So, let's get started.
This post may be the most riveting on TFW yet, it's entirely about rubble.....
The astonishing rate of growth in Vietnam is astonishing. I just said astonishing twice because I'm so astonished by it. The old District One is slowly being demolished and replaced with sleek glass office buildings and expensive apartment blocks. Diamond Plaza is quaking in it's boots at the number of new shopping centers planned or under construction. It is easy to get ahead of oneself when thinking of HCMC's develpoment but remember, DP is the biggest shopping center in town -- PATHETIC! I was just in the KLCC, Kuala Lumpar, you need a map and some flares in that place -- they have a 4 floor Parksons inside the department store. There's also Times Square and the Mid Valley Mega Mall (over 4 million sq ft) which are even bigger (they have search and rescue teams in these ones). Anyway, I digress.
It's gotten to the stage where I picture old decrepid D1 buildings as guilty school children loitering at the back of the classroom hoping the teacher doesn't notice the smashed window. Their days are numbered. Here are some of the sites that are currently ready for huge new projects and once completed will really have changed the entire face of D1. For those who have recently been in Vietnam and are familiar with 'Saigon Sqaure', take a look at it now! A Japanese corporation is developing here.
Don't go just yet, I have more pictures of building sites for you....back in town is this one on Le Thanh Ton, just down the road from the nearly completed Lancaster -- the security gaurd is just off to see what in God's name I am taking a picture of. Ooo they don't like any kind of intrusion on their turf. I'd gone by the time he turned around and wagged his finger anyway.
Don't know what's gonna be here, but I'm sure the location is recognisable to anyone who's been to Saigon -- the New World Hotel with its tasteful shade of yellow stands in the background.
And finally, it seems like it was only yesterday that I noticed this pile of rubble which is now a finished building, although it wasn't yesterday of course, it just seemed like yesterday. This is the corner of Dong Khoi and Le Loi, just before the Opera House.
With all this constructing going on, who can blame these guys for grabbing some shut-eye, allbeit in a rather unorthadox place, i.e, on the street.