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Updated on: August 23, 2021.

Moved to Ghost

As you can tell, was moved to a different blogging software. The site is now running on Ghost after spending roughly 15 years with WordPress. I migrated the last 330 posts and pages from the WordPress site to Ghost. That is still about 8 years worth of content that includes CleanTech, Saigon (HCMC), and Vietnam. I also included some photos of Sasebo, Japan, and Fukuoka, Japan. I will re-add old content that appears in my web analytics.

Broken or Missing Content

Some older content may be broken or missing. Actually the content is there. I found out that during the migration from WordPress to Ghost, some of the links to the images did not move over. I will have to spend some time later to fix them.

Use 'Tags' to search the site

Ghost is different than WordPress since it just uses Tags by default to organize the blog. This forced me to convert all my WordPress categories to Tags and THEN I had to organize and delete some tags. The good news is that you can visit the site's Tags page to view the other all the posts (I renamed them to Categories to help people). Originally I had nearly 400 tags, I got them down to 14 but they are at 15 now. I will probably add 5 more tags to this blog since this will be my main blog again.

History of SaigonNezumi

The original blog for was started at LiveJournal back in 2003. I moved to the domain with my first install of WordPress in March, 2006. The original blog focused on my life as an Expat during my early days in Saigon. It then focused to talk about all the problems, particularly with construction, I had to deal with daily. Then after the blogging law was passed in 2010, this site became more of a general blog for my daily life.

Posting During Covid-19 July, 2021, Lockdown

I have stopped posting regularly even after I migrated to Ghost. With the current social distance directive, I decided this could be a time to post again. I will try to post more often. The social distancing directive started in May 7, 2021, and continues to this day. Many of us only leave our house for 1-2 hours per week.

On August 23, 2021, the lockdown became a military lockdown. We cannot even go outside or homes for two full weeks.

Merging with Matsunaga's Odyssey

Originally I wanted to have two separate blogs but today I decided to just have one main blog. SaigonNezumi has been around for a while with a good domain. When I make it to Japan or move back to the US, I will keep blogging. I know I need to do more YouTube videos. That is the way to go these days. I think by 2022, I will start posting more YouTube videos, or at least, podcasts.

If you want to know about my past life in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, visit I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Karatau, Kazakhstan. After the Peace Corps I did some recruiting in Kyrgyzstan. I later returned to Almaty, Kazakhstan, to teach Computer Science at an IB school.

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