It's true. Hanoi Swallows People

in #art4 years ago (edited)


I went to Hanoi in April for one (1) month and ended up staying two (2). Not because I loved it that much (it was hugely interesting). But because the first month was a slap in the face. Now that I was awake, I could look at it over a second month, by which I mean properly.

The Hood


I arrived in the evening, and it felt like the Asia of my dreams when I have been drinking a lot and I can hear the neighbour's music. In those dreams. That Asia.

The house was pleasant. Just below my window was a woman who made probably the best pho I have eaten yet. And all around the house, everyone was building other houses. There were already lots of houses. They seem to have replaced the military draft with a mandate to build something. There were saws and winches and hammers and, when it got serious, cranes and music.

A bit beyond that were massage parlours (the other kind) and they always thought I wanted one.



There's lots of food, and lots of cafes. A gobsmacking array of cafe varieties. The coffee was great almost always. They have coffees with an egg in them, and you have not consumed a better thing than that.

It was hard to order food because the Vietnamese language fled my brain as soon as it got close, and it also bungled the great Google Translate. I'm pretty sure "banana technology" isn't edible, nor is it technological, or real. Either way, ordering was pointing. If you lose your fingers, you go hungry.

Some restaurants looked like garages and served great food. Others looked like restaurants and served mediocre food. Others looked like garages and served... food that was not nice at all. Or maybe they were really garages, in which case it was my fault for not being as granular in my assessment of the establishment's purpose. It wasn't easy. Every building with a hole in it had a motorbike stuffed in.

It's All Normal


There was a garbage can in the middle of a crossroad, a pig on a leash, and there was a gym in a garage and it had sharp swords and spears, so that was fun.

And that kind of thing was normal. Hanoi tends to spit on good sense and yet makes it all work out in the end. For example, without fail, every time I have stood at a huge intersection with motorbikes, bikes, cars, buses and trucks hurling themselves through it at the same time, every time and without fail there is this:

a tiny grandmother walking her cart of wares diagonally straight through the middle. Like a living middle finger, she never stopped, never looked left or right. She played Russian Roulette with the carnage of steel around her and never lost.

That one will die in her sleep, if she wants.

I, on the other hand, got into two minor accidents in one morning.



I also got into a puddle deeper than my ankles when walking to bar. The puddle was a good 20 meters long, unfortunately, so I couldn't help but think of worms crawling in through my pores as I waded through.

I did have a deworming pill. You're recommended one every 6 months in Hanoi because garage food, but quite unrelated to the pill, I had explosive diarrhea one Sunday and if anything in there managed to hang on through that little extravaganza, it's welcome to stay.



A lot of foreigners get swallowed by Hanoi, coming for a month and staying a year or 10. They teach English, though some of them knew a lot less of it than I imagined. How does that work? Well...It's like those friends who insist on teaching you snowboarding when you're in your malleable 30s. They're sh*t at teaching it but look a lot more alright on the board than you do, so you go right along with it.

What's not alright is a large, floating dead catfish in the big lake in Hanoi, trapped between where it's supposed to be and where it very well cant't go. There were a lot of smaller fish doing the same, but I thought the bigger fish were supposed to set the example of proper aquarian etiquette.



It's difficult to have good etiquette in a rowdy city where sushi is sold out on the street (and it's effing good!!) and certain bars give free beer every week, for free.

Locals feel free enough to exercise in droves on the sidewalks. It's the cutest thing to watch all the zumba moms go at it in the pretty evening light.


Hanoi is pretty, and pretty dirty in some places, and pretty loud, and pretty chaotic, and pretty amazing to see and drink and eat and live. Have you been?
What do you think?


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What about the important things? What about Hanoi girls? Were they hot?

Asian girls, in general, are hot. Not only in Hanoi. :D Vietnamese people (including girls) are usually very healthy. Thousands of them in Hanoi wake up at 5 AM to do some morning aerobics or other types of exercise. Those smiles add some beauty too. Amazing city... :DDD

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And other important thing following the title of your post "Hanoi Swallows people"....More important than that would be "Do Hanoi girls swallow?"

