Published on April 29th, 20136
The TravelnLass is an Asian Geo-Rockstar!
O.k. so I’m presently having far too much fun exploring Hoi An this week, and am clearly not inclined to hunker over my netbook keyboard in my hotel room to serve up a veggie-fresh post about it just now, sooo…
Suffice I’ve had the following geocaching post waiting in the TL wings for… goodness, since way back last year when I lived in Ho Chi Minh City. Just a little ditty about the time I took my HCMC chum (who then wrote for The Word HCMC magazine) out on his first geocaching hunt.
Meanwhile… uh, if you’ll excuse me, I shall be out by the pool… 😉
Honestly, I’m truly not all that crazy about having my face plastered in a magazine for all the world to see. Even if it IS but a somewhat obscure (by global standards) publication. But actually, The Word HCMC magazine is apparently quite well-read here in Vietnam.
When I returned temporarily to Saigon (after a month’s stint milking yaks in Mongolia), I opted to drop in to see my previous ILA teach manager (he’d asked me to please bring him a souvenir from Chinggis Khanland, and I of course could hardly refuse). The Khasak hat I presented to him fit perfectly (whew! indeed, he looked quite dapper in it, and promised to wear it to every weekly teachers’ meeting). It was then that I dropped the trifling bombshell that alas, I would not be returning to teach in Saigon after all, but rather, would be moving to Dalat instead. Blundering forward, I followed up this somewhat unwelcome news by demurely asking him for a letter of recommendation – clearly I have no shame whatsoever).
ANYWAY, all went well and we chit-chatted a bit more, when he suddenly said: “Hmmm, while you were gone, I think I saw a picture of you in The Word magazine. ” OMG!” says I, “That must be the geocaching article!”
You see, before I left for Mongolia a blogging chum that also writes for The Word HCMC, asked me if I’d show him the ropes of geocaching as he wanted to write an article about geocaching in Vietnam for the magazine. Long story short? I met him at a Saigon park one day, and he showed up with a staff photographer. I’d already entered the coordinates for Saigon’s only remaining cache hide into my GPSr, so after giving him a few pointers (about being discreet, checking for muggles, etc.) I handed him the GPSr and said “O.k. – go get it!”
He did. An easy-peasy magnetic micro hidden on the underside of a largish electronics box in a corner of the park – right under the noses of a gazillion Vietnamese passersby each day.
I could tell my friend was stoked when he found it, ‘cuz he let go the characteristic little “aha!” geo-yelp the moment he spied it. Meanwhile, the magazine photographer was clicking away. Two months down the road, I’d all but forgotten about the article, but apparently it was published in The Word HCMC (complete with a mugshot of moi) while I was in Mongolia.
O.k. so maybe this doesn’t bump me up to the rarefied rank of bonafide Asian rock-star, but I dare say now even my teach manager (and no doubt, not a few of my fellow teaches at ILA) know about my dubiously sane hobby of scouring the globe for hidden film containers and Tupperware.
You can read the entire Word HCMC article here: The Word HCMC: Cache the Stash