saigon after dark..

1/2/1968

South Vietnam National Police Chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executes suspected Viet Cong member Nguyen Van Lem, on the second day of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War.

On 31 January 1968, the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong launched a large-scale offensive attacking most major cities in South Vietnam simultaneously. The attacks came as a complete surprise for both the South Vietnamese Army and the American Army, as the Vietnamese Lunar New Year holiday of Tet had just begun, and a ceasefire had been announced for the duration of the holiday. Within a day, the streets of Saigon, a presumed safe hold, had turned into a battlefield. It would take the South Vietnamese Army and the American forces two weeks to regain control of the city.

The photographer Eddie Adams reported that after the shooting, Loan approached him and said, ” they killed many of our people and yours too” then walked away.

That was then , nearly 50 years later.. In late March 2017 a group of Malaysian flew over to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) on a company sponsored trip.

They tasted Vietnam black coffee, visited the war museum and cruised the Mekong river.

When the sun in Saigon has set itself for the day this group of people will then click on to their buddies and together they turn frenzy at the shopping streets.

Somehow there are always items seems still missing from the list and needed to be bought before flying home despite spending all the 3 nights at the Duong Nguyen An Minh aka the Malaysia street. If you runs out of VND you can always use the RM alternatively.

In Duong Nguyen An Minh if  you accidentally stepped on someone’s toes it is mostly likely be the toes of a Malaysian Makciks.

The Vietnam war ended some 40 years ago, yet its aftereffects remains visible until today. Despite the agonies of the war onto its people, the Vietnamese seems to have moved on.

And this young man probably a 3rd generation of post-war is happy to obliged  for a pose together when we visited the Cu Chi Tunnels.


jom kita berlabuh..

The states of Perak, Pahang and Trengganu are promoting tourism visits to their respective state simultaneously in this year 2017.

While Pahang’s effort is quite noticeable on TV, Perak with their heavy tagline world of wonders.. however seems too quiet though ..

At the beginning of the year Trengganu just could not be seen emphasizing this agenda as they are coping to a more urgent matter ie the flooding in the state. But the Englishman conversing in fluent local dialect  Mat Dan Kaki Jalan is gaining tremendous popularity as an unofficial ambassador for the east coast state.

In fact all the three states are facing similar predicaments. The flooding not only affected the three states but also to other areas in the states like Selangor and  even Johore.

And we are already nearing the end of first quarter of the year, i guess i better check how they fare ..and nobody is going to pay me for doing that.

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Introducing my own humble hometown…

Some sceneries captured around Port Klang.

 


teluk senangin..

 

The scenery above was captured at the fishing village of  Kampung Batu 3, Segari in the district of Lumut, Perak.

We made a detour and stop over that evening to get some fresh supply of sea foods we hope to grilled while spending the night in Teluk Senangin by the beach.

We managed to buy and make do with some L size prawns at RM48/kg. while the boat for the fishes and squids was yet to arrive according to the fishmonger. Maybe some other time, we just did not want to wait. Beside the prawns, we also had chickens on the ember that night.

 

This probally the typical scenario in the morning at the beach where a veteran fisherman, i chatted with, and his big family lives. The catch was not that good today, he said.

The boats arrived at the beach  in the morning with the catch in a few bundle of nets. His son who has taken his role casting the crabs will then disentangle the crabs and some fishes that are trapped with it.

He don’t have to reach to customers, because they are always standing there waiting for him to finish the job. The catch you see in this picture was ours. We manage to booked it first before the others. Rm25/kg.

We drove home from Teluk Senangin  to traffic crawl last Monday just before the Sultan Yusuff Bridge which crosses the Sungai Perak in Teluk Intan. The price you normally pay for travelling during a festival holidays in Malaysia.

If the end of the previous weeks supposed to be a weekend getaway then we have gotten away practically every week! I am staying put and be lazy this weekend, schools is about to reopen.


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