Interview Lisa


“The weather here is warm and the people are warm too, they are very friendly, nice and it’s easy for me here. I really like the neighborhood here and like having a big market close to my place”

What’s your name and where are you from?

My name is Lisa and I’m originally from Canada but for the past 4 years, I was living in Ghana in West Africa.

Why did you come to Vietnam?

I came here to work as an English teacher and I’m here with my husband from Ghana.

What do you like the most in Vietnam? Why?

What do I like?? Uhmm…Well..I like people here. They are nice and friendly and it’s easy here. You…It’s easy for me to find a work here. It’s kind of for everybody that is a native English speaker can find a good job quite easily. Moreover, I like the food (smile)…

How long have you stayed here and when will you decide to come back to your country?

I’ve been here for one year and living in other areas of Vietnam (smile). I still don’t know when will I come back to my country…maybe after 2 years, me and my husband will come back to Canada and work there (smile).

Do you think it is difficult to find a place to live in HCMC?

It’s not difficult and it’s depend on what you want when looking for a place. I was looking for a room in a sharehouse and just searched for that option online. So it was very simple to find a place.

Where do you live right now in Saigon? What do you think about your neighborhood?

I’m living in Bui Huu Nghia Street in Binh Thanh District and I really like the neighborhood here. I like having a big market there. And there is a fact that it’s…ahmm…some expats will live in Thao Dien and some like to live in a local area like this.. Actually, I would not want to live in Thao Dien even if I have money, I would not want to live that way.

How do you handle all the bills payment, maintenance and reparation?

Oh we have been here for a month and so far we just had one problem about the electricity came in and I just sent and email and they came to fix it within a day. The bills are included in the rent.

How do you know about GlobeTrottr?

Ah..Okay..When I was looking for a room, I just saw many advertises on Facebook or Craiglist..I did not remember exactly and I answered for these ads which were offered for an accommodation.

Can you tell us a little story about what has happened to you during your trip?

Oh…A lot of things..I think (Laugh)..Yeah…Compare to where I was before, Vietnam is rich country and very organized country (smile). I just have been impressed by people being friendly and helping me when I have difficulties. Ah..Another thing is Motorcycle here.. When I first got here, I was terrify to cross the street because motorcycle everywhere, they don’t stop and they just keep going when I tried to cross the street. And I didn’t know what to do, I just stood there and I think I was going to cry..and there were some people around there came and helped me across the street..(hahaa). Just a random stranger came and helped me like this…Actually it happened to me in Hanoi but it was the same here (haha..)

Can you describe Vietnam in one word?

Uhm..Haha..One word is kind of difficult but I will try..haha..But I got many words in my mind now…Uhm….WARM. Warm here is described for the weather here and also for the people, they are very friendly here.

What is the biggest culture shock for you?

Again…My biggest culture shock here is Motorcycle (laugh).

What will be your next destination?

Probably Canada. Unless somebody gave me a really job offers somewhere in other countries but I think probably Canada will be nice for my husband and me.

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