MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR

Love this time of the year when we visit and talk with and chat and skype and e-mail  and Facebook, and blog with friends and family near and far, It's a wonderful time to wish each other Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015. Hope this past year treated you kind and we are praying God's blessings for you in the new year , stay in touch if you have time . Ciejay and Me send you (family and friends) all the love in our hearts and life would not be the same without you ---Love to all  Malcolm and Ciejay






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What is Going On at Old Country Buffet?

I have to wonder what has been going on at Old Country Buffet. We have been going fairly regularly to a local Old Country Buffet, one I recommended as improving not very long ago in Levittown, New York. Things there have been going down hill - again. The management has not changed. What is being served has changed. How the food is being maintained and put out on the buffet has changed drastically. I rarely get ill after eating at any of the many buffets that we have been to over the year. In the span of several weeks after a meal here, that is exactly what happened - and too soon after the meal for it to have been anything else. This I blame on how the food is being maintained once out on the buffet - and goes from soup to soft serve ice cream.

Phuket Webcam at Patong Beach

The Phuket Blog has been online since 2006. In the same year I started a Phuket Weather Blog, which was born when I realised that a lot of people search online for weather information. People are obsessed by the weather. Is it raining? What will the weather be like in mid-September? If it rains, does it rain all day or just showers? When is the best weather in Phuket? Well, the weather blog aims to show what the weather was really doing rather than relying on averages, useless forecasts and seasonal generalisations. It still gets updated now and then with weather news, photos and some Phuket info. But the best way to check what the weather is doing right now? A webcam! And below is a live webcam at Patong Beach. If you want more regular Phuket weather updates and more Phuket related stuff, please do follow me on Twitter!

Live Webcam at Patong Beach, Phuket


The original webcam is on the TAT website here. That same website has webcams from all over the country.

More Phuket Webcams

Karon Beach
Old Phuket Town
Kata Beach

Patong Beach Hotel Information

Here on the Phuket blog you can find some Patong hotel suggestions :

Jamie's Recommended Patong Beach Hotels
Amari Phuket Resort
The Kee Resort
Patong Hotel Booking @ Agoda.com

SC VivoCity an attractive venue in Sai Gon South

SC VivoCity point to draw the eye to the south of Saigon. With the name "Pearl of the Far East", Saigon possesses extremely beautiful landscapes that many foreign tourists or people from across the country if it is a must visit, must marvel. Not only can, beautiful places in Saigon is a place to gather, have fun of friends, colleagues, family, ... create the charm of thrill, fun capital.

SC VivoCity an attractive venue in Sai Gon South

One of the beautiful and attractive place in Sai Gon

SC VivoCity one of the beautiful places in Saigon attract tourists. Saigon has long had no shortage of beautiful places, but you can play both can enjoy the scene, taking pictures. However, with its dense population of the beautiful places in Saigon will never be enough to meet the needs of city residents. Moreover, the establishment of the scenery alike, quality service has nothing remarkable, all have explained why these sites are gradually saturated.

One of the beautiful and attractive place in Sai Gon

SC VivoCity one of the beautiful place in Sai Gon

These beautiful places in Saigon SC VivoCity. Following the success of SC VivoCity shopping mall in Singapore, is one of 10 leading shopping world in 2011. And last 19/4 days, SC VivoCity shopping mall opened with many programs attractive promotions. Thus, we have received an additional venue, located in beautiful places list in Saigon for your family fun, shopping, entertainment weekend with beautiful places in Saigon.



SC VivoCity is located in the busy area and most populous, the Phu My Hung urban area in District 7. It is one of the beautiful places in Saigon by many young known. This is a collaboration between the two companies under the two investment groups commercial real estate, retail and Vietnam and Singapore leading the Saigon Co-op and Mapletree. With their hands together of these two large corporations, promising to turn SC VivoCity shopping center became one of the beautiful places in Saigon. With a total leasable area is 41.000m2 will converge many famous brands at home and abroad as Isla Moda, Adidas, Shooz, Skinfood, The Body Shop, Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Harley Davidson, Black Label, Saigon South, ...

