Monday, August 31, 2009
signs. But read in paper that they are supposedly going to start
teaching women how to prevent HIV infection as well. I've heard there
is no sex-Ed in Vietnam so hopefully there will be a change. AIDS is
on the rise in a sad sad way. Apparently Vietnam has a very high
abortion rate as well. Would have never guessed.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Vietnam at the moment I can't check further than the 25 posts that
download into my iPhone.
In short, this is a typical pharmacy full of all kinds of drugs. You
don't usually need a doctors prescription to get what you need,
because the pharmacists are qualified to prescribe if necessary it
seems. And you don't need to wear you bike helmet or your pajama
bottoms to get served but it apparently doesn't hurt either.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
cleaned but I never imagined I'd be able to combine that shot with a
facial. This guy was totally prepping himself for a hot date. First he
had his hair all up in clips and was having his forehead shaved. Then
the haicutter laid him back and covered his face in some sort of mud
mask gunk. After that he laid this mask over the gunk and got to work
on the ears. Notice all the tools! After I took this photo he gave me
the peace sign, which I was too slow to capture. Nice guys. I like
this place. This is the same shop where I get my haircut. See next post.
house. Charges 20,000 dongers. I've been going to him for over a year
now, whenever I'm in town. The guy in the cubbyhole off the sidewalk
near our new pad charges less but he always has a line waiting on the
sidewalk. And plus the one time he was free when I was ready to get a
chop chop he was too busy playing Chinese chess, so I just left. My
regular guy has a northern accent. So many z's were coming out his
mouth he could pass for French. The only part I really understood was
that he liked my iPhone, and since he didn't make a lot of money he
wanted me to either give him mine or buy one for him. The other part
of the conversation I understood was that he's worked here cutting
hair for 10 years. Everyone says they come here for work, but I've got
to guess there are haircutting jobs up in Hanoi as well. Maybe it's
just easier here to open your own place? Oh, one more note for the
memory bank, he always smiles when I walk by and gives me a thumbs up.
Today he shook my hand about 3 times. And he has one really long thumb
nail almost same length as the thumb itself.
these days is the cheap medical care. Pharmacies are all over the
place and you can get pretty much whatever you need for a pittance;
hence everyone can afford to get well to some extent. Tetnus shots at
the local hospital ate less than $1, for example. Guessing they are
so cheap because they are subsidized by the government. I cut my heal
on a rusted gate backing up the motorbike today and went to the
pharmacy. They sold me this gauze and a bottle of iodine for 6000
dong, or 30 cents. Why don't we use iodine in the us? It's the
ultimate fixer upper for scratches, and deep wounds. It's never failed
dogs. If they don't have dogs they have lots of barbed wire. And if
they have on or both they still have a huge metal gate with spikes at
the top and a complex lock inside the gate that can only be accessed
by a small hole. This photo is of a neighboring house. Why such
measures? What about the cops? Seems no one trusts the cops here and
if they do come by it's to get money (if you're a foreigner or making
any money out of your home shop).
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
read catch 22 I know that if everyone is doing it I'd be a fool not
to. So here's my food photo: corn being steamed on the go. It doesn't
compare to the corn in Mexico but puts the corn in China to shame.
have a replaceable filter. For $3-5 it's probably a good idea. In fact
everyone should probably be required by law to wear them here. I read
that Saigon and Hanoi have pollution rankings off the chart. Something
like 5 times what is acceptable.
part of town, until I had this Rau Ma. Just the right amount of sugar
I guess. I'll still never understand how anyone thinks it tastes like
potatoes. Twice the price I pay in GoVap. 50 cents a glass. If
everything is so cheap in GoVap why move to Le van sy? Because we
thought it would be quieter. Is it? Ummm, a little.
complimented me on my terrible language skills and the proceeded to
charge me twice what I normally pay in GoVap. I guess she was
overcharging me but maybe it's the neighborhood, closer to town
everything seems to cost more. Since it was $1 for two I could go on
making excuses for her all day long.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
photo. The driver (blue shirt) put his lid on it and drove it across
the alley to the paper stand in the photo where you see him looking at
the newspaper. It's about 20 feet away. He actually turned on his bike
and drove it there, turned off the motor and started reading the paper.
in front has the right of way. But cars have more annoying horns, and
they use them like nobodys business. Hence the high percentage of
Monday, August 24, 2009
His cover posters were two naked babies, one spreading his legs. I
asked Linh who would buy something like that and then a man having
coffee waived the gentlmam over, to have a laugh I guessed. After
examining the naked baby a while, he asked to see some more and then
settled on the original one. I guess the salesman k ows what sells in
Saigon. I just wish I knew why. Linh says it's probably just because
they think it's cute. And again I want to know why anyone would want a
poster of a naked baby with his weenie out, no matter how cute it is.
A little help here?
photo of two people under one raincoat. And there may well be a third
child in the middle.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
tables can go and who they rent from. My guess it's determined by the
rental agreement and that is likely with the building they border. Or
the local mob. At night most have electric light because they get
electricity from the house or cafe next too them, so my guess is
that's all a part if the deal. Will have to ask.
"commemorating" ever since in the traditional Vietnamese way: a huge
meal for family and a few friends. And they do this for all of the
dead from what I can tell. Will the grand children carry on the
tradition? That is yet to be determined. But it's always good to have
an excuse to eat well.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
selling the exact same things for about the same price, and there are
two in the game; in Saigon there are 3 such competitors right next to
each other- the only real factors that differentiate them being their
name, power of a/c and cleanliness of their bathrooms, if they have
bathrooms. And CK does have a bathroom, and a very cool AC. I'm
guessing it's going to put a lot of competitors out of business.
Friday, August 21, 2009
the noodle soup maker. He was very friendly and gave us the front Ron
where we watched him cut apart one of the chickens resting on the
shelf in front of us with their throats cut out. His coworker helped
seat us and asked if we wanted anything to drink. As usual each stand
does only one thing, so he called our order over to the lady in the
drink stand across the street and she delivered it over. We paid him
for everything and he paid the drink lady. It's all very efficient and
enjoyable. Come to think of it, I think this is the only stand nearby
that men work.
lottery tickets that the old ladies sell, I decided to buy two. Even
though the odds are as slim as those that say I'll check the winning
number, I paid 10,000 for each ticket after choosing the luckiest
numbers I could find. Honestly I just wanted to use the tickets for
bookmarks that could be worth 1.5 billion dong. Is that almost $100k?
Too many zeros to juggle there so I'll leave that up to you.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
humongous Chinese Buddhist temple. When we walked in the lady asked if
we wanted to pray or just look. We were the latter, lookers, so she
sent us upstairs. Inside there are a few large golden buddhas and
outside there is a large polluted river that stinks. Oh Lordy does it
stink. From the balcony we saw a Thai temple on the other side of the
serving could use some people skills. Linh asked for sliced pork and
he said "what do you think this is?" She said, "that's not sliced
pork. That's minced." I guess the man's wife saw where this was going
and said "the sliced pork is here." So we grabbed this seat
overlooking Le Van Sy and took in an avocado smoothy as well. The
noodles weren't too good, but they do have a cool stand, and a great
neighborhood notice cages. It pictures several things to do, including
stopping the use of plastic bags. When that happens, I will truly
believe in the ability for a way of life to change. Here, the plastic
bag is something akin to an arm or leg. They are used just as freqently.