Drawing on streets worldwide, I’ve had the fantastic experience to recently showcase 3d street painting in amazing Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. Commissioned by Unilever to support a new product launch in Vietnam, my good pal Sharon and I jetted to this exotic locale to meet some really amazing people and share 3d creations with the local youth.
We completed a large 3d image showcasing the product as part of a 2 day gala which featured entertainment from some of the best and brightest young recording stars in Vietnam, like Van Mai Huong and Nam Cuong, along with lots of interactive activities for the local participants. In addition to the featured work, we conducted a 2 hour painting workshop / demo, which allowed participants to witness first hand ‘How To’ draw a basic 3d chalk art image. The demo was a big hit and everyone queued up to get their photos taken in both the paintings on display. The event was a big success for Unilever, with many local youths stopping by to check out the action.
Our hosts were terrific and took great care of us. We were introduced to the wonderful sights and sounds of Saigon, which pulses with life til the wee hours. I’m a foodie and the food is simply amazing there, with many local delicacies and specials to sample. I’m a big fan of Pho, so I was in heaven! Other favorites included: Mien Xao Hai San and Che Troi Nuoc – delicious!
Moto culture reigns supreme and moto style in Saigon is a way for each individual to express his own creativity. 8 million people in Saigon, 8 million scooters! If you’re not riding, you’re resting at a roadside restaurant or cafe, enjoying the most amazing coffee in the world, watching humanity race by in living color. We enjoyed some of the best of Saigon nightlife when we enjoyed a Vespa tour of the city, courtesy of Vietnam Vespa Adventures. The best bargain around, this is the best way to see the city and savor it’s tasty offerings.
After our project was completed, Sharon and I took a side trek to the Mekong Delta with our new friend Nemo, who introduced us to river culture and the wonderful floating market of Can Tho. Definitely worth getting up at 4:30am to see this fantastic and hectic market phenomenon.
Sharyn and I both loved our experience in Vietnam – we will definitely be back. The hospitality, kindness, and friendship we felt were overwhelming and memorable. Do yourself a favor – put Vietnam at the top of your ‘must see’ travel list, you won’t regret it.
Thanks go to everyone at Unilever: Tram, Trong, Truong-cong, Hieu, Duong & Giang. Special thanks to Lyn (for translation) and Nemo (for guiding us through the Mekong!)