Sunday, November 26, 2006
"The system of distributing subsidised food produce affected people who did not work in agricultural section from the wartime until 1989. The system's rice stores were perhaps its most essentail components; people's lives were directly dependant on them". This was very true and my family were lucky because my mother was a rice shop manager so we had better options to choose our own rice and we didn't have to queue that much.
"His face is as sad as if he had lost his rice book!"(an idiom in subsidy period).
This man's story reminds me of the time when I had to go to buy two train tickets for my relative with my sister. We had to queue for most of the morning at the station but we couldn't get the tickets so we were forced to get 2 tickets from "black market" traders. We pay 3 hao (about 50,000VND/US$3.20 in today's money, I guess) more than the official price but we decided to do that in future to save time.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
60 Le Thanh Ton - Dist 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Tel:P 84.8.823 3594
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Here are some extracts from the musuem brochure about that time:
"The period of the "Subsidy Economy, 1975- 1986" has been known as a time of hardships, when mechanism for socio-economic management was inappropriate, causing privations in people's material and spiritual life. Material life was poor due to a sluggish and inefficient production system, but the constraints also applied to people's creative and spiritual endeavors."
"Almost all commodities were distributed to people through a system of state and cooperatives. Distribution of goods was dependent on the rank of the citizen and distributed by the using coupons or food stuff books. High ranking officals were served at special shops,whereas a number of other stores in the city were for common people".
"Food was bought with coupons that had a lot of small spuares. Sometimes, in order to buy green vegetables or even to buy some oranges in the summer, you needed to cut the different squares on the coupons" said by Mrs Le Thi Hien, aged 69, former head of the Dong Xuan vegetable and fruit shop,85 Hang Buom street, Hanoi.
Yes, this is so right, I remember my family had to go to the shop very early sometimes to put a brick or stand there for hours just to buy some veggies or some meat. But luckily, at that time I was only about 6 or 7 years old and people saw me as a tiny kid and they always let me buy my stuff first. One day, on the way I lost my coupon which had just 3 squares left. I was really nervous and expected a big slap on my bum from my Mum when I got home. But my mother didn't do that. She told me have to be more careful next time.
My parents both worked for the government as managers so, while our life was still difficult, it was worse for other families.
To be continued
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I've always thought about myself as a good employee who tries my best in all of my duties but that didn't seem to mean anything to my boss.
Maybe I wasn't a good assistant because I didn't tell him all about the staff mistakes and instead asked about staff conditions. I always told my colleagues straight away about whatever they did wrong and helped them to communicate better to customers. I am not a hard guy and very understanding person that's why I have a really good relationship with most people I have been working with.
So I had a problem about what to do. I really didn't want to be a busy body and tell the boss about the smallest things because I could solve those problems, but sometimes, even though you think you're doing the right thing it's still not acceptable.
Anyway, I felt so tired that I decided to stop working at this beautiful restaurant, after that I think I will move down to the south next year for another job. I also hope I can do my favorite work again in hospitality or something related to hotels, tour companies, restaurants, organizing events and functions.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Banana Flower Salad is one of the most popular cold salads throughout Viet Nam. This salad is not very difficult to prepare, and only needs about 15 minutes to prepare. Let's take a look at the recipe:
200 g of banana flower
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 teaspoons of salt
Juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoons of chopped garlic
2 teaspoons of chopped chili
½ Cup of fresh basil
½ Cup of crushed peanuts
Mint & coriander to garnish
Shred the banana flower into thin strands in a food processor
Place in a mixing bowl and add the salt, sugar and lemon juice
Next add the garlic, chili and basil and continue mixing
Pluck off thin strips (1-2 CMS in length) and mix into the salad.
Arrange in a bowl with a little lettuce and garnish with mint & coriander.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
posts, Luang Prabang is a tourist spot so it's no wonder that there are so many restaurants. My recommendations for those restaurants are as follows:
5000K, I had one of the best vegetarian meals ever. Imagine that for half a dollar you can eat whatever you want and this place is always full. The restaurant opens at about 5 pm in the evening and you have to sit on long tables and long chairs meaning you have to sit right next to each other. Maybe you will make some friends during the meal.
delicious food, nice setting and great atmosphere. This is one of the most famous restaurants and hotels in Luang Prabang.
Tum Tum Bamboo restaurant is also one of the best restaurants that we ate at, a small restaurant, a little bit expensive with smallish portion but it's tasty. They are also well known for their cooking classes.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
friend's wedding and I didn't know it was cat until I left the party. Cat meat is really tender and tasty and it looks like beef as well.
tray with all of the dishes on it and each tray prepared for four people. There are not many weddings which serve beer and soft drinks, only rice wine. The wine depends on the region. Some places have very sweet wine and some others very rough wine but all these wines are really strong. You will get drunk easily after a few glasses and for western people it may taste like petrol.