There are now 8 people living in my house and 6 of them have resigned a contract to stay another yeah. One of the results of this was that we now have three house pets; 1 fish, 1 kitten and 1 puppy. I was rather apprehensive about all of the pets, I love animals and […]
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 […]
Being vegetarian has its downside. Being unable to join in games of fluffy bunnies, missing out on hangover bacon and discovering the perfect pair of shoes then finding out you can’t buy them because they’re made from leather. Another main downside is Jelly, due to its gelatine content. Thankfully I turned vegetarian aged 10, so […]
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!
Post title graciously borrowed from Bon Iver. As earlier mentioned, I spent the Liberation Day holiday in Nha Trang, a small coastal town about 9 hours bus ride north of Saigon. It’s a really popular resort with Vietnamese families on holidays. The Cornwall of Vietnam if you will. It has a lovely beach, which is really empty […]
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 […]
I recently took one of my teaching assistants out to lunch, we went to a pancake place that had origami animals everywhere. My TA has now started making me really cool origami animals as a surprise every lesson, here are some of them: An origami grass hopper made from a bamboo leaf: An origami […]
Apologies for my absence, a very famous ancient Vietnamese king died this day hundreds of years ago and so it is a national holiday. Taking advantage of the days off work, me and 10 friends went on an adventure holiday 6 hours north of Saigon, to Dalat and the surrounding areas. Dalat and the jungles […]
Who is that idiot?