In the category of You never know what you’re going to see when you walk outside in Saigon, this enterprising guy is rolling out the karaoke to drum up sales of his brushes and nail clippers. Coming across locals gathered around a little karaoke setup, often wailing into the mic, in the front rooms of little houses crammed into back alleys in Saigon or scattered amid rice patties and coconut palms on the coast, is quite common. A blind guy singing with a pushcart, not so much.
We arrived back in Ho Chi Minh City three weeks ago and have been searching for the perfect apartment, which has been an elusive species. The real estate agent racket is relatively new to this metropolis, and most of the agents can’t understand why we don’t want to live in the expat towers mushrooming on the outskirts. But we want to live in Vietnam, in a local area, which means District 1 or 3, or very local like the district where we will likely get a flat, Phu Nhuan. On a stroll through the new neighborhood today, I came across the singing salesman and a couple of delivery guys offloading an air-conditioner from a motorcycle seat — one of many examples of using the bikes as pickup trucks, hauling massive loads of TVs, rice, plate glass, whatever. Earlier, I saw a guy on a motorbike with a steel bracket 10-yards long pulling into traffic going the wrong way. The extraordinary sites on the streets are unending, like this baby sandwiched between two women on a scooter, shot as my Grab bike driver stoped at traffic light; the saucer of brains on a raw meat tray on a bucket in a local market, where the stalls are laden with tropical fruits and vegetables and myriad pieces of butchered animals. (I couldn’t figure out what animal the brains came from); roosters pecking through trash on a typically congested city street with motorbikes riding on the sidewalks, and this construction job on the street corner next to a Buddhist temple, reflecting the rampant development large and small throughout this incredible city. #karaoke#pushcart#brush#entrepreneur#saigon#vietnam#motorbike#scooter#rooster#construction#brains#rawmeat