Monthly Archives: March 2013

How to drive in Saigon

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This is not my article. I am using it without permission. It was written by Calvin Godfrey for Thanh Nien News, Saigon. I laughed so hard that I could not fail to steal it. The original is here. If you …

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Great Moments in Teaching #4: School’s out !

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If you teach… don’t do it where you live. I mean, sure… it’s convenient to be able to walk about 300 meters to school. But there is a downside, especially when there are several schools in your area. Why ? …

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Great Moments in Teaching #3: Teacher’s Pet

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I have a teacher’s pet. No it’s not a student. Well, it COULD be. But definitely not a paying student. It’s a cat. At the nearest school at which I teach, there is a new kitten running around. It’s very …

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Gonta – an inexpensive Japanese yakitori bar

Japanese food can be an expensive taste in Vietnam, so it’s a relief to find restaurants that are more affordable and Gonta ranks favourably in this regard, but is the style matched by the substance ? At between 10,000 and …

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Great moments in teaching #2: My mum wants to know where you’re from

So, I was back at my regular school near my home tonight. I don’t like the teaching methods there quite as much as some of the other schools, but the principal is a really, really caring guy. He’s gruff and …

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Great moments in teaching #1: Oppa Gangnam Style !

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Ok, so here’s the first article of my column “Great moments in teaching”. I really can’t tell you much that’s interesting about my other jobs since they are IT and Journalism and not much of interest happens in them that …

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Do you like Chicken ? Well eat the feet !

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This happened today. <Yi> You like chicken ? Want me cook ? <pawz> Sure, ok honey. I’d love some chicken. This is what was produced 20 minutes later. <pawz> Chicken FEET. Not really what I had in mind when you …

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World famous in Vietnam

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The quote comes from a drink called “L & P” (Lemon and Paeroa) which claims to be “World famous in New Zealand”. I think the theory is that you are “the most famous FROM the world, in a small area”. …

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Kingyo Chūihō !

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Kingyo Chūihō, or “Goldfish Warning” is a fairly long-running shoujo anime that aired throughout the early 90’s with a very silly premise. But that’s nothing to do with this story. Sometimes you’re out and about in Vietnam and you see …

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The old woman who sold beer

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Bia hơi, the popular draft beer of Vietnam is a thriving culture in Hanoi, but much less so in Saigon. In fact, in the tourist district there is only one woman who sells the locally produced, unregulated brew. She is …

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