In most foreign countries, obtaining a work visa is like embarking upon a long quest fraught with peril and pitfalls. Unless of course you work for a huge multinational who has a very highly paid Human Resources staff. I do not work for a huge multinational at the moment and I also have another big…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – The Saga of the Vietnam Work Visa
Life in Tokyo vs. Life in SaigonBy tok_matthewMay 22nd, 2005 @ 9:16 PM Life in TokyoI’m baaack!! Long time without a post here but I felt a little like an outsider since as most of you know I’m taking a hiatus from Tokyo life and living here in Saigon, Vietnam. But I have often had to explain…… Continue reading Life in Tokyo vs. Life in Saigon
Today I went to the 15th of May School Fundraiser. The school is a grassroots charity, which helps disadvantaged children in District 1, HCMC. The kids put on an excellent show of Hip Hop dancing and diversions such as juggling and acrobatics. There were also silent and live auctions plus an excellent buffet provided by…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – 15 of May School Fundraiser.
Last night was an interesting one. I attended a “Software Solutions” companies opening party at the Sofitel and met a few guys in the computer industry. It was only Japanese and Vietnamese except for me and one other guy. The presentation was also only in these two languages and it reminded me of my extremely…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Last Night
I had so many problems with my last MT configuration that I had to re install everything. So I lost some of my old rants, but have pasted them in the excerpt….——————————————————————– I spent all day working on the website. For some reason there is an internal server error for the archive and recent entry…… Continue reading Old Entries
Today was actually not so adventuresome. However, today the Buddhist funeral infront of my house ended. The old lady who spoke to me in French not 6 months before and told me to “Firmez le porte doucemont” passed away. They then erected a shrine and had chants, prayers and visitors for three days. It was…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Today's Adventure
Big surprise for me recently. I was going through all my old Vietnam contacts for information I could use on my blog which lead me to the company “Events Vietnam”. I remember this company well since they were the ones that as their name implies, put on business events. A bit of history is in…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Vietnam Business Entertainment – KPMG First Fridays
Vacationing in SaigonBy tok_matthewDecember 4th, 2004 @ 2:10 AM EntertainmentAs most of you know I’m no longer geographically in Tokyo but now living in HCMC, Vietnam. I must say I get homesick for Tokyo and the order in that society. Here there is no order and is complete chaos everday. I read your entries about things that…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Vacationing in Saigon