Fox & Tiger Cub

The audience for this article is farang living in Bangsaen.  The Sriracha Tiger Zoo is a great way for someone from Bangsaen to spend an afternoon.  Burapha University is in Bangsaen and more and more visitors from many countries find themselves learning and/or teaching at Burapha University.  You go to the zoo to get three pictures in particular.  The first and most important picture is with a tiger cub!  There are two places to do this.  One has a nicer backdrop and an older cub.  The other one has a backdrop that is not as nice but the cub is younger.  I went for the younger cub since the backdrop doesn’t matter much anyway.  As of July 20th 2013, a farang pays 450 baht to get in and a Thai pays 180 baht to get in.  The picture with the tiger cub is an extra 150 baht but they print out the picture there and then and the quality of all such pictures at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo is excellent.  I did have some pictures taken with my digital camera but their scanned picture which can be seen above was far better.

2Hugh Fox & Scorpion Queen

The second must get picture is with the Scorpion Queen (pictured above).  I have seen this sort of thing before but was never tempted.  Generally some bozo in a T-Shirt is putting the scorpions on you.  The Scorpion Queen is a lot better than some bozo.  The lovely lady put about six scorpions on me and unfortunately the scorpions are black as was my Hawaiian shirt so I recommend wearing a lighter shirt so the scorpions are more visible.  There is a rumor that tigers don’t like red or orange so pick a color other than black, red or orange for your shirt that day.  Some Thai ladies had outfits with tiger prints on.

3Hugh Fox & Crocodile

The third must get picture is with the crocodile (pictured above).  Again you will run into this sort of picture set up all over Thailand but this crocodile was special.  The crocodile is gigantic and I have seen a lot of crocodiles while living in Thailand!  You use your own camera but it’s only a 100 baht versus the usual 150 baht.

If you want pictures with wild animals then there are plenty of places that provide this service in Thailand.  Pattaya has Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden and Bangkok has Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo that are similar to the Sriracha Tiger Zoo but both are not day trips from Bangsaen so if you are looking for some afternoon fun from Bangsaen then the Sriracha Tiger Zoo is the way to go.  The Sriracha Tiger Zoo website mentions their food but this is not why I would go there.

If you are hungry then I would recommend the Saturday buffet at the Pacific Park Hotel restaurant which starts at 6 pm which is when the zoo closes!  The buffet is 300 baht per person and features Japanese, Thai and Western dishes.  Sriracha is home to various Japanese factories and has many Japanese workers and expats living in Sriracha but finding a good reasonable Japanese restaurant that is gaijin friendly is actually not easy.  I would recommend the Zenmaru Udon restaurant pictured below for price and atmosphere.

4Hugh Fox & Zenmaru Udon Restaurant

They have little Japanese style rooms upstairs with a lot of ambience and I would order the chicken cutlet, with noodles under the cutlet and curry on the cutlet, but they just call it the curry dish.  The menu has pictures so just look for a breaded cutlet and you will do ok.  You can get more exotic Japanese food that is generally not available in more touristy Japanese restaurants but some of this food is too exotic and pricey but hey you only live once.  However, no Japanese beers at Zenmaru Udon!  Heineken and local Thai beers are available.  Zenmaru Udon is just down the street from the Pacific Park Hotel and if you pass a hospital then you have walked just past the restaurant.  The Pacific Park Hotel is in turn right next to the Sriracha Robinson which is also a lot of fun.

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Microbreweries in Vietnam

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Picture of Legend Brewery above which is at nr  4 Vu Ngoc Phan, Hanoi, one of the few breweries that are known to expats in Hanoi because of the previous German brew master.

The following article was submitted to my blog for publication by Jonathan Gharbi.  Jonathan is the Founder of the beer blog www.beervn.com and he is based in Hanoi, Vietnam.  This article is in response to my earlier article on Microbreweries in Asia.

Since I came to Vietnam, for 1,5 years ago, a newer ending search for good beer and breweries has been going on. After almost a year I realized that there is no imported ale, ipa, stout etc to be found in Vietnam despite 95 millions of beer interested inhabitants. Beer consumption here is high and everywhere you find people drinking beer. In northern Vietnam and Hanoi, the streets are filled with small plastic chairs and tables where people drink bia hoi from lunch time until late evening. Bia hoi is a light beer only with the most basic ingredients, quick and easy to produce which has around 3-4% alcohol and can also be produced easily at the restaurants.

