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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

Isn't that the way it is during the rest of the year, too? wink.gif

If only...
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Also, if you're opting for one of Jason's shirts. I'd also look at one of his sale ties. They're under $40 and are very nice. If you have a look at his old posts, you can see that they tie a very nice knot.
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Merry Christmas fxh (sorry, saw this and could not help but think of you...dear oh dear).

http://lnsee.tumblr.com/post/38227134351/a-chilled-out-corner-of-central-hong-kong-ring Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
In terms of holidays. Finishing on Friday for 4 weeks. Doing The Ghan train from Adelaide to Darwin over Hogmanay (New Year's Eve) and then go to Vietnam for 2 weeks (a delayed honeymoon).

Going to Ho Chi Mihn City, Hanoi, Ha Long bay and Hoi An. Does any have any recommendations for places to stay/eat/visa/things to do? Thinking I might get something small made up by the tailors in Hoi An, but more for the fun of the experience than anything else.
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Originally Posted by sliq View Post

i wouldn't go with CT - their cotton is paper thin and feels lifeless, like cardboard. you get what you pay for.
I tend to agree, the one Charles Tyrwhitt shirt I have does have a somewhat lifeless feel, not helped by the fused collars and cuffs. I know some people feel the opposite, but I find Lewin shirts to feel much nicer for the same sort of money, and they have unfused collars and cuffs which I prefer. Lewin slim fits are also slimmer than Tyrwhitt's, you need to get 'tailored fit' from CT to get close.
post #23315 of 56018
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Originally Posted by ColdEyedPugilist View Post


Henry Carter (another Aussie Sf'er, Charlie's Wardrobe)
Here's the link:
http://henrycarter.com.au/products-page/shirts/

 

Another recommendation for Henry Carter - I'm wearing my Henry Carter shirt right now and it's very well made. Owen and James is fantastic as well but above the range you're looking at. If you do extend your price range, I would look at O & J as well.

post #23316 of 56018
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Originally Posted by lennier View Post


I tend to agree, the one Charles Tyrwhitt shirt I have does have a somewhat lifeless feel, not helped by the fused collars and cuffs. I know some people feel the opposite, but I find Lewin shirts to feel much nicer for the same sort of money, and they have unfused collars and cuffs which I prefer. Lewin slim fits are also slimmer than Tyrwhitt's, you need to get 'tailored fit' from CT to get close.

 

Yeah, even the Lewin slim fits aren't slim enough for me (first world problems).  Although by the end of the Christmas period it's entirely possible that the BB "Extra-Slim Fit" Chambray Irish Linen shirt I ordered, that I've never worn because it looks like a god damn sail might fit.  Notsrs, I'd need to pack on about 10kg just around my waist for that to even come close.

 

Waste of god damn money.

 

~108cm chest 88cm waist fwiw.

post #23317 of 56018
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Originally Posted by Pink Socks View Post

then go to Vietnam for 2 weeks (a delayed honeymoon).
Going to Ho Chi Mihn City, Hanoi, Ha Long bay and Hoi An. Does any have any recommendations for places to stay/eat/visa/things to do? Thinking I might get something small made up by the tailors in Hoi An, but more for the fun of the experience than anything else.

In general, I would recommend looking at wikitravel for advice on the above rather than Lonely Planet as it is way more current (although I believe LP may have updated their Vietnam guide recently).

This page explains the cheapest and best ways to get a visa quite comprehensively:

http://wikitravel.org/en/Vietnam#Get_in

I am not sure what your budget and required standard is pink socks, but here are the places I stayed recently while there. All are well priced, secure and clean with good facilities (and breakfast...):

Ho Chi Minh http://www.blueriverhotel.com/

Family run, very helpful for arranging day tours/mekong tours. Located in a quiet back street close to the main tourist area.

Hoi an: can't remember. i wouldn't recommend getting any serious tailoring done there... or anywhere in Vietnam for that matter. You could get yourself a sweet pair of custom made kicks though...

Hanoi: http://www.hanoirendezvoushotel.com/

A hotel/backpackers that has very nice rooms for the price and fantastic young staff (most are learning English at university). I think it is owned by an Australian couple.

