Saigon Stories – Annoyances living in Saigon

Living in Saigon isn’t all flowers and fuzzy bunnies. Sometimes there are annoyances as well. Overall though, there is no violence and it is very peaceful here. But I’d like to list some of the things that can be annoying. 1. Police raids on bars – Sometimes the police will enter a bar and all…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Annoyances living in Saigon

Saigon Stories – Thoughts on Poverty

For most of my life I had defined poverty as having little monetary means. I would look at how the “poor” lived in the ghettos and slums and the violence that raged there. However, speaking with a good Vietnamese friend yesterday at an extremely modest, (those in the west would say poor) beer hoi I…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Thoughts on Poverty

Saigon Stories – Viet Kieu

Most recently there have been so many Viet Kieu or “Overseas Vietnamese” coming back to Vietnam. For the Tet holiday I think was the biggest single time of returning Vietnamese coming to visit their birthplace. I met so many of them going out and seeing people I know with Vietnamese I had never seen before…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Viet Kieu

Saigon Stories – Ah Vietnam

The President of Vietnam recently made the first visit to the United States since the end of the war. It was really big news here among the business community and we all hoped that the trip would spark a more definite answer about when Vietnam would join the WTO. It seems the trip went very…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Ah Vietnam

Saigon Stories – Saigon Fashion

Every morning I ride my motorbike to work and it never ceases to be an adventure. Here in Saigon most inhabitants use a motorbike to get around which creates a lot of pollution. After 8 months of breathing in burning fossil fuels I finally decided to go with a mask no matter how ridiculous I…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Saigon Fashion

Saigon Stories – Experiences in Saigon

As I sit here typing this entry, it is pouring buckets just like it does everyday during the rainy season. Many people do not like rain, and neither do I, except for these types of thunderstorms we get everyday. I love a good storm and this is the first country I have lived in where…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – Experiences in Saigon

Saigon Stories – The expatriate life in Saigon

Living in Saigon as an ex-pat has almost always been a pleasant experience for me. Yet, when I go back to the USA and tell people I live in Nam, they look at me like I have three heads. On the other hand, nobody has ever asked me why I live in Saigon while in…… Continue reading Saigon Stories – The expatriate life in Saigon