Archive from August, 2014
Aug 29, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 35 – photo of the week – a chicken massacre in Dalat, Vietnam

Last week I talked about how much I loved Vietnamese markets and how full of colours, aromas and freshness they were.

There is also another side to them… That some might find a little bit disturbing…

Look at this lady for example:

week 35 - Vietnamese markets continued - Dalat

 Her bread and butter consists of snapping chickens heads off and pulling the feathers off them before her loyal customers take them off her hands to prepare their family dinner.

I’ve seen stuff like that back home in Poland. As a kid going to the weekly Saturday market with my mum and dad I was always seeing people queuing up to buy their meat and poultry from local farmers and some of them just like this lady here sold live birds and rabbits.

I really felt like I was teleported back to the early 80’s (as far back as I can remember being born in ’82).

These days we’re somewhat used to almost surgically like cut and wrapped chunks of meat on plastic or styrofoam trays wrapped up in cling film. How many of you would genuinely be grossed out by seeing what C and I saw in Vietnam?

Some of the birds in this picture are already prepped and feathered ready for you to pick up and go. And the local vendor prepping a chicken that a cute little granny just minutes before selected from a bag underneath the counter, still happily clucking away…

That’s what you call a fresh chicken soup for your Sunday lunch right?

(btw I’ve no idea whether it was actually soup that she was planning to cook out of it)

M x

Aug 22, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 34 – photo of the week – Vietnamese Markets in the mighty Mekong Delta

Our trip to the Mekong Delta was probably our favourite, well I’d say on par with the Halong Bay cruise out of the not very many organised adventures we took part whilst traveling.

Apart from paddling down the Mekong canals in a little boat and visiting a coconut candy factory (boy, were they the most amazing little sweets ever and so simple with only 3 things in them) the local markets were what mesmerised me.

week 34 - Vietnameese markets in the Mekong Delta

I took this picture rushing around a local market on one of the Mekong islands we stopped on for one of our short breaks during the day trip we were on. It was the sort of thing that I saw on several calendars. The bags were usually full of Indian herbs and spices while what I saw in Vietnam were pretty much the SE Asian staples – chillies, rice, corn and sugar.

The vendors did their thing shouting out what I could not understand but assumed where their daily specials and offers, while the locals greeted each other wandering around picking all their essentials for the day ahead.

I love the SE Asian market culture and how rich and colourful they are. The only UK place that resembles them still I guess is the Borough Market in London, but then again there’s more tourists than locals actually doing their weekly shopping on the crazily priced market stalls.

I’ve plenty of Asian market pics that would be enough for a series. I might even revisit some next week to your delight.

Aug 15, 2014 - News    No Comments

Week 33 – photo of the week – angry skies on Koh Chang, Thailand

It looks terrifying but at the same time totally mesmerising… Without a proper camera and all photographer’s gear it’s easy to fully capture what you really see in front of you but when I took this picture…

 

week 33 - angry skies in Koh Chang

 

I could’t believe how amazingly it actually showed what was in front of us. We were sat on the deck in Cliff Cottage on one of our favourite Thai islands – Koh Chang, driking a Chang or a Singha and pondering the world. It was still early on during our travels. We might have even played cards or whatever else we spent our afternoons doing.

Then suddenly not long after sun set, these dark clouds started rolling in and we knew there was a big storm cooking. Nothing unusual for that part of the world but what was to come well and truly exceeded any Thai rain storm that we’ve ever experienced before.

There was thunder and lightning, torrential rain and huge gust of winds. You name it, we had it that evening. So we all sat back, hiding under the decking’s roof with our beverages, waiting for it to pass and hoping that all the fishing boats, that you can see in the background survived the nature’s madness and returned home safely.

Fair to say, an amazing experience to have from the safe shore of the Bang Bao bay but I wouldn’t have wanted to be out there in the sea that night… It was pretty scary – Mother Nature was clearly very angry at someone!

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