SWOG Blog Posts

October 8, 2017

In Vietnam, taxi is the number one complaints for tourists and expats. Ripped off a trip, going in circles, and being robbed off are all too often and are daily affairs. In Ho Chi Minh City, the taxis are divided into two categories, company operated taxis and private taxis. Private…

July 6, 2017

When I first saw this thing on Taobao, it just blew my mind away. As a DIY CO2 planted tank owner, you will know the bane of low or inconsistent pressure produced by existing kits in the market. And most DIY CO2 setup will hardly last a week. Furthermore, DIY…

April 7, 2017

The Vietnamese currency is the đồng, and it is represented by the symbol ₫. A rough guide: US$1 = VND20,000. Yes, that’s 20 thousands Dong. Well technically it is about US$1 = VND22,000 but rounding off makes it easier to remember and calculate. A common myth: You can use US dollars freely…

February 24, 2017
December 13, 2016

Location dictates the prices of hotels. In HCMC most of the hotels concentrate in District 1. In HCMC the city is divided into districts. District 1 is the city center (Click here for city map). Stay here. Don’t stay at places near the airport or other districts. The prices are not that…

November 23, 2016

At the Airport The international airport of HCMC (Ho Chi Minh City) is Ton Son Nhat International Airport. It was built by the French back in the 1930s and later on it was used as a military airfield during the Vietnam war (renamed to Tan Son Nhut), and it became…

November 22, 2016

No matter where you are from, Europe, America, or even Asia, cultural shocks will definitely hit you even before arrival. Climate and safety will be your other concern during the trip. Please do not be surprised when you enter the cabin of the aircraft to find some people sitting on your…

November 15, 2016

I am sure there must be one thousand questions in your head right after booking your flight. The very first question being where should I stay? There are literally THOUSANDS of hotels in Ho Chi Minh City and I am not joking. Ranging from a few dollars for a hammock…

November 8, 2016

It is finally here! After months of delay. And the UPS website is still showing it is in the US! WTF is wrong with UPS? Trouble at Kickstarter I own a Pebble 1 and it was amazing. Then the battery starts to fail and the Pebble App on my iPhone…

November 5, 2016

Wow, it has been 17 months since I first bought my 12 inch retina Macbook. So how is the Macbook doing? No More iPad For the 17 months I have not been touching my iPad any more. The main reasons behind me not using my iPad are first of all…