Paradise of kids playground in the middle of Sai Gon

Paradise for children in the heart of Saigon. Be fun delight is a need for all children. Any parents always understood this and wanted to find their children a fun place appropriate but not everyone can find a place to please every member of the family. Too far from the city center, an area of ​​small, poor game, not many dining options, ... are the frequent parenting headache in choosing a children's play area as standard. However, with children's play area SC VivoCity, surely even the most discerning parents will be satisfied with what "heaven" gives his young son.


Relax with your children at kid's playground in district 7

Relaxing with Children at Children's play area in District 7. As a modern parent, I guarantee these are mothers today have a headache with the question of how to find a children's play area has strong cold, attractive Moderate infant safety, economic fit family. Along with the continuous development of society, for many years, besides the very diverse services for adolescents, the elderly, the middle aged, the market demand entertainment service for children and accordingly the rapid transformation. Obviously, in terms of quantity and quality, the children's play area has partially satisfied the needs of the children and their parents, however, still exist many shortcomings.



Children's play area in the school is limited. Not to mention the quality of children's play areas in schools but only refers to ethical issues educator, prominently recently, an increasing number of cases of violence against children were uncovered on the report is wake-up call the whole society, requiring more aggressive measures by the parent is not always enough time to track each li by little children.

Lots of fun with kids playground at SC VivoCity

Boisterous laughter with children's play area at SC VivoCity. Want to go shopping but to fear the boredom when a daughter follow? It's difficult to find a shopping destination that has a children's play area attached. With most of the current mall as Diamond, Vincom ... amusement parks here mostly to cost and the game is often not suitable for children. What to do? With two children's play area is completely unique, SC VivoCity will help you.


Overview SC VivoCity. Being located on the central area of ​​District 7, with an area of ​​no less than other commercial centers in District 1, even greater, is proud SC VivoCity shopping mall in South superlative Saigon. When you come here, you will be free to enjoy the product, the best service, the most modern and not worry baby bored. At SC VivoCity may take 2 children's play area separate, appropriate to each child's age.

Which entertaining venue to take your kids during weekend

Guide children to go to a children's play area where weekend. After a week of studying fatigue, any child would need the minutes of entertainment with their parents. Parents are children today understand that, so they strive to find the game, new modes of entertainment, healthy, help young fun while ensuring comprehensive development. However, not a child's play area and also to meet the needs of the times require parents and children, leading to many families must still puzzling weekend entertainment venues.



Sightseeing with your kids at playground

Picnic together at playground darling children. Weekends are doing? Picnic stop. After a long week of work and study full of fatigue, a picnic, play together, eat would be the effective dose of stress for you and the whole family there. But where to find places to go play outside in the hot sun of Saigon, this dust here? Have you ever wondered feeling go "indoor picnic" How about it? With the integration between children's play area, colorful dining area rich cuisine and lots of other entertainment services SC VivoCity will be the place to go "Picnic" is perfect for your family in the last this week.


From jungle to the sea with your kids in SC VivoCity entertaining venue


Top baby in the forest to the sea and children's play area SC VivoCity. You usually the baby underwent weekend like? Go to an amusement park and children usually sit yawn look baby squirming with boredom toys? You want to find a place where both you and your baby can delight in playing? Getting to the children's play area at SC VivoCity to the baby-turn across the sky colorful and yet very excited. Not only that even your baby will also love these super fun game following at SC VivoCity there.


Playground for kids at entertaining venue in Sai Gon

Children's play area in the entertainment spots in Saigon. On the weekends, especially holidays, the entertainment spots in Saigon have children's play area was extremely crowded and bustling. From budget to luxury, from the center spread to neighboring districts to the suburbs, the city people are eager to obtain, the moments most comfortable relaxing with friends and family after time work stress.

