Samantha Brown's Asia
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In Samantha Brown's Asia, Samantha embarks on her most exciting and fascinating journey yet. From the intoxicating beauty of Vietnam's rice paddies, to Thailand's picturesque beaches, and Hong Kong's vibrant nightlife, Sam brings to life the delectable food, fascinating cultures and exotic animals of the Far East, giving a rare and intimate look at what defines Asia today.
With ten years of travel savvy in her passport, Sam hits eight of Asia's must-see destinations: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan and Bali...making Asia accessible while delivering an experience like none other.
8 Episodes DISC1:
Hong Kong/Macau, 7.19.10
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Hong Kong
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Cambodia
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Japan
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Singapore
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Bali
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Malaysia
Sam's Travel Tips for Asia: Vietnam
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The Japan episode began in Kyoto (never mind the fact that Kyoto has 1/8 the population of Tokyo). If they wanted to start in a Japanese city other than Tokyo, at least choose Osaka. I liked the cherry blossoms. Alcoholic Samantha spent a large portion of the episode at a Sake bar. I learned that Kyoto was the birthplace of the Geisha. I enjoyed Samantha interviewing a Geisha. However, it was unnecessary for Samantha to dress up as a Geisha. That ate up a lot of time. She then went to a forest to find bamboo that would be turned into chopsticks (yawn). It's only fair that I point out that the Kyoto countryside was beautiful.
Samantha took the Bullet Train to Tokyo. I enjoyed that part. However, she didn't show us much of Tokyo. There are a million things to do in Tokyo and she chose to go to a fish market to watch a fish get decapitated by a samurai sword. Then, she spent 5 minutes in an apartment playing with a kitten (I'm not making this up). She hardly showed us Tokyo. She didn't even visit the Ginza shopping district. The Japan episode was a disappointment.
Hong Kong is another cool Asian city. She took the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor. I was impressed with the views of the Hong Kong skyline. However, in typical Samantha Brown fashion, she chose to do the most mundane things in a foreign city. She first went shopping for clothes. She then made bamboo noodles (seriously, who does this on a vacation)? I liked her visit to the Temple Street Nightmarket. A fortune teller (correctly) said that she would eventually become pregnant.
She went to the Peninsula Hotel for an afternoon tea. That was as fun as watching paint dry. I loved her trip on the cable car to Lantau Island. It was so scenic. She visited a decrepit fishing village and the famous Buddha statue. She also went mountain climbing. She participated in a dragon boat race. It wasn't my cup of tea, but at least it wasn't another trip to a restaurant. The Hong Kong portion of the episode concluded with Samantha watching the Hong Kong skyline's Symphony of Lights. That was epic!!!
In Macau, she visited a spa (could've skipped that). Macau has some nice casinos. She climbed on the top of Macau Tower. That was scenic but scary. She then went to Margaret's restaurant and made Egg Tarts. Once again, she spent too much time at restaurants. I did enjoy a shot of this bridge in Macau (don't know the name of the bridge). I wish she mentioned how to get around Hong Kong (Hong Kong has a subway, but you wouldn't know that from watching this episode).
Singapore was also included in this DVD. Prior to watching this DVD, I knew nothing about Singapore other than an American kid getting caned there for spraying graffiti on cars. The episode began with a nice shot of the Singapore skyline. The city has draconian rules- you get fined for chewing gum and not flushing toilets. Samantha went to two rival Laksa restaurants (Laksa is this dish that resembles soup). She spent too much time on the Laksa segment. Fortunately, the rest of the episode was much better.
This episode showed the diversity of Singapore. At the Raffles Hotel she met an attractive Indian woman who agreed to show her around the city. Before they left the hotel, they enjoyed an alcoholic drink known as the Singapore Sling (Samantha should start attending AA meetings). They visited a mosque in a Muslim enclave known as Kampong Glam. I learned that Thomas Raffles, a British explorer who founded Singapore, urban planned the entire city. He designated neighborhoods for each ethnic group (Chinese, Indians, Malays, etc). They also visited Little India. Samantha even participated in a Hindu ceremony (I enjoyed this since it was a city-specific activity and not something trivial like a visit to a restaurant).
Samantha took a boat to a remote island and for $2, rented a bike. She spoke to the village elder (via a translator). She also made Singapore's national dish, fish head curry. That scene was a little too gory. She visited Chinatown and went to an acupuncturist (could've skipped that- there are acupuncturists on every other block in Manhattan). Samantha spoke to members of the Peranakan (a hybrid Chinese, Malaysian, and Indian culture) and participated in their ceremony.
I enjoyed her ride on a monorail to Sentosa Island. The island consists of an amusement park, mall, and man-made beach. Samantha even rode a go-kart. The episode concluded with a ride on the Singapore Flyer (an imitation of the London Eye). The Singapore episode was the best episode in the DVD. It more than made up for the mediocre Japan episode.
I will admit right here now on the second paragraph,that I have a huge crush on her ,she is delightful,smart,funny(really really really funny),charming,beautiful,sexy and has this very open curiosity about the places that she travels to,not okay here's what to see and what to do but rather going on the journey and embracing in the what happens in the journey itself.
In the her new dvd she goes to Asia and I believe that this her best one yet,from Japan where she sees and experinces the culture of the geisha and drinking sake,to the country of Cambodia and the experinces of visting the Killing Fields,to Bali and the beautiful natural splendor it contains,she helps us,the viewer with that look of what makes that country so appealing and the way she connects with the people.What makes this dvd so refreshing is that she will go off the route of what is to see and embrace and look into what the people do,where they go for fun,what is their favorite places to eat,what is a good place to stay and in this particular dvd how Sam looks and takes in the very spiritual side of Asia. She goes each country;Bali, Japan,Singapore,Hong Kong,Vietnam,Thailand,Maylaysia with a openess that makes so appeling and that insatiable curious of what the countries holds and offers.
I can only hope that the Travel Channel will get off their indulge let's show people eating too much food ass and get her back on have her more traveling.
This dvd is a must for those who want to travel but also want to connect on a incredible deep spiritual and emotional level with the country and their people.
However, it is a good snapshot of the place, and her visit to Vietnam is also good viewing. She's a bubbly and engaging host and the the locations are beautifully shot.
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