it seems like I don’t post as much. why?

I’m not posting as much. It’s true. 

A number of things were going on recently that I couldn’t put much thought to paper (computer screen?) and get it all out. I did put out a new video postcard recently, as those who are following may have noticed. 

Some things to jot down in quick point form since the last substantial posting:

– work permit application process in Vietnam is the absolute worst. I say this because since trying to get it done in early March, it wasn’t until two weeks ago that everything was finalized. Much appreciation goes out to the Asian International School for being patient and sympathetic with the grind that we experienced. If anyone from Canada needs help on getting a work permit as a teacher, I can probably say I’m well versed in it now. That said, rules here change, and it was due to a more recent rule change that made it much harder for Rosie and I to get everything done. 

– a number of friends of mine from Canada have come on over to visit me. It’s been incredibly nice. Particularly a friend whom I haven’t seen in a couple years when he took off to Australia to work abroad. 

– I went back to Nha Trang for a more local experience. The gist of that can be viewed on my video uploaded to Vimeo and posted on the previous blog post underneath this one. 

– I also returned to Phu Quoc Island to meet up with one of my friends from Canada, who came to visit me. One unfortunate thing about the trip to Phu Quoc Island this time was the fact that a storm was passing nearby. As a result, we got a lot of rain at least half the time. That said, we still got to explore the island on motorbike, which was excellent. 

That’s all I will write for now. I hope to get more time to update. 

A video postcard of the Phu Quoc Island will likely be the next project. 

Until next time!

it’s been awhile….

It’s been awhile but here’s my next video postcard. It took a bit of time to put this together. Hopefully, those who are following will enjoy it.

I learned quite a bit from putting together my first video postcard and I tried to apply that here in my second video postcard.

In this video, we return to Nha Trang, the location where I shot the clips for my first video postcard. This time, however, we are treated to a much more local experience.

The following is the description I wrote taken directly from the Vimeo page:

My cousin has a couple of friends in Nha Trang. They’re fishermen and aquaculturalists working offshore from the mainland. We were fortunate enough to be able to spend a full day with these guys on their houseboat, which is normally off limits to tourists. They let us check out their aquaculture business, took us on a ride on their ridiculous rounded canoe(?) type boats, encouraged us to snorkel and swim around their property, and asked us to eat and drink with them.

These are some of the nicest guys I have ever met, and the experience can’t be matched. I wish I had more footage of them but I didn’t want to appear intrusive pointing the camera in their face and shooting their every movement. I wanted to become friends with these guys first, which panned out because I’ve been invited back whenever I’m in the area again.

Everything was shot handheld on a Canon 7D with 17-40mm f/4 lens and a GoPro HDHero 2 and put together on Final Cut Pro X.

Music: The Album Leaf – San Simeon