Playground for kids at entertaining venue in Sai Gon

The recreation spots in Saigon have children's play area is so diverse and plentiful. From outdoor activities such as eco-tourism destinations, cultural park to all sorts of forms of entertainment in the home, in the shopping center. Speaking to this can not fail to mention entertainment venues in Saigon SC VivoCity is a shopping center, but there appeared to be a solid foothold in the list of recreation facilities in Saigon, now in the districts in HCMC.

Thrilling shopping and entertaining venue in Sai Gon

Shopping fun delight drop station at amusement parks in Saigon. As trade hub, economic center - the country's major political, Ho Chi Minh City every year attracts a large amount of people flock to, besides foreign visitors have come from all over the world World to enjoy the scenery, the food delicious and the entertainment area in Saigon. However, this caused many intractable social problems, typically housing, food, handling work and above all entertainment needs of people where present Now, the play area in Saigon was too modest in both quantity and quality.

Thrilling shopping and entertaining venue in Sai Gon

Relax with family at Sai Gon entertaining spot

Relax with family in amusement parks in Saigon. Entertainment needs of people in the city are on the rise, especially in the outing with family, friends, colleagues, ... Pull Accordingly, the amusement park in Saigon also growing rapidly sprouting like mushrooms after rain. Therefore, consumers must be real "headache" to find yourself a shopping venues, entertainment and matching requirements. This is difficult because customers will be prone to oscillations before "matrix" of amusement parks in Saigon.

Relax with family at Sai Gon entertaining spot

Sai Gon entertaining playground

Amusement parks in Saigon. In a city called Saigon, with one family is used meal spend cozy intimacy. End the meal, they excitedly discussed the trip in Saigon during the weekend for the whole family. But irony everyone just wants to have fun just like to combine with the hobby of myself anymore.

Sai Gon entertaining playground


Finance ministry has always passionate about technology, and sports enthusiasts. Xinh Dep mother also liked to go shopping, because the true followers of fashion, clothing and accessories crazy beautiful at amusement parks in Saigon. Mothers Separated they want to go eat a reasonable price, bargain hunters. Your baby wants to place fast chatter fun, to experience new things in play area in Saigon than exciting event other attractions. However, he also liked Facebook status updates continuously with new pictures. But boy is looking forward to Li Shake on one play area for children in Saigon. Finally, all the members of his family must wait Knowing, a deep understanding and also the oldest member to make decisions for the whole family.

Entertaining Matrix place in Sai Gon

Location revel in Saigon SC VivoCity. Since officially opening its doors last April, SC VivoCity immediately welcomed 60,000 visitors on the first day, demonstrating strong appeals of a commercial center was developed by a joint venture company Vietsin - Founded by Saigon Co-op and Mapletree. With what SC VivoCity shown in the past months, this promises to be a fun place new Saigon, strange but not least dan.Ma match entertainment venues in Saigon.

The Big Buddhas of Phuket

Big Buddhas? Surely there's only one "Big Buddha" in Phuket? The big white one on the hill? Yes, that's the one known as THE Big Buddha, and it certainly is impressive. We've been driving up that hill for over 10 years since before construction began. It's not just the 45m high statue, but we love the great views over much of southern Phuket. Thailand is of course mostly Buddhist, so there are lots of Buddhist temples here, though Phuket also has large a Muslim minority and many Thai-Chinese families. You'll find mosques and Chinese shrines all over the island too, and even a Catholic church, a Hindu temple and Sikh gurdwara! And there's certainly more than one big Buddha here ...

"The" Big Buddha of Phuket

The biggest Buddha in Phuket is the big white marble covered statue on top of the Nakkerd hills in the south of the island near Chalong. It's been under construction for many years. The main statue is fairly well complete, but there's still work in progress around the edges. When it was being built we'd come up the hill for the views and some peace. Now it's part of many tour itineraries, so can be crowded, unless you visit early morning or late afternoon. The statue can be seen from much of the south of the island, and the views from the hill, more than 400m above the sea, are great.

