Yearly Archives: 2013

26 posts

My Christmas Day Adventure in Vietnam

Every Christmas should begin with a full body massage. The person massaging you should meet the following criteria. Cute, friendly and female. The massage should be no less than an hour. Warm body oil should be generously applied. Afterwards, you’ll be relaxed and ready for any adventure. That’s how my 2013 Christmas Day began. I got a one hour massage by a cute, friendly female. Accompanying me on this adventure was my friend Stephan. Both […]

40 Moments From the Last 4 Months of My Life

I arrived in Vietnam on the 15th of August. I’ve been here just over 4 months. Trying to describe what it’s been like for me is not easy. Some words that come to mind are: wild, unforgettable, different, new, fun, and interesting. But as they say, “a picture is worth a 1,000 words”. Here’s a photo album from the last 4 months of living in Vinh City, Vietnam.

32 Practical Websites for ESL Teachers

Are you an ESL teacher? I am. I’m an American who’s been teaching in Vietnam for about 4 months. I’ve found it difficult to find practical websites. Useful websites that will actually help me in the classroom. I’ve also listed 4 activities you can do with your students. These work inside or outside of the classroom. Plus I have a link to a handy Firefox extension. It makes it easy to download a YouTube video. You […]

5 Vietnamese Superstitions

Today I taught a lesson that included superstitions. Here are some Vietnamese superstitions from my students: 1. If you eat an egg before an exam, you will have bad luck. 2. If you eat squid on the first day of the month, you will have bad luck. 3. If the first person you meet is a woman when you leave your house, you will have bad luck. 4. If there’s a funeral in your dreams, […]

Beginning Anew in Vietnam

A cloud of giant dragonflies descends on the football pitch. Like a football team they work together. Their opponents are the slow bugs that will soon be their afternoon snack. Other animals have made their home at the school. The call of the hidden night bird. Bats who feed at dusk. Purple and black butterflies as big as your hand flutter from flower to flower in search of precious nectar. Lightning fast lizards who climb […]