If I ever get back to Hà Nội or any cities in Vietnam again, I must add in my itinerary to spend a whole day sitting in a shaded corner by the road and just take countless pictures of Vietnamese people riding their bicycles and motorbikes on the streets. It's so entertaining to watch them pass by.
My favorite area to people watch would definitely have to be in the Old Quarter. I don't think I'll ever get bored there. Ever. Like that scene on the 3rd picture, for example. Who else do you know, genius enough to put and arrange tall plants at the back of their motorbikes? Seriously
I wish to be friends with those two ladies walking by Hồ Hoàn Kiếm.
Hand sewn wall arts patterned from a variety of artworks (photographs, paintings etc) done by disabled Vietnamese citizens. The government gives jobs to them and even recognize them by displaying their names and pictures on their finished wall art.
I bought one artwork with little knowledge that I could have bought it in Old Quarter for less than half the price I paid for.
FYI: Don't give in to the cuteness of most Vietnamese salesmen.
Possibly the funniest moment of our entire first day would have to be this scene. We saw this barber shop on the corner outside Temple of Literature while me and my friends were walking and of course, we had to take a few shots. The barber noticed us endlessly pressing the shutter button and he immediately pulled this sheet of white cardboard in the corner of his bag. The sign read "Photo $1".
You know what happened next.
While other tourists were busy taking pictures of the insides of the Temple of Literature, I was busy taking pictures of these little figurines atop some potted plant.
While on the canoe on our way back from Chùa Hương, I overheard these people exchanging words I cannot comprehend. The one rowing must have been their mom and she must have been angry to these three boys, that or she just talks in full volume. I could care less about what they were talking/arguing about though. What struck me was, why did they let that poor woman row a canoe that is an hour and a half ride long?! And then I looked back and I remembered that the rower of ours was also a woman and there were about 6 of us. 3 asians and 3 europeans twice the 3 boys' weight. LOL
When I'm able to snap moments like these, I could no longer care if the photo is poorly exposed.
Cable car ride on our way to Chùa Hương.
We were with a Singaporean couple and a lovely lady from Argentina, probably in her 50s, who possibly has collected a million stamps on her passport. She constantly travels and has been to countless places we can only dream of. While inside the cable car, my friends were discussing about this certain place that I didn't even know about. She overheard the conversation and uttered "Oh yes, that's in Petra, Jordan. I've been there and it's so beautiful". When we asked if she's married she said with a smile "Yes, but my husband is in Argentina, taking care of our children. He is set to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro after I get back to have my turn in babysitting."
Boy, I wish to be like her when I'm in my 50s.
Fancy little cave that triggered my claustrophobia in some areas.
Lovely Vietnamese girl, age 12 who approached me and asked how old I am without even asking what my name is. Such a cute way to start a conversation that ended only after an exchange of two rather short questions because she can no longer understand anything longer than one sentence in English.
Ha Long Bay goodness.
I am quite disappointed with the rest of my photos of this place. I might have passed some of my films of them again under airport x-rays before that I haven't noted about. Le sigh.
Me trying to finish a roll whilst inside the cabin.
Taken by fellow film photographer friend, Stann
I'm ever so happy to have met so many wonderful people along the way. Though, there were times were I felt lethargic and I opted to sleep rather than to mingle.
I'd have to say that It was an overall lovely 4 days but it would have been way lovelier if we stayed longer. I enjoyed it nevertheless :)