Thursday, 26.11.2015

My alcohol destroying mission yesterday, or rather the 1 l of diet coke involved, pushed me back up to 88.2 kg.

Breakfast was scrambled eggs with slices of smoked pork.

For lunch I had fried pork and the inevitable green salad. Very frugal.

All these days I have been eating occasional small bananas in between during the day. My just keeps buying them and as I like the and do not want to throw them away I eat them :( But they are really quite small :)

My cooked a Hungarian beef goulash for me for dinner. Because of the sauce I could not avoid having a wee bit of rice.

Desert was a few green mango strips dipped in a salt/chili mixture:

No alcohol today.

 

 

Wednesday, 25.11.2015

Skipping dinner last night had some effect.

Weight in the morning: 87.5kg, down from 88.4kg yesterday.

I figure, however, that this marks the end of what most likely was the draining of the water that had accumulated in my body during the last weeks due to my liberal eating and drinking.

I have noted in the past that drinking Coke (regardless of whether it is “Zero”, “Light” or regular) always pushes up my weight. It cannot be the calories and/or carbs because the “Zero” version has neither of them. I suspect that there is some content in the drink that “binds” the water in the body (I know that does not sound very scientific but I have no other idea).

I have been hovering around the 87kg level since the end of August now. No further progress. And I do not expect more these days. Because I am having a good life here. When I am back in Bansko and on my own I will make an effort to get down to my “dream weight” of 80kg.

Breakfast: eggs with smoked pork knuckle

My went shopping yesterday as the weather forecast called for rain till the end of the week – and shopping in the rain is not a joy on motorbike :) She had bought some pork ribs.

One of her favourite dishes is a broth of boiled ribs with vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and the like…which is not really compatible with my diet. As I have only little head-cheese left the good girl sacrificed her ribs and fried them for me for lunch. Crispy and well seasoned! I love them!

Lunch: crispy fried pork ribs with dipping sauce and a green salad

Vietnamese coffee in the afternoon – at home as it is raining outside…

5.30 PM – and lusting for a drink. As I drank the last Ricard the other day the choice is to drink only water or to write today off as a “non-diet-day”  and have some Captain Morgan (not my favourite, but left over from my daughter’s visit) and diet coke…

As I have done well the last days I think I will take a break today :)

After 4 rum&cokes I cooked dinner. Beef fillet.

I had to cook it myself, because I like my meat “rare”, very rare, and My would not cook it my way :( Like this:

After that I finished off the tiny rests in two more bottles (Havana Club and Bacardi) with more diet coke.

The scales will break my heart in the morning. I know. But tomorrow is just another day – that I will continue to struggle like the majority of people. So, at least for a short while I will be like the rest :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 24.11.2015

Weight in the morning: 88.4kg – same as yesterday. Fortunately the ice cream and the Ricard did not have too much negative effect :)

Breakfast: 3 hatched duck eggs (here you see only two). My cheated me. She bought and boiled four eggs – and I thought 2 for each of us. But she ate only one. How could I through the third one away? Scheming woman! She nonchalantly stated that her brother always used to eat three – and he is much smaller than me…

 

As I was hungry I had a little in-between fruit snack: green mango with salt and chili. Not very sweet :) Hardly any fruit sugar…

 

Lunch: head-cheese, a few pieces of fried tofu and some cold, fresh rice noodles…with a dipping sauce of Maggi soya sauce, fish-sauce, garlic and chili…a little over the top in terms of carbohydrates…oh, and some green salad…

Looks like I ate too much tofu and rice noodles. I am not hungry in the evening now. So I’ll skip dinner. Maybe a few slices of head cheese.

I did have a few small bananas during the day.

No alcohol…

Monday, 23.11.2015

Weight: 88.4kg down from 89.1kg yesterday

Breakfast: fried minced pork and scrambled eggs

Lunch: shrimps with lemongrass and rocket salad

 

Dinner: two frogs and green salad

Today I was a “bad boy”. I had several Ricards in the evening (maybe 200ml) and two bowls of durian ice cream (to finish the package from the freezer). This will be a setback…:(

 

 

Saturday, 21.11.2015

Yesterday my daughter went back home to Europe and I am back home in my apartment in Hanoi. Here it is much easier to control my food.

