Well, this is a topic that raises eyebrows with many people across ethnic lines. Asian women. For me it can be an awkward topic since I am mixed Japanese and American, an Amerasian to be exact. I do not talk about this issue a lot but many do. Warning, this is a very opinionated blog […]
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Note: This post was originally typed back in August, 2013, but never published. Today I decided to edit it since I have been out of Vietnam to work for over a year now. Hence, the context of this post reflects 2013 and early 2014 in Vietnam. Last week was Teacher’s Day in Vietnam. A very […]
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…)