Thursday, November 03, 2005

Raining Day

Winter is coming to Hanoi with an early squall of rain and cold wind straight to the bones. The streets are so quiet and all businesses are slow but people have started to dress up. Pyjamas have disappeared, replaced by long jackets and colourful jumpers. People are again using blue plastic condoms for the rain and sometimes you can see someone with a plastic bag or a piece of paper on their head instead of a rain coat.

I don't think the cold weather in Hanoi is the same as other places in the world because the humidity makes the temperature seem much colder. A really good thing to do is wear lots of clothes, sit in front of Cafe Nang, have a hot coffee, watch people wandering around and make some silly comments.

10 comments:

Preya said...

Cool picture:) Winter rocks in Hanoi...many people get depressed by it, but I love it!

overlain said...

San Francisco has the same weather during the rainy season Nov. through April, and then in the summer months July and August. Same temperatures, same humidity, and same wind. This is one of the reasons I am desiring an escape to Vietnam.

Buddhist with an attitude said...

You said: «People are again using blue plastic condoms for the rain». I'm a bit dense: actual condoms? Worn over the head as berets maybe? I'm trying to visualize....

Godknows said...

Hi all,
Winter in Hanoi is such a really special season and as I mentioned in the post, people using condom means rain coat and they use real plastic bags for covering their heads. I think this is very funny, don't you guys think so?

Hauie said...

Godknows,

Remember me, I left you a message awhile back asking about websites i can apply too. I do have a Information Systems Diploma and I have extensive background in networking and IT systems support. I was just wondering what sites you recommend for job hunting in Vietnam, either Saigon or Hanoi. I was born in Saigon and preferably would like to start of there, since I still have some family from there. But my father is from Hanoi so I would like to visit there also. any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks again

Hau

Godknows said...

Hi Hau,
Of course I remember you, I only know one web site and it's http://www.vietnamworks.com/. I hope it could help you somehow. I am from Hanoi so that I have no idea about Ho Chi Minh city but I think that's a good place for work but Hanoi is a nice place to live. Good luck mate.

Hauie said...

godknows,

Thanks for the info, I also have heard of this website, and have checked it out. Just wondering if you knew of any that i may not have heard about before. Thanks for all you help. Hopefully I find a good position. I don't speak vietnamese very well and I don't write or read it at all, so that might be detrimental in me finding a good position. Well. thanks again.

Hau

Godknows said...

Hi Hau,
Thats the only website I know, i will keep my eyes on it and let you know.
Cheers

Anonymous said...

"ao mua" means "raincoat" is a Vietnamese slang for condom, but the real raincoat is not a condom. It appears funny to you, because you know the slang. To others it only sounds stupid and confusing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Hau, actually, there's one more job site offering jobs and employment opportunities in Vietnam at http://www.resumepromo.com