We also booked our Ha Long Bay tour through the Rendezvous hotel and it was really nice. Again, not sure what kind of standard you're looking for but 'd say it's pretty suitable for a honeymoon - the food and service was really good.

Have put the cost & intinerary below. I highly recommend the rock climbing its a blast.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
3 days Escape to Legendary Halong Bay
Slopony Adventures offers the most comprehensive information and services for rock climbing in Vietnam! There is no better way to get high in Vietnam than rock climbing over the turquoise waters of Ha Long Bay, which is quickly becoming the most exciting way to enjoy this world-wonder Bay.

DAY 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay
08h00 – 08h30 Pick-up at hotel and start the 3 hour-and-a-half drive to Halong Bay
12h00 – 12h30 Embark on Oriental Sails followed by cruise briefing
13h00 – 15h30 Savor a delectable lunch as Oriental Sails cruise further along the limestone islands of Fighting Cock,
Dog Rock and Incense Burner, to name a few
15h30 – 17h30 Visit Amazing Cave and kayak along the hidden parts of the bay
17h30 – 19h00 Go swimming, snap photos or just relax as the sun starts to set
19h00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests or just laze around. Overnight on board
DAY 2: Halong – Lan Ha Bay
07h00 – 08h00 Have breakfast on boat
08h30 – 09h00 Transfer to day boat for a cruise to Lan Ha Bay
Option 1 Rock-climbing with Western instructors
10h15 – 12h30 Kayaking around Moody’s Beach area.
12h30 – 13h30 Lunch and transfer to Thap Ngiem (Hai Pai Beach)
13h45 – 15h30 Rock Climb on Hai Pai Beach (option kayaking)
Option 2 Relaxing & kayaking
Have the whole day relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Van Boi beach, Ba Cat beach, and leisure
kayak around the Lan Ha Bay.
16h30 – 17h00 Cruise back to the main boat.
19h00 Enjoy dinner. Overnight on board

DAY 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi
06h00 – 07h00 Start your day with swimming, exercise or photo hunt
07h00 – 11h00 Have breakfast at sunrise. Cruise through Drum Cave Island, Man’s Head Islet, Van Gia Fishing
Village and then head back to the Harbor. Disembark Oriental Sails at around 11h00
12h00 – 16h30 Transfer back to Hanoi and trip finishes at the hotel around 16h30

PRICE PER PERSON:
OPTION 1 (ROCK CLIMBING): USD 239
OPTION 2 (RELAXING & KAYAKING): USD 209
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: USD 80
Connecting family rooms are available on request. No bus: – USD 10 (2 ways)
Child policy:
Children under 6 years old are FOC, sharing room with parents. (Baby cot on request: Free). Children
from 6 to 11 years old are charged 75%, sharing room with parents

Includes:
ACCOMODATION Deluxe Cabin on Oriental Sails
MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
SIGHTSEEING Halong Bay and other points of interests
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Kayaking, Cave Explorations
TRANSPORATION Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi
TOUR GUIDE AND CREW SERVICE

As far as eating goes it's pretty hard to go wrong... just follow the advice in wikitravel. I do recommend going to the Snake Village in Hanoi, though, it's an experience...
Edited by lachyzee - 12/18/12 at 4:09pm
post #23318 of 56018
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Originally Posted by Thahmas View Post

Hi guys, apologies if this has been mentioned earlier in the thread. My bro is in Melbourne and I'd like to get him a classic white shirt for xmas as he's notoriously scruffy. Which online shops do you recommend in oz? Hoping to spend c.$100-$120

Thanks, Tom

Hilditch & Key are good and they are having a sale on at present.
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post


Hilditch & Key are good and they are having a sale on at present.

