My son, who is five, asked where I’d bought a bottle of nail polish.
“In a shop across the street from Ben Thanh Market,” I said, referring to the iconic French-era market that stands in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.
My son’s eyes lit up. “BEN 10 MARKET?” he cried. “Take me!”
Since he’s a huge fan of “Ben 10″, a TV cartoon series featuring shape-changing aliens, I knew exactly what the poor kid was picturing: an entire market packed with Ben 10 toys and paraphanelia. He was crushed to hear that Ben Thanh was just a regular market selling fresh produce, cheap clothes, and household goods.