Why does ‘good’ often taste so bad?

The lovely ladies here reckon I need something healthier than iced coffee, BBQ scallops and Tiger beer.

Hence: rau má, AKA pennywort or Centella asiatica.

I gave it a go: ever imagined what the water would taste like after you’ve hosed underneath the lawn mower?

I doubt even vodka could save this stuff.

I’m now viewing Australia’s V8 juice in a whole new light …

– Vung Tau, Vietnam 2019

Sold on the performance

Olivier, Gielgud, Jacobi, This Old Duck: the great performances of our time. The weathered, forlorn face and the old, crooked body … irresistible to the successful young couples in Vung Tau on their weekend break from HCMC – they just have to stop and buy a bag of peanuts or fruit. And insist she keep the change. After they leave, Old Duck cracks a knowing smile and has a little giggle to herself, strategically rearranges her basket of goods, and then returns to pose: forlorn face, crooked body … When she has only a few bags left, a couple will do her a favor and buy the lot. Old Duck then collects her baskets, hobbles around the corner with surprising speed, and returns fully reloaded with peanuts and fruit. The show goes on. Hahaha Bless her soul!