Tomorrow will be my 6th Tet (Vietnamese New Year) in Vietnam. It is hard to believe I have lived in Vietnam for nearly 6 years (May 24, 2004, I arrived into Saigon). I have a lot of goals for the Year of the Tiger. Last year I did accomplish some goals such as setting up a business but the outcomes were different than I had expected. Live and learn, you just got to move on.
For starters, I will not be making a move to Japan as I had intended. Instead, the consensus of my advisors and friends is that I would be better off in an emerging economy such as Vietnam. Thus, I will stay here for a couple more years. I am still on track to start my Phd in the next couple of years. I still haven’t decided which country; US, Singapore, Japan or even the UK. I will make that decision in the next couple of months.
In the meantime I will continue teaching IT at an international school. I really enjoy it and I know can contribute to Vietnam in that way, especially in regards to Linux and open source technology. The Saigon Linux Group will be revived as a marketing tool to help the three to four companies that promote open source in Vietnam. The new site will be launched in about a month or two (the old site is still up). Saigon Linux Group has proved to be a great marketing tool in the past.
If possible, I hope to transfer the business license from SLG Vscapeone to Hakata Consulting. My work permit and temporary resident card will be under SLGV so I want to simplify things instead of starting a new company. This may not occur until June or July of this year. If you guys do not know, I have been working on some WordPress projects for a couple NGOs and small companies through Hakata Consulting. Of course, I will continue to help Leon out at MNG JVP. I am learning a lot from Leon and have a place to refer large IT projects.
Outside of work, I hope to increase my strength at the gym. I will decide which route to follow, bodybuilding, powerlifting, or strength training. My student and I hope to launch a weightlifting portal this year for Saigon. There are many inquiries from Expats on the locations of weightlifting gyms in the city.
I will continue in my Vietnamese lessons through the Vietnamese Language Center. Ms. Thank Binh is so patient with me. She expects to get me speaking correctly in a couple of months. I got some of the pronunciations already. She is a great Vietnamese language teacher. I highly recommend her.
With SaigonNezumi.com, expect a new theme in a month or two. I will be getting my Nokia N900 at the end of the month. I want to do all my blogging from that phone if possible using the various social networking tools available. I may even monetize it a little more as well. I plan to add an eshop ecommerce component as well to sell coffee, sports supplements, and other items. Why not? 🙂
So these are some of my goals for the year. Happy Year of the Tiger 2010!!! 🙂
(Nokia N900 – My next mobile phone)