In a city that swallows, such is par for the course.

Wow, I have no problem with using bots to vote up quality content but this is abuse plain and simple. Not to take away from the content the author has published, but this post is not worth over $1000 in votes and it's sickening to see how much the author has spent getting this onto trending. It wouldn't be so bad if the author was actively participating and giving back to Steem, but doesn't look like he has commented or voted anyone else's content: Love your work @transparencybot you're my favourite kind of bot.

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@nathanmars did you mean to post this comment as a reply to my comment responding to transparencybot? Or did you just reply to my comment for visibility? I am just a little confused.

It’s kind of both. I just to say how I feel about individuals who are ruining the system.

Everyone who are associate with it should look in the mirror and ask themselves why they are doing what they’re doing.

I’m fighting non violently against the people who are making thier way into abusing the entire community.

He clearly didn't understand and that is to be expected as well. Leave him be and move on it's best. I think @oneminja did a fine job he invested in a cerative piece of journalism. One thing I don't find nice is he posts infrequently and i don't generally follow such accounts. No harm done anyway.

Why is it so important that people post frequently? I'm just curious. I could post more often but the quality of my posts would go down. I'd like to have a reputation for only posting quality content and hope that people choose to follow me on that basis.

Hi @beggars!

I understand your feeling, but I do have some clarifications for ya.
"Wow, I have no problem with using bots to vote up quality content" That's great! The question is what quality content is. I've had previous posts promoted in the same way, I don't recall anyone complaining. Perhaps this content is not quality enough for you, which is fine.

"how much the author has spent getting this onto trending." There's the reason! I like writing and posting artwork that I make, and I also like people seeing it and reacting to it. But on Steemit, to get a LOT of visibility, you do have to get into Trending; it's set up in a similar way that advertising is set up. And yes, that's what I tried to do. If when people find it they decide my content was reviled or not helpful or interesting to anyone, then that's a different argument.

"but doesn't look like he has commented or voted anyone else's content" Not since around mid March, no. But I haven't been on Steemit at all since then. I've been slammed with work. Yesterday's post was my first since, I put it up and went to bed. If you look at my previous few posts, you'll notice I comment on everyone, and go to a lot of their posts and upvote them.

It may not be ethical to use bots to boost the visibility of shitty posts but oneminja has a quality post here, it's true that there are numerous scummy people abusing the system but I don't think oneminja fits into that category.

You call this quality ? .... a random travel blog post with absolutely no unique stuff in it? ...... ok..... lol

You obviously haven't perused much of the cesspool of bot driven content on this site... I didn't say it was god-tier content, just "quality" which can be taken any way the reader sees fit.

that's pretty nasty and it's plain wrong as well. It is written with a style that captivated me as a reader. The pictures and video are excellent too. I expected to find he hadn't used any bots quite frankly - I was surprised to find that such excellent content REQUIRES any bought bids. It's a sign there's need for change here to see this. I looked over your content and clearly, you content is great photography and it isn't getting noticed. It SHOULD be noticed.

i started with an opinion that bots were bad until i learned what is really doing harm here is all the bootlicking and whales out to upvote one another. This hype about bots being responsible for bad content is plain wrong, at best it is an unproven rumor that bots are the main cause bad content here. (this is in relation to the comment by @steffenengman )

Your working being good....and this blog post was excellent....doesn’t validate your use of bots to artificially bolster your status/visibility on Steem. You want to be competitive when it comes to showcasing your work? Sure! Just like the rest of us, but we should all be willing to get in line for that....these sorts of tools are the electronic equivalent of muscling other people out of the way. Consider that, and that your actions are not harmless to others.

If you dont feel like it deserve that much why dont you flag it?