The Big Buddha of Phuket
Hiking to the Big Buddha

Phuket Big Buddha


Reclining Buddha at Sri Sunthorn Temple

Built on the roof of one of the temple buildings at Sri Sunthorn temple, just south of Thalang in the centre of Phuket island is a 25m reclining Buddha. This is not a busy temple, we've been numerous times and hardly ever seen more than a few visitors. It's right by the main road through Phuket from town to the airport, but it's behind some trees and hard to spot from the road. The temple is named after one of the Heroines of Phuket who fought off the Burmese way back in 1785. Oh yes, we got history too!

Sri Sunthorn Temple

Sri Sunthorn Temple Buddha


Seated Buddha at Rang Hill Temple

Up a tiny, hard to find side road next to the Vachira hospital in Phuket Town, is a little secret. Somehow, I did not see this until January 2012, even though the blog had been going nearly 6 years and I love temples. My wife just casually said one day "did you ever see the temple up this road?" ... Wat Khao Rang is at the foot of Rang Hill, on the north side of Phuket Town, well known for views and the popular Tunk Ka Cafe. The golden seated Buddha is very nice indeed and I really should go back one day for some early morning photos in better light. Phuket is full of surprises, even for a long term resident!

Khao Rang Temple

The "Other" Phuket Big Buddha


Buddha in a cave at Wat Suwan Kuha

OK, this one is not on Phuket island .. Wat Suwan Kuha, also called Wat Tham ("cave temple") is over the bridge in Phang Nga province, but is visited by many tours from Phuket. We've been quite a few times. The Buddha is quite impressive, the whole thing was built about 150 years ago by the Na Takuathung family who still live in Phuket. A visit here can be combined with a Phang Nga Bay tour. Outside the cave there are lots of monkeys. There's a 20 Baht entry fee to the cave.

Wat Suwan Kuha

Reclining Buddha at Wat Suwan Kuha


Reclining Buddha at Koh Sirey Temple

Every time we visit the temple on a hill at Sirey Island (just east of Phuket Town) we feel sorry for the place. With some funding it could be gorgeous. Please do visit and leave a donation! Sirey Island (rather like Phuket) is hardly an island, you can drive there over a small bridge from Phuket Town. The temple is up a small hill, about 200 feet above sea level - views are pretty good actually! Inside the temple is a large reclining Buddha about 20m from head to toe. We like driving around Sirey for the views and there are some small restaurants dotted around the place, plus a sea gypsy village not far from the temple.

Koh Sirey Temple

Reclining Buddha at Koh Sirey Temple


Golden Buddha at Koh Kaew Yai Island

Not such an enormous Buddha, but an important one ... Koh Kaew Yai is a small island about 1km off the south tip of Phuket, you can see it from Phromthep Cape. Local legend says that Buddha set foot on the island before arriving in Phuket. Some monks live on the island. There is a large "footprint of Buddha" on the south side of the island, and facing north towards Phuket is a Buddha statue about 6 or 7m high. Not enormous, but an interesting place to visit - you can go by longtail boat from Rawai beach.

Boat trip to Koh Kaew Yai

Big Buddha's hand, Koh Kaew Yai


Wat Bang Riang

A very impressive temple in the hills north of Phang Nga Town near the small town of Thap Put ... quite a drive from Phuket actually, but a day trip including this temple can also include Wat Suwan Kuha and maybe a nice lunch at Tha Sai Seafood. The temple covers a huge area, with a main building on a hill and then a big Buddha and a big standing figure of the goddess Guan Yin. And quite a few steps to climb! Certainly worth a visit if you are in an exploring mood (which we often are!).

Wat Bang Riang

Wat Bang Riang, Phang Nga


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Special entertainment place to hangout in Sai Gon

Location play Saigon SC VivoCity. Following the success of the play area in Saigon SC VivoCity in Singapore lion country - one of the most fun places for foreign tourists as well as people here. On the last 19/4, SC VivoCity shopping mall opened in HCM City and is quickly appeared in the list of sites most fun Saigon. It is not just for young people but also serves a large number of households, parents and children in the city.



