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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Eleniyan15: 10:50pm On Mar 06, 2020
WhyNa:
Some more updates.....


SN: Learning to ride a bike is kinda difficult. I'm finding it hard keeping my balance. I tend to tilt to one side and feel like the bike is about to fall. Any ideas/advice?



Maybe you should stop focusing your mind on your balance or the floor, it just like you at a big water while on a boat cruise, your eyes start twinkling lol

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Gernny: 11:08pm On Mar 06, 2020
Please how much is the first payment?And what documents did you DHL?
WhyNa:
I started this journey the first week of December and it was sort of a race against time. I had already spent more than one week in Abuja due to the little mistakes I made

1) I gave myself a deadline remember? February 2020
2) The Tet Holiday was coming and I needed to get the visa before then or risk not meeting up with my timeline.

Another reason though was that school resumes in February and the demand for teachers are high around that period.

By the time my documents arrived and the application process began, it was Christmas period and offices went on break. The Christmas and Tet break affected me though but there was one good side to it.

I was still gathering money.

By now, I had paid the first installment. The second was to be paid when the visa and work permit was out (This is the package I chose for good reasons too)


Late January, my work permit came out. One week later, my visa approval letter followed. See bah, my joy knew no bounds. I remember I was in the office when it came.

Upon cross checking, I found a minor mistake �


Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Olatomz1(f): 12:40am On Mar 07, 2020
I don’t want to pay money in the wrong tefl center in Lagos
Kindly let me know where you Got your tefl certificate

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by WhyNa: 1:34am On Mar 07, 2020
Gernny:
Please how much is the first payment?And what documents did you DHL?

First installment depends on the visa type and who's handling it for you.

You DHL all documents authenticated
Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by regizoch(m): 5:54am On Mar 07, 2020
WhyNa:
Some more updates.....

Internet is free here. Your room comes with internet. When you're in a public place, say a gym or restaurant, you can request for wifi password. Some write it and paste on the wall. I no longer download movies, I just watch online and there's no interuption.

I've said it before that things are cheap here. Was going to upload some pictures with prices but some people deem it fit to ban me anyhow ontop something I'm not being paid for. One year gym subsription is as low as 28k naira. A very big fish, those very big ones they sell specially in lagos is just about 700 naira here. 10 big eggs is about 300 naira. Things are sold per kg here. Remember to price Lagos style. If the price be like say e too much, then it's too much. Walk away to the next store and sure enough it would be cheaper. There are the honest ones who tell you straight up the price. Some would try to rip you off especially those mamas.

Things are cheaper in the market than the supermarket so try to buy things from the market. Some things are cheaper in the supermarket plus there's no language barrier and prices are fixed and you have a variety of options.

Ask ask ask for help when you are in malls and need to buy a product but don't know the section or can't read the labels. Or when you need to find out something. Some of them speak little English. I always start with "Do you speak English" They are always willing to help. If you don't find one who can speak English, use google tranlate. They will willingly type back and assist you

Their food is really nice. Never say never, try it out and you'll find out that 95% of the time, you'll enjoy it. You could spend a month trying out different types of food here. At least for the next one week after you arrive here, you'll be eating out so get ready to try new dishes and use chopsticks. I got the hang of it on the 3rd day. Now I have one fork and 4 chopsticks grin grin

There are lots of street food sellers here and they are cheaper and tastier too. there's also KFC and the likes if you don't want to go local

Pork is their main protein here but there's also beef which is a little expensive. But there's fish which I already told you guys is cheap and there's chicken.

Fruiits are in abundance here and different types too. I've counted up to 10 and they don't seem to be seasonal. They also have lots of vegetables here.

Someone asked if Hanoi is developed. Yes Hanoi is developed. It's the Capital city. So is Ho Chi Minh, Da nang (This is the beach city), Hai Phong, Lao Cai. Ha long, These are the ones I can say for now.

Houses come fully furnished here too. The degree of the furnishing sometimes determine how expensive. Like does it have a washing machin, TV, rice cooker, pots and plates, etc.

If you're the type that doesn't eat sticky rice, you might have a little problem here as that's the way their rice is. Still looking for the ones they said they export to Naija. The one I currently use isn't too bad. It just needs to be cooked on low heaat with little water.

Just like their rice, their noodle takes just 1 or 2 minutes to cook if not, akamu straight up! Like you'll stand there and rice don done. Not the Naija one you cook forever.

