Point & Shoot

As an ‘instant photographer,’ Moi tells us how the digital revolution is phasing out his job… MOI WALKS THE street every day taking pictures of tourists and the occasional Vietnamese couple who can’t afford a camera. For each successful picture delivered on time, he’s paid VND15,000. He is an ‘instant photographer,’ and his kind is … Read more

This is Half-True

THE MYTH: I’ve lived here for some odd years and have never once seen a helicopter anywhere close to the helicopter pad at Bitexco financial Tower. I was told that helicopters are banned from the skies over downtown HCMC. If this is true, why did Bitexco financial Tower outfit its flagship building with a helicopter pad … Read more

The Journey Home

Faced with a sudden death, a son navigates a labyrinth of paperwork to repatriate his mother’s body back to New Zealand.. Six months ago, new Zealand and Vietnamese news carriers covered a tragic accident that took the life of a new Zealand woman and sent her four-day-old grandson into critical condition. Julie Ferne, who had … Read more

The Mourning After

Granted special access to attend a Vietnamese funeral, Oi was able to gain insight into the traditions and customs that have long mystified expatriates. The funeral rite of Dominico Le Van Thuong, father of four, grandfather of 10, and great grandfather of many more, started with the first rite on Tuesday, March 10, 2013, at … Read more

Self Service

When it comes to customer service here, you’re on your own… THE 21ST CENTURY has brought waves of tourists to Vietnam, attracted by the nation’s undeniable charm, delicious food, cheap souvenirs and natural beauty. According to the HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the city welcomed some 365,000 international tourists in November 2012, up … Read more