Weight this morning: 90.4kg, down from 92.2kg yesterday

Today’s food:

Breakfast: scrambled egg with bacon

Lunch: cold head cheese and green salad

Dinner: green papaya salad and pork chops

No alcohol

 

Friday, 20.11.2015

The first thing I do in the morning is getting on the scales. Naked. Because I want to know my “real” weight. I even take off my watch :)

Today was the “peak day” in a long time: 92.2 kg – due to the good life during our trip through Vietnam and a rum and coke drinking session last night.

Here is today’s diet:

Breakfast: three scrambled eggs with bacon

Lunch: squid, green salad and fried glass noodles with beef

Dinner: fried beef with green mustard

Drinks: only water and coffee

 

 

Breakfast with the locals…

Breakfast with the locals (and without the lady) – great moments.

Everybody around knows me by now. And when I am on my own everyone tries to look after me, help and support me. When I am with My they expect her to care for me and don’t do anything for me :)

Here is today’s breakfast spot:

 

Their speciality: pork offals :) Here the missus is preparing my plate.

My neighbours:

And the first part of my breakfast:

part of stomach, stuffed guts, black pudding, liver…a variation of greens…a mixture of salt, black pepper and freshly squeezed lime for dipping the goodies…

And a closer shot. Especially the black pudding and the stuffed guts are gourmet highlights…

My immediate neighbour offered me his rakia bottle – and thinking that it would be rather early for that stuff I declined. But he showed me with gestures that I should add some rice brandy to my dipping sauce :) Which I gratefully did :)

 

As a “logical sequence” the chef provided me with a bowl of steamingly hot rice soup to eat after the offals. I pepped it up with some ground chilies and peanuts – and it concluded the “cycle” in a very pleasant way.

I went home stuffed and content. It was a voluptuous breakfast. At 55,000 Dong not for free (2.25€) – but worth every cent of it…

Feeling wanted

It is wonderful to share your bed with someone who wants to be close to you even when they sleep. Especially when they weigh only 42kg and the arm or leg they wrap around you in their sleep does not bother you at all :)

I have always been the opposite – unless I am drunk :) I always turn my back to my partner when I sleep. The main reason for this is that I need an awful lot of air to breath. Another reason is that I do not want to disturb her sleep…

So, I am a happy and lucky fella these days :)

Vietnamese language

Vietnamese – the one language that sticks out in this part of Asia. You recognise it immediately when you hear it. Its sound pattern is not exactly like the singsong of Thai or Laotian.

It sounds more like drama. Ups and downs in tone, long and short. A roller-coaster ride of the tongue. And strange vowels that you wonder how they are being produced. Challenging :)

Once you start to approach the language systematically you notice immediately that also the grammar is completely different from our Western tongues (and from other Sino-languages). In principal much simpler – but different.

Like there is no conjugation of verbs. Also no declination of nouns. Specific descriptions always put the general first and the particular second. Example: meat = meat pork, meat beef, meat chicken…; station= station bus; station train…and so on…

The biggest hurdle, however, is really the pronunciation and in particular the vowels.

One example: the letter “O”.

“O”  – is pronounced like “aw” in awful

Ô” – is pronounced like “o” in hotel

Ơ” – is pronounced a little like the Bulgarian “Ъ” (but without “air”). There is no real equivalent in English.

That’s for starters. As Vietnamese is a tonal language there are 6 different tones for every vowel, from low-falling to high-rising, Which provides us with 18 different “shades of O” alone. And, of course, 18 different words containing the letter. The same applies to the other vowels – giving as a huge playground :)

Pronouncing even the seemingly simplest things proofs a challenge.

Let’s take the national dish: Phở bò (beef noodle soup)

The “ô” would be pronounced like the Bulgarian “Ъ” – if it would not be “ổ” (which denominates a mid-falling tone in Hanoi – a different one in Saigon, of course).

So the final pronunciation of “Phở” (soup) lies in between “Фъ” and “faw”. After twisting your mouth to produce this sound follows an immediate reshuffle to attach “bò”(beef)  (which sounds like “baw” but with a falling tone).

That’s the simple part. From here you move on to diphthongs and triphthongs :P

Did I make you interested? Will you enrol in a Vietnamese class. I guarantee you, you won’t be bored :)