Their detergent/liquid soap is foamy. Thank God I used some to wash my undies and socks before using it in the washing machine. I for don resemble Mr. Bean with lots of foam coming out of the washing machine and me looking confused

SN: Learning to ride a bike is kinda difficult. I'm finding it hard keeping my balance. I tend to tilt to one side and feel like the bike is about to fall. Any ideas/advice?

Edit: My bike is automatic
Thank you so much for this update full of hope

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Gernny: 7:49am On Mar 07, 2020
Exactly that’s the detailed information I needed need,I checked online and I found out the center is in ikorodu I don’t know if she can verify if it’s the same place.
Olatomz1:
I don’t want to pay money in the wrong tefl center in Lagos
Kindly let me know where you Got your tefl certificate
Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Olatomz1(f): 12:50am On Mar 08, 2020
Is it the same center in ikorodu
The person in charge said 1000 usd

Is this right ?
Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by EgunMogaji2: 5:18am On Mar 08, 2020
WhyNa:


One: Coronavirus scar
Two: They said pollution, I never "see or hear or smell" pollution
Three: They always try to protect their skin from sun and all that

A typical Nigerian can never see or hear pollution as we’re already used to the bombardment cry

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by EgunMogaji2: 5:23am On Mar 08, 2020
WhyNa:
My first Vietnamese meal. Asked for take away. This cost just 25,000Dong,1 dollar.

It was delicious O tell you. Also my first time using chopsticks lol but thank God for YouTube

This post serves as proof that there are decent countries that an American can retire to that works well and has a cheap standard of living. OP bought lunch for $1 / N360

I think N360 will get you, iyan meji, eran wewe kan, ati pure water cool

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Ggetter50: 7:15am On Mar 08, 2020
shakol91:
Germany, but the embassy is not giving Appointment date.. I'm still on admission process
Good luck brother... Just keep your believe and be strong

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Ggetter50: 7:28am On Mar 08, 2020
vickertony:

Boss, I'm interested in which country you made it to, with your limited funds.



Regards
....
Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by WhyNa: 7:46am On Mar 08, 2020
EgunMogaji2:


A typical Nigerian can never see or hear pollution as we’re already used to the bombardment cry

I'm telling you. I have a mask but I barely use it. The air is better than the one I breathe in in Lagos but I hear it can get pretty bad. Watching...

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by WhyNa: 7:48am On Mar 08, 2020
EgunMogaji2:


This post serves as proof that there are decent countries that an American can retire to that works well and has a cheap standard of living. OP bought lunch for $1 / N360

I think N360 will get you, iyan meji, eran wewe kan, ati pure water cool

There are actually a lot of Americans, Canadians, Aussies, Westerners generally who come here to work. Some have retired here

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Gernny: 7:56am On Mar 08, 2020
Whyna you are not really giving us detailed information as where the TEFL certificate course is written,even the Celta school I think you should give us the official websites l,because there are so many sites popping up.
WhyNa:
Some more updates.....

Internet is free here. Your room comes with internet. When you're in a public place, say a gym or restaurant, you can request for wifi password. Some write it and paste on the wall. I no longer download movies, I just watch online and there's no interuption.

I've said it before that things are cheap here. Was going to upload some pictures with prices but some people deem it fit to ban me anyhow ontop something I'm not being paid for. One year gym subsription is as low as 28k naira. A very big fish, those very big ones they sell specially in lagos is just about 700 naira here. 10 big eggs is about 300 naira. Things are sold per kg here. Remember to price Lagos style. If the price be like say e too much, then it's too much. Walk away to the next store and sure enough it would be cheaper. There are the honest ones who tell you straight up the price. Some would try to rip you off especially those mamas.

Things are cheaper in the market than the supermarket so try to buy things from the market. Some things are cheaper in the supermarket plus there's no language barrier and prices are fixed and you have a variety of options.

Ask ask ask for help when you are in malls and need to buy a product but don't know the section or can't read the labels. Or when you need to find out something. Some of them speak little English. I always start with "Do you speak English" They are always willing to help. If you don't find one who can speak English, use google tranlate. They will willingly type back and assist you

Their food is really nice. Never say never, try it out and you'll find out that 95% of the time, you'll enjoy it. You could spend a month trying out different types of food here. At least for the next one week after you arrive here, you'll be eating out so get ready to try new dishes and use chopsticks. I got the hang of it on the 3rd day. Now I have one fork and 4 chopsticks grin grin

There are lots of street food sellers here and they are cheaper and tastier too. there's also KFC and the likes if you don't want to go local

Pork is their main protein here but there's also beef which is a little expensive. But there's fish which I already told you guys is cheap and there's chicken.

