Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A more common sight

Following on from yesterdays post, this is a more standard view when looking up on streets of Saigon

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A rare sight

There is something strange with this photo and at first I could not figure it out. Then I realised that there are almost no power lines, which is a real rarity here as can be seen here and here and here

Monday, December 28, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009


There are only a few places where you see a lot of bicycles gathered these days. One is at schools, the other around markets, and then there are places like these - internet gaming shops. Unlike wireless internet cafes which are a staple of the city but require your own laptop, these gaming shops are targeted at children who do not have access to the internet at home.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More occupational health and safety

These roof tilers were working on the kindergarten site across the street from work and are working about 4 stories up. The guy applying the tile cap at the front is actually wearing a harness. The other three bozos smiling for the camera are not.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dinosaurs for sale

I wonder how long these have been sitting on the shelf?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Kindergarten construction nears completion

With the removal of most of the vegetation, the multi pastel fluorescent technicolour kindergarten across the street is nearly finished. It seems like only a few months ago the foundations were pounded into place, and it actually was. From demolition to completion in under 6 months and during the rainy season - impressive. The silence in the office is now a weird feeling.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Monday, December 07, 2009

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Arborist Vina style

We have a construction site across the road from work and it was interesting to watch this bloke cut down a tree with an axe. It was not that he was barefoot, wearing no harness or any other safety gear, but that for the most part other workers were not standing under the tree and endangering themselves. An oddity

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

New Mekong highway

I travel down to the mekong delta regularly and the current road is ridiculously over crowded and congested. It is expected that the new highway will change this as there wont be many on/off ramps. A bigger bonus is that they are planning to not allow vendors on the side of the road either, which will probably make the most difference

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Live mollusks

I love Asian restaurants were the seafood is live and you choose your seafood directly. Everyone wins

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thin hotels

With the rise in popularity of the mini hotel you can see many examples where there are only two rooms per floor (at front and back) and the lift and staircase in the middle. Le Thanh Ton st is full of them

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Awaiting collection

One of the things I really like here is the delivery of decent food to your door, in fact there is not one outlet I know of that does not deliver. However the cheapest (and possibly tastiest) are noodle dishes that turn up hot, cost around a $1 and then you just leave the bowl outside for the vendor to collect later. Easy

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Zealand Natural Ice Cream

This is my kind of advertising, so woeful it makes you laugh out loud. Especially the putz on the left sitting on a watermelon, is that even a flavour?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Saigon Paragon

Built in the swamps of District 7, the Saigon Paragon shopping mall (centre) takes up space between the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (left) and the Lawrence S Ting building (right). The top end shopping mall is aimed at the burgeoning market of Phu My Hung but on the day I went inside there was not another soul to be seen.
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