Monday, February 16, 2015



First, no humans hurt.  Again, my mentor is shown to be clever for having sold up and moved on awhile ago.  Unfortunately, the bombers putting a pound and a half of TNT there didn't probably realize the business was now 'locally owned'.  Sad.

Some of you may remember the hostel I stayed at in Ukraine.  It has been blown up by terrorists, saboteurs or some random mad bomber.


On a lighter note, TJ writes:

Logan Horsford your friends and fans want to know when are you going to stop messing around and eat a chilled monkey brain already on film for us?

"And chilled monkey's brains, though popular in Cantonese cuisine, are not often to be found in Washington D.C." - Clue.

"Consuming the brain and other nerve tissue of animals may be hazardous to health.[6] Brain consumption can result in contracting fatal transmissible spongiform encephalopathies such as Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseaseand other prion diseases in humans.[7]" - Wiki -

And for those wanting more information there is of course the page "Monkey Brains to Eat and How and Why". Though badly named it does have a lot of information.

Sadly, it shows the monkeys are now prepared for these shenanigans and have even got goggles with their helmets.

That being said - if I came across it and the kitchen looked clean enough, I would try it.  Maybe not eat the whole thing but yes, I'd try it.


According to the sources I bothered to google (it's a fun picture but I'm not going to research all day on it) the phrase has been around since the 1930's and means 'what the hell?'


Cambodians are celebrating Chinese New Year on Thursday, 19 FEB.

In some articles they talk a lot about how it is due to 'cultural diversity' and 'respect between Cambodia and China'.  Even ancestors have been brought up.

While this may be true, I believe it is the minor reasons.

Older people I've talked to say 'luck in the new year'.  Younger people talk about the party.

Almost everyone will be going to temples.  Cambodia has a very odd collection of religious beliefs.  Here someone may call themselves a Christian and have a Hindu shrine in their house.  Keep what you want, discard the rest.

Chinese New Year sounds like one more belief that got sucked up along the way, people liked it and they decided to keep it.

Should be interesting.


I'm thinking one more week here then I'm going to go counter clockwise.

Wanted to visit Jason Pittman​ in Philippines but the air cost is pretty crazy.  Don't think I'll have time to get there by boat - it's a long way away.

Possible schedule of countries, depending on what my research comes up with:

Thailand - not thrilled about this one.  Been there, done that many times.  High cost for stuff.

Malaysia - the most bland country in SE Asia.  The places I've been have all the zip of the kind of Chinese food places that exist in Derek Jones​' home town.  "It's kind of Chinese" is the kindest thing that can be said about them.

Singapore - I want to do some research on this place to see if there is anywhere affordable to stay.  If there is, check it out a bit but I suspect 'big, modern, glass and steel city'.  But it is technically a country.

While in Malaysia, see if I can head over to that big fucking island they share with Indonesia.  I've never been to this island.  No clue what is there.  More research needed.  Want to go by boat because there are less controls and Malaysia has had a nasty habit of losing planes.  Because, Malaysia.

Brunei exists on this big island.  Apparently they have all of one hostel that I can afford.  One.  And their laws are extremely draconian.  People have told me there isn't a lot to see there but anyone who reads my blog knows I like to go take a look for myself.  More research (mainly into affordability) needs to be done.

Normally, from here I could get to Philippines.  However, the Sulu sea has heated up - figuratively.  Like 'kill whitey' heated up.  Now might not be the best time to pay them a visit.

So instead, I could head south on the big island (yeah, google map it) into Indonesia.  Then head south into more familiar parts.  I wouldn't mind staying again at Dani's Homestay (my 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' place) but with all that travel not sure on the time.  The visa for Indonesia is only a month but is possibly renewable.

If possible, I'd like to check out Timor.  Suspect it will be extremely back in time.

Then head to the island Papua New Guinea is on.  Maybe see that.  Not sure, I do like my wifi.

Are the Solomon Islands possible?   I know Fiji fucking isn't.  Rich folk go there.

Possibly South Korea then maybe China.

Just not sure.  Need The Matrix to download everything from Wikitravel into my brain quick quick.

After that, I'm at a complete loss.

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