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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

GREG HACKETT

  Greg HackettHi, I’m Greg Hackett, the Editor/publisher of Haxtrax.com – both a career journalist, and editor. I know exactly how mainstream media travel coverage works, having being a Travel Editor for News Corp (Herald Sun Escape), as well as many other roles in print and digital media. I treat the function of the media in the global sense, the delivery of information, and the necessity for impartiality, very seriously. Also, I love the opportunities of the evolving digital age. Now we all have a voice. Bring it on! So please join us on Haxtrax.com as we share the truth about travel destinations. And have a laugh along the way! Travel reviews in the advertising-dependent, revenue reliant, mainstream media excel at telling us everything about a destination… except often what it is truly like. The authors will tell us how good their free flight was, how good their free meal was, how good their free accommodation was… maybe even how good their free VIP treatment was. They have to, or they won’t get another free invite. And you, dear paying traveller, pay for their ‘free’ air travel, meals, & accommodation. Don’t ever forget that. For these reasons, most travel journalism is much like a ‘doctored’, or photo shopped, picture. Sure, it’s appealing – but it is just… not… real. Here at HaxTrax.com, we give you our honest opinions on what YOU, the paying customer, can expect to experience. The good and the bad. How it really is. So, join us on our travels and adventures, and let’s use social media and the evolving digital age to share our true and real experiences.

I’M SUCH A LEMON…

Phnom Penh dispatches: Lunch with the local workers; sticky rice with a small bowl of bitter chicken soup (US$1.50). See that round thing in the soup? It’s a Cambodian pickled lime and astringently sour. Not smart to scoff it whole – knowledge I learned after the fact. I’m damaged goods for a little while… The post I’M SUCH A LEMON…...

I LOVE PHNOM PENH

It’s so good to be back here, by the Royal Palace, where the calming Mekong and Tonle rivers merge. And progress respects old trees… The post I LOVE PHNOM PENH appeared first on HaxTrax.

MY TRADITIONAL TUK TUK BLOKE

The friendly smile is genuine. And the friendly smile is genuinely bigger when u give him US$5. The post MY TRADITIONAL TUK TUK BLOKE appeared first on HaxTrax.

THE “UBER TUK TUK” IS TAKING OVER IN CAMBODIA

The digital age tuk tuk: It’s booked via the PassApp on your mobile phone or tablet; it’s fully enclosed with side covers; its driver is in constant contact with base via mobile earpiece; and it runs on LPG. If nothing else, just the LPG fact has got to be good… The post THE “UBER TUK TUK” IS TAKING OVER IN...

U GOTTA STAY SHARP, SON

Phnom Penh: Panda Mart wants US$7 for Gillette razor in the “French End” of tourism precinct; around the corner at Pride of Cambodia Mart it’s US$1.60. That’s 9 chilled cans of Angkor beer difference… The post U GOTTA STAY SHARP, SON appeared first on HaxTrax.

ISN’T MULTICULTURALISM DELICIOUS?

Take the menu board at the Dogs’ Bar in St Kilda, Melbourne: Italian carbonara – you can’t go wrong, kids love it. French beef cheek rague (what’s rague, you ask? Obviously, it’s the chef’s fusion of ragu and ragout. Derrr). Salmon “+ prawn pie” – a fancy British fish pie. Indian goat vindaloo – I consider vindaloo the neutron...

WINTER FARE IS SIMPLY … MOORISH

Halal Sample Pack for just $6.90. I could waffle on about the subtle mint yoghurt languidly counterbalancing the sharp, spicy sauce but, hey, this is just Lord of the Kebab in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, join us for a halal lunch… The post WINTER FARE IS SIMPLY … MOORISH appeared first on HaxTrax.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GO ON HOLIDAY AND LEAVE YOUR CAT BEHIND?

“Hey, I’m packed and ready to go.” My son is having a break in sunny Darwin and left his cat, Bubbles, behind with me in Melbourne. Bubbles has taken up residence in my travel backpack… The post WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GO ON HOLIDAY AND LEAVE YOUR CAT BEHIND? appeared first on HaxTrax.

THE BEST PART ABOUT TRAVEL IS…

Coming home to these two. Doesn’t it feel good to be wanted? Travel helps us to appreciate other cultures and what we have at home… The post THE BEST PART ABOUT TRAVEL IS… appeared first on HaxTrax.

JUST AN INTERESTING PIC OF THE SUN SETTING BEHIND CLOUDS IN HOI AN, VIETNAM…

The post JUST AN INTERESTING PIC OF THE SUN SETTING BEHIND CLOUDS IN HOI AN, VIETNAM… appeared first on HaxTrax.