Monthly Archives: March 2014

About letting a city steer its own course

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One of the nice things I love about Kuala Lumpur is the price. Not just that it’s low, but that it never changes. I haven’t been to KL in a little over two years, but a taxi from Sentral to …

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Saigon Dep Lam – No chairs week in Bui Vien Street

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So, the police have been cleaning up Pham Ngu Lao in preparation for Re-unification day on the 30th of April. This means making all the vendors, hawkers, food stalls and street bars either close up or stop using the sidewalk …

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There are no backpackers in Bui Vien

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The “gated community” expats seem to have this weird idea that Pham Ngu Lao is “the backpacker area”. And it is… during the day. But at night, and especially on the weekends, you’ll be lucky to spot a foreigner on …

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The improvised suspension bridges of northern Vietnam

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In the mountainous provinces of northern Vietnam, fast-flowing rivers are common and many are crossed only by makeshift suspension bridges, often in desperate need of repair. Lai Chau province has around 140 such bridges. In February, “Chu Va 6” bridge …

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A teacher in Dien Bien’s unusual way of getting his students across a river

This story popped up on Vietnamese news website Tuoi Tre Online. It’s shot in the village of Na HY, Nam Po district, Dien Bien province in Vietnam and shows a very unusual method that a teacher has for getting his …

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I bought Teo Em ! Yay for pirate DVD vendors !

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So here’s a funny story.. at Tet (Lunar New Year) this year, my wife and I went to see Teo Em. It was a cool movie. I posted about it on Facebook.Yi REALLY loved it though. She kept trying to …

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