David Crasbercu, a French citizen, after visiting Vietnam nurtured a dream that one day he must come to live in Vietnam and contribute to the country and its people.
When he was a secondary school student, David wished to be a lawyer, and he has worked for a stock company. And now, he is living in Vietnam realising his dream.
Deeply in love with Vietnam
David always sees himself as an overseas Vietnamese, not a strange foreigner, because part of his soul is Vietnamese. His grandmother is northern Vietnamese. In his childhood, she often told him of his home village. David loved the sweet “like singing” language his grandma spoke. He felt curious and fell in love with the Vietnamese village then, and especially traditional cuisine. He enjoyed rice pancakes cooked with crab, fried fish, shrimp paste prepared by his grandma right in France.
On the first visit, David fell in love with the capital’s thoughtful, ancient beauty. What he could remember of Hanoi ten years ago is fewer vehicles in the streets, fewer buildings and less pollution and smoke than at present.
What surprised David about Vietnam is that Vietnamese people get up very early. Streets get noisy and animated at 4 or 5 am. From that moment, David knew that his life would be attached to the peaceful life here.
Those first impressions urged David to come back to Vietnam and open his own company, Adage, here.
After four years of operation now, the company has around five branches across Vietnam. What David has achieved makes him proud of contributing to his beloved country. He seems to be a genuine Vietnamese son who feels happy, sad and proud with every change of the country.
Apart from doing business, David carries out diversified charity activities such as building light European-technology concrete houses for poor families and Agent Orange victims.
“Settling down here”
David loves Hanoi with its peaceful, quiet and thousand-year-old cultural beauty. However, busy work in Ho chi minh city keeps him on his toes. Therefore, in free time, he often thinks of Hanoi or his France.
This young director likes enjoying life without too much work. His motto is “life is to go anywhere and experience”. Thus, he bought a boat in Rach Gia to sail to Phu quoc at any free weekend.
Like other foreigners, David loves Vietnamese landscapes. He likes walking around narrow lanes or sitting on the pavement to see different faces passing by and listening to animated sounds. However, he is sometimes annoyed at the noise pollution in Vietnam.
David is learning the Vietnamese language. At the age of 32, David Crasbercu’s present dream is living with his future wife in this second home country. He affirms in Vietnamese: “Se o day luon!” (Settling in Vietnam for good!)
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