Sunday, December 16, 2007

Rice Cooker Day!!!

Helmet

Yesterday, 15th December 2007 might be rcognised in the future as 'Rice Cooker Day'. In Vietnam, we call helmets rice cookers and not many people like wearing them but from yesterday, they are compulsory. In other countries in the world, wearing a helmet is accepted as normal and necessary but, in Vietnam, people have never really liked the idea and the government have to issue a law to force everyone to wear a helmet.

Helmet

Today, I went out and was so surprised that most people were wearing them. The variety of styles and colors actually make the Hanoi streets quite colorful. There are some men wearing pink, yellow or even purple helmets which made me laugh. I have a dark red one. I think it's become like a fashion item now. Anyway, good to see people wearing helmets. They are all over town, being sold in every single street from mats on the floor, from tables, too. Most people who work as motorbike taxi drivers have bought helmets from China which are cheap because they have to buy at least two helmets and some people cannot afford to buy expensive ones.

Helmets

Wearing a helmet is important for road safety and we should have been wearing them for ages but Vietnamese have always thought helmets are a nuisance because you have to carry them everywhere. There are lots of people wearing helmets today without clipping the strap. They just put the helmet on to follow the rule because the government has recruited lots of police men to fine people driving without a helmet. Following the news on TV tonight, there was over 3,400 people fined yesterday. This is good and I agree that the goverment should give a big fine for whoever isn't wearing a helmet because people won't be serious about it otherwise.

11 comments:

Senh said...

Hey, I found your blog by accident. You're doing a great job there! I was in Hanoi 4 years ago (my family is 1/2 Vietnamese and 1/2 Chinese) and love the atmosphere at night there. What are you doing in Vietnam and where is your permanent home, i.e. where your passport is issued? I'll be reading your blog over the coming weeks out of interest. Great photos that capture the local life, by the way!

Senh.

nuennet said...
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Preya said...

Yup...now there will be three status symbols: mobile phone, motorbike, and rice cooker!

Anonymous said...

LOL! Yes, it is good that you are wearing helmet - but it's so HOT there (for helmet).

Furkids in Hong Kong said...

That's great that helmet-wearing has been made mandatory!

Far less fatal accidents, far fewer orphans, can only be a good thing.

Thanks for sharing.

black feline said...

Merry Christmas and a Great 2008!

davors said...

i shall in hanoi on Monday~
can't wait to see all the rice cooker...
hahaha!

anyway...
anyway... police should be more efficient in giving fines to those who broke the laws... rather than issue a stricter or higher fines law...

higher fines only cause corruption...
:P

good work for helmet campaign!!!

Anonymous said...

it's not just reducing fatality from closed head injury, but dramatic cost to care for permanently disabled victims of intracranial bleed. Much more cost effective than opening a few new neurosurgical center!

Anonymous said...

seems like u couldnt agree more with this rice cooker "idea". i suppose u've been wearing it since u first rode on a motorbike?

Godknows said...

Hi all, thanks for all comments.
Senh, I am 100% Vietnamese from Nha Trang city but have been living in Hanoi for over 6 years.

Invertir en Oro said...

That's great that helmet-wearing has been made mandatory