G.R.A.C.E.

Today I had a fresh encounter with the grace of God.

It became more apparent of how without the grace of God, I would not be where I am today.

I can truly say that I am who I am, and I’m doing what I’m doing because of the grace of God working in my life.

For who would imagine that it could be possible for me to be living and working in Vietnam?

For who would imagine that it could be possible for me to part of God’s redemptive plan for Vietnam?

For who would imagine that it could be possible for me to be meeting some of the people who I got to know and serve with in Vietnam of whom I know that I would not have met in normal circumstances?

I can only say that it is His grace that makes an unworthy person like me to be considered worthy to be used by God.

It is His grace that humbles me to acknowledge Jesus as Lord and compels me to live a life of submission to His will.

G.R.A.C.E…. God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

Riding on His wave

Honestly, I do not know where to begin with this simply because I’m still in a state of awe with what has been unfolding before me.

But I’ll start by saying that this new job that will see me (and my wife) relocate in Vietnam is a miracle.

As I reflect how this was even possible in the first place, there’s no denying that it is all His doing.

There are just too many divine connections, circumstances and decisions made that worked seamlessly over the years to make this happened.

Aside from this being my dream job in terms of the role, industry and overseas market, this was also the country that I was targeting to work and live one day with my family.

In fact, my plan was to arrive in Vietnam by 2018. But I guess God had other plans for me on His time-table.

No doubt that this is a testimony attesting of God’s accelerated growth towards spreading His transformational love in Asia. And I’m riding on that wave.

Though I may not know exactly what this wave will take me through, but by faith I know it will take me to places where I will be able to see more of His glory in its fullness.

And that is all that matters to me; to be closer to Him and to be in the centre of His will in fulfilling His purpose.

My Doodling:

I’ll be away for a week to Vietnam to visit and fellowship with some friends there. During this period, I may not be able to update this site as frequent as I would like to. Most grateful if you keep me and those I am going with in prayers. Thanks! =)

Business Brief on HCMC

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam and is located near the Mekong Delta. It has a growing population of 5.1 million people and is governed by the Communist Party.

HCMCTouted as the second China, this city is the most important economic center in Vietnam. Accounting a big percentage of Vietnam’s economy, it produces more than one-fourth of the country’s gross domestic product and industrial production and which pays nearly one- third of its taxes.

But even as I strolled the streets (my third visit in 3 years), I observed that the changes to the city’s landscape were only considerable. The standard of living, in my opinion has also not improved very much with its public transport under-developed without a much needed city train system considering HCM being a city.

A Visit to SBG

A visit to the Singapore Business Group (SBG) brought me to their co-ordinator, Mr Peter Cheong, a fellow Singaporean who had been in Vietnam since 1988. He serves voluntarily in SBG- a non-profit organisation that was started by a group of Singaporeans working in HCMC in 1992. Presently, they have a total of 285 members in their fold.

Interestingly, Peter (in left picture) shared that this city was host to an estimated 3,000 Singaporeans working and living in here. There are more than 500 Singapore companies presently operating in HCMC.

According to him, operating a business here is still a challenge with its many laws catering for different groups of people. For instance, a foreigner would have a different law applied in comparison to a local. Therefore it is safe to say that the laws here prevents foreigners from leeching off its country and people, but a put-off to foreign investors.

Singapore’s Presence in HCMC

My research led me to discover that Singapore’s economic interests in this city is ever-growing. SembCorp Utilities Pte Ltd, works with the Ho Chi Minh City’s authorities, is building a huge 700 MW thermo power plant in the city. Singapore’s real estate companies like Keppel Land have several projects in the city such as the ongoing 64-hectare “Saigon Sports City” project in District 2, and CapitaLand, a fairly new entrant to Vietnam’s market had signed a MOU to develop 600 homes in Saigon South next to the Phu My Hung Urban Area, its second project in less a year. The Singapore-based Dairy Farm International is operating some supermarket outlets in the city.

With Vietnam now a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), their laws will be “forced” to be harmonious with international conventions and commitments, and gradually, I believe doing business in Vietnam would be more attractive and friendly for foreign investors and entrepreneurs.