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Buying a real Nike hat in Vietnam

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In Vietnam, you can buy:
1. a fake Jordan hat made of shitty material and poor stitches
2. a half fake half real Jordan hat made of good material and poor stitches. Usually the material is smuggled out of Nike factory and stitched by an untrained seamstress somewhere else
3. a real Jordan hat made of good material and good stitches. Usually the material is smuggled out of Nike factory and stitched by Nike seamstress somewhere else or the finished hat could be smuggled straight out of the Nike factory
4. a real Jordan hat imported from US or Europe and sold in luxury malls
Today I bought 3 for 12usd at an alleyway shop near my house

On Nike’s site (and almost everywhere else) its 24usd

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February 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

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How to do business in Vietnam

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Location: on the sidewalk of Saigon, at the corner of Ton That Tung and Suong Nguyet Anh, District 1
Date: 2-22-2012:
Me: Why is this table tilted? My fish sause is sliding.
H (restaurant manager): I m sorry. Why don’t you sit inside? It is better
Me: Why would you put out such a shitty table?
H: Well we are not supposed to put tables out here on the sidewalk. Today the police is patrolling. If they see it they will confiscate it. We d rather they take our crappiest table than a nice one.
Me: I see. Why don’t you give them money?
H: We do. And they leave us alone most of the time. But every once in a while they need to do their job, confiscate some tables and write up a report. It keeps their boss happy

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February 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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A reverse migration

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Location: Phan Rang, Vietnam
Time: Tet 2012

Person talked to: Huy
Old Occupation: unknown
Return date: some time in 2011
New Occupation: beer distributor
Reason: financial hardship

Person talked to: Minh
Old Occupation: bike mechanic
Return date: Tet 2012
New Occupation: loan shark
Reason: financial hardship

Person talked to: Doan
Old Occupation: port helper
Return date: Tet 2012
New Occupation: quan nhau owner (possibly)
Reason: financial hardship

Person overheard: Chị Bé
Old Occupation: shop helper
Return date: some time in 2011
New Occupation: selling clothes on the streets of Phan Rang
Reason: financial hardship

Person overheard: Hiep
Old Occupation: truck driver
Return date: some time in 2010
New Occupation: unemployed (on paper), gambler (otherwise)
Reason: hiding from the Saigon loan sharks due to unpaid gambling debt

These young men and women after high school moved from Phan Rang to Saigon in search of a better life. Instead they found hardship. In the end they returned.

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January 23, 2012 at 3:15 am

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Street race in Vietnam during Tet 2012

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Its New Year’s Eve. The country boys are out with souped up bikes and hearts filled with bravado

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January 23, 2012 at 2:52 am

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Tet train 2012

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Hart-seat compartment, packed to the rim with 2,3 people per bench. Even the aisle is filled with people sitting on little plastic stools (how they can do this for 2 days straight is beyond me). Some buy a mat from the train staff and sleep beneath the wooden bench

The sun sets as we cross Phan Thiet

The lunch cart making its round. For 15K you get rice, cabbage and fish cake. Plus soup from a big bucket.

Father and his 2 kids at the hallway adjoining 2 compartments, right in front of the toilet.

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January 20, 2012 at 3:13 am

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Idrink anyone???

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I m not sure about apple-center, istudio or icenter but idrink is most definitely an unauthorized reseller of apple products.

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January 17, 2012 at 6:18 am

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Free coworking space in District 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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When I lived in Manhattan last year, I used to frequent a few coworking spaces in the city. None of which was free except one called Wix Lounge. It became my regular hangout spot where I could code, drink free coffee, enjoy their fast speed internet and comfy sofa.  It was also a place where I met, talked and occasionally brainstormed with like-minded people, which kept me rejuvenated as I continued working on my startup.

I m in Saigon now and I want to pay it forward by making my own office a coworking space. If you are a software developer or working on a creative project here in Saigon, please leave a comment below telling me a little bit about yourself and I ll send you an invite.

Below is a picture of the office. Note that all the books have been moved upstairs.

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January 4, 2012 at 3:51 am

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