Then some friends who used to meet every Wednesday in Hanoi and drink beer introduced me to the breweries. I was chocked the first time I went to Hoa vien brewery in Hanoi, one of the oldest breweries here, was this really true, do they brew and sell two kinds of beer, full of malt and hops in a real brewery.

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Pictures of Hoa vien brewery and their three beers, Hanoi

I don’t think people understand how it is here in Vietnam, the economy is struggling and many businesses are going bankrupt. The normal price for a glass of tasty beer at one of the microbreweries here is about 35 000 – 40 000 VND (ca 2 USD) it’s not reasonable for the regular worker with a monthly income of 150 USD to consume beer with these prices. Some breweries are really struggling to maintain their production while some already have down scaled. There are a couple of thousands of expats living in Vietnam and their consumption of beers is to low to justify an import unless it’s consumed by locals also. Many expats does not know about the existence of these breweries, they are often unseen in media, on the web and some of them also lack English speaking staff which makes it difficult for foreign customers.

There are about 20 microbreweries in Vietnam whereof about 15 are placed in Hanoi, all are either brewing Czech or German styled beer. The explanation is that Vietnam had strong relations with former DDR and Czechoslovakia and today the largest groups of Vietnamese diasporas is to be found in Germany and Czech republic.

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Dunkel, Lager and Munich from Legend brewery (German inspired) at 222 Tran Duy Hung, Hanoi.

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Black and blond beer from Goldmalt brewery (Czech inspired) at 17 Van phuc, Hanoi.

As mentioned before, they are unknown for most locals and in particular for foreigners, partly because of their low profile but also because the breweries don’t know what good products they have. All the beer are brewed and sold in same place. Only three breweries sell their beer in another pub/restaurant, so unless you visit them there is no chance to taste the beer.

A couple of days ago I was driving around in Hanoi on my motorbike and saw a small sign which said something in Vietnamese with the word PLZEN in it. It looked like any regular restaurant here but I went in to see if they had any beer. Two minutes later I was standing by the taps and was trying three different kinds of Czech beer. Brewed and served at same place. There are only 20 breweries I know off so far but guess after this experience that there are plenty more to be found.

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Two of the three beers served at Nha hang plzen at 167 pho Hoang Ngan, Hanoi.  Is it a seafood restaurant or a microbrewery?

Some breweries have 1-3 percent of foreign customers but some breweries below 1 % which I hope will change later on. Some breweries produce amazing beers, black beer almost like a full bodied stout and lager beer with plenty of malt and charisma. But without homepage, no advertisement or defined as regular Vietnamese restaurants at facebook, there is no chance for a foreigner to find them, in many cases, not even for a Vietnamese. In Europe or North America they would be defined as microbreweries or brewpubs, nothing else. Several times I have asked for the name of the brew master at the breweries which I found out is a very odd question here. The regular answer from the staff is “you mean the guy that makes the beer, I have no idea”.

That’s why I started my beer blog and the brewery tours, to enlighten all beer enthusiasts of all the microbreweries in Vietnam and to encourage the breweries to continue their fantastic work so we can continue to enjoy wonderful beer. If you travel to Vietnam, there is plenty too see but most important of all, it’s a reason to come here only for the beer.

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Wall’s Asian Delight: Matcha Green Tea, Salacider, Milk Tea Flavor Ice Cream

Wall’s, Asian Delight, Matcha Green Tea, Salacider, Milk Tea Flavor, Ice Cream, green sherbet, strawberry, chocolate,

Wall’s (Ice Cream) is a British based company that sells its products everywhere.  Wall’s has released a three in one ice cream that gives you three different tastes of Asia in one great package.  The first flavor is green colored and matcha green tea.  Green tea ice cream is common in Japan but not so common outside of Japan.  Green tea has a different flavor than black tea and matcha is a particular type of Green Tea.  Wall’s has done a good job of capturing this flavor.  The second separate piece of ice cream is salacider!  I doubt very many people in the US have any idea what salacider is but it’s the ubiquitous red soda of Asia.  All kinds of small bottlers in Asia make this flavor.  The last flavor is milk tea which is kind of Western but in this case it tastes more like Japanese milk tea than British milk tea.  I bought my Wall’s three in one at a 7-11 in Thailand and I am hooked.  It looked like green sherbet, strawberry and chocolate and I was shocked when I ate the ice cream, pleasantly shocked.  You get bored with the same old ice cream flavors no matter how great and this Asian delight is a nice change of pace and a more sophisticated taste combination.  I doubt you can get this ice cream in the West and if you want an ice cream with a distinctly Asian direction then I suggest you keep your eyes open next time you are in Thailand!

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