Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Birds on wires

I like this photo because it highlights something that you do not see a lot of in Saigon - wildlife. The style of housing and mass power and communication lines are something that you do see everyday.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Westerners welcome!

Any shop that advertises "very big sizes" obviously has the larger westerner in mind. However the definition of what a Vietnamese person would call "very big" and what an expatriate would, differs by about 5 dress sizes

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Little drummer boys

This was taken at the mid-autumn festival a few weeks back. In Việt Nam it is also referred to as Children's Tết.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hand washing messages

I have seen a few of these public health posters around town. This one is pretty self explanatory - wash you hands before preparing food and eating, wash your hands after pulling your pants up.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Still bucketing down

It has been raining very heavily the past few days. These two blokes did not seem too perturbed as they set about to deliver their load

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Been wet lately

This bloke has the unenviable job of directing reversing cars the wrong way into oncoming traffic on a one-way street in the rain. As per usual, everyone makes way

Monday, September 08, 2008

White gumboots

The perfect footwear this rainy season

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Mooncakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival

Read all about the festival, Tết Trung Thu, here

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Nhà Thờ Tân Định

Tân Định church was constructed in 1876 and is famous for its pink exterior. It is situated on the very busy Hai Bà Trưng st and, as with most buildings in Saigon, is impossible to view without looking through power lines.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008

Sister City - Champasak

According to the HCMC People's Committee website, Champasak is one of its four Sister Cities. Champasak was a kingdom in southern Laos that broke away from the Lan Xang kingdom in 1713. The Kingdom of Champasak prospered at the beginning the 18th century, but it was reduced to a vassal state of Siam before the century had passed. Under French rule the kingdom became an administrative block with its royalty stripped of many of its privileges. The Kingdom of Champasak was abolished in 1946 when the Kingdom of Laos was formed. Not much remains of Champasak apart from a very small rural town of little interest. The pictures above are of Wat Phou, which was built before the Champasak Kingdom and is situated just outside of the original site of the town. Champasak now lends its name to the southern most province of Laos, the capital of the province is Pakse, about 40 km from the original Champasak township.

Photos courtesy of the treehouse
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