Bits and Pieces

We decided to keep track of some fun facts during our PigFish travels. This page will be frequently amended and updated as our travels progress. If there is something else you would like to see on this page, just let us know.
Countries visited:

2019: 5 (Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, USA, Mexico)

2018: 7 (Thailand (X3), Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam)

2015: 19 (Thailand (three times), Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, England, Wales, Scotland, U.S. (don’t ask), Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Hong Kong (own currency & government equals new country?), Macau (see Hong Kong)

Favorite Country:

2019:

Robert: TBD

Lisa: TBD

2018:

Robert: Thailand

Lisa: Cambodia

2015:

Robert: Vietnam

Lisa: Cambodia

Worst Border Crossing:

2019: TBD

2018: We didn’t have any problems in 2018.

2015: Sixola, Costa Rica to Guabito, Panama

Cities visited:

2019: 21 (Nha Trang, Vung Tau, Saigon, Nusa Dua, Legian, Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Bangkok, Ao Nang, Khao Lak, Koh Lanta, Ao Nang, Bangkok, Mt. Vernon (IL), Cadiz (KY), Chicago (IL), Nashville (TN), Louisville, Dubuque (IA), Mineapolis (MN), Holcombe (WI), Madison (WI), Chicago (IL), Puerto Vallarta)

2018: 24 (Bangkok (X2), Legion, Nusa Dua, Ubud, Labuan Bajo, Permuteran, Amed, Seminyak, Singapore, Kuching, Georgetown, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Kata Beach on Phuket, Bophut Beach on Ko Samui, Siem Reap, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Luang Prabang, Hanoi (X2), Mai Chau, Hue, Hoi An (both the beach and the town), Saigon, Nha Trang)

2015: 70 (Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Mandalay, Bagan, Yangon, Phnom Penh (twice), Battambang, Kampot, Kep, Can Tho, Saigon, Ham Tien, Da Lat, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown, Langkawi, Koh Lipe, Ao Nang (twice), Singapore, Negombo, Dambulla, Kandy, Ella, Tissa, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Bentota, Benoni, Greater Kruger area, Cape Town (twice), Stellenbosch, Mossel Bay, Knysna, Franschoek, Beckington, Cardiff, LLandudno, Langholm, Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow, London, Chicago, San Pedro, Granada, Leon, San Juan del Sur (three times), Playa Santa Dominga, Moyogalpa, Liberia, Monteverde, La Fortuna, Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Bocas Town, Boquete, Panama City, Cartagena, Medellin, Bogota, Hong Kong, Macau, Phuket, Koh Lanta)

Favorite Pizza:

2019:

Robert: Pizza 4 P’s in Saigon, Pizza cooked by Robert in Cadiz with local bacon

Lisa: Pizza 4 P’s in Saigon, Los Muerto’s Brew Pub in Puerto Vallarta

2018:

Robert: Pizza 4 P’s in Hanoi

Lisa: Pizza 4 P’s in Hanoi

2015:

Robert: Luna Cafe in Da Nang

Lisa: Luna Cafe in Da Nang (the ONLY redeeming thing about Da Nang)

Worst Pizza:

2019:

Robert: The “margherita” pizza at Moto in Nashville that had no tomato sauce or basil and had ricotta cheese — I sent it back and asked for a real one

Lisa: We went to a place called David’s in Vung Tau. The pizza was bad enough that the next visit I ordered pasta. Enough said.

2018:

Robert: We had some really bad pizza in 2018, but can’t recall the worst.

Lisa: See above.

2015:

Robert: Marco’s in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Lisa: Marco’s in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Number of Pizzas Eaten by Lisa:

2019: 72

2018: Didn’t keep track

2015: 94

Most Days Lisa Went Without Pizza:

2019: 9 days in Thailand (in my defense, the Indian food here is amazing and the pizza not so much)

2018: 16 (April 30-May 16, and it was worth the wait as the pizza at Il Bolognese in Bangkok was quite qood).

2015: Didn’t keep track, but it couldn’t have been very many

Best Thing We Ate:

2019:

Robert: Goat breast and claims on the XO food tour in Saigon

Lisa: TBD

2018:

Robert: Quail egg omelet with roe on a stick (Bangkok night train market)

Lisa: Falafel at Al Diwan in Seminyak

2015:

Robert: Samosa salad in Yangon and Kampot pepper crab in Kep and chicken roti in Ella

Lisa: Cao Lau in Hoi An and Bun thit nuong in Nha Trang

Craziest Thing We Ate:

2019:

Robert: Balut (boiled egg with a duck embryo inside)

Lisa: TBD

2018:

Robert: A cube of coagulated blood in a bowl of curry mee in Georgetown

Lisa: Jerky made from water buffalo (OK, not that crazy, I know….)

