Hello Saigon turns 7

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It’s been hectic especially now that we’re moving towards the Christmas holiday. But have to take time to mark today as this blog turns 7.

In 7 years, how has Saigon changed through my eyes?

  • Influx of Western fast food (Hello Popeye’s, Texas Chicken, Carl’s Jr., Starbucks, Yellow Cab, Dominos!)
  • Christmas decors that used to be hard to find (Hello Cholon!) can be found at malls now.
  • Traffic is getting way worse with motorbikes competing with lots of cars — partially due to Uber and Grab.
  • I used to pay 10,000 VND riding the shuttle bus from my district to CBD, now I pay 18,000 VND.
  • Nguyen Hue has been hugely transformed. Can’t wait for the subway!
  • A lot of my favorite small shops along Dong Khoi have folded up to give way to bigger businesses. 😦
  • Notre Dame Cathedral is under construction till 2019.
  • Bigger malls.
  • L’usine just opened its 3rd shop.
  • My neighbours are practically non-Vietnamese now — Koreans, Indians, and Japanese.

Do I still find the city exciting? Interesting? It still is.

Ultimately, am still a passerby in this city. And for the opportunity to live here, am filled with so much gratitude.

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