In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Saigon, Our First
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We have an agreement to test drive the
concierge services for
Compass Living, a
new international luxury way of living offered at affordable pricing. We are
very excited to do this, but first, we have to get to
Our Elite Class tickets and
menu from EVA Airlines
EVA airlines give some of the
best service in the industry. Our flights from LAX-TPE-SGN took
about 18 hours of travel and so we experienced several meals on
board in both Asian and Western choices. Seats in Elite Class are
bigger than in coach, so we were able to enjoy sleep. The seat
configuration in the plane is 2-4-2, and we had an aisle and window
Our own entertainment center was
located on the back of the seat in front of us, and we had a variety
of new movie releases, news, sports, and TV shows. We could also
watch our in flight progress over the Pacific Ocean with graphics
provided by EVA air.
What's not to like?
Young women in Vietnam are gorgeous and
social. This young girl easily posed for Billy as he took her photo.
It's been years since I saw so many
rhinestones in one location, and this was just in the lounge waiting to board
our plane! Rhinestone bags, headbands, belts, jackets, hats, shoes, bracelets,
fingernails and even hosiery! Black stockings, we found out, are all the rage,
and worn with mini skirts or shorts. We saw checked black stockings, stockings
with miniature hearts, rhinestone studded and even hosiery with kitty kats on
the knees and the tails curling up the back of the legs before they met the mini
What other visual treats would await us when
Our studio suite
This is our studio suite provided for us from
the company. We have about 800+ square feet of living space which includes a
stocked kitchenette, large bathroom, the living room above, an office area and
of course a bedroom.
One million, five hundred thousand dong
Vietnamese currency is the dong. Half a
million dong is about $25USD, so the amount you see above is about $75USD. We
are getting used to the exchange rate in order to purchase and there are so many
zeros! $1USD is about 20,000 dong. A bar of soap is 10,000 dong. A beer at a
food court is 20,000, at a Circle K it's 12,000. !!!
A typical breakfast delivered to our room
In the evenings we fill out an order sheet
such as you see in the photo, ordering the breakfast we choose to have the
Here we have ordered an omelet, scrambled
eggs, bacon, toast, fresh fruit in season, coffee with cream.
Breakfast and lunch are complimentary with
the "Pampered Package."
Later on when we have finished our meal, the
staff come in and whisk away the dishes!
Street vendor serving up local fare
After breakfast we decided to go outside of
our protective cocoon and hit the street. Maybe we'd find some action out there?
Here is a street vendor frying up a meal.
There are little tofu squares in her vat and she's arranging them appetizingly
on the plate.
Corner French styled building
At our first corner we noticed this cream and
white French building with poplar style trees making a striking contrast against
the light colors. Traffic is mostly motorbikes and a variety of taxis.
There are helmet stores on the street selling
jazzed up designed headgear. With 8 million people in
Ho Chi Minh
is looking for a way to stand out from the crowd.
Massage and spa business
Businesses have menus of services outside so
passers by can take a look at offerings and pricing. This massage and spa
location was offering a 100-minute soak, scrub and massage for 882,000 dong, about
More French architecture
French missionaries first arrived in Vietnam
in the 17th century and by the mid 1800s Vietnam was added to the French Empire.
The influence of the French is noticeable in the architecture and in the food.
With the warm weather and the ornate French style, it is reminiscent of
This is a hotel apartment complex with a cafe
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Stores of every sort line
the streets. Small hotels are tucked between businesses and there could very
well be a cafe with outdoor seating the next door down.
Night view from our 7th
Saigon is bustling with
business and social activity. Night lights make a stark contrast against the
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Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.