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Back in Saigon

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The bus ride back to Ho Chi Minh city was thankfully less painful, and concludes the forever rides of Vietnam. The driver (who had lived with us for the past 6 days, ate, slept and drove for free) was given 8 million Viet-dong and was sent on his way. Not a bad way to make a living in Vietnam.

The sentiments of family is a universal, “thank GOD we’re back.” As a sort of treat to ourselves, we went to the cleanest Pho restaurant dong could buy, followed by dessert at our neighboring establishment: Beauty Salon Duyen Dang 2. A massage parlor.

The  brochure itself is practically a catalog of the girls they have to offered. Luckily my mother and her sister’s agreed that there was little to no Black Magic risk at the salon. The hotel receptionist I talked to would care to differ though. Only after leaving the place he goes “girls no good” to me. I pantomime scratched my crotch while cj said the Vietnamese word for crab, and his response was to shave. I then said “dee-dee-dee-dai” (Go, pee pee) and made a pained expression, he laughed and repeated “girls no good”.

I’ve since rationalized that the gonnorhea etc. is worth sitting a room full of groaning relatives and hearing Andrew yell “Oh YEAH!” when turned into a pretzel.

The cj, Stewart our cousin Loan (the newly wed) and I ended up visiting the club scene of Ho Chi Minh. What we really did was end up crashing a birthday party, dancing by ourselves on a techno-flashing platform while being watched by 3 plus security gaurds. I don’t know if you’ve ever had security gaurds watch you pee, then have them smile at you and tell your cousin “we are here to protect you, have fun”, but it is definitely club life Vietnam style.

Today is my last day, unfortunately, in Vietnam. We will visit the tailor for a second fitting, maybe catch one last Cao Dai temple, see the house my mother grew up in for 16 years and then celebrate my Uncle’s birthday.


Written by Daniel

November 3, 2008 at 2:13 am

Posted in vietnam

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