Corporations for Dummies

I got this in an e-mail from a friend. It’s classic: Corporations for Dummies: AN AMERICAN CORPORATIONYou have two cows.You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.You are surprised when the cow drops dead.____A SOUTH AFRICAN CORPORATIONYou have two cows.You go on strike because you want three cows.They get…… Continue reading Corporations for Dummies

MMORPG, Saigon

I write now from the Pham Ngu Lao district in Ho Chi Minh that now is home to Saigon’s only decent “Starbucks-like” café. Saigon doesn’t have Starbucks yet but this place is darn close. They have enough selection that even an American would be satisfied although I’m sure the staff won’t understand what a “skinny”…… Continue reading MMORPG, Saigon

The Apprentice

Here in Saigon, when I have absolutely nothing else to do, I may wander into the T.V. room and let myself vegetate for a while. In Vietnam, the main source of television entertainment comes from HBO, BBC, NHK, and for regular sitcoms, Star TV. Star buys most the the shows that do not do too…… Continue reading The Apprentice

Nationalism and Integrating with the Host Culture

Controversy for the whole family! By tok_matthew January 19th, 2005 @ 1:19 PM  I just had a chat with someone we shall refer to as “the patriot,” which got me thinking about this subject. Most of us hard core ex-pats who truly try to integrate with the host culture often find ourselves in a complex situation.…… Continue reading Nationalism and Integrating with the Host Culture