Tuesday, June 30, 2009
This one cracked me up - not for the sheer size of driving around with at least a 2 m x 1 m canvas on a motorbike, but that the canvas was uncovered and it was spitting rain. Hope they were not going far. In the past I have only seen large pictures transported like this, still uncovered, but slightly more protected
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Today the City Daily Photo bloggers have arranged a "sub theme day" to support the owner of a daily photo blog from Tehran called Tehran24, who has been reported missing since June 17, 2009. The images captured on Tehran24 highlight symbols of protest, made famous by the shocking images of Neda Agha-Soltan's death.
This reminded me of a famous symbol of protest from my own city. Back in 1963 a Buddhist monk named Thich Quang Duc sat down crosslegged in the middle of a busy street in Saigon, his robes soaked in fuel, and set fire to himself; his body was quickly engulfed in flames. The haunting and horrifying protest against the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese regime got results: as more monks began to emulate Thich Quang Duc's example, President Ngo Dinh Diem fell from favor. In November 1963 he was removed from power by a coup d'etat and executed.
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Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
This scene is one of my favourites in Saigon. Families on motorbikes drive up the footpath to the shop they wish to purchase from, choose what they are after and depart - all without taking off their helmets, getting off the motorbike or even turning the engine off.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
One of the classic motorbike behaviours is to drive on the footpath if the traffic has come to a standstill on the actual road. I must admit I do it occasionally if I don't see any future in waiting for the traffic to clear. Can be great fun as long as you are not a pedestrian. This was taken on the dreaded Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh st around lunchtime.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
While probably not significant to readers from outside Asia, to see orange coloured oranges in Vietnam is a rarity. The majority have a dark green skin which makes identifying whether they are ripe or not very difficult. No problem with these babies though
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I love the richness of French cuisine, and steak tartare is right up there as one of my favourite dishes. A great history of the dish can be found here. I know horse meat is available in Vietnam, but I am assured this is beef mince
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Have been meaning to get a photo of the beginning of wet season for some time. It seemed to have started about 6 weeks back. This is a shot (with the wiper blades on high) driving down Diên Biên Phu st in Bình Thạnh district. It was your classical tropical storm around 4 pm
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Monday, June 08, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
This new bridge connecting Bến Tre with Tiền Giang opened at the start of the year. It is the second bridge to span the Hau branch of the Mekong after the Mỹ Thuận, which is further north connecting Tiền Giang with Vĩnh Long
Friday, June 05, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Nguyễn Văn Linh boulevard is one of the widest roads in Saigon, running from District 7 down to the start of the Mekong highway southwest of the city. Seldom is it packed with traffic, although this may change once the infrastructure is in place to hook up the north and south highways, creating a HCMC bypass.
Monday, June 01, 2009
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Vietnamese women have a fascination with style and fashion. Probably the one that I find more interesting than most is the market for manicures and pedicures. Seeing women go to outrageous lengths with nail polish designs and diamantes is quite peculiar in my eyes, yet it is classical all the same