This photo of innocent looking atis resulted in my camera being jinxed by a local vendor. I kid you not. My camera was POSSESSED and its lens DISABLED because I had probably stolen the souls of these fruit. Vietnamese (and Cambodia too) custom and beliefs dictate that taking a photograph of someone (or apparently something) may suck the life force out of the person, so tourists clicking away should be cognizant of this and take care when snapping away. These must be one of the few countries in the world where “facebook” or “instagram” doesn’t do too well considering that “selfies” are probably a no-no. Some of the younger generation seem amused and flippant about the custom, but older folks are NOT happy when you violate this rule… I was under the mistaken impression that I should NOT take focused shots of particular people without their permission, so I started snapping away at fruit at a market. Just after I clicked this photo, and the lady vendor who was standing over 8 feet away SCREAMED at me rather violently, my lens went haywire, and to make a long story short, I eventually had to pay nearly $40 to get it fixed back in Manila. I apologized to the lady, but the hex had already been implemented. Thankfully, the Teen had a spare lens with her so I managed to take some photos for the remainder of the trip… :)
I had to believe buddha’s fingers were a safe photo opportunity…
With so much fruit, vegetables, dried spices, condiments, etc. everywhere you looked, it was torture not to snap away freely, hence this post of a mish-mash of food related photos from the brief Hanoi visit. Note all ambulant vendors are photographed from behind. Above, gorgeous medium sized guavas, the basket lined with leaves just to let you know they are THAT freshly picked off the tree.
Freshly peeled and unpeeled water chestnuts.
Pomegranates and pears.
Passion fruit and those WONDERFUL limes.
A stolen photo through a hotel window with blinds of a lady vendor carefully peeling her pomelos. They looked great, but I think good Pinoy pomelos taste much better than the Vietnamese ones… :)
Delicious and freshly made rice noodles sold in baskets street side. However, a bit of caution, there have been MANY instances where government food experts have warned that the noodles, particularly when bright white, can often include harmful chemicals used to bleach them… :(
Large oranges with green skins.
A caged green turtle for sale at the market.
Cassia bark (sold as cinnamon to most folks around the world) in abundance.
Star anise so fresh it was pliant. Cardamom pods, dried fungus and other goodies.
More dried fungus.
Dried shrimp in various sizes and quality grades.
A basket of greens and veggies on the back of a bike.
Dried peanuts with and without skins, dried mung beans and either split peas, yellow mung bearns or corn…
The Teen tried to sneak photos of sidewalk vendors while pretending to take my photo, but as you can see, the ruse didn’t really work that well. :)