Keep yourself protected!!!

Trip Start Dec 31, 2006
Trip End Jan 17, 2007

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

The morning we left Saigon, we had breakfast with Allison and Laura. Apparently shocking and scary events took place with Laura on her way home the previous night. Allison and Laura are roommates but they came home separately our last night in Saigon. While Allison was still out, Laura brought a guy friend home from out of town and they were followed by some thugs! Laura said all she remembered was a guy with a machete chasing after her down the street and trying to take her purse from her. Her guy friend fought back and got the machete away from the thug and chased him down the street. The thug had another thug in a getaway motorbike waiting for him at the end of the alley where she lived. When recalling the event, Laura was shaken up and repeatedly said, "I got f*$!ing chased by a guy with a machete!" The scary part was, all her neighbors witnessed the event and did nothing. It sounded like something that would happen in NYC. Also, the guy who attacked them came back the next day to scope out the place according to one of their neighbors. One neighbor did call the police when the thug came back but he had already left by the time the police showed up. Saigon still has a rough nature to it---even if they are commercializing and more fruitful. Especially when you think how overpopulated it is. It holds 8.5 million and many are jobless and the rice season is over in the delta so there isn't much work when everyone is flocking to the city. Foreigners like Allison and Laura are prime targets. The main lesson learned from this event was to never go home alone late at night. Luckily nothing happened to her. Street smarts are essential to living in Saigon, let alone anywhere else. When we left Laura and Allison they were making plans to take the machete to the police for fingerprints and file a report. Hopefully the police will take notice of this for they want to keep the city safe, especially for outsiders. Last I recall, the penalty for killing a foreigner in Saigon, was death. Watch your back if you ever go to Saigon. Don't feel too open for you never know who would want to prey after you. That goes for anywhere, New York, Paris, wherever. You got to be aware always. I gave Laura and Allison my "protector knot" that I was wearing around my neck to hang above their entrance door. It was blessed by a Kagyu Tibetan lama (my teacher Lama Ole) for the very purpose of protection against bad energies. I think they will be fine. They'll just need to go home together and watch out for each other. Hopefully the police will patrol the area to keep a look out.
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cricketkir on

Safe Travels Home
Teale and Adele,
I can't wait to hear all your stories from your travels. I'm so happy you've kept up the travelogue. Be safe in Hanoi, safe travels home.

hjschneid on

Oh Lord!
Keep safe.

tracyj on

When you find a purpose...
I am happy to read you are finding more then what you were looking for. It sounds like a 'purpose' is starting to tingle in your soul. At first you set to retrace your ancestors and see their shadows.When capturing that essence by the taste,air,sound,smell,and image of your surroundings you bring back to us something more. The shattered Vietnamese image that we gen x americans have absorbed in history class & Hollywood war movies turns a different color.A forgotten country too taboo to talk about, reminding us that the US was not invinsible,especially in this time of unreasonable war, becomes something else. Through your blog you teach us that there is grass starting to grow from this barren image we were shown.Vietnam is rising out of its ashes. Without you I would have never known, nor would any of us who read this have known unless we were there.You have brought us there.I have felt the pride in you and you & Teal are doing the people of Vietnam great justice by speading the news.Sometimes a child who is growing doesn't realize how much they have grown unless you show them. Therefore I believe that your family documentry can become so much more.Showing the potential and prosperity may bring more money to the country,who knows? Alot of people go through life never finding a purpose and waste air talking of the 'could have beens' .When you find a purpose it is precious....
Congratulations!--look forward to the viewing.Safe Home-Your alumni student'06 -Tracy J

adeleray on

Re: When you find a purpose...
Thanks Tracy! I really appreciate your kind words! All the best to you! - Adele

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