It has been over a month since I've last posted, my apologies for the infrequency of posts. I still intend to finish up my rough guide to Yunnan, but perhaps an update about where I am and what I'm doing right now is in order.
Since our return from China back to Saigon I have not gone back to my job as an English teacher. While my time as a teacher was enjoyable, after two years I've realized that it's not the career for me. Teaching English is a great way to live abroad and I may go back to it in the future but not in Saigon. No, if I stay in this city it has to be for something much more. Frankly, after two years Daphne and I are ready for a change of scenery but there is still something special about Saigon that can't be ignored. This is a place of opportunity like few other places in the world. I have decided to give Saigon another chance by steering my life here in a direction of my own choosing. The result?
My love for tea is no mystery for those who know me and now I've taken it to a new level. I have started a company that will import high quality whole leaf teas to Vietnam and host tea tasting events. It is a self-funded, self-run project. Everything from packaging to website design and coding is done by me personally.
Am I crazy? Maybe. I've just started up two weeks ago, my tea is on sale at two locations in the city and I'm hosting my first tea tasting as Operation: TEA tomorrow afternoon. It's a start and there's still much more to do. The next few months are going to be busy, but hopefully fun as well.
Wish me luck!