to start off i would like to wish a Happy New yr to one and all!
at long last i got to book out on friday night instead of saturday afternoon, hence the time to go through my ho chin minh photos and get them sorted out in the correct folder.
i'll just post them here in no specific sequence, some with random captions...
a simple restaurant and this is their local delicacy, cat fish and stewed pork cooked together in a ceramic pot. in this case it was done really well and the balance between both flavors were just right, the gravy eaten with the rice was heavenly. of course i was unfortunate enough to try a lousier version of it somewhere else and it stinked of the strong fish taste (poor cleaning and seasoning).
my first million (technically it is)
motorcycles are very affordable even for the poor, thank the china imports. ratio of cars to bikes? my estimate is at least 1:200
random pics from a day tour i took
food! and the crank pot contraption is actually their version of coffee, the metal thing at the top is the filter for the grounded coffee beans. how does it taste like? well its kopi o gao X3, it certainly stunned me awake after just 1 sip.
my fathers favorite noodle shop, super old school- the fat man sitting down was still taking noodles and hand-made wanton out of a wooden drawer in front of him. simple food but rich in flavor, the important thing was the springy texture of the noodles and the pork fat oil which made the whole thing work.
vietnam used to be a french colony, so i guess they learnt ice cream from them! but who cares who taught them, it tasted good. their bread is also really similar to french loaf and pretty fragrant when eaten plain with a little butter.
the rest will be pics of ho chin minh i took while roaming the streets aimlessly,
ho chin minh was what i was looking for, to go to a place i never knew anything about, experiencing a change of environment for a few days. to be shocked, to not know what to expect or see. and of course...a break from anything back here that was important to me. my father actually said it was like singapore in the 70's.
a really cheap trip if you exclude the air fair, $500 sgd is the max you can spend (your welcome to prove me wrong) if your not planning on going to gucci or etc.
in conclusion, ho chin minh is a place where everyone's experience there will be significantly different, whether you have a good time or not, thats not for me to decide.
to the spolit brats who need to have aircon or cant stand a dusty or damp street, please dont waste your time or money going there and certainly dont complain bout the place if you still insist on going.
till next time, ciao!