Việt Nam, Here We Come!

To mark 6 years of blogging (which technically fell on October 1st), I have decided to actually write something on my blog. And frankly, to save time retelling the story to everyone I meet, I am writing it here, so I can just say “just read my blog”.
6 years ago I started this blog as part of a new life – and shortly, this blog will be a witness to another new stage in my life. Something rather unfathomable for some, but somehow rather fitting for others – depending on how well they know me.
Saskia and I will be moving to Việt Nam within the next month. After 6 years in the music and digital industry, I have decided to accept a position with a local company based in Hồ Chí Minh City which works in the movie and TV industry there. I will be joining the marketing team, as they have tons of TV programming to sell, in-house produced movies, and they also distribute many of the American (read: Hollywood) movies on behalf of the movie studios. They even have their own movie theater!

I will be leaving after only 6 months – the only part of this decision I regret, as I have learned a lot during my short time here, and have been honored to work with such a good team, which have become good friends also. But we think it is the best time for us to do this – so it’s not just for the job, it’s for the adventure.

You learn a lot from immersing yourself into various cultures – and what better way to do that than just moving to a completely different country? Heheh.

And let me state for the record – we are doing this not because our disillusion regarding Indonesia’s current state. We love Jakarta and almost all of our beloved family and friends are here; but recently Jakarta has become quite unlivable and unhealthy, so we are taking this opportunity to somewhat take a break. By November, you can count Jakarta less one car and two people, at least for the next few years ahead; a miniscule effort to decrease our carbon footprint.

For me, there are 2 basic ways to be a patriot for your country:

  1. work in Indonesia and build industries, jobs, creative work, and so on – to build the nation; or
  2. work overseas to help other countries build, with Indonesian expertise, skill and tenacity.

So, if you ever come to Hồ Chí Minh City, I’ll be the one wearing a batik shirt at the office, because I don’t want anyone to forget that there is an Indonesian helping you build your business. Well, hopefully I will be able to successfully, so wish us luck!

Most likely this blog will also have a slight change of tune once we move there, to chronicle life of an Indonesian in Hồ Chí Minh City, so until then, stay tuned!

About barijoe

Failed Musician, Reformed Gadget Freak and Eating Extraordinaire.

4 responses to “Việt Nam, Here We Come!”

  1. Lisa says :

    Sukses selalu! Nanti kalo gue ke HCMC ajak kliling2 yaaa!

  2. Widi Asmoro says :

    congrats Pak!
    let’s build our Indonesia, send us a picture of you.. and emm.. food 😀

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