May 18th, 2010

Itinerary | A typical day of work abroad…

6:30am wake up is brutal… but when the trek out to the factory in Vietnam is about 2.5 hours… it’s necessary… on top of that… if you think Boston roads are bad… you need to try the roads in Nam… you actually catch air in your seat… but when you get into the office… You’re greeted with flowers and fruit… I… LOVE… FRUIT.

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I this blog isn’t really about food… and I’m not the one to take pics at restaurants… but sometimes… you just have to say fuck it… and take the shot… I think this was a hairy lychee… the core had the same texture as a lychee/longan.

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I ate about 1/2 of that plate by myself… my coworkers strayed away from it… just a lil’ too foreign to them.

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The plate beside it was this… I don’t know what fruit it was… but it was damn good… sweet… tart… and juicy…

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After a long day of work… we drove out to the ferry and was stuck in traffic… So Toby and I relished the opportunity and jumped out to take a stroll.

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It was nice to have the chance to step outside the “bubble”… even though it was only 1/2 hr or so…  I just wanted to see and take in as much as possible…

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Because it’s a completely different world here…

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I didn’t even notice the “la vie” on the umbrella when I took this shot… I just wanted to capture locals going about their business…

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Isn’t this crazy?? it would be a crazy load for a pick-up truck… but this their norm and their way of life.

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Toby… a fellow colleague… one of those guys you look up to in awe… maybe it’s because he has the heart of an 18 yr old and the wisdom and experience of a 60 yr old… Good times… good conversation…

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Several roosters ready to fight…=(

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So we’ve walked to the end of the road where the ferry station is… and scooters are pilling in at the dock… our van is still far behind…

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We finally get onto the ferry…

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I glad I snapped this pic sticking my cam out the window…

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The cars were so close to each other… I couldn’t even get out of the sliding doors… this was my view for the entire ferry ride… it would’ve been nice shooting from the ferry.

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We finally made it back to Ho Chi Mihn City… but went straight to the “factory dinner”… to have a meal with the factory heads… It was a very pleasant dinner with good company.

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We started off with a spicy & sour soup in a coconut shell… oh yeah… this was fine Vietnamese cuisine… Condalisa Rice has been to this restaurant… it was called the Mandarin I think…

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Next up was the duck wraps… very similar to Peking duck…

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Then it was the prawns… they were amazing… I stopped taking pics after that… don’t know why… maybe I was 3 glasses of wine in.

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After that… we got back to the hotel around 11pm… went up to the lounge and met up with some other peeps… here’s the view from the 10th floor… New World Executive lounge + fridge full of beer = awesome.

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Good friends… good times… we called it a night at 12:30.

1 Comment »

  1. Tsk tsk tsk…disappointed at your fruits knowledge.
    the hairy lychee is rambutan, and the purple fruit is mangosteen.
    Mantosteen is one of my fave!!! Eat more of them if you can..it’s so expensive here.

    Comment by pbfa — May 18, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

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