2015:

Robert: Rat (Cambodia), field mouse (Vietnam)

Lisa: Rat (Cambodia), field mouse (Vietnam)

Favorite Fruit:

2019:

Robert: TBD

Lisa: TBD

2018:

Robert: Langsat

Lisa: It is still pomelo

2015:

Robert: Mangosteen

Lisa: Pomelo

Robert’s Favorite Beer (Lisa thinks beer is nasty):

2019: East West Summer Hefeweizen in Vietnam

2018: East West Summer Hefeweizen in Vietnam

2015: Trade Winds (real Scottish cask ale)

New Beers Tried by Robert:

2019: 48 (Vietnam (East West Pale Ale, East West Far East IPA, East West Summer Hefeweizen, East West Saigon Rose, East West Belgian Tippel, East West Triple IPA, East West Saison, East West Modern Belgian Blonde, Heart of Darkness Pitiless Folly, Heart of Darkness Churtz’s Insane, Heart of Darkness Foreign Shores Belgian Tripel, Heart of Darkness Brutal Instinct Brut IPA, Heart of Darkness Hard Ginger Beer, Heart of Darkness Creatures of Darkness New England IPA, Belgo Saison, Belgo Amber, Belgo Black, Belgo Full Moon, Belgo Wit, Bia Craft Summer Crush Ale, Bia Craft Amber Ale, Bia Craft IPA, Bia Craft Triple IPA, Winking Seal Bohemian Bastard, Rooster IPA, Pasteur Street Nitro Jasmine IPA), Indonesia (Kuda Putih, Prost), Thailand (Eleventh Fort IPA), Thailand (Stonehead Gancore IPA, Stonehead Smiling Evil, Stonehead Hazelnut and Chocolate Stour, Chao Siam IPA), USA (37 Flood IPA, Michelob Ultra, Leinenkugal Canoe Paddler), USA (Funkworks Saison, New Belgian Tripel, Goodwood American Pale Ale, Against the Grain Hoppy Saison, Door County Brewing Co Pastoral, Moon Ridge, New Glarus Kid Kolsch), Mexico (Pacifico, Dos XX Amber, Dos XX Lager, Los Muertos El Jefeweizen, Loba Alfa India Pale Lager, Perro Negro IPA, Ippolita IPA, Chela Libre El Glu IPA))

2018: Didn’t keep track

2015: 103 (Thailand (Singha, Leo, Beer Lao, Tiger, Beer Chang, Siam), Myanmar (Dagon, Mandalay, Myanmar), Cambodia (Cambodia, Angkor, Anchor, Kingdom, Black Panther — he says this one is pretty bad), Vietnam (Red Saigon, Green Saigon, 333, Biere Larue, six beers brewed at Pasteur Street Brewing Company, fresh beer in Hoi An, Legend, the real Budweiser, Beer Hanoi, Bia Hoa Vien, Halidra, fresh beer in Hanoi, Carlsberg), Malaysia (Skol, Faxe), Singapore (some unknown IPA, Raffles), Sri Lanka (Lion, Lion Strong), South Africa (Hansa, Windhoek, Fraser’s Folly, Black Label), England (Old Speckled Hen, Butcombe Bitter), Wales (Nicholson’s Pale Ale, Trooper — made by one of the guys from Iron Maiden, Brains SA, John Smith’s Extra Smooth), Scotland (Belhaven Best, Guinness, Belhaven St. Andrew, Belhaven 80, Trade Winds, Wild Cat, Flying Scotsman, Northern Light, St. Mungo, Punk, Red Ness, Tennant, Boddington’s), U.S. (Founder’s All Day IPA, Revolution Use the Schwartz, Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, Fist City) Belize (Belikan), Nicaragua (Toña, Erdmann’s IPA, Victoria, El Boom (a small microbrew), Jamaica (also a small microbrew and one of the worse beers Robert has ever tasted), Victoria Frost), Costa Rica (Bavaria, Imperial, Imperial Silver, Bohemia, locally brewed Stout, Costa Rica Craft Brewing Company Libertas blond IPA), Panama (Panama, Balboa, Atlas, Bocas Bewery Amber Ale, Bocas Brewer Cali Pale Ale, Boquete Brewery IPA, Casa Bruja Blond Ale, Casa Bruja IPA, Casa Bruja Tulivieja, Istmo Brew Pub Colon, Istmo Brew Pub Chiriqui, La Rana Dorada Pils, La Rana Dorada Especiale) Colombia (Club Colombia, Aguilar, Apostal IPA, Apostal pils, Bogota Beer Company Chapinero, Pilsen, Poker, Bogota Beer Company Candelaria Clasica, Bogata Beer Company Septmazio, Bogota Beer Company Bacata Blanca), Hong Kong (Kirin Ichiban, Asahi, San Miguel), Thailand (Archa))

Favorite Bar:

2019:

Robert: Ayishi Fine Arts Fine Wine in Khao Lak. They had a cheese platter. Enough said.

