Moving to Da Nang

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On Friday night I put my lovely Hayate and 450kg of luggage on the train to sunny Da Nang. It was a reasonably trying but somewhat comical experience. The station staff in the cargo area there speak absolutely no English …

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Listening to Wanbi’s advice

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This article was published on Yan News in Vietnamese a while back. I still have not to date published the full version anywhere except my Facebook. Since it’s getting harder and harder to dig this story out of my old Facebook …

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Family values in SE Asia. A friend flies home to save his mother

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A Taiwanese friend who lives in Saigon posted this Facebook update this week. I thought it was a beautiful and touching story about South East Asian culture and the importance of family. I wanted to share it with you with …

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Rap City: Saigon – an awesome rap tribute to Saigon !

This is Saigon at its best. This is everything you need to know about Saigon. It also features a shot of Bia Tuoi 102, my local bia hoi bar in Bui Vien, and my house which is next door ! …

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Florentijn Hofman’s giant inflatable duck comes to Saigon

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So, this month, Florentijn Hofman’s “art project”, the giant inflatable duck that tours the world (Asia mostly) baffling people made it to Saigon. It’s come down the coast, with a little time looking quite strange in Da Nang beside their new dragon …

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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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Old motorbikes and duct tape

A long time back when I had to park outdoors at a temporary street-side bike park in order to get to the waterfront for the new years eve fireworks in Saigon, my friend made the recommendation “Always try and park …

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Captain Luong and the dog meat restaurant

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Every day without fail, Luong goes to the same street bar as me to drink beer. I’ve seen him there for as long as I’ve been living in Saigon. He’s 56 years old and he works as a security guard …

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Sorry.. I’m just a poor rice dumpling seller

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Have you seen “Xin loi, anh chi la thang ban banh gio” (Sorry, I’m just a poor rice dumpling seller) ? Aspiring filmmaker Pham Loc made the 25 minute film as his graduation project at film school Ho Chi Minh …

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