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Street Photography in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)


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The hustle and bustling of Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon) makes it a street photography paradise for some. Unknown to most, this is where a picture speaks a thousand words applies. Due to its affordability and proximity to Singapore, I have the privilege to re-visit places in Ho Chi Minh City. Each time to capture the same places, yet different moments of that split instance.

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P1210374Road side helmet store

P1210530Good morning Saigon

P1210447Breakfast with a view (watching the morning hustle)

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Grab bike driver gathering

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Introduction to the best PokeBowl in Saigon

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@ Poke Saigon!

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You can’t leave Vietnam without trying one of these street side Banh Mi

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Give this touristy Ben Thanh Street Food Market a miss

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This grandma made super nice fried rice!

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Chill out at one of these wifi coffee shops, this is a vietnamese must-do!

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Fried Vietnamese Spring Rolls! Put it on the list!

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Banh Mi again! Plenty of variations and each street store is different.

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Binh Tay Market (District 5, Chinatown)

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The man behind the camera

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Behind every camera-man, is a successful lady

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Travel, Vietnam

The Foodie Guide To Ho Chi Minh City


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To begin with, I am not a foodie, not even an amateur one. But the variety of food in Vietnam keeps me up with this post to help fellow travelers who are visiting Ho Chi Minh City. This will be covering the food places I have been to and found the food to be special and worthy of a try. I have included some of the addresses with it.

  • Coffee

Nobody can miss a trip to Vietnam without trying the Vietnamese coffee. With the exception of people who are allergic to coffee, you should definitely try it at one of their traditional or western coffee shops. I would recommend Trung Nguyen Coffee, be it you want to take a sip in their shop or buy some coffee back home. There are many outlets in Ho Chi Minh City and you can walk around bumping into one easily. – Boba-net Cafe. I find their black coffee really strong and fragrant. 54 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

IMG_0702Trung Nguyen Coffee Shop

IMG_0616Caramel Frappe. Too westernized but a cup of this certainly helps after a hot day on the streets of Saigon.

  • Bánh bèo

These are tasty little rice cakes made in the most traditional way, originated from Hue. They are usually accompanied with coconut filings and green onions. It is similar to the Singapore/Malaysia rice cakes but must less oily and taste differently. I tried an assortment of them and they all tasted pretty good. – Nha hang Ngon, 160 Pasteur, Bến Nghé Quận 1 Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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IMG_0629Top choice not only for rice cakes, but for other Vietnamese food too. Prices are pretty reasonable.

  • Bánh mì

It is also known as the Vietnamese baguette which was introduced by the French during the colonial period. It comes with different filings, from hams to beef to eggs and topped with vegetables such as cucumbers and carrots. I like it especially when the french loaf is toasted before eating, it just makes the whole feel better. It is commonly found on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Perfect for breakfast.

IMG_0647A typical Bánh mì street store

IMG_0656This egg Bánh mì costs Dong 15000, slightly less than SGD 1.

IMG_0612Try one of the flipping master noodles!

  • Pho

The dish that is most commonly know around the world as Vietnamese food. Try one of this and see if it matches the one elsewhere in the world. One thing I realized about Vietnamese food is that they always comes with an additional serving of raw vegetables and lime. Initially, I am not really used to it but I love it after some time. Talking about eating healthy, this is.

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  • Seafood

Try all the seafood you can get in Ho Chi Minh City! Prices are reasonable because Vietnam is surrounded by sea and that means there is an abundance of seafood. If you ever get to Binh Thanh district, you can trying prawning there and they will cook your fresh catches for you. – Hồ Câu Tôm Giải Trí Thanh Đa, 428 Bình Quới, 28, Bình Thạnh, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam. IMG_0714

FullSizeRenderOne of the freshest prawns I had in a long time

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  • Bun Moc

Now, here’s the number 1 in this post. I saved the best for the last. Bun Moc is a soup dish made from pork bones and paste. It comes from northern Vietnam. The most important part of this dish is the soup base. I had some recommendations from local friends and found this to be the better one. – Bum Moc Thanh Mai, 52 Nguyễn An Ninh, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam.

YDXJ0236Look out for this exclusive bun moc shop near Benh Thanh Market

IMG_0697This bowl of Bun Moc costs Dong 50000

IMG_0700The fresh coconut drink costs Dong 15000, well less than SGD 1.

IMG_0670This costs Dong 30000, look at the discrepancy in prices when there are price discrimination.

I hope I will or had succeeded in making your Ho Chi Minh City trip a little tastier!

Photography, Travel, Vietnam

Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral In Black And White


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And so I returned to the cathedral in 2015.

These images were taken with Samyang 12mm f/2.0 that was recently released, known as Rokinon in North America. This is a fully manual wide angle lens featuring manual aperture ring and manual focus. Truly a gem to behold for micro 4/3 users. I am still playing around with it and I will test it out for astrophotography soon.

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cám ơn and tạm biệt.