Lisa: TBD

2018:

Robert: Balthazar Wine Bar in Siem Reap. Good wine, better company.

Lisa: Balthazar Wine Bar in Siem Reap

2015:

Robert: The Living Room, Kampot and Absinthe Café, Phnom Penh

Lisa: Yellow Cafe, Langkawi

Favorite Soft Drink:

2019:

Robert: TBD

Lisa: Agua fresca in Puerto Vallarta, particularly the hibiscus flavor

2018:

Robert: Watermelon juice everywhere

Lisa: Lemon ginger fizz in Ubud (this drink can be really good or really bad) and lime ginger fizz in Chiang Mai and Italian sodas all over

2015: Didn’t keep track

Favorite Hotel:

2019:

Robert: TBD

Lisa: TBD

2018:

Robert: Sofitel So in Bangkok with the Blue Alcove as a special mention for the best economical hotel

Lisa: Sofitel So in Bangkok

2015:

Robert: Sofitel So in Bangkok

Lisa: Sofitel So in Bangkok

Worst Hotel:

2019:

Robert: TBD

Lisa: TBD

2018:

Robert: Ahyu Hotel in KL

Lisa: King Palace in Hanoi

2015:

Robert: Kaday Aung in Bagan

Lisa: Kaday Aung in Bagan

Favorite Excursion:

2019:

Robert: TBD

Lisa: TBD

2018:

Robert: Flores scuba dive to Manta Point

Lisa: Didn’t really have one. We didn’t take that many excursions and none of those we took really stood out for me.

2015:

Robert: Hanging out with cheetahs in South Africa

Lisa: South African safari

Favorite Beach:

2019:

Robert: TBD

Lisa: TBD

2018:

Robert: Didn’t really have one — some were good but nothing stood out

Lisa: I’m with Robert on this one

2015:

Robert: Nha Trang

Lisa: Nha Trang

Best dive/snorkel site:

2019:

Robert: Richeilieu Rock in Thailand because of the sheer number of fish.

Lisa: TBD

2018:

Robert: Manta Point off Flores, Indonesia because of manta rays

Lisa: Jemeluk Beach near Amed, Bali because we could snorkel from shore and there were tons of cool fish.

2015:

Robert: Hin Daeng off of Koh Lanta, Thailand because of a giant puffer fish and a giant moray eel

Lisa: A little island near Koh Lanta, Thailand because of a sea snake.

Favorite Experience:

2019:

Robert: TBD

Lisa: TBD

2018:

Robert: Seeing the manta rays in Flores

Lisa: Watching an orangutan in Borneo

2015:

Robert: Hanging with cheetahs in South Africa

Lisa: Watching lions, cheetahs and giraffes in the Greater Kruger area

Biggest Surprise:

2019:

Robert: TBD

Lisa: TBD

2018:

Robert: The extent to which we really enjoyed the city of Kuching in Borneo

Lisa: Having the best Lebanese food of my life at Al Diwan in Seminyak, of all places

2015: Didn’t keep track of

Most Miserable Moment:

2019:

Robert:

Lisa:

2018:

Robert: Feeling absolutely lost at the Shanghai airport trying to figure out how to transfer planes only to realize we had to enter the country, pick up our bags, check in for our next flight, and then go through security again

Lisa: Having food poisoning in Phuket. Nothing like leaving Robert at a restaurant because I was too sick to stay there.

2015:

Robert: Being wedded to a toilet for 2 days in Bangkok AND in Phnom Penh

Lisa: Hiking the volcano in Leon (although boarding down made it worth it)

Serious Illnesses:

2019:

Robert: None as of yet

Lisa: 1 (food poisoning in Ao Nang)

2018:

Robert: 2 (flu in Siem Reap, food poisoning in Luang Prabang)

Lisa: 2 (food poisoning on Phuket, flu in Siem Reap)

2015:

Robert: 2 (food poisoning in Bangkok and Phnom Phen)

Lisa: None

Things We Wished We Packed:

2019: A chip clip

2018: More Q-tips, better shoes

2017: All purpose tool, corkscrew, can opener (purchased in Ao Nang), sarong (purchased in Koh Lipe), mask/snorkel (not that a mask/snorkel would have fit in our luggage)

What We Missed:

2019:

Robert:

Lisa:

2018:

Robert: Our friends, riding bikes, and fancy cocktails

Lisa: Our friends, match days at AJH

2015:

Robert: Our pets, our friends, riding bikes, fancy cocktails

Lisa: Our friends. match days at AJH, Sunday afternoons at Red Door

2 Responses to Bits and Pieces

  1. was the sarong for Robert or Lisa?

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