So now I feel even more settled than beforehand. At least I know that I can stay here in Da Nang for another 6 month and I will have a job :)
My new teaching contract is signed and sealed (with a red stamp) and I can bring this paper with me tomorrow for my Visa extension!
As I wrote beforehand, signatures and seals are the most important things in the Vietnamese world.
But I am always surprised over and over again. During my contract negotiations with the University I was trying to get an agreement that the University might cover some of my costs I had already for my paperwork (translations, medical certificate etc.). I had myself prepared mentally for Budget restrictions etc. and have a guess what happened! The director and his assistant talked for one minute in Vietnamese and then the response from the University was: ”Do you have the red receipts for it?” I looked at them and said: “The red receipts? Yes, I have receipts and if I can remember correctly they are red”. Then everything was fine :) They can reimburse me if I hand in my red receipts.
So one more chapter in Vietnamese experience on what's important: “red receipts” ;)
Today then I got even another offer from the English Language Institute here in Da Nang to teach for them. I really liked the centre when I was there for an interview in June, so we agreed I will start with 4 hours teaching per week - I can fit this in with my work at the University. So I am very happy today, that everything seems to work out so well!
The University is closed the last week of July so I decided to fly over to Singapore to meet up with Nicole & Denis! So looking forward to my trip. Only one more week to work so ;)
Please have a look at the gorgeous pictures - I took them in Hoi An last weekend (the cute ancient tailor town) which is just 40min away from Da Nang! I just love this town :) Good food, good tailors, jewelries, shoe shops and art galleries!