Archive for May 2015

A rural wet market of Vietnam   1 comment

A rural wet market of Vietnam
This is the outskirt of Da Lat of Central Highlands of Vietnam. A typical market selling vegetables, fruits, fishes and meat. The pineapples are said to be very sweet but when we wanted to make a purchase, these were already sold out. However, the only objectionable thing to our culture was the sale of dog meat. The head of the dog was placed on the butcher’s table. Thinking back to the old days when there was a war between the North Vietnamese and the South Vietnamese aided by the Americans, food might be scarce and dog meat was probably added to the table, my opinion.

SP Lim

Tomorrow – Monday, 1 June, 2015 I shall publish the blog on the Grand Post Office of Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, Vietnam dedicated to the late father Mr. Fernand Linet of my good friend Bertrand Linet.

Military Museum of Central Highlands at Da Lat, Vietnam   Leave a comment

Military Museum of Central Highlands at Da Lat, Vietnam
This Military Museum was just opposite our hotel at Da Lat so this is the opportunity of taking some photographs. I took the interior of the Museum at the door step as it might not be right to shoot within the Museum. As there was no one present inside, I felt it is best that I do not enter or else I shall be presecuted for illegal entry. Anyway there are many military hardware outside to shoot at. This is the first time in my 60 years that I have come close to these military “things” as a peace-loving Buddhist. Come to think of it, how blessed we are in Malaysia we did not meet such wars and human conflicts with the exception of the Emergency and the Indonesian Konfrontasi. Make love nor war like the flower people said which I support strongly in the current war-like situation throughout the world especially Middle East, Africa and South America. Peace is still not attainable and achieveable even in the 21st Century. Peace to All.

SP Lim

Wood craftsmen at work   Leave a comment

Wood craftsmen at work
We got this opportunity of taking these photographs as we were walking around the area around this small hotel. This shop selling wood carvings, was located opposite the hotel in Da Lat, Vietnam. I did notice the young talented craftsmen here. As it was very late in the afternoon, we quickly took our shots and were off strolling down the hill townwards. There was a great aroma in the air and we noticed that a shop was grilling ducks in a shop. Next stop?

SP Lim

This is an excellent example of the wood carvings done by these young craftsmen but this is definitely on a bigger scale. This is a wooden carving of the Happy and Laughing Buddha.
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

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Going out to sea   Leave a comment

Going out to sea
This is a coracle going out to sea with three boatmen in Vietnam.

SP Lim
From Wikipedia:-
The coracle is a small, lightweight boat of the sort traditionally used in Wales but also in parts of Western and South West England, Ireland (particularly the River Boyne), and Scotland (particularly the River Spey); the word is also used of similar boats found in India, Vietnam, Iraq and Tibet. The word “coracle” comes from the Welsh cwrwgl, cognate with Irish and Scottish Gaelic currach, and is recorded in English as early as the sixteenth century. Other historical English spellings include corougle, corracle, curricle and coricle.

Oval in shape and very similar to half a walnut shell, the structure is made of a framework of split and interwoven willow rods, tied with willow bark. The outer layer was originally an animal skin such as horse or bullock hide (corium), with a thin layer of tar to make it fully waterproof – today replaced by tarred calico or canvas, or simply fibreglass. The Vietnamese/Asian version of the coracle is made somewhat differently: using interwoven bamboo and waterproofed by using resin and coconut oil. The structure has a keel-less, flat bottom to evenly spread the weight of the boat and its load across the structure and to reduce the required depth of water – often to only a few inches, making it ideal for use on rivers.

Each coracle is unique in design, as it is tailored to the river conditions where it was built and intended to be used. In general there is one design per river, but this is not always the case. The Teifi coracle, for instance, is flat-bottomed, as it is designed to negotiate shallow rapids, common on the river in the summer, while the Carmarthen coracle is rounder and deeper, because it is used in tidal waters on the Tywi, where there are no rapids. Teifi coracles are made from locally harvested wood – willow for the laths (body of the boat), hazel for the weave (Y bleth in Welsh – the bit round the top) – while Tywi coracles have been made from sawn ash for a long time. The working boats tend to be made from fibreglass these days. Teifi coracles use no nails, relying on the interweaving of the laths for structural coherence, whilst the Carmarthen ones use copper nails and no interweaving.

They are an effective fishing vessel because, when powered by a skilled person, they hardly disturb the water or the fish, and they can be easily manoeuvred with one arm, while the other arm tends to the net; two coracles to a net. The coracle is propelled by means of a broad-bladed paddle, which traditionally varies in design between different rivers. It is used in a sculling action, the blade describing a figure-of-eight pattern in the water. The paddle is used towards the front of the coracle, pulling the boat forward, with the paddler facing in the direction of travel.

Another important aspect to the Welsh Coracle is that it can be carried on his back by one person. ‘Llwyth dyn ei gorwgl’ — the load of a man is his coracle. (Welsh saying).

Posted May 29, 2015 by lspeng1951 in Canon, Photo Expedition, Photo Outing, Photography, Travel

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Photography at the Central Highlands of Dak Lak, Vietnam   Leave a comment

Photography at the Central Highlands of Dak Lak, Vietnam

From Wikipedia: Đắk Lắk is a province of Vietnam. The name is also spelled Đắc Lắc, which is more in keeping with Vietnamese spelling, but the official spelling is Đắk Lắk. It is located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, and is home to a high number of indigenous people who are not ethnically Vietnamese (Việt).

