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This was one of my earlier blog entries which never got posted until now. I think it is still relevant as when I wrote it just a few months ago — and forgot to post:

It’s exactly 10 in the evening on a windy Saturday night in Saigon. I was pooped as usual — but it was a great day. My colleague and I had great fun dragging our soon-to-be-married ex-colleague around town, trying to find a suitable dress for her “meet-the-in-laws meeting” the following day.

It is a traditional custom in Vietnam that before the young couple gets married, the girl meets her fiance’s parents in a dress fit for the occasion. And in this occasion, the dress is supposed to be befitting of the girl’s background — proper, subdued, not too revealing, and bright or positively colored.

So we dragged her to 2 to 3 stores in town. After three stores and about 10 dresses — a great majority brightly-colored, embroidered and some not-so-brightly colored — we settled for a fuchsia looking silk dress — subdued but marvelous for a dinner date.

It was a great day. We finally found a dress for our friend’s meeting-the-in-laws event.

No spinsters in Vietnam

Before our whirlwind trip around 3 great boutiques around town, my two friends and I passionately discussed the in-topic of the season– “weddings”. Let it be known that during this time of the year, which usually starts around November and ends roughly around late March, is what we call “wedding season”.

You see them everywhere — couples, couples, couples! The bride wears her voluminous frou-frou gown with a bouquet in one hand and the groom in the other, walking near the cathedral at Han Thuyen Street.  Or sitting on the grass at the park beside the cathedral. Or on the grass in the Phu My Hung compound.

Vietnamese couples normally get married before their 30th birthday, especially for the women. Even if the women are not yet prepared to get married, they are hassled into marrying before their 30th birthday. Because if they reach the age of 30 and are still single — even though they are already committed to one guy — they are called “baco”, which refers to a woman that has been left behind by the times – and suitors!

Such is the plight of women in this country. It seems like a woman’s value seems to diminish with age, much like the value of a car that depreciates once it packs on the years.

Which brings us back to the issue of my Saturday night blues.

Alone Again – naturally

Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest days of the week for the socially mobile. But the variety of late night fare is rather boring. Usually, it’s a DJ night at a famous club or bar in the middle of town (take your pick of Vasco’s, Cage, or Xu; the Fashion TV bar is already closed – don’t know why?) with the same DJs spinning the same records every time. Then throw in a couple of special visiting DJs from Ibiza or Mallorca — and that sums up the night life in Saigon.

For the locals, the places to be in are Acoustic Bar and Café Dao on _______ . There are also a growing number of bars along District 2 which are getting some attention these days.

And so with the dearth of interesting and varied nightlife in Saigon, it is no wonder that me and my friends are always hankering for something other than a DJ night in town.

Any ideas to spice up our lives here?

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