Vietnam – Summer 2011 – Day 1

Vietnam – Summer 2011 – Day 1

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I woke up to a nice hot styrofoam box of com tam bi suon cha (broken rice with shredded pork, pork chop, and pork casserole) bought down the street from my uncle’s house. We stayed in Quan Tan Phu about 15 minutes to the west of Tan Son Nhut International Airport.

Outside, I could see my aunt picking various fruits such as “chom chom” (rambutan), “sau rieng” (durian), and purple mangosteen from a fruit cart vendor that rolled up outside the house.

This day, we made a trip out to the country side to visit the hometown of my ancestors in Kinh Nuoc Man, about a 2 hour trip outside of the City (Ho Chi Minh City).  

This is where my mom’s mom’s family have lived for hundreds of years, with a initial ancestor being a member of the Teochiu people of China who came to Vietnam who knows when.

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com tam bi suon cha (broken rice with shredded pork, pork chop, and pork casserole)
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a kitten awakens in the house
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meow!

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bear the guard dog!

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My aunt checking out the fruit cart

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Durian checking

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Mangosteen, a bit of a sour fruit

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On the roadside throughout Vietnam, there are durian stalls like this one seen here. Summer is fruit season in Vietnam!

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A few years ago, they mandated that all motorcycle riders must wear helmets or face penalties. A great law to make the roads a litttle safer!

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On the way to the country, you could see the large cranes around the City building new apartments and office building. Ho Chi Minh City is changing and growing every day.

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Letter Y Bridge in Saigon, Vietnam



5 COMMENTS

  1. I was reluctant to read the captions / scroll down further, after you showed the photos of the dog and the cat – thinking they were going to be shown as a meal in the subsequent photo. Thank goodness you showed each in their domesticated state.

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