I’m sure that all of you seem to be familiar with Saigon or its name “The Pearl of the Orient”. Maybe because Saigon is not where I was born, its impression in me may be different from the others. If I have to describe it by 3 words, I prefer: modern, rushing and warm.
Firstly, we cannot deny the modernity of Saigon. It is the largest city in Vietnam in terms of population and economy nowadays. I have got many experiences when moving here. Instead of the industrial zone, of the huge building, of the metal…I can still find its ancient points. It’s was the Notre Dame Cathedral, the city Central Post, road Đồng Khởi, Bến Thành Market… If you have interest in something ancient, something related to history, to culture… you definitely find those in here.
Talking about the word “rushing” or the life of “Saigonese”. Indeed, Saigon is a diversified and multinational region with ample opportunity. Here, you can drown in the noisy and gaudy urban areas with luxury shops and high-class restaurants. Yet, at the same time, you can find yourself in unobtrusive and calm spots for sweet-smelling cheap coffee and brilliant street food. These contrasting images can be easily found anytime and anywhere around Vietnam’s most dynamic city. Saigon life is divided into three different classes - upper, middle and lower. That’s why you’ll see a 60s Honda Supper Cub parked next to a 2013 Lamborghini Murcielago, a mixed girdle-cake stall next to a five-star restaurant or a “bệt” coffee (sit down on the ground) in the park opposite an air-conditioned coffee shop. Saigonese, from locals to foreigners, participate in the continuous developing of the city by working thousands of different jobs. Just walk in the street and you can see: a crowded street with a lot of people moving unstoppable. They’re always in a hurry. One hand, it’s because of the numerous population here. Other hand, they keep doing to earn living, to support their life, their children… That what “rushing” means to me.
The last word – “warm”, it’s not a physical feeling. I would prefer the heart’s feeling! Look at all the modern things here made from the metal, the concrete, the block…! They make me fell sometimes suffocating. Thanks to the kindness of the Saigoneer, I can feel the “warm” form theirs heart inside a big city like Saigon. They help each other no matter what class do they are!
Maybe I’m too young and do not have enough experience. I’m not sure but I do understand one basic thing: Saigonese do not rest on their laurels, living as they once lived - they live as they have never lived before. This make me love this city more than I used to.
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