The end of lockdown for now, online teaching, and an unhealthy coffee addiction.
No City For Fat Men
VN is famous for it’s Cafe Sua Da — which LOOKS like regular iced coffee but is made with condensed milk. The stuff tastes amazing — like chocolate milk for grownups. They sell it in cafes, from carts on the street, in restaurants — there are about 5 brands for sale in every convenience store. I had been throwing the things back like water all through the day until I found out that they had about 500 calories each. So now I’m walking 6 miles a day (two loops around TD Village) and looking for a gym.
Another contributing factor to my post-lockdown physique is the discovery of a decent bagel place around the corner — like 5 minutes away. The bagels are solid – completely legit. But even though the menu uses the word “shmear”, they apply cream cheese like its an engineering project. Less shmearing, more like prepping a cracked wall for painting. “Would you like that everything-type bagel to include an application of creamed cheese, sir?”
The Crisis is Over (for now)
My section of Saigon seems to have decided the crisis is over, and we are getting back to work. It’s been2 ½ weeks since the official lifting of the unofficial lockdown. Most of the restaurants are open but there are few people.
BUT… I just stopped by The Coffee House, a large AIR CONDITIONED café, and it was pretty packed. All young locals, no masks. Too crowded for me – I’m back at my usual Dolphy on Thao Dien Rd (the one across the street). Busy but not crowded.
I’m also starting to think about next steps. There are a few things on the horizon, but I have mostly been focusing on my very first set of all-online course for H. The trade war has not only made my China experience irrelevant (at best), but also threatens to disrupt the entire biz education/training industries in Asia. And I’m pretty concerned that we may be looking at widespread economic collapse – along with an extended 2nd act of the pandemic. So yeah, I’m being pretty flexible about my future plans.
Buy staying put in Saigon has a certain appeal. Even if their 0.000% mortality rate (not one death reported. none) turns out to be exaggerated, the folks here did what needed to be done. I worry about the healthy my family in NY and Arizona — not the other way around.
Next — teaching my first set of 100% online classes.