About a month ago these strange red stalls started to pop up on street corners. Now, I am used to odd business ventures rapidly springing up. There’s a roundabout near my house where they sell electronics and Tupperware with the aid of a giant Karaoke screen. Advertising here isn’t always so spot on, near my house […]
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 […]
3000 miles. That’s approximately how far I’ve travelled since my last blog post in June. Almost a third of the distance it takes to get back to England. A sudden deluge of blogs from other friends and insistence from my grandparents has persuaded me to do an update, to assuage fears I may have died […]
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 have ruthlessly stolen this from a friend who has an amazing camera. I say ruthelessly stolen, I did actually ask. This is the view from the dining room and main pool of the resort we stayed at last week. I promise next week when my boyfriend visits from England and brings my camera I will post […]
In return for our apparent ‘hard work’ our company treats all staff to an annual fully paid holiday. This year’s trip was to the 4* Romana Resort near Mui Ne, on the coast of Vietnam, about 5 hours drive from Saigon. We set off on buses very early in the morning. I had a rather […]
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 […]
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 […]