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"Swap Kerja" has been shot at Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho, Vietnam

November 29, 2016

Andy Nguyen - One of experienced and truthful local fixer in Vietnam -

Xtreme Media, an award winning production company in Singapore, who has produced many TV documentary series for international and Singaporean TV networks like National Geographic Channel, HGTV, FYI, and MediaCorp Group Of Channels, has been commissioned by MediaCorp Suria Channel to produce an 8-episode Malay TV series entitled "Swap Kerja". 


"Swap Kerja" is an one-hour TV series about a job swap between a Singaporean and the Asian counterpart. To be filmed across 8 different countries in Asia Pacific.


The series aims to give Singaporeans an in-depth insight into the same jobs that their counterparts do in a foreign country. As Singaporeans swap the jobs, they learn about their counterparts' work and living conditions, and the issues that affect them on a daily basis.


The series aims to foster stronger international bond between Asian countries, promotes the values of hard work and community spirit, as well as celebrate the everyday heroes from home and abroad - from floating market trader, laundry man, lifeguard and etc.


Xtreme Media has come to Vietnam to produce one episode in the series which shows the daily business of a Cai Rang floating market trader.


 Host of the show Mohamed Taufig and Profile  Suriyati had interesting experience of trading in Cai Rang floating market 

 Happy moment of the production team from Xtreme Media, Director Syuhrah, Producer Joyce Lee, DoP Bezner, Profile Suriyati and steering man Rot 


Profile Suriyati sells street food in Singapore. She was assigned a duty to come to Vietnam to be a trader on Cai Rang floating market in Can Tho city which is located in the South of Vietnam. She exchanged the job with Mrs.Thuy and her husband who are selling fried and grilleed chicken and fish rice on the floating market. The challenge is realy tough for Suriyati.  Suriyati will sell food on unstable and bumping boat.


Suriyati starts the day at 3am to chop vegetable, chilli into pieces, prepare dry ingredients, cook steamed rice as well as to make different kind of sauces and especially grill and fry chicken. She sells food on the floating market from 6.30am to 10.30am and then comes back home to prepare for the next's business.


Sha has to go to local wet market to buy fresh chicken, vegetables, rice, fish sauce, noodles...in the afternoon and then process them.


There is only one luck for Suriyati is that allmost all customers on Cai Rang floating market are familiar with Mrs.Thuy's business so they are willing to buy regardless of who is selling on the boat with Mrs.Thuy today.


 Taufig and Suriyati are selling grilled chicken rice to familiar customers of Mrs,Thuy on floating market

 It is easy to find a new customer. Actually, customers come to the food boat to buy...

Restaurant owner buys grilled chicken rice. She sells noodles only on the floating restaurant. 


I provided the Vietnam fixer service to Xtreme Media to produce this TV show. I came to Cai Rang Floating Market two times to scout the location such as checking the docks, cooking boats, crew boat, daily trading route especially of local traders, finding and persuading Mrs.Thuy and her husband to be on the TV progarmme. They are too busy to think about anything except their daily survival. I am happy when the show was a good shoot and the good filming was arranged carefully by fixer in Vietnam 


Andy Nguyen, Fixer in Vetnam and Taifig the host of the show "Job Exchange" and great boat steering woman on floating market, Mrs. Tam

 Wraping - up smile of Taufig and Suriyati at the boat dock. 

 Taufig the host of the show "Job Exchange" on Cai Rang Floating market

Sun Set at  Cai Rang Floating Market... 

 Floating petrol station on Cai Rang floating market. Is everything floating here?


 Trader on Cai Rang floating market...

 Daily life on floating market


 Daily business on floating market...


  Daily activities on floating market...




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