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Published on December 29th, 2012

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Only In Asia: "The Zapper"

It’s been awhile since I last posted an “Only In Asia” moment – but that doesn’t mean such OIA events haven’t been happening quite regularly here in my adopted home in Vietnam. Nope, each day it seems brings ever new bizarre sights – sometimes DOZENS in a given day.  It would be great if I could strap a webcam to my forehead, so as to capture each stray OIA sight as I go about my day.  But alas most the moments are fleeting and I never seem to have my camera handy at those strange and quirky “OIA” times.

But last week’s curiosity simply couldn’t be overlooked so I (uncharacteristically) had the good sense to swiftly grab my camera and video tape it just for you all.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Lasses and Lads, I present you with the latest in the “Only In Asia” series:

Question izzz… so what do YOU think the lad is so busily ZAPPING???

 


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Off-the-beaten-path travel is my passion,and I’ve always lived life “like-a-kid-in-a-candy-store” – eager to sample as many flavors as I can. Indeed, my life motto has long been: This ain’t a dress rehearsal, folks!



4 Responses to Only In Asia: "The Zapper"

  1. Laurie says:

    Those are widely marketed in the US as electronic fly swatters.

    I suspect your neighbour was using it to kill the flying adults of some garden pest like carrot weevils or other muncher of root vegetables. Killing the adults would stop the cycle of laying eggs and hatching of more larvae.

    Cool video!

    • TravelnLass says:

      Ah so likewise Yanks are zapping garden pests? The lad has been reliably out there zapping every few days since. And I’ve now seen the “zappers” selling in neighborhood shops.

      Thanks for the lesson in 6-legged homicide, Laurie. 😉 Good that folks are using zappers rather than pesticides, yes?

  2. Haha I love those! We went to a restaurant in Shanghai a few months back that had a bit of a mosquito problem and one of the waiters was waving a racket zapper around like crazy. Wish I’d filmed it!

    • TravelnLass says:

      Ah, so that’s what it actually is – a bug zapper? I wonder if the racket zapper is primarily an Asian thing, or perhaps they have something similar in the U.S. I dunno, but suffice I’d never seen anything like it before, and it just seemed so… WTF? OIA! 😉

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