LOL - ;-) maybe he did we just didn't notice

The steemit system doesn't reward merit or quality. The chance that a whale will notice your posts are zilch unless you actively seek them out and befriend, or better yet, bribe them, which is how the upvote bots work.

Otherwise the best you can do is hundreds of minnow upvotes for just a few dollars. It's not about how many people see your stuff, it's about WHO upvotes it and how much SP they have.

Sounds like I should ignore Steemit

Your content is good my friend. I see no harm - you invest in content when you believe it is great. I hope you post more frequently and continue also to invest time interacting and engaging other creative folks. I am part of poetsunited and schoolofminnows - two of the many groups on steemit that are open to people of all views - genuine lateral thinkers and focussed on community upliftment. i'm of the view every person makes his way through this thing much like life. There's nothing wrong with earning by investing your money in your own output! It beats bootlicking which goes by the euphamism 'whale hunting' over here. That means also sacrificing at some point one's editorial or creative freedom. It's like Billie said, God bless the child that's got his own.

Everything is cool @oneminja. Everyone likes to talk about that mysterious "quality content". It's like a unicorn. Every person in the world imagines how it looks like a little differently.

Let's come back to the main topic. @Kamile and I have been in Hanoi last year. I must say, it is one of my favorite cities I have ever visited and I've seen a lot. All those sounds and smells. Hanoi definitely has something unique. I'm happy you had a good time. Where else in Vietnam have you been? I hope I can visit Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) one day. Some people say it is very different compared to Hanoi...


This certainly is not an isolated occurrence of this type of abuse. I do hope more and more Steemian's will find it less than desirable to have their rewards pool treated in this manner and taking action against this. Let the author know and I you are so inclined, flag the worst offenders if you truly disagree with their rewards.

To me, transparency bot is like explaining why the upvotes are high, which is okay, @oneminja did put his investments in for those upbots, it is not like some whales who upvote among themselves. I understand the effort @oneminja puts and it is not easy! I believe it's one of the strategy to gain viewers like me, who saw this post has high votes and wonder about the content. Content isn't bad anyway, just keep writing good quality ones. I support, because I am a steemian too.

Your name suits you - you're transparent. I always gave your bot the benefit of doubt, assuming you were just about informing but you didn't have an agenda. I am disappointed.

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Agree. But maybe using the bots isn´t worthwhile at the end of the day. OK, he got some additional exposure by making it into the trending pages but so what. Not a huge effect. E.g. I rarely read the trending pages, but just the people I am following - much more interesting.

I am just wondering what is the upvote of this? Well you get 60 new followers (25 rep score and 3 +45 rep score). Ouu and you loose a money a lot of it. Bet yeah I think the same. Bots are just making Steemit worser place. Ou there is one good think about bots. We see some others on trending (sadly most of them shity) not just first comers and same faces upvoting each other all the time. Yeah but still. For newcomers and those are making some good content steemit is not so hostile place.

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My friend its a great opportunity to be informed a lot at a time. thanks and have a travelous life. and keep always happy

You're welcome @subroto. :) Travelling is great, opens up your mind. I'm happy to share it!

Thank you! I'm happy you enjoyed the read :)

Thank you! I always try to be happy :) I wish you the same

Would love to go one of these days! Love the food and the culture and scenery look amazing! Was it difficult not speaking any Vietnamese?

What a beautiful place. I can see getting swept away in all the fun stuff to do there.

Great post, it reminded me my trip to Vietnam last year. it was a great trip, it was warm(hot), cheap, and people are nice, of course, you always have to pay tourists tax in a way that i am not such a fan... i do understand it though, anyway it was a great trip hope to see more of your posts, :)

Hey @annieliu :) Thanks for reading!

You know, I like the tourist tax. I was raised in Kenya and experienced it from the other side. For locals, the experience (let's say going on safari) was a novelty and we hardly travelled, so we got it at half price. It brought up local tourism and we got to see more of our own country's luxuries. So I get it from that perspective!

