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Toughest decision of my life

Allanmta. Ieave life is to to u

mrpaulthorley wrote:

Allanmta. Ieave life is to to u

True, but no naughty complaining if he has a boring one. :D

the simle answer for your  question is " TRY" , you have the right to stay in viet nam within 3-6 months , it is not long time but surely enough for you to discover how the low level country l vietnam  look like. Most of the people in Việt Nam try to struggle daily to survive cuz of low income , except some cases which I should not mention here unless i wanna get trouble .

finally , like some people say nowhere is better than your home , the new things is always better for initial.

khuyencf wrote:

finally , like some people say nowhere is better than your home , the new things is always better for initial.

That depends on the person.

I loved my home area, especially the countryside and amazing views on the 'tops' (Local mountains).
My new home has so much more to offer so I, like so many expats, have no interest in returning 'home' because it WAS my home, but I have a new one now.

Not trying when you have an interest in looking further is the bad idea, not the deciding to go back to your home country if long term doesn't suit you.

You brought up a very good point. Very much appreciated..

Fred wrote:

Not trying when you have an interest in looking further is the bad idea, not the deciding to go back to your home country if long term doesn't suit you.

Yeah. Life offers so many forks in the road. Choosing a partner, a school, new job, buying real estate, big moves. Some of those forks are easier to reverse, and need to be reversed (sooner than later) when new information becomes available. Own your life.

Hi Allan!

I'm sure most of the expat community here in VN can relate to your story.  My advice?  Read Paolo Coehlo's The Alchemist.  It's about realizing your dreams and chasing them.  Single-handedly, it is the reason I chose to leave my career in the States and make my way here.

Hope this helps!

Best,
Khang

I left my great career in the states relocated to vietnam. and love every minute of it!!!!! But my expats friends say because I am still in the "honeymoon" phase....maybe so but I love it

if you can make it past the honeymoon phase it gets even better.

You'll know who your true friends are.

I rant about the deplorable health care in Vietnam but I put in lol because it takes an open mind to enjoy all that Vietnam offers.

I'm entering my 3rd year in Vietnam. I'm not couped up in a house. I spend most days with the french doors wide open and outdoors. People don't need to knock on your door. They just walk right on in. I'm half naked until I sleep. I'm going on my 2nd baby.

I have a daily ritual of waking up at 5am. Buy morning breakfast for my wife and her mom than spend an hour sipping coffee and gossiping until 7am. Rest of day is spent with my wife and daughter at home. I haven't gone on any vacation last 3 years nor do we take leiusrely trips in and around the city.

It might sound boring to most but we love this laid back lifestyle spending quality times with the family and extended family.

thats exactly the way i ive except i am still working..... i dont think there is a honey moon phase for me. because my life got so screwd up in america at one point.....this is just what i needed.... the people who want to talk to me in a few years and still see how i feel  ? I'm too busy living my dream....if I get that sour on it I'll move on to another place.....:) but loving this one

Khanh44:  You apparently have some outside, perhaps Canadian, source of income.  Some but not all have that.  Cost of living may be low in Vietnam but it is certainly not free.

Do miss some western things though, would like to find a charcoal grill like I love to use i USA... you know grill hamburger steaks, hotdohs and chicken.....miss baked potatoes, sour cream, how bout decent hambeurger buns if I find the other items haha.., worsteshire, and barbeque sause would be nice.....And I miss spagetti and meat balls! haha....cooked home I mean.....but I love viet food but you can't help but to miss things from home... :)

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Xin lỗi.  My definition of all day is all day and you described your routine with no mention of work.   No offense intended.

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enetertaining.....lets all meet for a beer?

I'd love to meet expats but where I live (nga 3 Vung Tau where highway 1A and hwy 51 intersect) there isn't any expats.

I've been to Saigon 3 times last week and will be 3 more times this week but only to check in at the hospitals.

come see med-7 garden district garden plaza 1 tan Phong ward or my home= mega village d-9 unit 42 or we can maeet for drinks and cocktails

khanh44 wrote:

Well most don't consider my line of work investing as work lol so it's understandable.

I stay up at night mainly monitoring my investments like last Friday. The Saudis spread some rumours and oil drops over 4% within an hour.

I had several friends who did only that in the bear market of the 90's.  They weren't a full 11 hours opposite like you are but in Hawaii they did get up early for the NY market open.  A lot of them got badly hurt, I think it was '01, when the dot.com bubble burst.  Doing that kind of activity in a sideways market like we have today takes a lot of diligence.

THIGV wrote:
khanh44 wrote:

Well most don't consider my line of work investing as work lol so it's understandable.

I stay up at night mainly monitoring my investments like last Friday. The Saudis spread some rumours and oil drops over 4% within an hour.

I had several friends who did only that in the bear market of the 90's.  They weren't a full 11 hours opposite like you are but in Hawaii they did get up early for the NY market open.  A lot of them got badly hurt, I think it was '01, when the dot.com bubble burst.  Doing that kind of activity in a sideways market like we have today takes a lot of diligence.

I'm not invested in stock companies at the moment. It's been almost 8 years since last recession hit. The longest economy has gone without recession is 10 years. Waiting to pick up the pieces however long it may take.

But even if economy tanks I can still benefit because I'm a big shorter and I do lots of hedging. I invest  or short in just oil, gold and usd at the moment.

khanh44 wrote:

But even if economy tanks I can still benefit because I'm a big shorter and I do lots of hedging. I invest  or short in just oil, gold and usd at the moment.

Wow.  Even riskier than day trading stocks.  To make it worse, aren't these three traded 24 hours somewhere in the world?  People can make or lose big time in minutes, let alone the time it takes to go into downtown HCM and back.  Do you exit all your positions daily?

THIGV wrote:
khanh44 wrote:

But even if economy tanks I can still benefit because I'm a big shorter and I do lots of hedging. I invest  or short in just oil, gold and usd at the moment.

Wow.  Even riskier than day trading stocks.  To make it worse, aren't these three traded 24 hours somewhere in the world?  People can make or lose big time in minutes, let alone the time it takes to go into downtown HCM and back.  Do you exit all your positions daily?

I trade it from my computer at home. It's risky if you leverage. I think some people go as high as 80:1 leverage. I have never used leverage. But if you don't leverage you need a large  enough capital.

Yes it's 24 hours but only my USD investment's are 24 hours. I use ETF's  that mirrors the WTI oil price and gold stocks that give 2X the performance so I can only trade those when the North American market opens.

I've been doing this for years. I get the same response as you earlier on but as the years wore on people have been asking me to invest for them. I simply tell them I'm satisfied with what I make now.

i would be intrested in investing some ( ha ha) I don't have much. but would like to learn from you guys that know

jimcantrell65 wrote:

i would be intrested in investing some ( ha ha) I don't have much. but would like to learn from you guys that know

This type of investment they say 95% lose money. But without a stable job you have to minimize the risk.

Sure you may be the 5% that make it and leverage 80:1 to hit it big early on but most will give it all back in the long term.

They key is patience and discipline.

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