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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Close Encounters of the Cow Kind

After taking a hiatus from writing it's time to get back into it, hopefully with fresh creative juices. A lot has changed in the month and a half since I last posted. I no longer work for AsiaLIFE magazine, as it was simply time to move on. I'm working full-time as a copyright editor for a company based in Hong Kong, which means a lot of time in front of the computer, but I can work from anywhere that has wifi. I'm going to Con Dao, one of the few places remaining on my 'must-see' list in Vietnam, for a few days next month, and Indonesia for three weeks in September. I'll also be moving at the end of the month, so more changes are ahead.

One constant is that you never know what you'll run into on any given day in Saigon. I went cycling Sunday morning, and while on the approach road to Phu My Bridge a family of cattle decided to cross the road in front of me. A cow and a calf hopped over the short barrier separating the bike lane from the car lane, but then the bull sauntered out and decided he didn't really feel like jumping the barrier. So he simply stopped and stood in the middle of the lane. I stopped about 10 feet away from him along with a couple of motorbikes. The drivers quickly decided to scoot past him, but when I started to move forward (in my red cycling jersey), he squared up to me and did not look pleased. I stopped again, wondering how long I would have to sit on the windswept road getting stared down by a bull. Eventually another group of motorbikes approached and passed without incident, so I sneaked past with a couple of them and carried on with the remaining (cow-free) ride.
Just another day in Saigon.


  1. Glad you're back Mike. Moving out of VN or just moving apartment?

    1. Staying in VN, just moving to a new place!

  2. Good to see you back writing. Good luck!