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 […]
These were taken by a friend who graciously let me use them. Neither my photography skills or my camera are as good. Notice: – The excellent and safe wiring – The typical ‘shop front’ house style. Long, thin, tall. – The amount of houses squeezed into one space A typical Saigon neighbourhood. Alleys of houses, […]
I’ve been here for a year now and I have one month left. I haven’t even left yet and nostalgia is already sweeping over me like the dirty sewage that floods the streets when it monsoons here. All the things that usually annoy me are becoming endearing and as the end is nigh I am […]
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 […]
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!
I’m ashamed to admit that until last week I hadn’t returned to the children’s cancer ward. Not for lack of desire, but the volunteering visits only run twice a month and the last three times I have either been away or had friends visiting. Thankfully I was free last week so off I went. Whilst […]
Last week was ‘Liberation Day’ here. Marking 37 years since Victory Day or the Fall of Saigon as it’s known in the west and to the Southern Vietnamese people who escaped. Propaganda posters went up around the city and the hammer and sickle communist insignia flags which hang from many buildings doubled in number. The […]
One of my best friends from uni came to stay for a week. She bought her very nice camera also and so I finally have some more photos! I don’t have time to upload or say much now as I am in the middle of a manic work weekend. But soon I will update with details of my trip to Dalat and my trips this week.
1) You can get ANY food delivered to your door for pennies. There’s this incredible website, http://www.vietnammm.com, that has almost every restaurant in the city on it. You pick your district, the restaurant, and the food you want and they deliver it to your door for the same price as eating in! It’s like a takeaway […]