Teachers’ Day and that time I had to eat meat.

chào mừng ngày nhà giáo Việt Nam! Not content with celebrating Christmas Day, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Women’s Day , Children’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Reunification Day,  Tet, Lantern Festival, the anniversaries of various kings, Workers’ Day and a whole host of lunar and Buddhist related days, the Vietnamese have had Teachers’ Day for 30 years. And in true […]

Why Vietnam is so great and why I am so indecisive about jobs.

This blog title is a twist on Nietzsche’s  Ecce Homo chapters  ‘Why I am so wise/Why I am so clever’, except that I am not a German philosopher, nor do I have such an impressive moustache or canon of works . I might succumb to eventual insanity like ole Friedrich though. Also perhaps using  ‘canon’ to describe […]

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!