Fruiits are in abundance here and different types too. I've counted up to 10 and they don't seem to be seasonal. They also have lots of vegetables here.

Someone asked if Hanoi is developed. Yes Hanoi is developed. It's the Capital city. So is Ho Chi Minh, Da nang (This is the beach city), Hai Phong, Lao Cai. Ha long, These are the ones I can say for now.

Houses come fully furnished here too. The degree of the furnishing sometimes determine how expensive. Like does it have a washing machin, TV, rice cooker, pots and plates, etc.

If you're the type that doesn't eat sticky rice, you might have a little problem here as that's the way their rice is. Still looking for the ones they said they export to Naija. The one I currently use isn't too bad. It just needs to be cooked on low heaat with little water.

Just like their rice, their noodle takes just 1 or 2 minutes to cook if not, akamu straight up! Like you'll stand there and rice don done. Not the Naija one you cook forever.

Their detergent/liquid soap is foamy. Thank God I used some to wash my undies and socks before using it in the washing machine. I for don resemble Mr. Bean with lots of foam coming out of the washing machine and me looking confused

SN: Learning to ride a bike is kinda difficult. I'm finding it hard keeping my balance. I tend to tilt to one side and feel like the bike is about to fall. Any ideas/advice?

Edit: My bike is automatic

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by EgunMogaji2: 8:15am On Mar 08, 2020
WhyNa:


There are actually a lot of Americans, Canadians, Aussies, Westerners generally who come here to work. Some have retired here

Exactly.

I recently retired back to Nigeria. I was accused that I only came back to Nigeria because it’s a cheap place. I tried to tell them that there are many other countries in the world that have a low cost of living (from a dollar perspective) and where things work that I could have retired to.

I know I could have moved to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, etc and enjoy running water, 24/7 electricity, good roads, etc

You made a wise choice. It’s not all about USA, Canada, Australia, etc

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by vickertony(m): 1:15pm On Mar 08, 2020
Ggetter50:
....
replied your pm.
Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Gernny: 3:21pm On Mar 08, 2020
Where did you get your TEFL certificate?
WhyNa:
When I found a genuine agent and decided to start the process, I had just 14k in my account. Lol. I had ajo I was supposed to collect and also a kolo but all put together wouldn't even have been enough. I just told God to surprise me....and HE DID!

The very first thing I got was a police character report from Alagbon. Then I proceeded to get my medical and TEFL certificate.

With this 3 documents and my degree, I left for Abuja for authentication.

First stop was Ministry of Education and boy! a suprise was waiting for me there
Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by WhyNa: 3:45pm On Mar 08, 2020
Gernny:
Whyna you are not really giving us detailed information as where the TEFL certificate course is written,even the Celta school I think you should give us the official websites l,because there are so many sites popping up.

You realise that there are actually some things google can help you do right?

I mentioned it earlier in this thread that I was adviced against doing the CELTA in Nigeria/ Doesn't that mean I didn't go ahead with that plan?

I also mentioned that I did some research and found official centers that conduct these tests.

Common bro, do some digging. It's not a must you use the same center or website I used. If the one in Nigeria is okay by you, please go ahead and use them. The person who adviced me may be wrong and I'm not about to tell you not to use them too cos I never tried them and can't say anything about them. It would be wrong to do so

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Dollywood(m): 4:22pm On Mar 08, 2020
Who did Nigeria offend? Ordinary Vietnam?? Imagine, i thought the country is gonna be backward like an African country but I'm amazed with the look of things, I hate Nigeria cry

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by NiklauseFred(m): 4:33pm On Mar 08, 2020
Dollywood:
Who did Nigeria offend? Ordinary Vietnam?? Imagine, i thought the country is gonna be backward like an African country but I'm amazed with the look of things, I hate Nigeria cry

Think about Colombia

Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by dreaonit: 5:28pm On Mar 08, 2020
@Whyna, from your experience what can you say about work and study in veitnam. Also what chances of nigerian studying in there university
Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Gernny: 6:10pm On Mar 08, 2020
Biko sis aburum bro,I’m a female sis.
WhyNa:


You realise that there are actually some things google can help you do right?

I mentioned it earlier in this thread that I was adviced against doing the CELTA in Nigeria/ Doesn't that mean I didn't go ahead with that plan?

I also mentioned that I did some research and found official centers that conduct these tests.

Common bro, do some digging. It's not a must you use the same center or website I used. If the one in Nigeria is okay by you, please go ahead and use them. The person who adviced me may be wrong and I'm not about to tell you not to use them too cos I never tried them and can't say anything about them. It would be wrong to do so

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by slimanyd: 10:07pm On Mar 08, 2020
Gernny:
Where did you get your TEFL certificate?

