Archive for the ‘Living in Vietnam’ Category


Video: My Life in Vietnam

For the last six months, I traveled throughout Southeast Asia and lived in Vietnam. In six minutes, you’ll get to see how my life as an ex-pat was and hopefully feel inspired to do something similar. Everything from my students to new friends, to learning about a new culture and trying new food, Vietnam has had [...]

Vietnam market

Top 20 Things I’ll Miss from Vietnam

Since I created a list of the top 20 things I’ll miss from America before I left, I believe it’s only fair that I do the same for Vietnam. In no particular order, here are the top 20 things I’ll miss from Vietnam:

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Flying Kites in Vietnam

I recently accepted an invitation by a few of my students to go kite flying! I’ve never done it back home and I’ve wanted to do it ever since I’ve kept seeing kites randomly pop up everywhere. My students made it look so easy to get the kite off the ground but for some reason [...]

Vietnam money

Spending Habits in Vietnam

Just about everything in Vietnam is really cheap: food, clothes, drinks, doctor and dentist visits, and hookers (not that I would know). Here is what my spending habits for a typical day in Vietnam looks like.

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Video: Vietnamese Friend Singing

No offense to the Vietnamese, but the singing reminds me of nails on a chalkboard. You could imagine my surprise when I heard one of my Vietnamese friends singing for the first time. She’s not only a talented singer, she’s incredibly beautiful and kind.

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How to Overcome Being Homesick While Living in Another Country

Being away from home for a long period of time can be rough. Living in another country for the first time and being away from my friends and family is hard at times and only makes me realize how much I miss and love the people in my life, as well remind me to appreciate [...]

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Stages of Culture Shock Living in Another Country

While teaching at a couple couple private schools in Vietnam, one class requires me to prepare students for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The first chapter talked about the five stages of culture shock and I thought this would be a great post to share with everyone. I’ve definitely gone through these stages [...]

Vietnamese students

Coping with Life in Vietnam

I’ll admit, there are times in Vietnam when I get really frustrated. Sometimes when I try to order some food in Vietnamese, the waiter or waitress never know what I’m saying. When they finally understand what I’m attempting to say, they’ll pronounce in what appears to be the exact same way I just did. Other [...]

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A Few Peculiar Vietnamese Habits

Here is a small sampling of odd Vietnamese habits that I’ve observed while here: 1) They put big blocks of ice in all their drinks, including beer. 2) They wear socks with their flip flops. 3) Since they use small bowls to eat their food (versus big plates like we do back home), they dump [...]

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Celebrating Tet, the Vietnamese New Year

One of the most anticipated holidays of the year is the Vietnamese New Year ‘Tet’, which marks the arrival of spring based on the Lunar calendar. During this time, families ring in the new year by coming together to eat, drink and most importantly – not work. This was my first Tet holiday and I [...]

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