 

 

+1.  Definitely higher quality than Charles T or TM L.

post #23320 of 56018
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Originally Posted by lachyzee View Post

In general, I would recommend looking at wikitravel for advice on the above rather than Lonely Planet as it is way more current (although I believe LP may have updated their Vietnam guide recently).
This page explains the cheapest and best ways to get a visa quite comprehensively:
http://wikitravel.org/en/Vietnam#Get_in
I am not sure what your budget and required standard is pink socks, but here are the places I stayed recently while there. All are well priced, secure and clean with good facilities (and breakfast...): Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Ho Chi Minh http://www.blueriverhotel.com/
Family run, very helpful for arranging day tours/mekong tours. Located in a quiet back street close to the main tourist area.
Hoi an: can't remember. i wouldn't recommend getting any serious tailoring done there... or anywhere in Vietnam for that matter. You could get yourself a sweet pair of custom made kicks though...
Hanoi: http://www.hanoirendezvoushotel.com/
A hotel/backpackers that has very nice rooms for the price and fantastic young staff (most are learning English at university). I think it is owned by an Australian couple.
We also booked our Ha Long Bay tour through the Rendezvous hotel and it was really nice. Again, not sure what kind of standard you're looking for but 'd say it's pretty suitable for a honeymoon - the food and service was really good.
Have put the cost & intinerary below. I highly recommend the rock climbing its a blast. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
3 days Escape to Legendary Halong Bay
Slopony Adventures offers the most comprehensive information and services for rock climbing in Vietnam! There is no better way to get high in Vietnam than rock climbing over the turquoise waters of Ha Long Bay, which is quickly becoming the most exciting way to enjoy this world-wonder Bay.

DAY 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay
08h00 – 08h30 Pick-up at hotel and start the 3 hour-and-a-half drive to Halong Bay
12h00 – 12h30 Embark on Oriental Sails followed by cruise briefing
13h00 – 15h30 Savor a delectable lunch as Oriental Sails cruise further along the limestone islands of Fighting Cock,
Dog Rock and Incense Burner, to name a few
15h30 – 17h30 Visit Amazing Cave and kayak along the hidden parts of the bay
17h30 – 19h00 Go swimming, snap photos or just relax as the sun starts to set
19h00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests or just laze around. Overnight on board
DAY 2: Halong – Lan Ha Bay
07h00 – 08h00 Have breakfast on boat
08h30 – 09h00 Transfer to day boat for a cruise to Lan Ha Bay
Option 1 Rock-climbing with Western instructors
10h15 – 12h30 Kayaking around Moody’s Beach area.
12h30 – 13h30 Lunch and transfer to Thap Ngiem (Hai Pai Beach)
13h45 – 15h30 Rock Climb on Hai Pai Beach (option kayaking)
Option 2 Relaxing & kayaking
Have the whole day relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Van Boi beach, Ba Cat beach, and leisure
kayak around the Lan Ha Bay.
16h30 – 17h00 Cruise back to the main boat.
19h00 Enjoy dinner. Overnight on board

DAY 3: Halong Bay – Hanoi
06h00 – 07h00 Start your day with swimming, exercise or photo hunt
07h00 – 11h00 Have breakfast at sunrise. Cruise through Drum Cave Island, Man’s Head Islet, Van Gia Fishing
Village and then head back to the Harbor. Disembark Oriental Sails at around 11h00
12h00 – 16h30 Transfer back to Hanoi and trip finishes at the hotel around 16h30

PRICE PER PERSON:
OPTION 1 (ROCK CLIMBING): USD 239
OPTION 2 (RELAXING & KAYAKING): USD 209
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: USD 80
Connecting family rooms are available on request. No bus: – USD 10 (2 ways)
Child policy:
Children under 6 years old are FOC, sharing room with parents. (Baby cot on request: Free). Children
from 6 to 11 years old are charged 75%, sharing room with parents

Includes:
ACCOMODATION Deluxe Cabin on Oriental Sails
MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
SIGHTSEEING Halong Bay and other points of interests
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Kayaking, Cave Explorations
TRANSPORATION Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi
TOUR GUIDE AND CREW SERVICE
As far as eating goes it's pretty hard to go wrong... just follow the advice in wikitravel. I do recommend going to the Snake Village in Hanoi, though, it's an experience...

Thank you very much Lachyzee, that is brilliant. Still working out the budget/requirements but your recommendations look pretty close to what I was thinking.

Planning a trip to Halong Bay, but probably given the time restraints doing a 2 day/1 night trip.

I will read through the wiki link (as well as finally getting into more of the latest Lonely Planet which I have).

