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Vietnam at Night, 1 a.m., Part 1.

Can’t Sleep Jet Lag.

When I can’t sleep from my 12-hour jet lag, I go driving around Vietnam on my motorbike. The city is quiet, and the lights sparkle all over the from the rain. The pollution has been moderate at around 70 PM2.5 AQI and the weather is cool at 80 degrees. We can smell the Vietnamese jasmine blooming on the jade trees, blowing through the wind.

 

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New Construction in Nhà Bè (Photo/Paul) HCMC, Vietnam, June 17, 2018.

 

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Cross Light Next to Quốc Cường Gia Lai in District 7 (Photo/Paul) HCMC, Vietnam, June 17, 2018.

 

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Bridge from Nhà Bè to District 7 (Photo/Paul) HCMC, Vietnam, June 17, 2018.

 

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Bridge from District 7 to Nhà Bè (Photo/Paul) HCMC, Vietnam, June 17, 2018.

 

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Street View in Phú Mỹ Hưng (Photo/Paul) HCMC, Vietnam, June 17, 2018.

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Vietnam at Night, 1 a.m., Part 2.

Rainy Season.

May was hot with blue skies. We hardly got any rain. I counted the days. There were only 5 of them. When June came around, it started raining. It rains everyday now. Nairobi flies come in at night. If they are brushed off from our skin, then they leave an acid burn. In America, it’s dark at night. In Vietnam, the city comes alive with fluorescent colored lights buzzing around.

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Villa Being Built in Phú Mỹ Hưng (Photo/Paul) HCMC, Vietnam, June 17, 2018.

 

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Lavida Residence by Quốc Cường Gia Lai Construction in District 7 (Photo/Paul) HCMC, Vietnam, June 17, 2018.

 

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Graffiti in Phú Mỹ Hưng (Photo/Paul) HCMC, Vietnam, June 17, 2018.

 

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Lucky Hotel in Phú Mỹ Hưng (Photo/Paul) HCMC, Vietnam, June 17, 2018.

 

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Motorbikes at Hoàng Anh Gia Lai in Nhà Bè (Photo/Paul) HCMC, Vietnam, June 17, 2018.

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Vietnam, Anthony Bordain, and Barack Obama.

 

I remember how cool it was when Anthony Bourdain had beer and noodles with Barrack Obama in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Vietnamese Food Bep Viet Ca Phe Sua Da and Banh Snack (Photo/Paul) HCMC, Vietnam, 2017.

Bourdain’s show used to come on local TV in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, but whenever he visited Vietnam the entire station got cut off. Vietnam has become a little bit more relaxed with TV, lately.

However, local bloggers and protesters cannot speak out against Vietnam as there is no freedom of the press.

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Trying to Feel Peaceful in Vietnam over Violent Protests.

Thich Nhat Hahn

Whenever I feel like the world around me is chaotic, I go to Thich Nhat Hahn’s meditations. He was a Vietnamese monk excommunicated during the War. He met with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. Hahn lives and writes from his monastery in France.

There are a lot of people protesting today, because the Vietnamese government has opened up 3 provinces to foreign real estate investors and the property ownership will be good for 99 years. 

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(Photo/GiaoducQP) Vietnam, June 10, 2018.

My favorite mediation from Hahn’s book “The Blooming of the Lotus” talks about the impermanence of life. How things are planted, cared for, grown, cut down, and eventually get back into the earth.

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