Sunday, June 29, 2008

Nam Kha - Authentic Vietnamese cuisine

Authentic? possibly. Expensive? definitely. After seeing the bill it was almost impossible not to have an accident in the pool

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Friday, June 27, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Another classic from the Việt Nam News

A concert held to celebrate 35 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Việt Nam cops a decidedly undiplomatic title from our favourite editors

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Purple haze

Not the song by Jimmy Hendrix, not a large run of high quality LSD produced in 1966 by Owsley Stanley, not a 2004 album by a rapper Cam'ron, not the street name of an alleged high-potency strain of Cannabis, not an American beer and not a professional wrestler from the New Zealand promotion Kiwi Pro Wrestling, but the strange colour of last nights sky. To learn more about why the sky is purple, check out this explanation, but if you are looking for the other Purple Hazes, you can start by looking here

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Monday, June 16, 2008

HMCS Regina

Our Canadian cousin was in town recently when his ship, the unfortunately named HMCS Regina, pulled in to port. You can find out all about the ship here

Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Wizard of Oz

Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion celebrate the death of the Wicked Witch. In this version the ingredient in the pail was silver confetti - lethal around these parts.

Cowardly lion

The wizard gives the lion some rice wine. Courageous indeed.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Recycling bicycle

Recycling is very big in Saigon. If something of value can be salvaged, it will be. The lady who owns this bike rides around searching for plastics, metal, cardboard - carry with her the fruits of a days labour.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Oscar hotel

Fairy lights are a big thing in Saigon. I am a big fan of efforts like the Oscar hotel, who have a map of Vietnam lit up on their facade every night.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

On the move

Scenes like this will become less common once the ban on three-wheeled vehicles comes into effect on July 1. Apparently guys like the one above are a danger to others as well as themselves. Apart from the loss of jobs, access to small alleyways and employment these vehicles provide, I am at a loss as to why you would ban the cyclo. It is a great way to travel around the city and is pollution free. In a town filled with exhaust fumes surely this is a good thing?

Sunday, June 08, 2008

A celebration of mediocrity

The Viet Nam News has the occasional cracker article. This one lauds a tennis player breaking into the top 1000 in the world rankings as the top sports story of the day. Must have been a slow night at the editors desk.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Friday, June 06, 2008

Dried squid

It has been ridiculously hot the past few afternoons and therefore we have headed over to the beer joint across the street for a few ales before heading home. One of the accompaniments to beer is dried squid, which is warmed over coals and then shredded and dipped into a chilli sauce. Not a bad idea for this afternoon

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Thế Giới Di Động - Mobile Phone World

This months theme is you local corner shop. At the end of my street is the brightest yellow shop in all of Saigon. "Mobile Phone World" is full of customers from 8 am till 10 pm 7 days a week. I prefer the side view of the shop with the contrast between the yellow and air conditioners. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
You can check out other theme days here Adelaide, Australia by Gordon, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey by afyonblog, Albuquerque (NM), USA by Helen, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie, Ararat, Australia by Digger, Arradon, France by Alice, Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine, Aspen (CO), USA by IamMBB, Athens, Greece by Debbie, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Avignon, France by Nathalie, Barrow-in-Furness, UK by Enitharmon, Barton (VT), USA by Andree, Belgrade, Serbia by Bibi, Belgrade, Serbia by BgdPic, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Bicheno, Australia by Greg, Bogor, Indonesia by Gagah, Boston (MA), USA by Sarah, Whit, & Leyre, Brookville (OH), USA by Abraham, Bucharest, Romania by Malpraxis, Budapest, Hungary by agrajag, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cape Town, South Africa by Kerry-Anne, Cavite, Philippines by Steven Que, Chandler (AZ), USA by Melindaduff, Château-Gontier, France by Laurent, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chennai, India by Shantaram, Chennai, India by Ram N, Chicago (IL), USA by U R us, Cleveland (OH), USA by iBlowfish, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Corsicana (TX), USA by Lake Lady, Durban, South Africa by CrazyCow, Edinburgh, UK by Dido, Evry, France by Olivier, Folkestone, UK by Clare Unsworth, Forks (WA), USA by Corinne, Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA by Gigi, Gainesville (FL), USA by Leah, Geneva (IL), USA by Kelly, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Gun Barrel City (TX), USA by Lake Lady, Hamilton, New Zealand by Sakiwi, Hangzhou, China by Chanin, Haninge, Sweden by Steffe, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Hyde, UK by Old Hyde, Hyde, UK by Gerald, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Jogjakarta, Indonesia by Jogja Portrait, Katonah (NY), USA by Inkster1, Knoxville (TN), USA by Knoxville Girl, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine, Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Las Vegas (NV), USA by Mo, Le Guilvinec, France by ds2944, Lisbon, Portugal by Maria João, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lodz, Poland by ritalounge, London, UK by Mo, London, UK by Ham, Los Angeles (CA), USA by Martha Perez, Mainz, Germany by JB, Manila, Philippines by Heyokity, Melbourne, Australia by John, Memphis (TN), USA by SouthernHeart, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol, Mexico City, Mexico by Poly, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Misawa, Japan by misawa mama, Monroe (GA), USA by Tanya, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Montego Bay, Jamaica by Ann, Monterrey, Mexico by rafa, Moscow, Russia by Irina, Mumbai, India by MumbaiiteAnu, Mumbai, India by Magiceye, Nancy, France by yoshi, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Delhi, India by Delhi Photo Diary, New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, New York City (NY), USA by • Eliane •, New York City (NY), USA by Ming the Merciless, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Oklahoma City (OK), USA by ananda.tashie, Orlando (FL), USA by OrlFla, Oslo, Norway by Lothiane, Owasso (OK), USA by Jennifer, Paderborn, Germany by Soemchen, Paris, France by Eric, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Pasadena (CA), USA by Petrea, Perth, Australia by Elevation7, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia by Murphy_jay, Petoskey (MI), USA by Christie, Pilisvörösvár, Hungary by Elise, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Sam, Port Townsend (WA), USA by raf, Portland (ME), USA by Corey, Posadas, Argentina by Lega, Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea by Jules, Ramsey, Isle of Man by babooshka, Reykjavik, Iceland by Vírgíll, Riga, Latvia by Fotos. 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