Check out my resident’s card.

Check out my resident's card.

I am officially a proper resident of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam!

About time really, I’ve been here for over six months now. Symbolically I shared my six month anniversary with Ho Chi Minh’s birthday. Symbolic in the respect that we’ve got a lot in common, really, Uncle Ho and I. (I’m hoping the sarcasm translates through the screen)

I finally feel like a proper resident now, even though I have been paying tax and I’ve had a house here since I arrived. No more visas for me baby!

On a similar note, It’s the first time in my life I’ve actually paid tax given that before this I was in full time education and university. I pay about 15% tax here on my earnings, although it irritates me because seeing as there’s no free healthcare, no free education, most of the roads are a mess and the police are corrupt, I don’t really know what my tax money goes towards!

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