Thursday morning I woke at 5 am to catch a 7 am flight from Bangkok to Saigon. I had to deal with some visa issues and I had to go to Vietnam to TCB (take care of business). I arrived in Saigon on time but had to wait approximately one hour for the customs officials to process my visa on arrival.
1.5 hours into my trip I was walking with my companion to find a suitable restaurant for lunch. Along the walk I witnessed a robbery in broad daylight.
A one armed man was selling lottery tickets on the street. A bandit drove up on a motorbike, pretended he was going to purchase one ticket, and when opportunity struck he snatched all the tickets from the man’s one hand and sped off on his motorbike.
The one armed man gave chase and yelled in vain but the bandit got away with his lotto tickets.
It was explained to me by a Vietnamese speaking witness that the bandit stole about $25 in profit. The one armed man could have eaten for two weeks on that $25. If the man had children those children were going to go to bed hungry for a few nights.
My Vietnamese eye-witness also told me she saw the man crying after the robbery took place. The one armed man was a grizzled veteran of the street trade, he did not appear to be a man who cried over nothing.
At that point, one and a half hours into my Saigon visit, I had already spent over one thousand and one hundred dollars TCB (takin’ care of business).
The grizzled one armed street man had lost his dignity and livelihood over twenty five dollars and I spent roughly that amount on Singaporean food for lunch and then returned to my hotel room to find the toilet had a bidet.
One or two days later I went to a “paleo” power breakfast hosted by an entrepreneur living in Saigon. Roughly 10 young, white entrepreneur’s showed up to the large, 5 bedroom apartment to eat eggs and talk shop. The group is known as the Dynamite Circle.
That evening I met up with some of the fellows for drinks (I had a coconut smoothie) and we bullshitted for a few hours. I did not count but perhaps a dozen young, white foreigners were there to talk shop, drink beer and eat hamburgers.
I don’t particularly like Saigon but it’s undeniable that quite a few young internet entrepreneur types love the place and there are many of them living there, working there and playing there.
That same evening there was a big game of “tag” played amongst 100 young expats. 10 of them wore red headbands, 90 of them wore green headbands and they ran around Saigon yelling, I presume, “tag, you’re it” for 3.5 hours.
The next day I took a local family for lunch. Leaving the restaurant, a waiter spotted me, a big smile appeared on his face, he gave me the international “thumbs up” signal and he said to me “wow, you are very handsome and manly!” and I could do nothing but laugh.
Of all the places I have ever been, Saigoners are the most appreciative of a well toned physique.
After 5 days in Saigon it was time to go home. Tallying up my total expenses, I’d had to withdraw $100 usd on 4 (four) seperate occasions, came to $1600 usd for the 5 day affair.
This was my 2nd trip to Saigon, the first trip I stayed for 30 days and spent nearly 3 grand. During that trip I did get into the best shape of my life but I’d had a very hard time sleeping and, upon my arrival home, found myself with darkened eyes and a decidedly neanderthal appearance.
You’ll be happy to know that the dark circles are gone and my sleep schedule is back on track. I used a product called 5-HTP to help my erratic sleep pattern.
I arrived home, to Bangkok, at midnight Monday evening/Tuesday morning and was able to get into bed at about 1:30 am. The next morning I sent a message to my workout partner to say I will not be in at our usual 11 am Tuesday leg day because I awoke at 10 am and was not yet prepared and rested well enough to squat 315 lbs for reps.
Instead, I spent nearly the entire day re-arranging the furniture in my rented condo to maximize productivity, using feng shui principles to maximize balance and command.
I was so happy with the re-arrangement I have decided I could stay here another year if I wanted to. I pay only $500 usd per month in rent for a centrally located, pool view unit that has a desk now in the ‘command position’ and full length mirrors in the bedroom.
That evening I went to the gym for a light leg day and saw an old friend. My old friend was in the gym, day in and day out, for nearly a year when he had a big, heavy cast on his leg and could only walk with the help of a cane. I did only a light, pump style workout as I was quite drained from my Saigon trip.
I spent the next day, which is today, catching up on a lot of bits and pieces required to run a profitable internet operation. At Chez Bold and Determined all final profit numbers are conducted on the 3rd or 4th day of each month after all the figures have been accounted for.
Which brings us to right now, it is Wednesday 8 pm and I am finishing this piece while eating coconut chicken and rice for dinner. In a few moments I will hit the ‘Publish’ button. I will then take 200 mg of 5-HTP, then I will retire to the bedroom where my little angel heart is now sitting on the floor with a white blanket covering her body, resembling a ghost, as she breathes in an old world health mixture to help her travel weakened immune system repair from 5 days of traveling with the world’s most handsome badass.