Thursday, February 25, 2010

Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

We're back after a whirlwind 2 weeks in Vietnam celebrating the Tet New Year - Goodbye Year of the Ox and Hello Year of the Tiger! We're decompressing, because it was a whirlwind! Hitting up as many of our favorite spots and checking out new ones. Pictures, stories, and yes more food related drooling to come!

The year of the Tiger represents bravery and tenacity. Last year's zodiac, year of the Ox, represented hard work. Because we know how hard those oxen work! And this year there was a lot of talk about how everyone will have to be tenacious when it comes to what they want in the upcoming year. Here's to another great year that looks to be as powerful and wild as the Tiger represents!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Saigon Shout Out!

Have we mentioned how much we love Saigon, Vietnam? It is easily one of our favorite cities in the world, and when we found this YouTube video of Saigon Miniture City Time Lapse - Tilt Shift made in 2007 by a Our Man in Hanoi, we honestly teared up.

Saigon does that to you. It's as if the video was made to capture our favorite memories and places in Saigon:

The bus stop where we first set foot in this amazing city

The vendors putting up umbrellas at Ben Thanh Market in preparation for the night market

The tropical park in front of the Opera House where people gather at dusk/dawn to do group tai chi

The Scooters

The murky Saigon River full of life

The New World Hotel

The crazy muli-lane turnarounds

Reunification Palace with it's treelined avenues

Close up of the Rex Hotel where Mike proposed

The Notre Dame Cathedral

Saigon isn't the most beautiful city in the world. Unlike other cities (European ones come to mind) the buildings and city itself are not the attraction, it's the people - full of life, humor, and purpose. What other city could make riding around on a scooter a daily evening event! We can't express enough how much we love Saigon and can't wait to go back for more!