When in Rome, do as the Romans do August 22, 2008

Posted: September 10, 2008 in Uncategorized

D introduced a blog which was wrote by a Canadian student studying in Ha Noi majoring in Vietnamese. Joe (AKA Dau) writes like a native Vietnamese. Reading his blog makes me realizing maybe F, T and others were right about me needed to learn more Vietnamese lol. Mr. Dau is Caucasian speaking French, English and now Vietnamese. I’m often proud of myself about not losing my roots, background as well as language, but comparing to Joe I’m behind only speaking 2 languages not 3 like him. His writing has a great sense of humor combining emotion, frankness and truthfulness. It’s very interesting in his practical way of dissecting Vietnam from culture, language, people even our good and bad habits. Why? No one bothers to ask why we don’t take time to observe, analyze and understand us like he does? Just like do we take time to really look at self, comment and confess? We’re always too busy to look everyone else or anyone to criticize but not us Ironic huh?

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do” gets me by here daily.

Things you can do while you are living in Vietnam

1) Wearing pajama outside your bedroom or even your house or going to the supermarket
2) It’s okay to wear stripe bright colorful stocking underneath wearing flip lop
3) If you’re a guy and while riding you hit someone’s bike you can start yelling at them first then speed away, don’t give them a chance to get mad at you
5)…many to add, the list could go longer depending on your request, and patience

Observe, observe and learn! First starting out with oneself, your own people then other people.

Human we are not as boring as we think we are

PS: more about Mr. Dau’s blog later.

Thanks Joe, your blog was very entertaining.

* You can read Joe’s blog here: http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-ZMOTQG87dKNqpNerKypCkL2a


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