4 DJs and 1 MC
Trip Start Apr 02, 2006
35Trip End Feb 14, 2008
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But I thought maybe I would write a little about the characters in my Saigon life (will add photos when I get them)..
Player 1 = Cory
Cory is the 'us' that i live with. I met him at a bar through our mutual vietnamese friends and have tagged along with him for a while now. He was born in Costa Rica but grew up in Canada and has been in Viet Nam for over a year. He runs an import/export company here - importing wood from Canada and exporting fruit juice back! He has an obsession with Vietnamese girls so this is the only place for him I suppose. We get on very well - he appreciates the fact that I can keep up with him in drinking!
Player 2 = Loc
Loc was the first Vietnamese friend I made, the first time I was in Saigon. He works in Allez Boo bar as a waiter and spends most of his time chatting up foreign girls and taking them on tours to the Cu Chi tunnels. He is a nice guy but, like many guys his age here, has an issue with gambling. It is a bad time now with the World Cup on - the amounts that are at stake are getting massive - he won 4,000,000dong ($400nz) the other night having bet 1,000,000 which is more than a months salary! So with three games a night and the world cup going for a month there is shitloads of money involved. Luckily he seems to be winning but eventually he will lose
Player 3 = Hanh
Hanh worked at Allez Boo as well but now works down the road at GO2 bar. He is Locs best friend and also a terrible gambling fiend. He is a funny little guy - kind of like a vietnamese hobbit - his workmates tease him and call him 'doruman' who is a japanese mythological creature (Daruma in japanese) that is small, lazy and round. But he has found his niche at his bar where he can flirt till his hearts content with his archilles heel - western girls! He is very good at getting girls numbers - his phone has over 300 joannes, nicoles, annas, tina etc. I think they see a very unthreatening teddy bear kind of guy, but really he just wants to get in their pants. He has had no luck so far in 2years of solid attempts!!
DJ 1 = Duy
I have told you all about Duy before but he had to get in at DJ 1...
DJ 2 - Tu
I met Tu in Phan Tiet with Duy, but he worked in Saigon as a DJ at a bar called Heart of Darkness, though now he is unemployed and finishing his studies
DJ 3 - Trung
Trung has adopted me as his little sister - he keeps me very entertained as he is a complete nutcase - its great how comedy doesnt really need language!! He DJs at the Heart of Darkness and is the best DJ out of the whole swarm/flock/pack and won my heart with his love of DnB - yay! I spend alot of time with him and his friends - sitting around drinking coffee, eating and listening to them all talk and laugh - even though I dont understand I get the gist and I just love to watch them all cackling away or arguing, gesturing and yelling. Trung is a very good cook too - we spent a day at one of his friends, Lim, place in the outskirts of town, where we went 'fishing' in the stagnant pools around the house, and gathering stuff to eat from around the place and he and Tu cooked this amazing meal (ive got photos so will put them up)
DJ 4 - Lam
The other day Lam came up to me to tell me I was 'a very good friend' and that was the first English I had heard him speak! We usually just communicate through the others or through grins and facial expressions. He is another DJ at GO2 bar and has long hair which I like to annoy him by plaiting so the others can yell 'lady boy!'. He has a mystery girlfriend that he apparently lives with (very outrageous!) and will be marrying soon.
DJ 5 - Liem
Well ex-dj anyways. My best friend in Viet Nam and my flatmate...
Hmmm - these are all boys! I have met vietnamese girls but they are harder to be friends with as they have less freedom than the guys to just go and hang out, or go to bars. And I think alot feel threatened by foreign women too. There is a very strange habit of girls to tell you 'vietnamese boys very bad' and boys to tell you 'vietnamese girls very bad' - I dont know what that really means!!