I get that, I understand it totally, I am from China after all, lol.

Fantastic, Hanoi looks like it has an awesome personality

That's actually a good way to put it :) An incredible personality actually. And a bit insane hehehe

Hmm, i'm a bit skeptical of the $$$ amounts and the reality of this post. But i'm gonna say good job anyway. Anyone feel the same way? Not that I don't think the poster is getting legitimate upvotes it is just that something seems fishy. That is all. Have a good day guys.

Thanks for letting me know about this!

I fucking hate bots! ..... hate them!

Hi @djsteef and @geronimo! Thanks for reading!

Well, maybe I'll help by clarifying. Some Steemit users have created a lot of bots that can increase your visibility quickly. They do this by upvoting you and you pay for that service. Then you're much more visible and, IF people like your content, then you get more people enjoying and following. And that also shows me more people with interesting posts which I then look at.

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Thanks man! I'm happy you like it. :)

Gran post

Nice post,thanks for sharing and cool pics

Great art by workshop on above pic

Nice post,thanks for sharing

Glad you enjoyed it!

Okay carry on that's great fork

Wow! Adding to my bucket list! Hopefully one day I will be there :)


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Amazing writing @oneminja couldn't help but reblog it.

sushi is sold out on the street (and it's effing good!!)
Explains the diarrhea :))

Looking forward to the next one, ever visited the Philippines?

Hi @micscrypt! Thanks for reading and loving!
No I haven't been to the Philippines but funny enough you're the 3rd person who asked me that in the last 3 days. So I think I'll head there next year :) Are you from there or have you been?

I'm in the Philippines at the moment but not from here, there's a huge steemit community here :))

I've heard there's a big community there :) Also in Malaysia!

sweet, Steemit is spreading like wild fire...

I love your style of writing!
Asia. the smell, the chaos, the street food. Ooo man, I love it. you can try to describe the feeling, but actually you just have to experience it.

Agreed @keysa :) Asia is cool. I only started to visit it last year and have only been to Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam. But next year I'll pop into Indonesia and Philippines. :)

I like this place!!!

It's a fun place :) Funny, but also fun!

I like your information, it was excellent

first time i've heard someone say they like another's "information" :p

I've heard it before hehe. Sounds like a pick up line from the AI of the future.

Haha, this is great! I loved the animation at the start - you should add some music to it

Thanks! Maybe. Maybe.... mayyyybe. :)

So nice post!! And I really love your artwork! Still so many beautiful places in Vietnam. Hope you'll take time to travel more here!

THank you! I hope so too. I've been quite busy with some projects but next time I'll travel around more in this lovely country :)

If you come to Ho Chi Minh city, I can suggest you some best places.

Your Hanoi trip seems like one roller coaster ride, @oneminja! Fun at times but otherwise at some point. But it must be a fun and unforgettable experience of a lifetime! 😊

BTW, I laughed at the "If you lose your fingers, you go hungry" note. 😁 I have friends who have had the same problem, but they surely had a good time in Vietnam, and of course, good food and pho as well.


Yes, @michelleast! It WAS a rollercoaster. But all in all very interesting. And I had some goooood experiences there. Definitely not the most accessible city (maybe country) I've been to. But if you like motorbikes meets wild west meets free-for-all... you'd absolutely love it.

If you're looking for cheap (and good) eats too, Vietnam is the place to be! Everything's just part of the experience. 😀

Excellent post and tremendous experience I have always been a lover of Asian culture .. Thanks for sharing. That experience I hope to know that place and why not the whole continent😊

Thank you @cellomusic91 :) I agree, Asia is a mind-blowing place for several reasons.

Wow it's a really good looking place, I really enjoyed reading and seeing the original photos of the post. Great job bro, keep going and keep enjoying life

Thanks @aaronyst! Yeah I really recommend a visit, though it's not as ... streamlined as other places ;)

What I wouldn't give to have just 2 weeks here. From your post I'm already salivating and wishing we could swap locations. Have fun 😊😉

Do it! :) The diarrhea waits for you! Haha, no really, it's a staggering place.

