Friday, October 31, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Rain and gloom outside city hall

What is basically the Saigon town hall, the HCMC People's Committee Building is a spectacular example of French colonial architecture and was originally built as a hotel in the early 1900's.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Still dark and stormy

The wash out from a tropical storm has been hanging over Saigon since last Friday bringing continual dark clouds and rain. This picture was taken around 11:30 am

Monday, October 27, 2008

Phú Quốc #1

Looking west at about 5:40 pm

More information on Phú Quốc island can be found here

Phú Quốc #2

Looking east at around 5:40 pm

Phú Quốc #3

Phú Quốc #4

Sunset at La Veranda

Phú Quốc #5

A very stormy departure

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Still raining

A common sight on motorbikes during the wet season is the second passenger not having a rain coat. To get around this problem the second passenger can hide themselves under the back flap of the drivers rain coat. While this may stop you from getting drenched, you cannot see anything and for me personally, this would be an extremely uncomfortable feeling. If you cannot follow the flow of the traffic with your eyes you are at the complete mercy of the driver, who you hope knows what they are doing.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Saigon Masjid

The Saigon mosque is located downtown in District 1, tucked in behind the very tall Sheraton hotel. It offers a tranquil retreat from the Saigon heat and a fantastic lunchtime curry for people of all faiths.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Last of the Neanderthals

Our 3 year old daughter took this snap of the latest National Geographic. Seems modern cameras are easier than ever to use!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Children's fashion shoot

The French designed children's clothing label Du Lundi au Samedi (or DLS) attempted the impossible on the weekend - trying to photograph 20 kids in their new range on a very hot morning. Surprisingly, they may have actually got the photos they were after.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Animal pen and hay stack

Was out in Long An province at the end of last week and came across this ram shackled farm. I could not decipher what type of animals were kept in the pen, but am assuming either chickens or ducks

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

Avoiding the rain

I see this security guard most days sitting under the large umbrella. Usually it is to avoid the harsh sun, today it was kept low to avoid the showers

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Avoid the rain with some noodles

I took this through the car window while it was just sprinkling rain. I like the idea of relaxing under shelter while the rain is near

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Lê Văn Miến street

Our street is named after the first Vietnamese artist to master the European oil painting style. A good history of Vietnamese contemporay painting and Lê Văn Miến can be seen here

Monday, October 06, 2008

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Hương Sen Hotel

Situated right in the centre of downtown Saigon, the Hương Sen hotel receives mixed reviews by guests. Its location on Đồng Khởi st however cannot be beat.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Dark and stormy

The wet season is still among us. Tropical Storm Mekkhala swept through central Vietnam on Wednesday and even in the south of Vietnam we are still feeling the wash out effects from it. This photo was taken at 3 pm and you can see it was very dark. The north of Vietnam is watching a new storm called Higos developing in the China Sea. Predictions are it will turn towards the island of Hainan and wash out over southern China.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Lines....with a tree and a traffic light

This month's theme day is Lines. The power and communication lines are a pretty easy target for this theme in Saigon. I also like the idea of all the lines in the new buildings being constructed in the background. To the right hand side of this picture is a city hospital and that is why so many cables are heading over the fence and into their compound.

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