As of the 27th, I’ve officially been living in Vietnam for a month — It flew by so quickly. This is the same amount of time I spent in Ho Chi Minh City for the CELTA course back in 2012.
A few days ago, I completed a 14-hour weekend. I taught for 7 hours on Saturday, and another 7 on Sunday. I started planning for the lessons a week in advance and it took over my life. At the end of Sunday, I was exhausted. I had a terrible sore throat before heading home and assumed I was going to lose my voice. The next day, I had symptoms of falling ill. I suppose it was down to exposure to lots of children every day, lack of fluids and sleep, and not to mention a poor diet. Fortunately, I only had a bit of a runny nose for a day and then it was gone. I have another 14-hour weekend coming up. Hopefully, it goes better.
After four weeks of teaching, I’m adjusting to my work pretty well (aside from the falling ill part). I’m getting used to the course books and levels and the way things are done. It’s definitely been challenging, but a very welcome one. To be perfectly honest, the job in Malaysia was a walk in the park compared to this. I can already feel myself improving in so many ways.
In terms of lifestyle, Vietnam is about as different from Malaysia as it can get. The first week living in my apartment, I went out to buy some home essentials as well as groceries and toiletries. It was admittedly a bit of a struggle for me because I didn’t know where to find anything, whereas in Malaysia, you just need to step into the nearest mall and everything you need will most likely be there. At the end of the day, I just wanted to be in a Cold Storage or Watsons. But once you know where to find things here, it obviously makes things easier, although there are things that are not easy to find or that you can’t find at all — I haven’t had much success in finding herbs and spices or certain toiletries that I use.
So overall, I’m quite happy with my job and I’m very comfortable in my new home, which, on a side note, is very conveniently located which allows me to walk everywhere instead of taking cabs, so I’ve been getting a lot of exercise. I think I’m adjusting quite nicely. In terms of homesickness, I’ve already had my first visitor, another scheduled in a months’ time, and I’m set to spend the holidays back home.
Things are good.