Back to Nammer and a word about Yahoo

It took Yahoo exactly 9 months to figure out that I was not a bad person – the bad person who was responsible for whatever spamming/security problem that came from @nammer.com email addresses. Yahoo hosting’s customer service, almost as a direct indication of Yahoo as a slowly-but-surely dying company, was shit.

Yahoo did not admit to any wrong-doing, but they did restore my account. Nevertheless, Yahoo deleted ALL of my posts, settings, and writing…and they said they could not restore my files.

Thank fully, my friend Thao Vuong saved a bunch of my writing when she was still reading them.  So now I have a chance to re-post, re-read, and perhaps reflect on that part of my Vietnam journey, which began some 5 years ago, and figure out what to write about next….

So my Vietnam journey…continues.

This time, I will write about something else. It has been more than 7 years since I came back to Vietnam. Since I can’t write about my work – even though building companies in Vietnam can be very intersting, I am bound by several NDA’s to not disclose a lot of those details, I will write about something else I enjoy and spend much time exploring: the seafood of Vietnam 🙂

Fatty sardines from the pristine water surrounding Phu Quoc island.
Fatty sardines from the pristine water surrounding Phu Quoc island.

Not just any seafood, but local, seasonal seafood. You don’t have to get the deep-sea ocean going big fish to have a tasty meal.

Recent years, I have been saddened by how processing plants near Ba Ria, my home town, polluted our rivers. Like this case of the MSG plant’s releasing untreated sewage into Thi Vai rivers:

http://www.amchamvietnam.com/3922/boycott-fear-forces-vedan-to-pay-for-polluting-thi-vai-river-over-14-years/

This one incident alone has killed off the oyster beds in Long Son island. They are now recuperating, but the Thi Vai water where it meets the sea, is not what it used to be. Even today I can’t eat them Long Son oysters raw anymore.

Oysters from Nha Trang. Central coast VN still has very nice and clean water.
Oysters from Nha Trang. Central coast VN still has very nice and clean water.

I have traveled the world and enjoyed local seafood wherever I go. The water in Japan, US, and Europe are much more protected, its fish industries much more regulated, than they are here in Vietnam.

I am not trying to raise awareness or endeavoring on a social crusade with this blog. I am simply trying to say: if you  love and respect the seafood you eat, you should look for and enjoy the local and sustainable kind simply because they are often the freshest and tastiest, and you should keep the river and ocean clean.

For now, I hope you enjoy these pictures and what I have to say about the local seafood of Vietnam 🙂

Fisherman village, Phan Thiet, Vietnam
Fisherman village, Phan Thiet, Vietnam