If diarrhea is the only issue then I'd be packing my flagil tablets lol. Thank you

This looks really really cool. Thanks for sharing!!! I have always wanted to travel to these typed of places!

I'm happy you liked the post! It's a pretty interesting place to travel for sure :)

It's true. Hanoi Swallows People! This post has been resteemed by the @resteemmuse

Well, during your journey was an adventure, adapted to different circumstances, and even predictive because even pills if any food was the least accepted to your stomach, but anyway, you enjoyed the journey, that's good.

It was a very safe adventure, you're right! (Almost) never in any danger. Although I could have broken an ankle in one of those little accidents but it didn't happen!

Thank God.

nice post though, but hard to believe!!.... thumbs up

Hanoi is real :) Weird, and very very very real hehehe.

That means you were almost swallowed or would I say swallowed already 😂, I wish to visit that kind of peaceful place one day

I don't know if Hanoi can ever swallow me, brother :) And to politely correct you, it's not a "peaceful place" at all. At. All. It's a hurried, interesting, busy, crazy, fun place.

Oh so I was wrong, I thought it was peaceful and all that, well still, it's somewhere one can enjoy, am I right?

Love your artwork. makes me think of Tekkonkinkreet, a favourite manga. Keep it up!

Oooh thanks! That's a great compliment. I love Tekkonkinkreet, one of my favourites!

Never been there, but I'm fascinated by your post! tnx for sharing

You're welcome. I recommend a trip if you can do it!

<3 in 2 years i will go to vietnam 2 Gordon Ramsay said that he eat the best dish in his life in Vietnam on a boat

Did he? Cool! Maybe I should find that boat. Haha. Thanks for reading!

That means Hanoi must be a great place for one to stay and enjoy his/her stay 😂

Thank you! beautiful photos. I invite you to see my works. I'm starting in steemitP3080205.JPG

Welcome to Steemit! I will definitely look at your posts today :)

LOL I love your video. @fotografia101 check it out :D

Hahaha! I'm glad you like it, sir :)

One of the best travel posts I have read for.. I can't remember. Love your sense of humor! And although I have never been in Hanoi or Vietnam, now I kinda feel like I have and I like this city too!

Hey @jasonontheroof :) Man, I'm happy you enjoyed it. Yeah I think everyone should have a good look at Vietnam. It's an interesting place for sure!

Greetings, excellent publication really I would like to know these beautiful images of your photos, thank you for showing the attributes and other cultures, someday with the favor of God I hope to know, keep posting that to be as excited wanting to see more ¡¡

Thank you @raybull! Very happy to know you enjoyed the post. I hope you get to visit it at some point and experience some of those things and much much more than that!

thanks mate, honestly I hope some time, I invite you to follow and see my publications!

muy bello,de verdad me encanta,te sigo gracias por el apoyo

Gracias para todo :)

Quite interesting. I guess I live vicariously through other peoples travels and the photos posted. I want to travel. I live on the US - Mexico border and it seems that I rarely get to go there. Your post is informative and I hope that any worms that found refuge in your gut are evicted! LOL.
Thanks for the post.

Hey @lymmerik!
Glad you enjoyed the post and having a look at Vietnam through my eyes.
You say you rarely get to go to Mexico? I haven't been there either. But i do recommend a bit of travel to eh, Ctrl-Alt_Del your mind :)

As for the worms, ahhh they keep my weight down. ;)

Too funny! I do go rambling here in AZ, to the Chiricahua Mountains and to the Dragoon mountains where Cochise's Stronghold is, just to clear my mind but I have Apple computers. I used to have Windows, but switched.
Glad you are able to travel.
Have fun!

hahahaha sincerely I had never heard of Hanoi, but the description you gave us of it took me to that place. With many things that are not common for us but that are worth experimenting to change the routine. Excellent post friend, God bless you.

