Aquarium Journal #2: The vase update.

It is now clear that I have a problem with getting over-excited. Some people wouldn't call it a problem, but when it leads to taking rapid decisions without consulting the person you share your life with, it can become an issue. Anyways. The vase mentioned in the previous post turned out to be like a... Continue Reading →

Becoming a freshman, by Mi

Here is a text written by one of my evening students.  I have tried to edit it as lightly as I could, because to me the direct translation from Vietnamese to English is fascinating. I hope you enjoy it! Without further due... Hi there! I am a student from a University in Ho Chi Minh... Continue Reading →

Over-exposed

Nobody warned me about being over-exposed in Asia. Before I left home for the first time. Before buying my plane ticket. During those park hangs with my bohemian friend, on the forums, in the Lonely books. Sure, people told me I'd see some shit. Dirtiness, poverty, rats, bugs, squat-toilets, scams. But it's not the same.... Continue Reading →

Studying in a convenience store

As I nonchalantly walk into the local Family Mart or Circle K to get a quick beer or snacks, I witness a scene that is normally reserved for coffee shops: Dozens of young Vietnamese are studying, chatting, hanging out. In a convenience store. Under neon lights, at bland, round and basic tables. Sometimes the tables... Continue Reading →

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