I’m a Kiwi (that’s a New Zealander not a fruit!) who after nine years living in Sydney Australia has moved to Ho Chi Minh City, more famously known as Saigon, for a very different kind of tour of duty from the ones Kiwis spent here in the 1970s…
When I first arrived in December 2011, I lived in an apartment in District 1, and frequently felt the need to assure folks I’m not a gangster (D4 had a reputation as the home of organised crime for some years… it’s much-improved now. Mostly.). I lived high up in an apartment block overlooking the Saigon River – that’s the old view from my sunroom on my home page…
But in July I decided I should get ‘a bit more local’ as living in a modern apartment tower tends to be just a replication of living in Australia or New Zealand… so I moved to a traditional Vietnamese suburban “house” off Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, one of the main streets crossing District 1, the downtown area.
When I’m not working online I love discovering new places to eat and sip wine around the city, shopping (which is in a way my profession), watching good television dramas or comedy (ad-free off DVD) or catching a movie. Occasionally I’ll remember to update my blog!
I’m way too passionate about Formula One for my own good (how else can I explain the withdrawal symptoms from November to March?!) and I enjoy the watching Chelsea play in the Premiere League – and any other team which happens to be playing against Manchester United.
Oh and I really love to travel, especially in Asia.
So that’s who Saigon Rob is… not very remarkable, but I hope some of my blog posts entertain readers as much as I was entertained experiencing the events and writing about them!