It’s beginning to look a lot like TetPosted: February 3, 2010
The day before he’d been out in Hanoi with his family, when one of a bunch of kids messing around on motorbikes couldn’t stop and hit a tree – injuring their face.
While I guess there was some gallantry in hitting the tree and not my friend’s family, his normally calm wife was still understandably furious and went ballistic.
He then told me of a friend, who was out for a Sunday morning bike ride, when a motorbike came out of nowhere and hit him side on.
His wife told my mate that she had never seen him lose his temper and, to the best of her previous knowledge, physical violence was something he wasn’t capable of. Nonetheless, he stood up, dusted himself off, and decked the guy.
Other reports include fist fights on the streets and while I try to be a Zen-like as I can, I will admit to raising my voice a couple of times recently. Face well and truly lost.
Elsewhere everyone is chasing extra cash. Bizarrely I just saw my apartment advertised on the internet at $200 a month more than I pay. I’ve decided that ignoring it is far easier than trying to seek an explanation from the landlord.
More worryingly, while normally there are few places safer to live than Vietnam, a friend recently woke up to see a burglar holding his camera. He fled. Remarkably, however, the Police found the villain and returned the camera.
Or at least, if I understand his Facebook updates correctly, they returned it once they had used the camera to record a number of other crime scenes as it was better than the one they had.
The reason for all this?
Tet is almost upon us and while, nearer the big day, Hanoi becomes a ghost town, now is a time of utter and increasing madness.
Once the festive season starts we’ve booked a ten-day escape to Thailand. Hanoi is home but sometimes a Thai island can be the perfect antidote.
However, there’s still ten days to go.
I’m going to stay in doors.