Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Table cooking

One of my favourite Vina eats is the barbecue on the table - marinated meat and seafood done over a few coals, so tasty. This version is much better than the gas BBQs found at more upscale restaurants.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Rain coulds return to the city

It rained a little last night. Has the wet season returned?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Writing instrument

When did the word "pen" go out of fashion?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Another billboard

Following on from yesterday, another billboard adorning half a house. This one at least is advertising something a little better than Phaner Pies

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Phaner Pie

Looking identical to the world famous but equally woeful Choco Pie, the Phaner Pie seems to be a concoction of thermonuclear marshmallow squeezed between two hard stale biscuits and covered in a brown substance touted as chocolate but am assured is closer to carob. I couldn't think of anything worse. I don't think these guys could either

Monday, March 22, 2010

Drainage works continue

Many of the major thoroughfares in the city have been undergoing extensive drainage renovations over the past year, causing a multitude of headaches for drivers on already congested roads. You get the feeling it will never end

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Apparel with correct spelling

There are a lot of examples of clothing here that are rip offs from original brands. Not being an expert I can only identify the non-genuine ones by simple things like incorrect spelling.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

New underpass on Nguyen Huu Canh st

Regular readers of this blog will note my continual ranting about the state of Nguyen Huu Canh st, the major thoroughfare between home and downtown. The never ending construction seems to be coming to a close, as the cars now have an underpass separate from the motorbikes. Pundits are already speculating on how the underpass will cope in the wet season, as the height of the underpass is below the Saigon river.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Streetside cafe

This lady sells noodles and drinks, all from the mobile stall on the left. I am always impressed at the semi-permanent things these stalls have, such as the retractable awning above if it rains. This picture was taken between lunch and dinner, so am not sure how popular it is

Monday, March 08, 2010

I pity the fool....who would buy this oven

Transplanting overseas adverts into the local media is nothing new, but this is one of the funnier ones. Like George Foreman before him, what is Mr T doing selling kitchenware?

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Saturday, March 06, 2010

The Hanoi gloom

I sometimes get obsessed by the crappiness of the weather in Hanoi. It can be so depressing. This photo is taken from the bridge over the Red River, about 11 am, is in colour, and has not been enhanced or played around with. Classic Hanoi miserableness

Friday, March 05, 2010

A river in central Vietnam

I am not sure where this is exactly, but I think it is north of Hue. Anyone have an idea from the topography?

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Monday, March 01, 2010

March Theme Day - Passageway to Cambodia

The highway to Cambodia is one of the more organized roads in the country, separating the cars and motorbikes for all round driving ease

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