Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Speakers In Viet Nam

This is one of the special goverment helpers which repeats announcements time after time without tiring.

Speaker

It usually starts early in the morning for an hour, and is sometimes repeated in the afternoon and evening. But in the evening, they usually have a special story with a great warm voice. It's helful in some ways but it is very annoying because sometimes it's on too early in the weekend when you need time to relax or for a long sleep after the working week

23 comments:

extreMEly said...

so it's like a radio but you don't have the liberty of shutting it off if you don't like it, I can see how that can get very annoying.

i come to your blog every now and then, but this is my first type commenting. I also wanted to tell you a long time ago that this is a great blog, especially for those who don't get to see Vietnam, we get to experience the almost everyday that you are experiening, it's great! keep up the good work!

overlain said...

We don't seem to have this service in my neighborhood of Ho Chi Minh City. There are plenty of other noises around our hem to make up for it, though.

fooDcrazEE said...

ouch! luckily HCMC dont have that when i was around those days...

Tôm Càng said...

Can Tho do have it too...

From 5 A.M to 6.30 and then from 5 P.M to 6.30

Delightful...

done said...

Hello:)
I enjoyed your blog with all the great pictures, and like extremely mentioned, I got a feel of your country, and what you experiance. So thanks:) Take care, Elisa:)

Judas said...

I use to kick about in a village in the south of France that had a simular arangement. Because there were only 400 people in the village the announcements consisted of things like:

"Allo, Allo, someone has left a blue jumper at the cafe de sport."

"Allo, Allo, 25 cents off saucisse at Kabanals."

Judas Penrose
Poetry Politics and Piracy

junebee said...

How annoying! Put lots of cotton in your ears!

Tim Rice said...

That does sound like it could get annoying; although, I live near a firehouse and rarely even think about it when the fire whistle goes.

Pip Squeak said...

ha ha ha. We have stuff like this down in India too, but they're visible only during the state elections, mostly fixed atop a vehicle, and spokespersons for parties spouting nonesense. The weird thing is a lot of people buy this hogwash. otherwise the governemnt wouldn't exist in the first place.

Jean said...

I discover your blog with a great pleasure!
With my wife, we went three times to the Nam Vietnamese soldier, in particular in Hanoï Nous return certainly there in October 2006.
We will try to find the restaurant of which you speak with with dimensions about the red River, the Large Market, station and bridge Paul Doumerc?

Penny said...

I hear you. :(

totenkuchen said...

Stuff a pillow in the speaker friday night.

Stephanie said...

hnmmm i like some of theidea!!!

Morningdew said...

Do they have this in Hoi An, too?

HanoiMark said...

They don't have these in every neighbourhood in Hanoi. Aren't they run by the People's Committee of the neighbourhood you are in? My neighbourhood was thankfully spared the noise. Apparently many of them also announce the names of anyone in the area arrested/convicted of crimes.

Thao said...

I think this is only in Hanoi, in Saigon, I have not seen any in my neighbourhood. It's just of way of giving info (bad or good?) depending on judgment of every Vietnamese

Thuy said...

Hmmm! That was very interesting (and strange). And how annoying. I guess you could get use to it after a while and probably don't even notice it. I use to work in an office close to the railroad track. In the beginning, I thought it was so loud and that the train would come off the track and fall on top of our vehicles in the parking lot. But after a month, I didn't even notice the train noise anymore.

Flora Fling said...

I heard this in Hanoi. I was visiting from the US. What exactly are they saying?

Crystal said...

Ugh, those loudspeakers must surely be a huge annoyance! When I was in Morocco there were early morning prayer calls and they were so loud that they could almost wake the dead. Thank God I'm not living in a Muslim country because that alone would drive me crazy.

Godknows said...

Thuy, I know that we can get use to it after a while but sometimes, the music and the report keep going on and on for hours.
overlain, fooDcrazEE, Lucky you, the loud speaker right infront of my living room :
extreMEly,Elisa, Crystal :thanks for your kind worrds, Hope you like my next posts.
Judas, I think it funny hehe
Jean, it's called Wild Rice, email me on your arrival.
Mark in Hanoi, if you have a good look, then you will see loud speakers around but a bit high on some tree. Thanks for stopping by.
Thao, everywhere in Viet Nam. check them out next time :)
Flora Fling, just about : cleaning on Sunday or reading a list of young people have to join the army or morning excersice music: wake up call :)

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