A slice of Saigon life, one zebra crossing at a time.
It’s quite hard to explain how the traffic flow in Ho Chi Minh City to my friends without them uttering disbelief. When I said that people just cross the road without needing the traffic to stop, I see that tiny amount of disbelief in their faces. I find that this photo is a perfect representative of the hectic hustle and bustle of HCMC, also known as Saigon.
At the start of this write up, I’ve said that this is a slice of Saigon life, and if you study the photo carefully, you will find the odd tourists looking for direction on their maps, uniformed officials, well dress workforce, and the blur of motorcycles far outnumbering their four wheel counterparts. And in the background you can find the famous B?n Thành Market, a marketplace where you can find tailored $20USD silk shirts alongside stalls selling the local delicacies.
I’ll do a full write up soon on my Tripping, which I can give you tips on what stuff to do or get to make for an awesome experience. I’ll go about it in chronological order starting with Thailand.
I have a looooot to talk about but man, where to start? Maybe this photo would be a good teaser as any. This was taken right beside Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh. Lovely city. Would love to tell you all about it soon.
Didn’t manage to find the smiley back on Monday, but at least I’ve taken this photo on the preceding Saturday. Anyway, watch this space. I’m starting to get an interest in astrophotography, so more cool stuff soon.
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A light drizzle greeted us from our slumber last Sunday, which was to be our biggest trekking outing for the Forum members. Doubts were cast, wondering if the rain will persist the whole day, and if the weather would clear just about enough to permit us to go nature trekking up into the hills of Wasai Wong Kadir. A quick drive over to HSBC Jerudong, where the decision to go ahead or not was to be made; quick glances on all the faces to see if any disapproval to go ahead for the drive over to Labi, somehow, we all just loaded up into the transports, and a non verbal agreement was made to decide later after the drive over the the state borders.
After the drive down to Sungai Liang to meet up with the KB chapter of our forumites, the light rain still persisted. I proclaimed I’m going up regardless, and if everyone’s still up for a trek in the rain, we go ahead; and anyone who decides against it can sit it out. Almost all were in for it, seeing we just had a long drive over, might as well. After a quick prayer, we set out slowly, meandering through the slippery trails, over branches, on slippery moss covered rocks, in the light rain, with the cool surrounding air the whole time we were there.
After a good 30 minutes trek, we were greeted by the cool water of the Wasai, and some of the Forumites decide to reward themselves with a dip. Hardly anyone could resist taking even dipping their feet into the cool morning water, and under the guise of ‘taking a good composition for the photo’, yours truly went with tripod in hand into the water to take a couple of photos.
It was worth it.