I noticed the other day that the Type C power cable to my Macbook was looking pretty bad. The plastic outside had worn completely away showing the wires underneath. I think that this particular charger and cable was about a year old and been through repeated packing, using, twisting, etc. I decided first off after a leisurely breakfast and talking with the very nice front desk woman to find an Apple reseller close by or not so close by to replace the cable. If I were to replace the whole thing, if I remember right it was over $100 in Vietnam a year ago. This time though, it was just the cable.
So off I went to the Apple reseller I found to buy the new power cable. I took the old cable as well just in case there was a language issue but the nice young guy there understood immediately and showed me the 2 meter cables which come in at about $35. I had decided to not buy a cheaper type C cable here because I am never quite sure what it is I get from some of the stores. In Cambodia, I will only shop at a few electronics stores like the UFOstore because they sell quality gear and back it up at any of the stores. I bought a lightning cable in Siem Reap and they assured me if I had problems I could take it into the store down the riverside in Phnom Penh. I keep those kinds of receipts always.
Anyways, after getting that done, I decided to explore a different area of Saigon. I am not sure if I walked there before. So off I went and I managed to see a few interesting things along the way.
Just to set the stage, I walked through a park and happened to meet this mom, daughter, and younger daughter picnicking in this park. The mom waved and said hello and then her older daughter that spoke better english came over smiling. The mom did not want her picture taken at first but we agreed if I visited for awhile I would be able to take a photograph of them all. The older daughter understood it all and was smiling even more. The young girl was busy trying to master food containers. Here is that image and a few more from the day spent doing absolutely nothing again besides having fun.
All in all, a fun day with some minimal things to get done, interspersed with a nice walk and the very friendly Vietnamese people I always seem to meet. I had a quick lunch at a Lotteria fast food place and then walked on back to the hotel.
All of the images are taken with the prime lens still. The lens is very easy to just leave on the X-T30 camera. I don’t think I have swapped it out for the 18-55mm kit lens yet. Its that easy and fun to shoot with plus auto-focus is a dream and image quality is nice. The aperture ring also has the clicks to it instead of a soft aperture ring that does not show the F stops like on the kit lens. I do think that the F2 35mm lens is a great prime lens for all around use around a city, taking photographs of buildings, people, things. It also is an out of the way and somewhat unobtrusive lens much like the rest of the camera when compared to some Nikon or Canon monster camera. If you are a beginner or just wanna take images and not futz or fuss with them, I really think the FujiFilm X-T30 is a great choice. Price point, quality, size and weight. Great little travel camera!