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Three-phase power in Vietnam

02/04/2018 Leave a comment

When I was in Vietnam for a holiday with my wife a couple of years back, I came upon this three-phase switchboard near the kitchen of a restaurant. It shows how much we take for granted electricity-wise. All the same, maybe it would have been wise of the people who owned this restaurant to have a proper switchboard in the future!

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Wealth in Vietnam grew by 210% in the last 10 years

25/02/2018 1 comment

I took this picture in Ho Chi Minh city near The Majestic Hotel where I stayed. I have had two visits to Vietnam and I have always loved it there. I see huge potential in Vietnam and therefore, I was not surprised at all to read this article. It stated that Vietnam’s emergence as a global manufacturing hub has helped lead it to the No. 1 spot on a list of countries ranked by wealth growth over the past 10 years. I have seen it with my own eyes at what this country is capable of, and I have only been there twice. Apparently, analysts cite low labour costs and a highly specialized workforce as the key to propelling Vietnam to the top of Southeast Asian supply chains, leading to a substantial jump in foreign direct investment.

I have not given up the hope of spending my retirement years there. I have friends who live there that tell me of its potential. You never know what the future will bring. I just might plan for it.

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Where to change money in Vietnam

06/01/2017 Leave a comment

When my wife and I went to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam, we changed money after exiting the customs at the airport. It was located next to the place where they sell phone cards. There are some money changers that offer a very good rate and I have had no issue with changing money there. But wait. What if you run out of dong while in Vietnam? Simple. You go to a jewellery shop, like the one pictured above. They offer the best rate for your money. We found ourselves going shopping crazy in Vietnam and we had to visit this jewellery shop a couple of times to change our Singapore dollars. So remember, go to the jewellery shops, not the money changers!

Interesting office building in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

23/10/2016 Leave a comment

While walking at the Nguyen Hue walking street, I came across this very interesting building in Ho Chi Minh. Just look at this picturesque building with 7 floors of coffeeshops, restaurants and more. And all of them look different, adding colour to the building. A building like this is just what is needed in Singapore but nowhere to be found.

I looked up one of the tenants with a signboard in this picture. Delight Kafe & Tea. I managed to find the Facebook page and also the address of this building. The address is Apartment No. 42 Nguyen Hue, Nguyen Hue Boulevard, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I am kicking myself for not visiting this building. So much to see and do in Vietnam. I need to go there more.

Nguyen Hue walking street from Rex Hotel

17/10/2016 Leave a comment

One day, while catching the lift to go to the restaurant on the 5th floor of the Rex Hotel (the hotel my wife and I were staying in while we were in Ho Chi Minh City), we took a look out of a balcony next to the lift lobby. Before us lay a fantastic view of the famous Nguyen Hue walking street and it looked so nice that I snapped a picture of it. You can see from the image that on the top left of the picture, there are some roadworks going on. Apparently, this is to build a metro, something like our SMRT back home. But the construction did not spoil the lovely scenery below.

Motorcycles and motor-scooters in Vietnam

16/10/2016 Leave a comment

I took this picture in Saigon when my wife was in a store shopping. This is an example of one of the many motor scooters I saw zipping around Vietnam, in traffic that I can only describe as crazy. The people that ride these motor scooters are pretty skillful in their handling of it, being able to mount kerbs and literally avoiding people crossing the street. Some of the motorcycles I have seen in the street, like the one pictured in the foreground…I do not know if they will even pass a vehicle inspection test in Singapore. But then again, if it works, who cares? And that is what makes Vietnam a lovely country

Broken rice restaurant in Saigon, Vietnam

15/10/2016 Leave a comment

One thing I love about Vietnam is the food. Glorious food it is too. Take for example, this “broken rice” restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City. It is located at the famous Nguyen Hue walking square. We did not get the chance to eat it on this last trip because we were too busy getting our fill of pho. But check it out if you get there because it is really delicious and there are so many different combinations to choose from. And, I might add, it is not expensive too.