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I wonder if anyone here remembers me anymore. I've been away for more than a month now. Anyways I've been visiting my parents' homeland, Vietnam for 5 weeks and currently I'm in Taiwan visiting a cousin.

In VN I traveled from the north, Lang Son all the way to Saigon which is in the southern part. It's been a very educational and life changing experience. Makes me so grateful to be born in the USA even though people from other countries hate us. Well after leaving VN, I concluded that I completely hate the commies and wish the people of VN would be treated more fairly. VN has so many beautiful places and natural wonders. The culture is so beautiful and the food is great! But still why are the common people not getting what they deserve, and why are they getting what they don't deserve? Those heartless communist officials and their children are reaping the fruits of the land through collection of taxes and more taxes.

As a child, I've been told by my father why he and his family had to leave the country. Now I fully understand his thoughts and feelings.
 

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i'm sure almost all of us take almost everything for granted. I know i've made that mistake and I regret it everytime i step foot into work, for example. I took my old job for granted as an intern and now I can't seem to able to get back in.
 

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I haven't been to Vietnam yet, but expect it to be very simular to China. Being born in the "first world" (I really hate that term, but don't know what to use in it's place) is definately something most take for granted.

First time I went to China was very shocking. Now, I've been there so often, I find it refreshing. It feels like the real world, while the "first world" just feels fake.

The people, although horribly treated, are friendly, generous and true. In that, they don't sit around whining about how poorly treated they are, like we often do (even though they have good reason to, and we don't). Instead, they work hard to support their families. There's no problem that can't be solved with their attitude. I've always had a pleasurable experiance when working with those folks.

Actually, they're usually suprised when they see an American/Brit sweating his ass off. They seem to expect me to sit back and watch. Americans are perceived as fat and lazy. When you prove them wrong, there's are real camaraderie.

As for commies - I've never met one. They don't exist. The governments that treat these folks so badly are not communist.

If I wasn't so cr4p at languages, I'd love to spend time living in China or Indonesia.
 

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Many of the most wonderfully places, and people, in the world are oppressed by only a few power corupt politcal/military leaders. it is a very unfortunate state of our world.

I am a speedskater, and it was sad to see the North Korean skaters show up to the winter games with fixed skates on the long track, looking at every other competitor on clap skates and thinking "what are thoose?" The North never let them out of the country to train - and they never knew there was new equipment technology... very oppressed people.

anyway, yeah, and if you think about it - what is the most historically significant country in the world, the craddle of civilization - the anchient of the ancients - and also one of the most beautifull places - a good portion of IRAQ!

the last thing i will say is that in the US we are continually losing more of our freedoms... seems america is becoming a test bed proving the existentialist might have been right - one would rather be told what to do than bear the burden of being responsible for the consequences of ones own decisions. - and we all know what that type of mentality has allowed political/military leaders to do....

anyway.. i'll shut up now and go back to looking at Elise porn!
 

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_JD_ said:
Yes I remember you- when are you coming back and are you still getting your Elise?
I'm coming back in 3 days :clap:

I don't know if I'm still getting the Elise. I got close to getting on the wait list, so it never happened. I still like the car b/c I'm an enthusiast and that's why I'm still a member of this forum.

Just 3 more days!
 
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