Jan. 13 Rediscovering Saigon. Cercle Sportif.

Written by Jack van Ommen on January 13th, 2010

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I went for my 2 p.m. dentist appointment but the adjusting of the crown took longer tha planned and I’ll go back at 7 p.m. The dentist was nice enough to remove the stitches from my foot operation. I had time to go to the War Remnant Museum. This is not my idea of a vacation to be reminded of the hour of U.S. shame. But if I press the issue with my children to be aware of what the Nazis did to their grandmother than I should be able to take a refresher course as well that cruelty and stupidity is not reserved to a particular nationality or race. 


3 Comments so far ↓

  1. jackvanommen says:

    Dear Elena,
    i would recommend that you read “A quiet American” by Graham Greene because it describes the life in Saigon very accurately just a few years prior to my 1 1/2 years in Saigon. And “A Bright Shining Lie” by Neil Sheehan, who was just a couple years later than me in Saigon and I knew several of the characters in his book. My e-mail address is jack@cometosea.us
    I am on the road again and not regularly seeing my mails. You can read some of my experiences of the time I spent there in the section of Vietnam, in my blog index.
    Yes, Saigon has changed very much. It used to be a lovely place.

  2. Hanh Chu says:

    It is still a lovely place especially without the threat of war.

  3. jackvanommen says:

    Xin Tsao Chu, I agree.

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