Vietnam – An American complex

Being an American who has lived in Vietnam, I really cannot understand why (in what it would seem) in every political election we have to keep mentioning Vietnam and who did what there. I am no academic on the issue but what I can tell you is that what happened there certainly was not good for either country and therefore do not understand why it would be seen as a political “badge of honor” for current politicians.


These last couple of weeks have been insaine. I’ve been all over S.E. Asia and thought it was time for a blog entry but unfortunately had a big night out last night and can barely think straight today. But I’m tired of watching movies yet too lazy to get out of the house. I don’t…… Continue reading Cambodia

My fellow students

As I mentioned in the previous post, I’m studying Japanese here in Ho Chi Minh city. All the other students are Vietnamese and it’s really interesting to study along side them. The foreigners here in Saigon usually only interact with the Vietnamese at work, or with those who work in the bars, but rarely get…… Continue reading My fellow students

Saigon Stories

Tonight I went out with a friend of mine to a local Australian Pub called the Blue Geko. It’s a great place to meet drunk Australians who are really open and easy to talk to. One guy shared a story with us about how he got conned out of 200 Australian dollars and one million…… Continue reading Saigon Stories

Thoughts after seeing a young girl denied a visa

As I was passing by the American Consulate last week, I saw something that really made me sad. There was a young Vietnamese girl just coming into her mothers arms and putting her head on mom’s shoulder. She had a few tears and with all the documents in her hand I knew what had happened.…… Continue reading Thoughts after seeing a young girl denied a visa

Food Poison in Saigon

Here in Saigon the food is excellent but one must be careful where one eats! A lot of foods have natural bacteria and most Westerners are not accustomed to certain types of bacteria found in the food here. It sounds disgusting but every six months foreigners have to take some medicine to “de-worm” themselves because…… Continue reading Food Poison in Saigon