The provinces of Vietnam are divided into districts (Vietnamese: huyện), provincial cities (thành phố trực thuộc tỉnh), and district-level towns (Thị xã). The administrative unit of the huyện dates from the 15th Century.
The centrally-controlled municipalities are subdivided into rural districts (huyện), district-level towns (Thị xã), and urban districts (quận), which are further subdivided into wards (phường).
The various subdivisions (cities, towns, and districts) are listed below, by province:

At the water-hole   Leave a comment

At one of the water-holes of the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
One can see a hive of activities at the flowing water from a spring located at a village of Central Highlands of Vietnam. As it was early morning. some members of the hill tribe are collecting drinking water to be carried back home in polycarbonate bottles. A small boy was taking his early morning bath in the cold clear spring water and later with the mother’s assistance. Others are washing their clothes and blankets. As the hour ticked by, more and more members are seen here including an elderly lady. Please note that some of the photographs taken, are with the help of these paid models.

SP Lim

Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society Annual General Meeting in Penang   Leave a comment

Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society Annual General Meeting in Penang
It was held on Sunday, 24 May, 2015 at 10.00am at Bayview Beach Hotel, Batu Ferringi, Penang.As CPD of 2 points were given so I have to attend this Annual General Meeting after paying for my 2015 annual subscription of RM120.00 as the credit card auto-renewal was rejected for “god-only-knows” reason after 2 years’ use.

SP Lim

Coming new posts in May and June 2015   Leave a comment

Coming new posts in May and June 2015
I had drafted a set of new posts on local and Vietnam Photo Expedition. I was actually hampered by my software as I cannot store edited photos on Picasa sometimes after the editing. The uploading on the internet at the local level was slow and time-consuming. This is the main reason why I did not take up blogging at my 4 Blogspot websites after being hacked. The administrator promised to help but when enquired they said it is time-consuming and other lame reasons. In the end my “Gardening in the Tropics” was taken over by a mechanical blog which is very inappropriately unsuitable! Anyway that was history. Some of my coming topics for my June 2015 blogs.
1. The Hill Tribes of Central Highlands of Vietnam
2. It’s time for a bath
3. The Living Heritage of Central Highlands of Vietnam
4. A rural wet market of Vietnam
5. Wood craftsman at work
6. At the Hill Tribe’s Village Part 1
7. At the Hill Tribe’s Village Part 2
8. At the City’s Square of Buon Ma Thuot
9. The Notre Dame Church of Ho Chi Minh City
10. The Grand Post Office of Vietnam
11. Drying the Noodles
12. Going Home
13. Military Museum of Central Highlands
14. Talk & Dlalogue with the Pharmacy Enforcement Unit in Penang
I am putting on paper just in case I forget. I have a few hundreds of photographs to edit before posting same.

SP Lim

Dosmetic flight within Vietnam ( from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot City )   1 comment

Dosmetic flight within Vietnam Flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot City within the southern part of Vietnam. When we travelled along the roads here, we were quite fascinated by the number of smallish yellow-white butterflies flying around the whole area of the town/city. The place actually looked like a butterfly farm. It is capital city of Dak Lak Province.

SP Lim

From Wikipedia:-
Buôn Ma Thuột (formerly Lac Giao) or sometimes Buon Ma Thuot or Ban Mê Thuột, is the capital city of Đắk Lắk Province, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Its population is approximately 300,000. The city is the largest in Vietnam’s Central Highlands region, and is famous as the regional “capital of coffee”.

Buôn Ma Thuột is served by Buon Ma Thuot Airport.

The city locates at 12.6667° N, 108.0500° E, right at the heart of the central highland of Viet Nam, 1300 km from Ha Noi, 500 km from Da Nang, and 350 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Lying on a fairly flat highland, at an average height of 536m (1608 ft) above the sea, Buon Ma Thuot has a vital role in Viet Nam’s national security and defense system. Buon Ma Thuot is the capital of Dak Lak Province and also the biggest city in Central Highlands (Tay Nguyen).

Hotels we stayed in Vietnam   Leave a comment

These are the addresses of the hotels we stayed in Vietnam as I tried to piece together the towns we travelled to.

Day 1 & 3 : Bat Dat Hotel,
238-244 Tran Hung Dao Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.
Tel: (84-8) 8551662 – Fax: (84-8) 8555817

Day 2 : Caty Hotel,
40, Phan Boi Chau – Phan Thiet,
Tel: 062 3815900 – 3818801 Fax: 062 3816619

Day 4 : Truong Giang Hotel,
To be traced as no name card or document

Day 5 : Khach San Biet Dien,
Dia chi: 01 Ngo Quyen – Tp Buon Ma Thout – Daklak – Viet Nam,
Dt: (+84500) 3954299 – 3954757 Fax: (+84500) 3954826

Day 6 : Arc En Ciel Hotel,
52 – 56 Tan Da Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam,
Tel: (84-8) 8554435 – 8554436 – Fax: (84-8) 8552424

All the hotel rooms are reasonably comfortable and priced. The exception is Truong Giang Hotel where the room was so small and even have beds for 3 persons. The worst thing that happened to us that the room was slightly flooded during a rain-storm in the middle of the night. Luckily my room-mate Ban Seng was not electrocuted as our chargers were “floating” on a film of rain-water that had seeped into the carpetless room. After drying the seeping rain-water we went back to sleep and did not change our room. The shower was not working and the water trickled from the shower head. Even when I pissed, the flow is even better. Zero rating for this hotel!

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