Photo: Stairways into the Past
I found this gem by accident after venturing to the back area of my favorite restaurant in Phan Rang called Quan Ti Ti.  The owner was very friendly and let me take pictures of it.  He told me these stairways existed since when he was a little kid. (He was in his 60's.)  I've been looking for this kind of architecture to add to my Rediscover Vietnam album.  Unfortunately, I didn't have time to stay and chat with him some more about the history of his house.

I have a feeling this is French inspired from the colors, but the pattern on the rail looks like one of those in the Vietnamese's royal palace in Hue.  This seems like a courtyard originally, because there is no sign of an original roof.  Why would someone design the stairways to the second level on the outside?  This is another piece of nostalgia to add to my collection.

I debated whether to process this photo in its true color to reveal the age of this place.  On the other hand it's a little messy and distracting with the various colors.  Here's the color version.

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Photo: An entrance to a garden restaurant in Saigon, Vietnam

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Photo: How to Avoid Traffic in Vietnam
My title is meant to be humorous, but there's truth to it.  It's obvious there's no traffic when people are asleep at night, but did you know that Vietnamese sleep at noon?  Many businesses close shops between 11:30-1:30 everyday for lunch and nap.  (I emphasized "everyday" because they work 7 days a week.)

I don't know how the culture of napping after lunch started, but I can only guess one reason--no one wants to drive around during the hottest time of the day.  As a result, you won't see that many people on the street during noon time.

Vietnam doesn't have daylight time saving, but they really schedule their activities around the sun to achieve a productive day.  In addition to napping during lunch time, they wake up very early to enjoy a beautiful and cooler morning.  On the same token, they also go to sleep early so they can wake up early the next morning.  Those activities also conserve energy use too.

So if you don't want to put up with traffic, travel around 11:30-1:30.  But don't do business during that time because no one will meet you. =)

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Photo: Motivation Monday - A humble beginning of many businesses
I spotted this scene on my walk in Phan Rang, Vietnam.  The man sitting in the background is the owner of this bicycle.  He's actually tending his kiosk of decal lamination services.  May be he'll continue to sit on this corner for many years to come.  Or may be he'll accrue enough money through keeping operating cost low and living frugally to open a bigger business.  The possibilities are there depending on what he's aiming for.

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Photo: How to help save Planet Earth
With all the technologies and inventions to utilize solar, wind, water, & etc. to cut down pollution, we often overlook some of the simplest ways to save the environment.  Yes, we can hang dry our clothes. There's no need for electricity and plenty of free sunlight and breezy wind being utilized without costs from buying solar panels, windmill, and related expenses.  We can save our planet one clothespin at a time.  Vietnam and other countries adopting this practice are ahead of many advanced Western countries in this area.
Disclaimer This is a half truth half humor post so please take it with a grain of salt. =)

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How to Avoid Traffic in Vietnam
My title is meant to be humorous, but there's truth to it.  It's obvious there's no traffic when people are asleep at night, but did you know that Vietnamese sleep at noon?  Many businesses close shops between 11:30-1:30 everyday for lunch and nap.  (I emphasized "everyday" because they work 7 days a week.)

I don't know how the culture of napping after lunch started, but I can only guess one reason--no one wants to drive around during the hottest time of the day.  As a result, you won't see that many people on the street during noon time.

Vietnam doesn't have daylight time saving, but they really schedule their activities around the sun to achieve a productive day.  In addition to napping during lunch time, they wake up very early to enjoy a beautiful and cooler morning.  On the same token, they also go to sleep early so they can wake up early the next morning.  Those activities also conserve energy use too.

So if you don't want to put up with traffic, travel around 11:30-1:30.  But don't do business during that time because no one will meet you. =)

Please feel free to explore other photos in my #rediscovervietnam series.

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