I remember the headache I went through, with many others, back in 2009-2010 when I had to get my university diploma authenticated for the work permit. Back in mid-2010, it was an expensive and time consuming process. Before, the Vietnamese Embassy wanted all documents that were notarized in your state to be authenticated by the […]
Monthly Archives: February 2013
A new halal restaurant, Ali Baba Restaurant, is opening up near the Tan Son Nhat Airport offering halal doner kebabs. It will open tomorrow, February 22nd. Opening deals include the following: 50% discount on the opening day 30% discount every Friday 20% discount for every student and taxi driver See below for the full menu […]
Life in Saigon is getting back to normal. This is one of the best Tets I ever experienced in Saigon which is amazing since I never actually left the city. I got about 9 days rest but the actual holiday was probably 16 days for me since many of my students left class early and […]
The relative humidity is quite low in Saigon the last couple days. This is something I am just not used to. I never remember it being this low. Accuweather says the relative humidity is about 38% now. The mean is around the mid 70s percent. Last night my skin, nose and lips were drier then […]
Well, it is the Year of the Snake now. Today is Day 4 of the Tet New Year here in Vietnam. I rode my motorbike to Bien Hoa outside of Saigon to see a friend. I rode him back to Saigon during the early afternoon today. At the outskirts of Saigon, I was passing a motorbike in the left lane when the traffic police flagged me down. Yes. riding in the left lane even to pass is a traffic violation in Vietnam though you see many motorbikes doing this all the time. This will be my 3rd left lane violation during my nearly 9 years in Vietnam (all of my 3 traffic violations were left lane violations).
I did not see the traffic police until he flagged me. The traffic police had picked a very well hidden spot on the highway back to Saigon. This being Tet, the traffic police aimed on making as much money as they can on “legal” traffic violations. “Legal” here means, as you guessed it, none of the fines would actually go to the Vietnamese government. There were already motorbikes that were stopped by the time I was flagged with the riders “negotiating” (more…)
As the Year of the Dragon ends shortly, the Year of the Little Dragon (Snake) is approaching. It is now Tet Eve in Saigon. This will be my 9th Tet here in Vietnam. I still remember the first couple of Tets I experienced here since 2004. They have changed significantly. I remember Tet as a […]