You all may or may not have noticed that I haven’t been blogging much lately. Yes, I’ve been on a bit of a vacation – but mostly I’ve been putting out Internet fires. Server migration issues, messed up databases, tweaking new installs – it’s all been a hoot and a holler running around looking for high speed wifi connections in some fairly odd places. As a result, sites like roi120 and jdaters anonymous are updated and speedier than ever. I also managed to get jewtube.com redesigned and online – go check it out!
But in the midst of all that I still managed to get some, you know, vacationing done. I started off in Bangkok and found these awesome stickers all over Kao San road, near the Chabad House. The sticker says “It’s so great being Jewish! Thank blessed God” (You’d know that if you paid attention at Hebrew School). I know, I know – it may seem a tad chauvinistic and perhaps a little politically incorrect, but really, as long as you’re not knocking anyone else, is it wrong to be proud of who you are? I can’t help it, especially in South East Asia, the land of idol worship and treiff galore!
Seems like, amidst the poverty and the filth, there are all these elaborate and immaculate Buddhist temples on everywhere! Giant Buddhas! Reclining Buddhas! Emerald Buddhas! And I know I ought to show respect but every time I visited these places, I had to resist the temptation to, you know, laugh out loud. But I behaved. And then there was Vietnam, the most capitalist communist country ever! You think Charlie won the war? Hell no – corporate America did – the country is awash in logos and the factories are kept buzzing churning out Nikes, Adidas, North Face, Hilfiger and every type of crappy, logo covered piece of sweat shop generated apparel you can think of. And NOTHING is kosher. Nothing. All you can eat are Pringles, cereal, tabasco sauce and chocolate – the only products I found with any hecsher at all. That was a fun Shabbat meal let me tell you. Yeah the OU travels pretty far – but I wish there was just a little more variety…
Anyhow, yeah, Bangkok, Hanoi, Sappa, Ha Long Bay and Catbah Island. Fun! Off to Koh Samet next. I’ll try to blog something less idiotic next time. Sorry this was so lame. Anyhow, Shavuah Tov y’all.