Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A price to pay

After our dinner on Day 3, we requested to try the French Bread which is a popular delicacy in Vietnam. We had them in our hotel's breakfast but we wish to try the road side stall as we thought they would be more authentic.

Click here for more info of the Banh Mi (French Bread).

At the meantime, I requested to buy some buns for YX so he could eat them whenever he is hungry. The guide did not give us a YES or NO answer but she said she will inform the driver about our requests. We assume everything were ok.

Once the van stopped, the guide brought us to a very busy shop selling the French Bread and cakes. Too bad, they do not have any buns suitable for YX. So after purchasing the French Bread, the guide brought us further down the road to a bakery.

After the purchase, we walked towards our van and we saw a traffic police was talking to our driver. Gosh! We were given a SUMMONS !

The guide later explained that in certain areas in the city, all vehicles are NOT allowed to stop at the roadside for more than 3 minutes, even the driver is there. Vehicles are only allowed to stop within that 3 minutes to drop off / pick up passengers. In our case, our van stopped for more than 3 minutes and hence, the traffic police issued a summons. It is equivalent to RM80. Between, their Traffic police worked day and night and are good in hiding. Moreover, getting a summons is also depending on one's luck.

Back to the hotel, we put aside the summon matter and enjoyed our French bread. It was generously spread with fillings and the bread were soft and fluffy. Delicious. It was slightly different from the hotel's type as they have special sauce and cut chillies in it. The cut chillies were very very spicy until we felt the sting feeling on our tongue. For more picture, click here.

The next day, our guide requested us to help out the driver by paying 50% of the summons while she paid the other half. But dad and cousin S offered to pay 100% instead.

Coming up next, Day 4.

23 comments:

  1. Oh poor thing, going travel also got summons.. =_=
    Luckily it wasnt until few hundreds la.. I'm sure overall you guys still enjoy the trip!

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  2. Yeah, dun let the "Summons" spoil ur mood!

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  3. Funny lah, this could have happened,, ha? anyway, the best part is take it as a surprise.....

    bet you still enjoyed the great holiday,right?

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  4. that is kind of you to pay summon.. hahaha.. but then bec of shopping.. never mind.. go traveling must spend one..

    btw, Ng.. i have an email for you.. please check it out and let me know..

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  5. Is ok ler..take it as spending on travelling expenses.

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  6. I was so busy at work recently, now I have time to hop in your blog. It is great to see the update about your memorable trip.

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  7. I din know that Vietnam is such a nice place for holiday. I think i shud do more research n ask hubby to bring us there.

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  8. Looks like you have an enjoyable trip over there! The guide is kind to offer to pay 50% of the summon.

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  9. Hayley ~ haha...summons following us everywhere.

    Angeline ~ Yup...we did enjoyed ourselves despite getting the summons.

    eugene ~ It is just bad luck. haha... but we were still happy throughout the whole tour.

    reanaclaire ~ A price to pay because we wanted to try the French Bread.

    Mommy Ling ~ ya...we were happy to pay the summons. It was our request anywhere even the guide did not tell us about the rules.

    Sheoh yan ~ No prob....come in anytime to read them. A good place to travel.

    Marie ~ Oh yes...it is really a very good place to travel. Can consider.

    cheeyee ~ haha...actually the guide felt sorry as she did not inform us about the traffic rules. But it was our request, therefore, we paid for it.

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  10. The driver should have known la... he should have gone somewhere and came back 10mins later. Luckily the expensive bread tasted good :)

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  11. Your dad and cousin are so nice. The way you described the bread.. wah.. makes me lau hau sui..hehe.

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  12. Ah...so nice, pay the summons for the poor driver or the guide. I'm sure their pay not very much...and if have to pay, they will feel the pinch. At least, they were nice enough to take you people to where you wanna go...to buy the bread.

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  13. Vietnamese french bread.... I like. Used to have a good one during my uni days in sydney too. Too bad the last one I had during a trip to Vietnam was not good.

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  14. Chloe ~ The driver is merely trying his luck also lo. Too bad....haha... ya ... lucky the bread is good.

    Mummy Gwen ~ It was actually our request. And knowing their (driver + guide) salary are not high, we paid lo. Since we were all in HOLIDAY mood. hehe

    suituapui ~ Ya...knowing their pay are low, we decided to pay for them. Moreover, it was our request and yes...they were very nice to accomodate us.

    pete ~ haha....holidays also got summons. Something memorable.

    Linda ~ Oh yes..in Australia a lot of Vietnamese people too. The French bread really yummy.

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  15. Oh dear, RM80 for the price of a French Bread. Vietnamese polices are so effective, eh? They even time the stop!? Wow.... But your dad and cousin are so kind-hearted and generous :)

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  16. yvonne ~ Actually it was our request to stop so since already got the summons, we have to pay lo. Part of helping the driver as well.

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  17. Gosh...the driver or the guide should have inform you all about the no stopping zone.

    But it's kind of you all to help the driver to pay the summons.

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  18. Gosh...the driver or the guide should have inform you all about the no stopping zone.

    But it's kind of you all to help the driver to pay the summons.

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  19. Well, u pay for the yummy bread and oso for the experience n knowledge. :) Luckily not a very BIG price to pay.

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  20. Well, u pay for the yummy bread and oso for the experience n knowledge. :) Luckily not a very BIG price to pay.

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  21. Oh dear, RM80 for the price of a French Bread. Vietnamese polices are so effective, eh? They even time the stop!? Wow.... But your dad and cousin are so kind-hearted and generous :)

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  22. I din know that Vietnam is such a nice place for holiday. I think i shud do more research n ask hubby to bring us there.

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