Monthly Archives: January 2014

Saigon Times/Feb. 2014 — restaurant review: Fishy situation not a bad thing in Vungtau

  By Harry Hodge in Vungtau Away from Vungtau’s bustling front beach, one can round a bend on the Tran Phu coastal road and get clear of the city proper. On this stretch of shoreline looking out onto the open … Continue reading

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Teachers undertake cross-country cycling journey for charity — Saigon Times: Jan. 2014

By Harry Hodge A group of ILA teachers have figured out how to combine travel, sports and charity work into a meaningful journey. H2H is an annual charity cycle event that was founded by two expat teachers who worked at … Continue reading

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Mailbox – Saigon Times Weekly 2014: Lucky money for the boys in beige

By Harry Hodge As Tet nears, the streets are alive with the sounds of … shouting policemen. As a resident of Ho Chi Minh City for more than three years, it’s always interesting to see why so many motorists are … Continue reading

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Tuesdays at Decibel take you on a culinary journey

By Harry Hodge “Call me anything you like, just don’t call me late for dinner!” – Groucho Marx A novel idea at Decibel Lounge in District 1 gives expats a chance not only to get together, but to savour cooking … Continue reading

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Vietnamese greetings; get used to “you look fat” and “what’s your salary?” – Jan. 2014 Saigon Times Weekly (Mailbox – op-ed)

By Harry Hodge In Canada, when you haven’t seen someone for a while, the customary greeting is usually “hello” and followed by “long time no see.” I freelance for Saigon Times, so months at a time can go by between … Continue reading

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Saigon Times: Jan. 2014/Stand up for yourself at comedy night

By Harry Hodge So seven amateur comics walk into a Vietnamese bar… Have you heard this one before? Get used to it, it’s about to happen at the Tavern in District 7 this Thursday and next week at the Spotted … Continue reading

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2014: New Year means keeping kids occupied

A New Year doesn’t mean teaching has gotten any simpler; it does give me the chance to reflect on how my first year teaching Grade 6 has gone, however. Our school has a bit of an odd schedule, where the … Continue reading

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