Pictures from the Road, Saigon

I’ve never much tried to pick individual stocks for gain. My reasoning is, people dedicate their lives to understanding the stock market, have far more expertise than I, and still great hordes of them turn out to be wrong. In a similar way, I don’t presume special knowledge on “the dichotomy between those who revere saints and those who rail against their hypocrisy.” But it was an enjoyable experience to be among believers at Easter mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon.

Those pop-up greeting cards are a thing in Saigon.

Flower Blossom soup, Nam Pla Thai restaurant.

Can’t recommend the Spicies of Feet. Can recommend the restaurant. Can’t find if it has a web site.

 

You just never know.

It gets hot in the Ben Thanh market, Saigon.

On the street, too.

Ad from Truong Van Ben Soap Company in Ho Chi Minh City Museum.

See you next week.

Photo A Day, More Ho Chi Minh City

And again, Ho Chi Minh City, April 2019, this one a three-shot panorama from atop the Ben Thanh Tower. If you’re patient and allow it to load from this link (it will take a minute), you can explore the entire 44 inches of the width of this photo in detail.

These (mostly) daily photos are collecting in one place on Earthphotos.com. We’ll be on the road for a few months, so we’ve called the archive page Around the World, Slowly. Come see.

Nowadays, the Money Is the Message

Government messages like this used to be ubiquitous in Vietnam. Today things are way less doctrinaire as Ho Chi Minh City reaches for the sky. Everywhere you look there’s space for rent. Like here:

And look, there’s an old-fashioned government-approved-style cartoon slogan at that top of that building. A closer look:

Google Translate has it as “determined to build Ho Chi Minh City with good quality, civilized, modern and love.”

And good old capitalist rent. Phone numbers just down the side of the building.