Monday, December 29, 2008

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Walking off the racks

A lot of knock off apparel written in English can be misspelt such as this and this. While this one is grammatically correct, I am not sure it would be a big seller to those that understand its meaning

Monday, December 15, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sunset in Đà Lạt

Unfortunately you do not get these type of sunsets in HCM

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Monday, December 08, 2008

Đà Lạt University

Outside the new library

We spent all of last week hosting a GIS workshop at the Đà Lạt University. Clean crisp air, wide open spaces, pine trees and plenty of hills made for a great change from HCMC

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Friday, December 05, 2008

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

December Theme Day - Circles/Spheres

This months theme I went for something that has been annoying me of late, continual rain. Vietnamese will tell you that in the past you could set your calendar against the timing of the wet season, starting in May and finishing end of October. Prolonged wet seasons the past 3 years just drag out the depression of each rainy season

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Bus Stop

Similar to the post of a few days ago, this guy is catching up on some zzz's at the bus stop.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Satellite dishes

Am not sure why an average hotel like The Sun would need so many satellite dishes. It looks like a karaoke type of place

Friday, November 28, 2008

Cloverleaf interchange

I am pretty sure this is the only proper cloverleaf interchange in Việt Nam. Some may argue that there is one near the Hà Nội airport, but it is not a true cloverleaf. Anyway, this is just north of Sài Gòn heading up the Hà Nội highway and right next to the amusement park Suoi Tien. As you can see, the new road to Vũng Tàu (at the top of the picture) has yet to be constructed

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Asleep at the wheel

Xe ôm are motorbike taxis that sit on street corners all over the city offering cheap fares around town for a single passenger. This guy is practicing the time honored Vietnamese tradition of being able to fall asleep anywhere, catching a few zzz's very early this morning on the back of his bike.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Heavy rains last night

Believers in climate change will say I told you so that the wet season is still with us in late November.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Crossing the road outside Bến Thành Market

The stautue in the background is General Tran Nguyen Han, a warrior from the 15th century that served under Emperor Lê Lợi

Saturday, November 22, 2008


A suit with decent material will set you back about $100, duds around $30 and shirts no more than $20. Provided you find a good tailor you cannot lose

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Flags, plaques, signs, medals, trophies, badges, stamps, IDs and adhesives

I love these kind of stores in Vietnam. You can have a lot of fun in them with the right amount of imagination. I know people with little imagination who use these stores to procure their own trophies. True story

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Bigger than Elvis

About a month ago the kids attended a fashion shoot for the French label Du Lundi au Samedi. Now they are confused as to why there are 6 foot tall pictures of them in the Parkson department store.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Land rights march

Protesting without prior consent is illegal in Vietnam. This group of people were marching through the city to petition the government for access to land they believe they are entitled to. Land rights has been the only issue I have ever seen people protest about in Vietnam.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Overloaded motorbikes

The guy on the left has so much stuff on his bike that he is basically sitting under the handle bars, the couple on the right are transporting a 2m x 1m picture frame. Not sure on the legalities of this but it seems everyone with something to transport does it. The best one I have seen are guys on two motorbikes transporting large sheets of glass, with each side held by a guy on the back of each motorbike. I wish I could get a photo of that one day.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

TV cable guy

How the different communications companies go about there business is relatively impressive. This guy has to work around electricity, telephone and internet cabling to add the TV lines.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Marble statutes

Real looking lions, Chinese guardian lions, various Buddha styles, Jesus and even the Virgin Mary are available at this roadside shop
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