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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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.

crunch, munch for a snack or lunch

Crunch, munch for a snack or lunch

Vietnam tortillas: Bánh xèo are crispy, fried-then-barbecued streetfood snacks that I relish. This Vung Tau foreshore version has an ageing shrimp/fish sauce aroma that I’m not overly keen on, but the best I’ve tried...
don’t shell out too much for that soft crab

Don’t shell out too much for that soft crab

Soft Shell Crab: it is any crab/prawn – any at all – that is moulting (it has shed its outgrown shell but its new shell has not yet hardened). The key isn’t in the...
tasty little mystery bags

Tasty little Mystery Bags

Never let it be said – or written – that haxtrax.com won’t give something new a go. To me, these tapioca dumplings (Banh Bot Loc) look like steamed prawn dumplings still in their embryonic stage. Verdict:...
banh the birds

Banh the Birds

Bread rolls (banh) are for the birds: noodles and rice laid out beside the road to dry in the sun. The bread distracts the birds … but not so the ants and flies. (Maybe the...
taste test? in a minute …

Taste test? In a minute …

I still haven’t worked out what this is … or, more importantly, what it was. I give most #streetfood a crack but I’m hanging off on trying this one until further research. *update: these are tapioca...
coconut tree: a natural gender bender

Coconut tree: a natural gender bender

Travel Trivia: a coconut tree is hermaphrodite, or monoecious; the tree is male and female, differing during the year. Did you know that? Do you care? Haha. (I think we know which phase this...
seafood, taste food

Seafood, taste food

Real pics don’t do this food justice. But  this is what I’m really eating and really tasting. Believe me, it’s all about the taste: #ôc tói is a Vietnamese broad term for garlic snails but...
the point of a perfect hat

The point of a perfect hat

Not wearing the hats they sell? Because they aren’t silly. Haha The Vietnamese bamboo/palm conical hat would have to be one of the best headware inventions: a lightweight, durable, perfect shield to sun AND rain. (Just a...
china, lobsters and soaring prices

China, lobsters and soaring prices

A roast chicken USD10, average live lobster USD50, airport taxi USD30: The huge Chinese “spend” in South-East Asia is causing a rapid inflation of prices. Expect enormous inflationary pressure to soon weigh on the smaller...
feeling sore and crabby? shell out for a lunch treat

Feeling sore and crabby? Shell out for a lunch treat

I’ve been crabby and sore lately, so today a lunch treat: 2 crabs roasted in tamarind sauce. (Crab: You use more calories getting to the meat than you get from the meat. That’s my...