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In between, they rely on cell phones and the Internet to stay close. It doesn't take much to see how frequently people send text messages here.Go to a popular cafe in Hanoi--and there are many--and you'll constantly hear cell phones' quick ringing to indicate that a message has just been received.My personal favorite, the smiley face :), is way too boring for them.Minh Nguyen, a 25-year-old student I met online through family prior to this trip (and no relation to Hien Nguyen), often decorates her sentences with multiple emoticons."Nobody writes letters by hand anymore, we just text or talk over Yahoo Instant Messenger." Hien said she misses those handwritten letters, but only when she's on the receiving end. True romantic anticipation has been replaced by instant gratification, with the anticipation being waiting for text messages."It's fun to read them and read them again sometimes," Hien said.So much so that sometimes it's hard for me to know what she really means.Fortunately, I asked Minh and others to do some translating, and I got some very important information.
First of all, there's lots of Vietnamese slang, much like the "l33tspeak" in the States.
There are no restrictions on cell phone use here; you can use them anywhere, anytime.
However, you might want to get out of a crowded restaurant or cafe to answer a call, if only because you want to escape the constant sound of phones ringing and people chatting on their mobile devices. During rush hour, bicycles and scooters can pretty much get on the sidewalks or sometimes even go into the opposite lanes.
"I find it easier to express myself (that way) than talking directly.
I can choose my words carefully." I can sort of relate to this.