Place unique amusement SCVivoCity Saigon. SC VivoCity commercial center located in the busy area, populated in District 7. This is where the traffic is convenient and focused more foreigners as well as the middle class and upper living. SC VivoCity Trade Center certainly promises to be one of the selected locations play a leading Saigon City.

Entertainment place spot Sai Gon SC VivoCity

Location play Saigon SC VivoCity. Nowadays, there are so many fun places famous Saigon, but still has not met the needs of the young people have fun, especially on weekends or holidays. It would be inconvenient and time consuming if you have to run around the city to go to every place of amusement, as well as dining, or just to see the movie for a date night with your friends ...

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Everyone worries about fun places like Saigon (?) Will be addressed at SC VivoCity shopping mall. This will be the beautiful places in Saigon most interesting, but hardly any young people may overlook. Being full set of commercial centers and services, where this would be the place to visit  meet all the needs of the young people from shopping, entertainment or movie entertainment ...

Place to visit in Sai Gon that cannot resist

A-must go place in Sai Gon. You're buried in work does not stop? You are living in the country where the most exciting? And, you're ignoring the hours "dissipated" great city that never sleeps! Let's pause and relax work yet! You can listen to SC VivoCity - one entertainment venues in bustling Saigon, the most modern? Why do not you try once "dissipated" drop terminal, maybe you will find a better source of inspiration for his work.

Place to visit in Sai Gon that cannot resist

Some good entertaining spot in saigon this summer

Some interesting playground this summer Saigon print. Traffic jams, smog, heat makes you unhappy having the road? After the time working and studying you do not know where to go to relax release stress? You want to find new places in Saigon fun exciting novel style, instead of the recreation area for several years familiar? Then SC VivoCity will be an ideal destination for you and your family.



SC VivoCity - integrated business center locations in Saigon fun activities just opened last month 4/2015, make sure that the place you are looking for fun complete with all food service. Entertainment were present at SC VivoCity.

Should selected SC VivoCity is dining venues Saigon ideal

Saigon dining venues in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City as today, earning a perfect place to enjoy the cuisine is not an easy thing. For the students, the students, the "street" snacks are ideal gathering place. But for older people, the domestic and foreign tourists, the place where is their dining Saigon? Do not worry about that, SC VivoCity's Saigon eateries that you never disappointed when you come here.



About Saigon. Saigon is the most vibrant city in Vietnam. It is not only famous for the beauty, attractive tourist destination but it is also known for the variety of cuisine from different regions of Vietnam, from many different countries around the world.

Saigon dining venues culinary world belongs to you

The eating places are still bustling Saigon footsteps was the same every day, even if the difficult economic but food culture is still a core part of Saigon soul. Those who have a strong attachment to this city must know local food cultures are present quartet fully enough here. The very distinct, unique makes everyone willing eating despite crisis pockets. Saigon - to the maze, eat the "café" is not wrong of you.

Saigon dining venues culinary world belongs to you

All dining venues appears Saigon

With more than 8 million people who live, study and work, Saigon dining venuesis one of the economic centers - culture - politics of the country. More specifically, populated by peculiar poured in from various provinces and foreigners, Saigon is considered a place of cultural diversity expressed through living, working, relaxing that stuff be in the eating places in Saigon, the colorful play area, ...
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Saigon dining venues SC VivoCity

In the early days of hot summer, people often seek to place a certain saigon dining in the heart of the city, which may avoid the extreme heat episodes, as well as eliminates the fatigue of self. That is why, people often focus on the entertainment spots in Saigon largest and most famous. places to eat.


It was determined, candidates for heaven's brightest dining and cool, as well as more brand focused famous cuisine that is the commercial center of Vietnam SC VivoCity. Here are the people honored as the beautiful places in Saigon in District 7 has a lot of love and to everyday people.

Two VIsits to a Favorite Golden Corral

We were in Virginia in the Williamsburg area and as the number of buffets there are decreasing we went to one of our favorite Golden Corrals twice in the 9 nights that were were there. I am not talking about the Golden Corral in Williamsburg - that one is one has been terrible when we have been there in the past. I am talking about the Golden Corral in Newport News, Virginia.