You people should not bug her cos she wont give u any response, she already made it clear in her words that an agent did every every for her. She was lucky to have fallen into the right agent though. If you all critically observed her words from page 1. Her intentions was to go the Way of english teaching but she met one agent who changed the whole narative for her. Subsequently, she now talked about different categories of visa that are available from 6 months to working visas and the likes. Most of readers dont always read inbetween the lines. I understand her very well. She never wanted to lay emphasies on the agent aspect so the mods wont think she is stylishly advertising . So, make una jara yin o. Enough of English language or tefl Questions biko.

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by carternkem(m): 10:56pm On Mar 08, 2020
slimanyd:


You people should not bug her cos she wont give u any response, she already made it clear in her words that an agent did every every for her. She was lucky to have fallen into the right agent though. If you all critically observed her words from page 1. Her intentions was to go the Way of english teaching but she met one agent who changed the whole narative for her. Subsequently, she now talked about different categories of visa that are available from 6 months to working visas and the likes. Most of readers dont always read inbetween the lines. I understand her very well. She never wanted to lay emphasies on the agent aspect so the mods wont think she is stylishly advertising . So, make una jara yin o. Enough of English language or tefl Questions biko.

True talk,

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Gernny: 11:18pm On Mar 08, 2020
Thank you Mr okudili
slimanyd:


You people should not bug her cos she wont give u any response, she already made it clear in her words that an agent did every every for her. She was lucky to have fallen into the right agent though. If you all critically observed her words from page 1. Her intentions was to go the Way of english teaching but she met one agent who changed the whole narative for her. Subsequently, she now talked about different categories of visa that are available from 6 months to working visas and the likes. Most of readers dont always read inbetween the lines. I understand her very well. She never wanted to lay emphasies on the agent aspect so the mods wont think she is stylishly advertising . So, make una jara yin o. Enough of English language or tefl Questions biko.

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by WhyNa: 1:01am On Mar 09, 2020
slimanyd:


You people should not bug her cos she wont give u any response, she already made it clear in her words that an agent did every every for her. She was lucky to have fallen into the right agent though. If you all critically observed her words from page 1. Her intentions was to go the Way of english teaching but she met one agent who changed the whole narative for her. Subsequently, she now talked about different categories of visa that are available from 6 months to working visas and the likes. Most of readers dont always read inbetween the lines. I understand her very well. She never wanted to lay emphasies on the agent aspect so the mods wont think she is stylishly advertising . So, make una jara yin o. Enough of English language or tefl Questions biko.


Well said

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Chidonsky: 9:24am On Mar 09, 2020
WhyNa:


Well said
from your findings are there factory and menial jobs available?

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by Mizwisdom(f): 9:46am On Mar 09, 2020
Before you started the thread you should have known that people will want to follow in your footsteps, you can't leave them hanging now by directing them to Google. Just tell them the category of visa your agent helped you apply for and if you didn't do the TEFL also tell them. These pix are nice

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by WhyNa: 10:12am On Mar 09, 2020
Mizwisdom:
Before you started the thread you should have known that people will want to follow in your footsteps, you can't leave them hanging now by directing them to Google. Just tell them the category of visa your agent helped you apply for and if you didn't do the TEFL also tell them. These pix are nice

If you read through the thread, you would have actually seen that I mentioned these things and no, everyone doesn't need to do the exact same thing I did. Gosh! What works for A in January might not work for B in February!//

See I don't know it all. Nothing is permanent and if there's one thing about Vietnam, they pass laws on a steady. People should do some research on their own too and I bet you, they'll find things even I didn't find.

If I had waited for the guy who talked about Vietnam and refused to help me, I would still be in Nigeria today eating into my savings and reading travel threads hoping for someone to spoon feed me.

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Re: My Journey To Hanoi, Vietnam by SkyOne11: 7:59pm On Mar 09, 2020
WhyNa:


If you read through the thread, you would have actually seen that I mentioned these things and no, everyone doesn't need to do the exam same thing I did. Gosh! What works for A in January might not work for B in February!//

See I don't know it all. Nothing is permanent and if there's one thing about Vietnam, they pass laws on a steady. People should do some research on their own too and I bet you, they'll find things even I didn't find.

If I had waited for the guy who talked about Vietnam and refused to help me, I would still be in Nigeria today eating into my savings and reading travel threads hoping for someone to spoon feed me.

More pics, sis

I wanna know more about your life in there.

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