Hello Vietnam | Goodbye Vietnam

“One day I’ll touch your soil. One day I’ll finally know your soul. One day I’ll come to you. To say hello… Vietnam.” —Quynh Anh (Hello Vietnam) It has been a few days since I left Vietnam. I have set a side writing this final blog until now as adjusting to the time zone difference has…

Day 11: No Ordinary Kind of Park

With our last day of site visits, we wrapped up our educational aspect of this trip about development in Vietnam by touring a park—not any old park with benches and swings, but an Industrial Park. The first company we visited in the morning was Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP), a state owned company including 30…

Day 10: Fancy Seeing You Here

This morning we got the opportunity to visit Cat Lai Terminal in Ho Chi Minh City, the largest and most modern container terminal in Vietnam. Cat Lai Terminal offers a variety of services such as: trans-shipment/transit/import-export cargoes, maintenance, stowage of goods, and goods handling just to name a few. With such a large impact on…

Day 9: Raining Tears

Today’s blog will get rather heavy and sensitive as I go over what took place during the later portion of my day. But first, I will start off light by discussing my eventful morning shopping until I literally dropped. We first went to Ben Tanh Market in the morning to expose ourselves to Vietnam’s notorious market…

Day 8: The Rise and Fall

Today’s blog will be rather short since we primarily spent most of the day visiting VinaCapital. However, I hope you all learn something about the company and a bit more about my career prospects as today established an idea that I have finally come to terms with: things do not always go according to plan, but…

Day 7: Unearthing the Truth

Taking the figure of a gremlin—my back arched dramatically and chin tucked close to my chest—I bolted through the tight crusty tunnel before me. Bumping my shoulders at the packed dirt just inches all around, I clenched my jaw and peered in front for any sign of light. Suddenly, an ascension of stairs came into…

Day 6: Somewhere Only We Know

A sense of adventure suddenly rushed through my body as I hopped aboard the rickety plank, setting sail along the Mekong Delta to a whole different world I never knew existed. In that moment, nothing but excitement filled my appetite as I peered off in to the distance and awaited for what was to come. For starters…

Day 5: Registering for the Foreign Service?

Today was just one of those days where I thought to myself, “Wow Justin, you should really evaluate your future again because this sounds like the ideal job for you.” To be fair I always do this, but something about what they said this time pulled me in. Let me explain. To gain a greater understanding of the…

Day 4: Forgotten Footprints

Equipped with a loaded 50 SPF sunscreen spray in one hand and a fully-charged camera in the other, I was more than ready to tackle today’s challenge: trekking up an obscene amount of steps and tanning to the point I looked visually unrecognizable. After consecutive days of classes and company site visits, a day comprised…

Day 3: Video Games + Grown Men = Success

NOTE: Due to Glass Egg Digital Media’s wishes of guests refraining from taking pictures in their office spaces because of legality issues regarding their outsourcing partners, today’s blog will be lacking in photos from the per usual. Instead, stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog, you will not want to miss it. Today was the day, if…

Day 2: Master Plan

With the focus of today’s lesson and plan structured around the ongoing development in Vietnam, we started the day by attending a lecture by Nguyen Ngoc Duc, a highly experienced professor and businessman with a girth of knowledge about Vietnam, who discussed Urban Planning and Development in Ho Chi Minh City. From his presentation, we learned…

Day 1: The Inevitable “What if?”

One Day Earlier… As our plane approached the runway, the television screen before me suddenly flickered to life. For what I saw illuminated on the very tiny monitor was none other than Ho Chi Minh City—glowing and pulsating in all its glory in the night sky. At last we finally arrived, and my heart pounded…

Opening Closed Doors

“For what it’s worth, never did I imagine I would be traveling to Vietnam this early in my life. After everything I was told…this is certainly going to be a journey.” And just like that, a door that was locked and forgotten for years finally found its missing key companion. My name is Justin Nguyen, an aspiring…

Meet Plus3 Vietnam 2017!

Welcome to the Vietnam Plus3 Study Abroad Program! During their two weeks in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, students will experience a dynamic mix of educational and cultural activities. Plus 3 participants will have the chance to be immersed into Vietnamese culture during the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus 3 program…