With this article we start a series of publications “Who is who in Vung Tau”. Here you will find interesting information about interesting people living in our City. What do they do? How did they come here? What are their plans?
“Who is Who in Vung Tau”. Mr. Sam
Let us introduce – Anatoly Senatorov, also known as Mr. SAM.
Sam was born in USSR and had been graduated “The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration” in Moscow.
His adult life at home he spent in traveling around the country, and once fate brought him to the Africa, where he has spent more then 16 years.
We interviewed Sam and asked some question about his business, life, past and present activities.
VCC: You have spent more then 16 years in Western Africa, which countries you were working with and where did you live?
Sam: Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Togo, Benin, Guinée.
VCC: Did you do business there?
Sam: I was dealing with international trade.
Also I was doing professional smokehouses where we produce large range of smoked meat products and seafood those were exported to Russian market.
VCC: I see that Africa took a big part of your professional life, but how did it happen that you are in Vietnam now and when did you come to Vung Tau first time?
Sam: As a tourist, with a 25 my friends. Actually we booked tickets to Goa, India, but unfortunately (now I am sure, fortunately), we could not get visas on time and we were offered to fly to Vietnam. It was in 1996, and non of us was in this country before. Vietnamese Embassy in Moscow helped us to get visas quickly. During the flight to Saigon people from Vietsovpetro (Russian-Vietnamese Joint venture located in Vung Tau) invited us to visit their half-native city.
After that I was in Vietnam more then 20 times, and every time I was in Vung Tau.
VCC: What is the most remarkable and unusual in Vung Tau? What did you find when you came here first time and why you return here again?
Sam: Feeling!!! Feeling like I am in my home town! And I am not joking.
I feel comfortable here! People, weather, nature.
VCC: What is you professional activity here now? Any private business?
Sam: Cooking. I have small café-tavern in “Vungtau Beach Club” and now upgrading kitchen.
VCC: How about leisure, other interests?
Sam: Free time I am spending with my friends from Moscow who are visiting me quite regularly and… my favorite work in Beach Club is my main interest of course.
Also I read a lot and improving my chef’s ability.
VCC: What are your plans for the future in the City? Are you dreaming to open your own restaurant or build a house?
Sam: My own restaurant is not in my plans. I am going to open 2 smokehouses and make hot and cold smoke meat products. I see good future in this business here. And house probably later.
VCC: And the last question. There are many people interested in opening business or getting new job in other countries, but not strong enough to make a first step. What would you recommend them?
Sam: I can say only one thing: Everything in our heads, all our possibilities and all our limitations! In our heads and nowhere else!