Updates from ironDevilDog – Weightlifting Blog

Olympic Weightlifting Area at Get Fit Gym - Saigon

I post two interesting articles from my ironDevilDog.com weightlifting blog that readers here may be interested in.  Most of you may know that I decided to return to Olympic-style weightlifting last November.  It was not easy but since I have returned to both weightlifting and weight training (returned last August), I have mentally and physically felt better.  Most of my posts there are related to my training and how I am dealing with my military injuries over 20 years after they Continue Reading

Legalization of US Documents Got Easier

Vietnam Flag

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 State Department.  No more.  See below: LEGALIZATION OF US DOCUMENTS Any document issued/certified/or norarized by US authorities or notaries public should be Continue Reading

Ali Baba Restaurant Grand Opening – Doner Kebabs in Saigon

Ali Baba Restaurant Halal Kebab in Saigon

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 and directions: Ali Baba will offer some of the best prices for doner kebabs and halal food in the city.  Call for delivery as well.  A more thorough review Continue Reading

After Tet Saigon getting back to normal – My Update

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 some have not even returned yet. The year of the Snake will bring many changes for me.  My Temporary Resident Card and Work Permit expires this May.  I will have to go through the whole notarization process again but Continue Reading

Relative Humidity Quite Low in Saigon


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 normal.  It actually kept me up part of the night.  I thought it was my air conditioner but when I opened the window, that normal moist air that would rush in was not there.  I kind of feel like I am in Continue Reading