Kind of like what happened in Malaysia in June, the petrol prices rose by 31% on last Monday in Vietnam. A tough reality check for a country which day-to-day life practically revolves around motorbikes!

As a natural consequence, taxi fares have surged. My regular cab ride that was around 40,000 đồng ($2.4) before, now costs over 53,000 đồng ($3.1).

On the bright side, we can hope all this will help make our leaders realize that Mr. Gore’s vision is not so crazy after all.