I'm very glad I managed to conjure Hanoi for you. It's an odd place and quite hard to really describe. And, hehe, yes, worth experimenting on and in. :)
Thank you!

It is very nice publication, some day I hope to know at least some of those beautiful countries, by its nature, for its beautiful landscapes and colors, I hope to have that great opportunity to know any beautiful country of the world, my venezuela is beautiful but there are countries that They are also charming. steemit will give me the great opportunity to earn money to know the whole world

Thank you @josemc :) Yes, I hope you have a chance to see every country you desire to see! And maybe even some that you didn't desire to see but fall in love with!
I hope everything is getting better there?

Great post! You gave a realistic feel/expectations to living in Hanoi. Personally, I was thinking of taking a gap year there or in Taipei, Chiang Mai or Sapporo.

Thanks @blorg :) A gap year in this area is perfect! Though if I were you I wouldn't take it in one place. I would hop once every month or two or 3 months, so you see 4-10 places in a year. It's quite cheap to hop if you plan it a little bit, and I know that Thailand and Vietnam are very cheap to live in (and Chiang Mai is a very friendly easy accessible city). Sapporo or Taipei I don't know.

Nice and real photos, these are cities, good and no so good places, that is the reality!
Thanks a lot for share your experiences, I´ll be attentive with your interesting publications
Regards from Venezuela

Thank you @mjoa07 :) Yeah, these are cities. I love the differences. They're such a challenge for your brain when you're in them, but always very interesting. Hanoi adds humour to it that, honestly, I find hard to find anywhere else.

Hope everything is ok there ?

Haha thanks for the exploration Oneminja. I like the garage food experience. Did you know that garage food is one of the best foods?
Let me tell you firstly it's less costly than what you can get from a hotel or uptown restaurant. I remember one time I bought a plate of food and a cup of milk for $2 which is not enough in the hotel. Last year at my cousins wedding in a hotel a plate of food would go for atleast $10 and a drink for $2. Why the abnormal increase in prices?

Secondly I think about hygiene when you mention garage food. Most people would think garage food is unhigienic and would trust the hotel or uptown restaurants. However, when it come to hygiene the reverse is true. I can trust the hygiene of these attendants in the garage and become sceptical of the hotel waitors and waitresses. Do you know Why? Let's imagine we are In the garage. The kitchen and serving point are at the same place. You can be able to see what kind if food is cooked, what ingredients are put in the food , how the food is covered, how the general cleanliness of the kitchen is. You can agree with me that you can't see any of the above in a hotel or uptown restaurant. We alwaysb trust those restaurants and hotels but do they have the right cleanliness given the fact that we cannot be allowed to inspect their kitchens. They are always hidden from the customers. I strongly believe there should be policies allowing customers to inspect the premises of a restaurant or hotel.

Hey @techmillion!

I agree! And what's more, with hotels and big restaurants, the storage contributes risk, when meat is stored near vegetables, which may be served in a salad (uncooked) with whatever contaminated them from the meat. The one time I had a reallllly good food poisoning for a week came from a very nice hotel restaurant.

This thing in Hanoi was just my stomach going "The fuck is this??? Get it out!! .... Ok, back to business." One hardcore 12 hours, like a good party hehehe.

Great post @oneminja. I visited Hanoi in 2013, on a cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong. Wonderful experience! We docked in Ha Long Bay (worth a day all by itself, it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and took a bus into Hanoi.

Indeed, Hanoi swallows people. What I remember most is were the motor scooters swooshing around these 16 lane traffic circles with entire families and caseloads of fruits and vegetables impossibly balanced. You take your life in your hands just trying to cross the street. I grew up in NYC and never experienced anything nearly like it.

But there are also some incredibly peaceful and quiet respites from all the hustle and bustle. such as Truc Bach Lake, where I enjoyed a relaxing picnic lunch purchased from a street vendor. Even though I'm an American, and I ate my lunch where John McCain was shot down, nobody seemed to mind.

