Inspired by herdailydigest’s 15 Things U need 2 know about Vietnam, I present some differences between the Filipinos and Vietnamese way of doing things. This is to also give my friends some insight on what’s it like living here — because they always ask me and like herdailydigest, I’ve become desensitized to the way things are done here in Vietnam. It’s not like I have a choice anyway.
VN: Make sure your bills are crisp. Folds, tears, and creases can make your money void. PH: If you can still tape your money whole, it still has value — even if it looks like a jigsaw puzzle!
VN: Banks take a break from 12 NN to 1 PM.
PH: Banks are open during lunch hours as this is the only time office workers can do bank transactions.
Almost everybody takes a break during lunch here in Vietnam — well except for restaurants of course.
I remember buying at McDo in Manila when I told the cashier I want my food for “Take away.” She looked at me as if I was a weirdo.
VN: If it’s just a little rain, you don’t need to use an umbrella.
PH: If you’re in the Philippines, even if it’s just ambon, you run for cover! And for sure, umbrellas will pop open one by one.
In Vietnam, what’s a little rain when people drive in their motorbikes with only raincoats to ward off the rain and cold?
VN: There are no 3-in-1 decaffeinated coffees sold in groceries — and hardly in local coffee shops.
PH: There’s decaf!
VN: Wi-fi connection is everywhere and for free!
PH: Sadly, it’s not the case in the Philippines. Even coffee giant Starbucks will ask you to pay for wi-fi. Buti sana kung mabilis!
VN: There are no city trains. Trains in Vietnam get you from Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh and everything in between.
PH: There are city trains.
VN: Public buses are managed by the government and runs from approximately 5:30 am till 8 PM.
PH: Public buses are managed by private companies but operate almost round the clock.
VN: Easy to get a taxi cab. Hardly no cab will turn you away if you need one to get you from point A to point B.
PH: You have tell the cab driver first where you’re going and he will decide if he can take you or not.
VN: Pedestrian lanes are just suggestions.
PH: If you cross the street without using the pedestrian lanes, you’ll die according to the MMDA! Hehehe!
PH: There is an abundance of U-turn slots that try the patience of drivers.
VN: What’s a U-turn slot?
But honestly, I wish there were U-turn slots here in Vietnam. It’s safer for vehicles and pedestrians.
Both VN and PH, sometimes use candy as “change”. Question: Can I collect the candies and use them all to buy something in the store? 😛