As my friends and family know, I find it very hard to sit still. I am constantly searching for a new challenge or adventure. I’ve learned that life is too short to become an expert in everything, however, I managed to become pretty good at what I’ve tried (I failed miserably at piano and gave up Kung Fu). In summary, I like to try new things, so I am creating this lifestyle blog. I’ll talks about the challenges I pursue, the jobs I do, adventures I take on, the food I eat and every great thing along the way.
Some people who have really inspired me are Timothy Ferris, Rolf Potts and Tony Robbins. It’s from a combination of their books and my background, that lead me to become a teacher overseas. I am currently on my third year in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I also taught in Beijing, China and one year as a Special Education Aide in New York.
It wasn’t until my recent position as an IT Integrationist at my school, did I find enough motivation to make this blog. I’ve done so much in the past 5 years: obtained a masters degree, earned a special education certification, grew a massive vegetable garden at my childhood home, coached lacrosse and intramural sports, learned Vietnamese and Chinese, learned to drive a motorcycle, taught myself video editing, got my advanced scuba diving certification, significantly improved at surfing and snowboarding, completed a large number of other people’s bucket list activities and traveled across 22+ countries. There is definitely a lot of posts to make up for, so I better get started!
I once tried to eat at a different cafe or restaurant everyday for a month. This was inspired by Timothy Ferriss’ 30 day challenge. I made it about 28 of those 30 days, but often settled for something quick and easy, or something just next door to a place I’ve already been. I bent the rules a little, but it was a very rewarding experience as I got to see more of the city.
I wanted to give this another try. This time really broadening my taste buds and thirst for something new. This might sound easy when travelling, but when you live somewhere it’s even easier to stay in your comfort zone.
For this challenge I’m going to focus on visiting a different place, somewhere I’ve never been before, for 30 days. I have lived in Saigon for 2 years now, so I’ve been to most of the popular places. I probably will continue to eat at these places, but if I do, I won’t count that as a new place. I’ll have to go somewhere else that day. I’m already writing this blog 3 days into when I started this challenge, so let me begin.
In pursuit of great street food (an vat) I came across a write up in AsiaLife Magazine. I was looking for Com binh dan (local rice). When I arrived at the location I realized I already ate there 3 days earlier(I’ll include this post at a later time). I drove a bit further and found some local Vietnamese really enjoying their meal on the side of the busy intersection of Ton That Tong and Bui thi Xuan in District 1. I pulled over and had not one, but two bowls of Bun Bo (beef noodle soup).