Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Forget the beef and chicken

Translation from top down is as follows:

New appetizing specialty to compliment any meal


Very delicious and highly nutritious

New Horse Meat Here!

You will know the true value…….


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Cambodia dry and brown

On a recent trip to Thailand I was again amazed to see the differences in agricultural ability between two neighbouring countries. The Cambodian landscape was still relatively dry even though the wet season had begun, while in Vietnam the paddy field production was already well underway.

Vietnam wet and green

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A river in southern Vietnam

The wet season has started and with that comes green rice paddies. For those who do not know Asia, the rivers are always brown.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tennis will never be the same

Finally, the ban on heels comes into effect. Perhaps stories such as this one will be a thing of the past with suitable footwear

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Decor for the boudoir?

It is a slow day so here is another old joke on the English fun to be had on the Vietnamese language

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tropical flowers

I am not sure what type of plant this is, probably something from the Apocynaceae family as it has similar flowers to that of oleander and frangipani. We have a few of them in our yard and they are quite striking

Sunday, July 06, 2008

East-west highway construction project

Saigon infrastructure is, putting it politely, woeful. One of the current projects is to create a highway that will allow transport across the city without clogging the already clogged streets. The highway will run on top of a canal and therefore a lot of work is required to temporarily hold back the water

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Trung Nguyên coffee

The first Vietnamese coffee chain, Trung Nguyên houses can be found all over the city. The coffee is not too bad provided you avoid the super strength robusta blends. Trung Nguyên fights for market share with the other Vietnam-based Starbucks imitator, Highlands Coffee. Not much separates the two, however coffee aficionados seem to favour the Italian houses over the locals.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Gasaco soya milk

These things have so much sugar in them that they could tempt even the biggest detester of soy products

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

"No..." signs

While not exactly a "no..." sign, this sign actually makes me say the word no. A sign that promotes spitting (or vomiting?) into a sink without a tap is something I am pretty keen to avoid.

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