Leaving on a Jet Plane

3 11 2016

November 3rd is a national holiday in Japan which this year falls on a Thursday. Decided to take the Friday off and get away.

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My ride this morning after having flown from Tokyo Narita to Hanoi Noibai

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“Immigration Refusal Room” Sounds scary enough.

Now in transit to Yangon, Myanmar.

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Random Hanoi

30 11 2015

Scenes from my trip to Hanoi, Viet Nam last month.

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My Final Meal in Hanoi

27 11 2015

I was very tired by the time I was ready to have dinner on my final night in Hanoi, Viet Nam, which included flying out of the city, Tokyo bound, around midnight.  I also did not have much cash on me.  All things considered, I decided to stop by this restaurant which vaguely seemed familiar from my first visit to Hanoi.

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Eating out in this kind of restaurant when you’re one is difficult as you are expected to share what you order and it ends up feeling overpriced.

Whatever.  All was good. ^^

 





Getting Your Hair Done in Hanoi

26 11 2015

My first visit to Hanoi was in 1999.  I remember seeing this kind of hair salon for men on many street corners.

Fast forward to 2015, it hadn’t changed much except for the sign in English!

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Lunching in Hanoi: It’s Bun Cha Time!

24 11 2015

Bun Cha” is a Vietnamese dish said to have originated in Hanoi for which I had no prior knowledge from my previous trip to the city or from visiting Vietnamese restaurants in general.  Out of several eateries outside the wholesale market, I found my perfect bun cha stall.

A covered alley outside Đồng Xuân Market featuring a variety of food stalls

A covered alley outside Đồng Xuân Market featuring a variety of food stalls

My bun cha lady

My bun cha lady with her grilled pork

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My bowl of bun cha. Sweeter than one would expect and it’s cold (i.e. not warm) broth.

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Stalls offering other dishes.





To Market! in Hanoi

23 11 2015

The big market in Hanoi is a wholesale market called Đồng Xuân Market in the old section of the Vietnamese capital.

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Flower Wreaths in Hanoi

21 11 2015

I was walking through a neighborhood in Hanoi where it seemed like there was a variety of wholesale stores and I came across this shop.

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I immediately thought of something similar in Japan, funeral flower stands that perhaps are not very popular these days due to size and the fact that we do not use fresh flowers as the Vietnamese version does.

The Japanese version which is always a perfect circle and not oval that looks similar to above:  http://daiichizouka.co.jp/funeral/








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