Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dinner and Prize Presentation

The prize presentation dinner was at a seafront seafood restaurant on China Beach. Pakdokter took home 3 small prizes - a ball-sweep on one of the 9 at the Montgomerie, overall 4th at the Laguna and overall 10th for the 3-day event. Overall winner for the 3 days was Steven Leaw. In the inter-team event, the Rest of the World team beat the STAROBA to take the pool.
 Shaber and Salehudin, Captain and Vice-Captain of STAROBA

 Norahim MD - Captain of The Rest of the World Team
collected the pool money for his team.
 Tg Azman Zaid - winner at the Danang Golf Course
 Abdul Rashid of Sime Darby Plantations - winner at the Montgomerie Links
 Steven Leaw - winner at the Laguna Lang Co

Steven Leaw - overall Champion of the Tour of Danang

The Laguna Lang Co Golf Course

Our 3rd game was played at the newly-opened Laguna Lang Co Golf Course - located about 2 hours away to the north of Danang along the coastal highway towards the other Unesco World Heritage site township of Hue. We had to leave our hotel quite early for the 7 am tee off - and as usual our hotel gave us a packed breakfast of bread and butter, a slice of a banana cake, a box of yoghurt, 2 hard-boiled eggs , a banana and a bottle of mineral water.
The drive to the Laguna Lang Co Golf Course went up a mountain highway whcih cuts the mountain through a 6km tunnel. It was a slow drive past some fishing villages reminiscent of a drive along the coast of Terengganu.
The Laguna Golf Course was opened in late 2012. The course was designed by Sir Nick Faldo and developed by the Singaporean developer of the Banyan Tree fame. The Banyan Tree villas and the Angsana apartments were the choice of accomodation at the site.
The golf course is also 'links' in nature. Pakdokter who then played to a handicap of 30 came home with 38 stableford points - quite a commendable performance with 6 pars to boot. Unfortunately on the 4 lowest-indexed holes pakdokter blew them with double pars. Otherwise pakdokter could have easilly topped the 40 points barrier.
 nothing-to-shout-about breakfast
 a new golf course, also links style
 modern clubhouse with first class facilities

 caddies serving pakdokter were sweet and good at their work

 The Banyan Tree villas and the Angsana apartments were also on sale
a 900 sq-feet studio sells for USD300,000 with an option
for exchange to Angsana apartments at other sites like Bintan, Phuket etc etc
An apartment owner can use his property for up to 60 days a year,
the remaining days the apartment will be rented out as a hotel unit
and the annual income shared 60/40 between operator/owner.
 we stopped at a seafood restaurant for lunch at Lang Co beach

The Han River Cruise

Pakdokter and partner decided to not join the tour group for dinner - instead we ate at the food-court of a new shopping mall down the street from our hotel. We had also bought tickets for a cruise on the Han River. The cruise lasted almost 90 minutes and sailed up and down the Han River covering the stretch between the 3 man bridges across the river. Unfortunately the guide only spoke in Vietnamese and we had no idea what he was talking about.

The price of the ticket for the Han River cruise was 100,000 VND a person ( RM15) and this included a can of Pepsi or a local beer. Although it was not so hot at night - it was still quite humid. The esplanade was a hive of activity with city folks out for cooler air. There were potrait artistes and at some corners people danced the jive, cha cha cha etc to blaring music. As pakdokter's partner was busy taking pictures of the scene - pakdokter stood by watching guys and girls doing the waltz, rumba etc. Suddenly a wholesome not-so-young Vietnamese lady approached pakdokter to invite pakdokter for a ?dance. Upon seeing pakdokter's partner coming back to pakdokter's side and confirming that we are a 'couple' she quickly invited us to join the crowd in the 'joget lambak'.
The stretch of the main street overlooking the Han River is lined by rows of coffee shops. Coffee culture is big here in Vietnam. We decided to stop at one of these coffee shops and sipped beautiful iced-coffee watching droves of men and ladies driving past on motor-cycles....

The Market Street of Danang

After the golf at the Montgomerie Links we drove back to the city and had our lunch at another seafood restaurant by the River Han.  Pakdokter's partner went with the ladies for a tour of Hoi An which we visited the night before. The ladies spent most of their time shopping at the many shops of the lovely old town. In the evening, pakdokter and partner decided to walk the Market Street of Danang. The street market operated from the morning - so by 6 pm when we went there most of the stalls were packing up to close.
 fish and crabs
 dragon fruits were noticeably big in size
the local mangoes also looked good

in the main market where textiles
were available on the 2nd floor
pakdokter's partner tailored ao-dais
at reasonable price made-to-wear within 2 hours!