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Another tool to learn Vietnamese.

This is convenient. I can watch movies and study Vietnamese at the same time.

I learned a lot of Chinese using this technique, when I was living in Taiwan. I think this will be very useful for learning “real life” Vietnamese.

Apparently, Netflix detected my location in Vietnam, and added the option of Vietnamese subtitles.

Raising the bar

Doesn't quite roll off the tongue in English.

"I am the person who most conscientiously serves customers."

New top-level domain names, or just misplaced periods?


I admire this guy's courage. Not for pissing in public. That's rude and disgusting, not admirable at all. But you have to hand it to a guy who is brave enough to piss on an electrical installation that is clearly labeled "high voltage."

The most honest name for a coffee shop

No thanks

I prefer to drink my coffee, not rub it on my skin. 

First sunset worth sharing

We are in the rainy season right now in Vietnam, which means that it's cloudy a lot. Today's sunset was the first one that has been worth photographing.

Numbers in Vietnam are confusing. 

They put periods where we put commas, and vice versa. 

I like architecture

Interspersed in the rapidly modernizing city are some older buildings that show traditional architectural styles. On a street near my office is this nice building. The city has been built up around it.

Love the window shutters that open out. I assume to keep out the rain.

What was once probably one house is now (I think) three different shops, selling carpets, noodles, and coffee.

In a city that is growing as rapidly as this, who knows how long these old buildings will last?

You probably won’t see this on a U.S. college campus

Vietnam has a rich history of fighting for its independence. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not. This history is reflected in the the campus of a local university. The architecture is a mixture of French and Asian, with heavy Chinese influence. The campus is “decorated” with military equipment from what they call the “American War.”

Military gear in the foreground, traditional architecture in the distance.