Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
"Oohh la la..let's exercise"
There is only one person who can say this without getting
a shrug from me and that is Caroline from aqua fit.
Caroline is French and has to be one of the most enthusiastic
and energetic people I have come across in Saigon.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
On my first visit to Vietnam, nearly two years ago, my predecessor (the woman who lived in our house before us) kindly passed me her mammoth business card file book. All she said was "you will need this". I was mightily impressed. The cards were categorised and marked, explaining the obvious ...in English.
I still have that book and used it frequently until I started to venture out on my own. You would think, I would do the same, file them neatly away, by category. You would think...is right. Unfortunately, I didn't think.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Before moving to Vietnam I took every opportunity to learn about the country that was about to become my new home. I selected novels, cookbooks, guide books, picture books and movies. I have left no page unturned. Best of all, just when I think I have it all, I discover something new.
For those of you who are new to this blog, Expat Diary Viet Nam, I have another blog, Collage of Life where I feature the Brown Paper Book Club. I have included it at the top of this page. Once you click on the link..you will see TRAVEL: VIETNAM ...listing my favourite books and movies about Vietnam.
Last week I received a message via Instagram that made me smile.
I read your blog about InterContinental Danang and here I am.
I arrived two hours ago. It is such a breathtaking place!
Vics Blog..Esotonian expat in Singapore
Small world that it is, I was at the resort as well.
We were ships passing in the night but I was touched that
Vic read my blog post and remembered it. Even better that
she made the decision to travel to the resort as a result.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I consider myself an optimist, looking for the positive in every experience. But there are times when I am simply confounded and bewildered. It has to do with the sidewalks around Saigon. It sounds like I might be exaggerating when I say there are times you take your life into your own hands..but you do.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Outside our front door...
little sweetly scented miracles blow in the breeze
each time a lotus blossom opens to the sun.
They leave me breathless and have enticed me
to explore the health benefits of drinking lotus tea.
A combination of green tea and lotus leaves,
it is high in antioxidant compounds. It is known for it's
diuretic, astringent and calming health benefits.
Sounds perfect to me.
Blooming at Chateau Mango this week....
fragrant lotus blossoms.