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congratulations!!! keep up the good work... and btw, you have a new reader: my baby girl Elina was born 1st of March :)
1 year, 11 months ago on SaigonNezumi.com turns 6 years old today
yap, that's a good list of things that are annoying but after having left Vietnam make my eyes watery because I somehow miss them - strange, I know. my favourites: no.5 (xe oms) and no.8 (gas station queuing) :)
2 years ago on Things that Expats find annoying about life in Saigon
thanks for this post! I've lived in Q2 all the time, have tried both sides of the highway, and this photo has great value for me... and wow, the development is fast even since my leaving in November ;)
2 years, 1 month ago on New Saigon (2012)
kevmille thanks, kevin, for your words! yes, the year of the dragon... guess what: my partner and myself are both (fire) dragons, and now we are expecting a (water) dragon baby. we must be a very blessed family :)
re healthcare: it is cheap in Vietnam... and I was working for an "international hospital" but still, if things would have gone wrong, the baby and I wouldn't have been covered. my pregnancy is going fine (from my point of view) - but due to age it seems I am actually a risk pregnancy. feels better to be 100% covered with a good public health care system.
and one day I will be back in Saigon claiming my ca phe sua da (in case you'll be still around) :) take care!
2 years, 1 month ago on Sentiment Towards Expats in Vietnam
so true! there has been a rise in whining expats, especially a young crowd, that have been ranting about Vietnam and Vietnamese - but don't leave. or didn't I hear it in the beginning? I have recently left Saigon (now living in Vienna, Austria) after more than 3 years but it was a rational, not heartfelt decision. I only had a local hire contract lacking a maternity package and maternity leave. being pregnant didn't allow me to neglect this insecurity concerning my situation since my partner was neither having a contract with all benefits and allowances. it's not even 2 months that we've left now but we dearly miss the sounds, tastes, smells and faces of Saigon. and it's sad to know that some of those whiners are sitting on big expat allowance packages ;)
P.S.: sad to hear you are closing down your blog! I have been following since my arrival in Vietnam. you say the new format is going to be a more professional - I actually liked the "personal" touch of saigonnezumi! it was a nice mixture of life in Saigon, personal and professional stuff... but anyway, I will keep snooping around in your blog as I can't let go of Saigon :)