Xmas Cards December 7th 2020 Xmas in Vietnam is a far cry from Xmas in England. An English Xmas is intrinsically wedded to cold weather but Vietnam, on December 25th, is hotter and drier than the English summer. Although Xmas is celebrated here to some extent, the Vietnamese do not understand the Christian traditions on which Xmas is based. This is a Buddhist country, and the biggest festival is Tet, the Lunar New ... read more
Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District Two The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more
I've been teaching English for over 40 years - in England, Egypt, Tanzania, Argentina, Venezuela, Ghana and now Vietnam. At 69, I'm still going strong and have no wish to retire. I enjoy my job, which gives me plenty of time to relax and travel. In toto, I've visited 68 countries. I'm married to a Vietnamese woman and have been living in Ho Chi Minh City since 2001.
Outside of work I am a chess fanatic (Tanzanian National Champion in 1991), devotee of blues and jazz music, imbiber of fine malt whiskies (especially from Islay), bibliophile (Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Brian Moore, Philip Larki... full info