City Diary

Will Vietnam ever be clean? Since the first caveman threw away a banana peel and the caveman behind him complained, mankind has been grappling with litterbugs
    Vietnamese excuses: Five things at once Published: 05/21/2016 13:49 Getting my students to remember and hand in homework is like trying to find an empty road in Vietnam
    Patronage of the arts in Vietnam Published: 05/12/2016 20:48 Vietnamese artistic talent needs to make itself better known locally. As local massive wealth presents itself in personal possessions - giant houses, giant cars, giant TVs
    Make traffic lights smarter to relieve Ho Chi Minh City congestion: expat Published: 05/09/2016 20:00 Radhanath Varadan, an Indian who has been living in Vietnam for 15 years, has suggested that in order to reduce congestion on Ho Chi Minh City roads, traffic lights should be made smarter. While he is also quick to admit that he is no expert on traffic, he believes none of it is rocket science
    Ho Chi Minh City should preserve its history and develop education: expats Published: 05/04/2016 17:34 Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper’s forum on Ho Chi Minh City’s future aspirations has received opinions from a number of expats who live and work in the city
    Vietnam angle: Travel muddles the mind Published: 04/25/2016 11:55 Whoever said, ‘Travel broadens the mind,’ needs psychiatric help. After a week of tiring and tangled travelling abroad and back, I’ve concluded that the world is mostly insane
    Swimming in a drought in Vietnam Published: 04/24/2016 18:14 It’s the worst drought the country has faced in the past 90 years
    Nguyen Hue pedestrian street: To eat or not to eat? Published: 04/19/2016 19:06 Some expats have shared their opinions with Tuoi Tre News on a regulation banning visitors from eating and drinking on the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 in order to keep it free from trash
    Changing fortunes in Vietnam Published: 04/10/2016 18:02 My young puppy, Lulu, is now liberated after weeks of wearing a plaster cast, and is grinning from ear to ear. On a quiet Monday recently, I had a motorbike accident and burned my leg. Now I’m limping and she’s bouncing around
    A prang in the Vietnamese way Published: 03/30/2016 10:18 Living here without having had a traffic accident can be explained by dumb luck, awesome road skills, Buddha looking after you or the fact that you drive exclusively in an empty field
    Written from Vietnam: Easter...What’s that? Published: 03/25/2016 14:21 I think it’s pretty funny that the mostly vegetarian Vietnamese have supermarkets full of Western candy. Whole rows of imported chocolate stacked to the point that I’m afraid to select a packet out for fear of collapsing the entire shelf

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