We found ourselves on a very rainy Tuesday, drunk in the depths of fluorescent lit and vice fueled Shinjuku district of Tokyo. We were coming off the high of a spectacular show at Robot Restaurant, recommended by none other than Sir Tony himself. The 200 microbars of Golden Gai were as enigmatic as they were […]Read more "Ghetto Suntory"
Welcome to the Shinsaibashi-Namba district of Osaka. Some could call it the Williamsburg of Japan. On these streets, the line between progressive style and fashion suicide has been erased. It’s home to the best people watching in all of Asia. Some are Swaggy and some are giving meaning to the term “Trashionista”. We took some snapshots of the style (and non-style) that […]Read more "Swaggy P. Watanabe"
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Shooting in black and white is a rarity, especially with digital cameras. It is usually something we think of in postproduction. But black and white photographs require a certain composition that we wanted to experiment with. We challenged ourselves to shoot only black and white photos in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the capital of Vietnam. […]Read more "HCMC B/W"
Today we wrap on three months traveling through South East Asia with 29 more days and three countries to go. It’s time to recalibrate. When the luster of arriving in a new city wears away, it causes major distress within me. What happens when the novelty of novelty fades? This is a question that continues […]Read more "Day 88"
The Imperial City of Hue (pronounced “Hu-ay”), Vietnam. For 150 years, the epicenter of the Nguyen Dynasty’s rule. For 3 ½ weeks, ground zero of a deadly battle in the American War of Aggression. Now, Hue is a mid-sized city along with a few historic relics, a serene riverside, and a diverse selection of authentic […]Read more "Hue Too Much Food"
Bia Hoi. A truly unique beer experience. They even named an intersection after it. Bia Hoi corner is the stuff of college fairytales. Holding down an intersection deep in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam, tiny plastic stools and tables litter the already chaotic streets. As the sun sinks, the intersection fills up with backpackers, […]Read more "Booze Review: Bia Hoi"
I feel like I’ve rediscovered Asia. I’m eating one of the most complex foods I’ve had since I touched down on this side of the Pacific. It’s called Banh Da Cua Da Lieu (Crab and Brown Noodle Soup), and it’s one of Hanoi’s most iconic dishes. Hanoi just feels so right. I’ve got a lot […]Read more "Banh Da Cua Da Lieu"
Vietnamese coffee is strong, and it’s got a bite, like Mike Tyson’s bite in his bout with Evander Holyfield strong. I order my Ca Phe black with ice (Den Da). When Ca Phe Den Da is served, the glass is only filled about 50% of the way (including the ice); it’s so strong that a caffeine […]Read more "Ca Phe Den Da"