Friday, September 19, 2008


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This is something you'll see quite a lot in Hanoi: a bicycle heavily loaded with coal cylinders. They're used by the street restaurant and you'll notice them on the road at the end of the day, when they will have been consumed.

Okay, I'm off to France tonight for two weeks and I'll be happy to post more pictures when I'm back in Vietnam! Stay tuned.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hot club

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Bumped into this club when I was walking around - made me smile.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


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[one of the victory monuments around town]

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wedding prep

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When I say everything here happens in the street, it really is the case. Proof to the point: this wedding car being covered with flowers and ribbons. There are some common points between East and West, aren't there?

Monday, September 15, 2008


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Remember the tube-house? Here's the front door!

Sunday, September 14, 2008


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As promised the other day, here's a close-up of a Mid-Autumn cake (a.k.a. bánh trung thu); these are been sold all over the place until today!
Incredibly rich, they can be made of lotus seeds, black sesame, durian, and many other things. This one contains green sticky rice and a yolk from a salted duck egg. Very yummy but having more than one wedge is proving itself extremely challenging!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Eclipse... not

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Hanoi's skies are very peculiar, especially at this time of the year; often grey, it takes some time to get used to. But I think this one is pretty cool! Have a good weekend, everyone.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Green overflow

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I often walk around looking above my head to catch unusual stuff... Couldn't help but notice this elaborate plant overflowing the balcony; someone must have a green hand - at least greener than mine, as all plants that are on my balcony are dying on me!

Thursday, September 11, 2008


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Today sees this blog's hundredth post! The past week has been keeping me uber-busy with work and I didn't have as much time as I wanted to wander around and take photos. So here's another sight from my neighborhood, which I'm still crazy about!

Stick around... More Hanoian pics to come!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


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[behind Dong Xuan market]

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


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Here's a shop where you can buy ornaments to be displayed on the small 'houses' for the departed.. Always reminds me of Thailand, where such a tradition is also still very vivid.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Blood orange

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Funky color for a house. Would you dare?

Sunday, September 7, 2008


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Time for a casual chit-chat in front of the temple... Nothing beats that.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Bún chả

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Rice noodles, pork meat and some broth; simple yet delicious! 

Friday, September 5, 2008


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Vespa shops are blossoming in every part of the city, offering the cute, colorful scooters to those interested - well, for a nifty price tag. I'm dying to get one!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bánh trung thu

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Like in China, Singapore, Malaysia, and a couple of other asian countries, now is the time for the Mid-autumn Festival preparation; the associated legends that go around it vary from place to place, and Vietnam's version is about Thằng Cuội, where the banyan trees were sacred, people were forbidden to urinate at the foot of the tree.

The official date for the festival falls September 14th this year; but the delicious mooncakes - a.k.a. bánh trung thu - that are used for the occasion are already for sale! Hold your breath, I'll be posting a picture of one of those cakes sometime before that!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


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Many taxi drivers around here have pineapples in their cars. Yes, pineapples. How random is that?

Some say it's a good odor-absorber, but really, I don't know. What's your theory?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

National Day

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63 years ago, Hồ Chí Minh was declaring the independence of Vietnam and the creation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

I really wanted to join the celebrations but got stuck at work until 11.30pm and was only able to take a photo behind an empty stage.. I hope I'll be able to catch it next year!

Happy National Day to all the Vietnamese out there.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Theme Day: Sister Cities

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[Zhang Xiaogang - photo by Natalie Behring]

Beijing is one of Hanoi's sisters cities, and there truly is no doubt about that. Regardless of the cultural differences felt by Chinese and Vietnamese people, I can't help but think there is an interesting similarity between those two powers: Shanghai and Saigon are their economic centers, defying their old communist doctrines; while Beijing and Hanoi keep a somewhat more nonchalant pace, maintaining themselves at the political and cultural forefront.

This photo by Natalie Behring (a Beijing-based photographer) features one of the capital's prominent artists - Zhang Xiaogang. Mr. Zhang is well-known for his paintings, some of which show stiff, monochromatic portraits of Chinese families, reminiscent of the official photographs from the 1950s.

I really, really like Natalie's photos; go check them out on her website.

148 City Daily Photo blogs are participating in this theme ; click here to view thumbnails for all participants or visit each of the following blogs separately:

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