9:30 at night. OldBoy and I worked full days and we were exhausted already. I was up since 6 AM, and I was on my feet for most of the day. I had about an hour in between to eat a sandwich.
We hopped onto a cab and headed towards Tran Hung Dao St. in District 5. The cab ride was 180,000 Dong when we arrived at 727. The building exterior looked creepy as hell. The basic lowdown of this building is that during construction something happened and American soldiers were in it for a while. As soon as we headed in, OldBoy immediately smelled mold. Rusted mailboxes lined the walls giving us an idea of how many people this space could occupy. This was the ghetto like you wouldn't imagine it. Then by complete accident we ventured into this space that looked like a scene from SAW and an old dude came out to kick us out. Immediately, he was upset that we got as far as we did. He grabbed our arms and made us sit down. I told him that we were here for ghosts and insisted that after 30 years he hasn't seen or heard of one. He said that reporters are full of crap and wanted to create a spectacle for their bogus journalism. He was likely already drunk from all the beers soaking in a bucket. He wanted to give us a tour for money. I was okay with this at first. I thought 100,000 Dong or 5 dollars would appease him. Unfortunately, he wanted 500,000 Dong to let us walk around only on the bottom three floors. When we were about to walk away, he lowered the price down to 300,000. When I insisted 100,000 he said no. And we left.
Outside we met some kids and asked them questions. They said there weren't ghosts there and that the apartment building will be demolished and all of those residents will be relocated soon. We played around with them for a bit before we got back into the cab and decided that it was a bit too early for ghosts, so we ate some noodles nearby totaling 100,000 Dong for the both of us. Then we headed towards Tao Dan Park 80,000 Dong by taxi later.
I've passed this park many times without realizing exactly what it was. It's the park that is separated by a road with many speed bumps towards Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St. Residents exercise there in the evening hours, but come night fall and nothing but cats roamed the area. Tao Dan Park supposedly has a man who roams around. Reports have indicated that some guy was murdered there or near there over some motorbike incident. We spent quite some time there and it did really feel eerie. Perhaps we just psyched ourselves into thinking there really was anything out there.
I went to Binh Vien Gia Dinh which was another 80,000 Dong away from the park. It was closed. I wanted a hospital and went to Binh Vien Binh Dan, about 50,000 Dong away. I fought with the security a bit. My grandfather was actually in there right now recovering from some bladder procedure. I told the security that information and they still didn't let me in. On our way home we stopped by the Fine Arts Museum because I wanted the exterior shot. By the time we got home, the taxi fair was 280,000 Dong.
I went home and uploaded the footage and selected music. Then I crashed into bed still wearing the same undershirt. I woke up, had another full days commitment. When I got home at 8ish that night, I started working on the video until 11 PM or so. I let it rendered and set my alarm at 4 AM so I could upload it in time for an early morning release. There was a slight problem, so I had to render it again, and woke up at 6 AM to start the upload. By 10 AM or so, the video was publicized after I made the thumbnail during a break.
So the transportation costs of running around like that almost equated to 800,000 Dong.
That's about 40 bucks and four hours of being out and about four hours of editing and stuff.
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