Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 9:34 PM
To: Brendan; Ryan
Subject: From Tokyo
You both wrote me at the same time and I thought my latest adventure would interest both of you. I’ve stumbled upon paradise! There is really no need to come back to Tokyo, because I’ve found the land of beautiful women. It’s in Vietnam! Let’s go there!
I traveled there with Axel for 10 days and you are not going to believe what happened. While we were drinking in a bar we met the business elite of the city! Since the country opened up to business only about 10 years ago, most of the businessmen are all young, around 32. One of them who became our best friend imports computer parts and assembles computers. His driver drove us around much of the country in his BMW and we met many other important people including the son of the chairman (like Mayor) of Saigon. The women are just dying to meet foreigners and speak excellent English. They are also much more friendly than the Japanese and always smile at you if you smile at them first.
The prices are unreal there. Get this.
We went to a massage place and went into the sauna, got a foot massage a dude (because they are stronger) then a full body massage from a beautiful young HOT girl who puts oil on you then walks on your back with bare feet. She also massages you with her legs and at one point almost lays on top of you while pressuring the points on either side of your groin. I almost blew it at that point. Then we got a manicure and pedicure all for (get this) $32! It was pure paradise.
We also went to a beautiful ocean side resort that was fabulous and costs only $15 a night. You could see all the stars and relax by the pool or poolside bar. The locals are more than happy to meet you and much more friendly than the Japanese.
There are not many tourists there because it is still a poor country, yet the people are so friendly and I felt much safer there than I did in Mexico City or Tangier, Morocco. We also went to an excellent bar on top of an expensive hotel and there are just tons and tons of beautiful women. You have to be careful though because many are “professionals” if you know what I mean. I’ve never seen so many old ugly white businessmen with OUTSTANDING young HOT Asian women. It almost made me sick. The wall of the bar open up to let the night air in and you can see the entire city while listening to the band sing popular tunes. It was truly amazing.
I am planning on moving there on August 1st and have started the job search. It shouldn’t be too hard because business is booming there. Plus with the contacts I’ve made it should be a breeze. Our good friend is also planning to become a congressman there and I’m pretty sure he can do it. He is one of the richest people in the entire city! We only saw two expensive cars while there,, one belonging to him and the other his friend, the son of the Chairman of the city.
I’ll have the website up soon with pictures but in the meantime, I put a zip file online with all my pictures. We mostly used Axels camera and I’ll put those pictures up later. If you wish to download the pictures, they are at xxxxxxxxxxx
Take care amigos, and let’s go to Nam!
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Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 1:28 PM
Subject: From C-town
What has been going on with you lately?
Life over here has been going well. Work is making me pull my hair out, but the I do see the light at the end of the tunnel (i.e. I only have another 6 weeks of working Saturdays and Sundays). Did you hear from Ryan that he got a job at Accenture? He started this past Monday. I sure was happy for him. We should be able to get together more with him having an office downtown near my mine.
I just finished watching Lost in Translation, with Bill Murray. The film was shot in Tokyo with a few scenes of going down to Kyoto to visit some temples (wonder where they got that idea!) Of course they show Shibuya, Ginza, the Tokyo Tower, the Rainbow Bridge and sorts of things I recognized. Actually, in the bonus footage provided on the DVD I swear the one interview they had with the director was shot while walking down your street – you’ll have to confirm or disconfirm this for me.
Have you decided on what your plans are for after graduation from Wasada? Are you still teaching Jiminy, Terry and Coke? If yes, how have they been doing?
Take care and give my best to H,