I loved the mixture of Oriental and French ambiance, and I could easily spend a month or two there.

Ira - upvoted and resteemed.

Hey @irakrakow! Thanks!
Yeah, oh man I love Truc bach, seriously chill and there's a nice bar there with very very very good beers right by the water. Overlooking the memory of McCain hehe.

And this is why I love and hate the city. There are aspects of it I can't deal with for a long time. For example, I briefly was doing some work with someone there, and the office was in such a place that coming back from a meeting with her would involve rush hour traffic. Forget it. That is a special, innovative type of rush hour. It's like swimming with a bunch of sardines in the can but without the brine.
But... there are oases here and there. And even some of the strangeness or chaos is hilarious!

What a place :)

Quite welcome, @oneminja! I only spent that day in Hanoi, which included the bus ride from Ha Long Bay to Hanoi and back. That's the way cruises work, you can only get a taste of the place.

What I love about travel is getting immersed in the strangeness, as you call it. It can be frightening at first, but once your mind comes to accept that it can expand your horizons, travel can actually be liberating. Anyway, I remember the craziness of the rush hour traffic (the cruise also stopped in Ho Chih Minh City, which may actually have a worse rush hour than Hanoi). Whole families balanced with all their possessions on one moped, trying to navigate through all l the chaos. But there's also the opportunity for incredibly peaceful moments in unexpected places, such as a park, temple, or lakeside picnic.

As an aside, I visited the "Hanoi Hilton" and thought that, as a US citizen and given my country's history with Vietnam, that I would stand out like a bull in a china shop. But that wasn't the case at all. I found everyone to be very polite and friendly. The prison seemed to highlight the French occupation more than the US involvement in the Vietnam War.

I look forward to reading and commenting on your other posts and learning more about you and your experiences. All the best, Ira..

Seems awesome! Great pics and moments thank u for sharing it! Up-voted loved and followed!

Thank you very much @lovecycle48 :)

Yes it's awesome! Very much so. Strange, and awesome too hehe.

Hello everyone

While you are in Hanoi, I was sitting on my couch and eating M&m's. So when i sit on my couch and eat M&Ms, I like to hold two m&m's in between my fingers and squeeze as hard as I can until one m&m cracks. I eat the cracked one, and the one that didn't crack becomes the champion. Then I grab the other m&m, and force it to compete with the champion in this deadly game of m&m gladiators. I do this until I run out of m&m's, and when there is only one m&m left standing, I send a letter to m&m's brand with the champion m&m in it with a note attached that reads: "Please use this m&m for breeding purposes.


Great! Now they're gonna spend billions of taxpayers money trying to give an m&m a penis that fits into one of those cracks you made.

And someone's gonna rant about it.

Now look what you did. :)

hahahahhhahahahaha Whats next? The breeding farms for M&m's haha

I liked the content and think you get out what you put in. Good for you. You made $1000. Anyone that's pouting can go sit in the corner, or they can put in the effort and get to the same place. Keep it up!

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Haha. Thanks @razorr3ble! Well, they have a point, but it's an isolated point.

I did spend money to advertise-by-upvote, for sure! I would never deny that :) But it's money I've earned the old fashioned way elsewhere. It's money I'm putting into Steem, which increases its value which increases the pool, and it's crypto so it is risky. Also I haven't heard of them going directly to the platform itself or to the whales who make these bots specifically for that purpose, and considered these whales' own time and investment into the community during its riskiest times to get them where they are now.

So, I get their criticisms, but I also feel like they could be a little more broad in how they look at what they're looking at. Allll good :)

How exactly do you advertise by upvote? I'm curious for when I get a little more frequent and comfortable in my posting. C:

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some memorable stuff shared. Its nice to save the memories of life. the scene at swallow is awesome.

Thank you man! I'm really glad you enjoyed viewing.