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Still Here...

…working hard mostly. I’m been meaning to update my blog for ages, so apologies to anyone that still checks in every now and then. Short story: I’ve started a business here in Vietnam. We’ve been open for about 10 months now and it’s going very very well. It seems that I’ll […]

Fireballs and Diabetes


My dad's gift to me

My dad must really love me.  He gave me the gift to poop fire and develop severe diabetes when he arrived in Saigon last night :).  I believe I had mentioned in one of my older posts that my dad is a Buddhist Monk.  Actually he’s a Doctor/Monk.  He stills […]

The 'POST' post office

Saigon Central Post Office

I asked my sister to mail me some stuff from the U.S recently….some white undershirts, a couple of pairs of shoes, 6 books and some various knick knacks that I needed.  The United States Postal Service (USPS)  has fixed price priority mail boxes that costs a little more than […]

Road Rage in Vietnam

Knife Victim in Saigon

Last Friday there was a road rage incident on Cong Quynh street in Saigon.  Three friends (on 2 motorbikes) were  returning home from a night of drinking when they got into a close call with a couple of other guys on another motorbike…..an argument ensued and one of the 3 friends […]

Adapting to Life in Vietnam

Life on the Mekong

I get asked every now and then how hard it was for me to adapt to living in Vietnam.  Personally, I think I had it much easier than most expatriates.  I speak the language and I have relatives in Saigon who were more than happy to help me with any issues […]

The Saigon Sauna

Steamy Street

My friend Long called me today and asked if I would like to join him for a massage and steam room treatment.  I think I am probably one of the few people in the world that absolutely hates massages so I declined his invitation.  I think massages are very uncomfortable….and yes I’ve had […]

How to get a 5 Year Visa Exemption

5 Year Visa Exemption (Mien Thi Thuc)

It used to be that anyone wanting to stay in Vietnam for a long time  could just get a 3 or 6 month tourist/business visa and extend it indefinitely.  Many expats have stayed in Vietnam for years using this method.  However, in the past year there seems to […]

71 Days = Puke City

The Culprit

DISCLAIMER!! You should not read the following post if you have a weak stomach!!

The other night I took my Aunt and her friend out to celebrate a belated International Women’s Day (Phu Nu Quoc Te), which is held on March 8th of every year. IWD is apparently a big deal […]

"Thank you…but I don’t eat that"

Vietnamese karaoke singer

Last night I did something that anyone that knows me would be shocked by……I went to a karaoke bar.  A friend had been bugging me to go with him and a group of his friends for awhile….and so in another effort to try to be more social I agreed.  No….I did not […]

Grocery shopping in Vietnam

My Aunt grocery shopping

Going grocery shopping in the United States usually entails making a list, hopping in your car, driving to the store, getting a grocery cart and going from aisle to aisle to fill up your cart with processed foods, soft drinks, week old meat/fish (if you’re lucky), and perhaps semi fresh fruits […]