As usual with moving house Internet access has been hard to come by and I've not had the chance to snap many pictures either. But here are a few observations so far:
What used to be a quaint little hotel on the corner of De Tham and Bui Vien has changed into this garish monstrosity. Crazy Buffalo. At night the neon lights up some multicoloured steam....
On a positive note (I think) one Lotteria has actually gone (probably replaced by another 16 elsewhere). Allez Boo is back, just on the opposite corner where the Lotteria was for a while.
One of the top five urine smelling streets in Saigon has been cleaned up as well, this is the little bit of pavement running from PNL up to Le Lai. It used to be a green fence that was saturated in cyclo driver by-product, no it looks a lot better.
Finally, the Phy My bridge is ready for opening in September. Looks pretty good! It will connect district seven to district two. I am hoping, praying, that it will take away the need for the heavy container traffic from the ports to travel through District 4 and then along Ton Duc Thang to get out of the city.
1) A gaggle of women in Chi's mum's neighbourhood said we should put a T-shirt on Louisa to keep her lungs warm.
2) On two separate occasions a taxi driver has tried to insert the pushchair into his saloon car boot before folding it up.
3) Everyone thinks Louisa is a boy because she didn't have her ears pierced in the delivery room.