How much adventure do you
find within one block of your home? Do you have street restaurants, outdoor
garden altars and people sitting on children's chairs on your sidewalks?
You can visit our
neighborhood in this fascinating city by taking a look at the photos below.
We have a Japanese restauranton our block with some delicious and affordable offerings. The
prices on the above menu run from less than $3USD (the California
Roll) to a little over $5USD a plate. This menu is written in both
English and in Vietnamese, as we are finding most are here in this
It is an every day occurrence to see altars
in Asia. This one has lotus flowers, dragon fruit, candles, incense and other
offerings to a favorite deity.
Outdoor sidewalk restaurant
This restaurant has everything you need to
open up shop. Table, chairs, prepared food dishes, a heat source and a cooler to
keep drinks cold. Notice the steamer (double boiler) on top of charcoal, with
extra charcoal on the side. Restaurants such as this offer a surprisingly
delicious variety of foods.
Every streetside vendor has their own cooler
filled with various beverages. Do you notice some familiar brands here? Mountain
Dew, 7Up, ice tea, bottled waters and more. We notice many western brands of
items here in Asia.
The young set hanging
These kids are just hanging
out having fun with each other and having a soda. Most young people have a
variety of digital gadgetry and are connected to social media.
Family on motorbike
Motorbikes are a favorite
means of transport and in fact, we see more motorbikes than cars on the streets.
Often there will be 4, 5, and even 6 people on a bike, as this is the "family
This is our apartment
building. Our studio suite is on the left side, four floors from the top. We
have great views of the city below.
A conversation between
This bicycle vendor has her
front basket filled with cold drinks and her box in the back has food items she
has for sale. The red chair you see on the right is tied to her bicycle and she
can untie it as need calls. Notice her face mask made of a kerchief. We often
see motorbike riders and even those walking the streets wearing a face mask to
avoid air pollution.
Wide sidewalk has many
These wide sidewalks are
used for parking spaces for motorbikes, little sidewalk restaurants, a walking
area for pedestrians, and for short rides by motorbike as well.
We have noticed that there
is a lot of greenery in
These calla lilies run the whole length of the sidewalk. Trees are mature and
give shade in the hot climate.
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