We are not looking for luxury, just somewhere safe, clean and comfortable. The main reason we are going is to experience somewhere new and take in a different culture (as well as the food).

Not planning any high level tailoring, maybe just getting a shirt or something made up for the experience (might change my mind about getting anything once I am there).

We are going to do the Visa on Arrival method. Did you do this? if so, can you recommend anyone and was it pretty straightforward once you got there?

Thank you again for the reply, the advice is really appreciated.

The way I see it, as long as we get into the country OK, and have some idea about the main things we want to see and do, unless anything goes horribly wrong, it will be a fantastic trip just being in a new and exciting place. That said, I want to make sure we do not miss anything too crucial (though we are both thinking if we love it we can always go back fairly easily in years to come).
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Originally Posted by Pink Socks View Post

Merry Christmas fxh (sorry, saw this and could not help but think of you...dear oh dear).
http://lnsee.tumblr.com/post/38227134351/a-chilled-out-corner-of-central-hong-kong-ring Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show) In terms of holidays. Finishing on Friday for 4 weeks. Doing The Ghan train from Adelaide to Darwin over Hogmanay (New Year's Eve) and then go to Vietnam for 2 weeks (a delayed honeymoon).
Going to Ho Chi Mihn City, Hanoi, Ha Long bay and Hoi An. Does any have any recommendations for places to stay/eat/visa/things to do? Thinking I might get something small made up by the tailors in Hoi An, but more for the fun of the experience than anything else.

...sure, he's not wearing socks - but that's okay becasue he is wearing shorts.

The quality of tailoring in Hoi An, as I'm sure you know, is not very high. I thought at least a few cheap shirts might be okay - but even there I was disappointed. Not very nice fabric options - even in bog-standard blue and white. Might have changed a bit in the last few years.

I think you have the right take on it - do it for fun. A mate was there recently and had a suit made up in gun-club check. It looks surprisingly good.
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Anyone else in need of a deer bone for shoe polishing? Abbeyhorn out of the UK supplies most of the good retailers, from what I can see, and they also do retail sales. Shipping is almost as much as the bone itself for a single one, so I figured I'd see if anyone else wants one. Mainly the shell fiends, I'm looking at you Gerry.peepwall[1].gif

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I'm in, joiji smile.gif

How much?
post #23324 of 56018
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Originally Posted by thebrownman View Post

I'm in, joiji smile.gif

How much?

 

Bones are 13 pounds less VAT, shipping starts at 12 pounds for one bone and goes down when you order more (12 for 2, 15 for 3, etc.), plus whatever the cost is to send them around Australia when the order gets here. I'd say around $30-35 AUD all up.

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ROAST VENISON WITH A CLASSIC JUS
Serves 4

600g venison fillet
8 juniper berries
2 fresh bay leaves
10 peppercorns
1 small chilli
20 g (¾ oz) unsalted butter
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
coarse sea salt
Sauce
1 bottle good red wine
50 ml (2 fl oz) balsamic vinegar
3 shallots, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed with a knife
8 juniper berries
6 cloves
1 fresh bay leaf
2 tablespoons brown sugar
30 g (1 oz) unsalted butter
sea salt and freshly
ground black pepper



For the venison, crush the juniper berries, bay leaves, peppercorns and chilli in a mortar. Rub this mixture into the meat and let it stand (outside the refrigerator) for about 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 180°C. In the meantime, put the sauce ingredients except the butter, salt and pepper in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer gently until reduced to about 200 ml (7 fl oz). Strain the liquid through a sieve and return it to the pan. Add the butter and heat until it melts into the sauce. Taste for salt and pepper. Keep warm while you cook the venison.

Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan, and as soon as the butter begins to foam, put the venison into the pan and brown it quickly on all sides, sealing in the juices. Transfer the meat to an oven tray and roast for about 10 minutes (if your venison weighs more or less than 600 g, calculate the cooking time based on 15 minutes per kilogram for rare, and 20 minutes per kilogram for medium rare.

It is important to rest the meat for as long as you cooked it in the oven, loosely wrapped in foil to keep it warm. Slice the meat, put it on a warmed serving plate and sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Pour over some sauce, putting the rest in a bowl to serve on the side
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