The last time I played Holi and got dunked in so much color was a long time ago, in the North Indian neighborhood of my tiny hometown while growing up. This Saturday I relived this experience in the streets of Saigon with 6,853 other people in the widely popular Color Me Run event!! It was incredibly refreshing and fun to be like kids for a day and enjoy creating a mess 😀 Though the heat was a bit too much in the afternoon and most of us resorted to walking after an initial run, it was a great evening with friends doing a healthy activity for a change 😉
My first surprise for the evening was the neighborhood itself. Ho Chi Minh City has so many districts ( I was thinking 14 but Wiki says 24 :O ), I live in District 1, the expat hub and the center of the city and the event took place in District 7, one of the newer districts. And wow! It looked like a totally new city. The streets were very well laid out and whole look of the place was sophisticated. I will definitely go back there, atleast for the huge mall that caught my eye 😉 The event was quite well organized considering the scale; with color stations set up at every 1 km checkpoint. There were teams throwing heaps of color on us at every station! Everyone had a bit (or lot) of Pink, Blue, Yellow, Green & Purple and the atmosphere was definitely festive, which was further pumped up by some good music played before and after the run.
Here are some lovely pictures shared by the team on their facebook page. The reason why I am not sharing the pictures that I took, comes right after you enjoy these colorful snaps.
So, coming to my tragic story (You should have seen that coming given the title of the post). There I was having a great time at the end of the course and eagerly waiting for the Kelly Rowland concert (I don’t really know who she is but its supposedly good music and lots of dancing- so hell yeah). And poof goes my phone. My precious iPhone. 😦 It was safely in my pocket and within a span of 5 minutes and a crowded queue, it disappeared! So there it is, my first experience with the dark side of Vietnam and hopefully it will be my last. This doesn’t tarnish the image of the country in any way; my positive experiences have been way too many. But my heart is heavy with grief for all the pictures that weren’t backed up 😦 For all those moments captured at the right time, the video of my first Zip lining experience, etc., etc., So everyone out there, don’t take your phone for granted and do backup regularly!
Oh I forgot, I had so many pictures of food that I someday wanted to write a blog post on and all that is gone too. Now I have to go back and eat them all again. Hmmm.. it’s not so bad after all 🙂
Anyways, the incident didn’t take away the fun that I had in the event. Signing off with a crazy picture and see you all with more updates real soooon, promise 😀