Wanna stretch out? Take a seat!
6:16 PM | Author: Dan Berlin
One thing that I've noticed about being here in Vietnam is how incredibly inflexible and awkward I am compared to everyone else!

Now I don't say that lightly! I make it a point to stretch regularly, but my history of squishy beds, comfy chairs, and general upright behavior puts me at a severe disadvantage in a place where hard tiled floor is considered the most appropriate place for a group of people to take a seat and hang out, or even take a nap.

So if you feel like you want to increase your flexibility, my advice is to just take a seat on the floor!
Singapore and Dam Sen Park!
7:30 PM | Author: Dan Berlin
Like I mentioned in my previous post, we took a trip the other day to a local park called Dam Sen Park. It's a really beautiful place to visit, and we took some photos while we were there, so I thought that I might share those here.

On a separate note, I thought I would throw in a note about my Singapore plans. Everything is a "go" and I will plan on being at work first thing on Monday, February 9th. Flights are currently being arranged. I should also be able to take a trip back at some point to take care of the apartment.

It looks like this is going to be about a 9 month project (or more), which means that I will likely be looking at putting all my stuff into storage and temporarily relocating to Singapore, yay! :-)

Well, enjoy the photos!

Video Update
5:40 PM | Author: Dan Berlin
Ok, I've finally been able to put together a little video summary of some highlights from the trip thus far!

Excuse the cheap effects, I was short on time! ;-)

We start out with some staged scenes for the DVD with me arriving at the airport and meeting Hien. After that, I threw in some video that was taking during some of the New Year festivities.

Last night we all went to Dam Sen park where we took some video and photos. It's a beautiful park in Ho Chi Minh city, and not far from the Duong family home. There is some footage from the park at the end of this video, some of which may also make it into our wedding DVD.


Please wait...
10:55 AM | Author: Dan Berlin
Foiled at my attempt to extract the video from the camera, I unfortunately won't have a video update for you at the moment. But I'm working on it!

Here's a rundown of the events so far:
Arrived bleary-eyed into the welcoming arms of Hien and her family as they greeted us at the airport. Of course, we had to stage some video shots, so right off the bat, I was being told what to do from 3 people at once speaking Vietnamese too quickly for me to understand!

Naturally, I forgot my suit on the airplane, but didn't figure that out until we had already returned home. Luckily, I wound up getting it the next day, but it was only after two trips to the airport and a slew of phone calls.

Last night I accompanied Hien to a dinner party event for the company that she uses for professional videography, which was quite an experience! There was plenty of food, beer, and festivities (mostly karaoke). Since I can't hold a lengthy conversation in Vietnamese, most people just resort to having a drink with me, which means I generally need to consume about 4 times as much as I normally would... but oh well!

Today everyone is busily preparing for the New Year, which means I have a few minutes to relax to myself. I think I may take advantage of that time to nap a little bit!

As for my Singapore plans, things seem to be coming along. I've emailed with the right people to get things moving, and I have a call later this week to nail down my exact plans. More details about that to follow, but probably not until mid week.

That's all to report at the moment, just as soon as I have some video and photos to share, I will post a more colorful update, perhaps after the New Year.
Countdown to Vietnam: Part 3
12:40 PM | Author: Dan Berlin
One final day remains before I begin my journey... a journey with a presently unknown destination!

Wednesday at 9am ET, I will depart from JFK International Airport destined for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. My original plan was to spend 3 weeks in Vietnam, but as is customary for all things in life, plans can change. In my case, there is a chance that I will be cutting my vacation short to travel to Singapore, where I'll be expected to help manage a large software project for an undetermined amount of time.

So here's the plan so far...

After spending the lunar new year with my financee's family in HCM, I will be preparing for my engagement ceremony on February 2nd. We have planned a wonderful trip to Da Lat and Nha Trang after that to take photos and video for our wedding album.

After that my plans get a little fuzzy, but bear with me as I share what the future holds in store for me.