Thursday, September 26, 2013

About Jeanne

n. a person who leaves his or her native country
If you look up the synonyms for expat in a thesaurus you will find
traveller, wanderer and wayfarer in addition to alien, outcast and colonist.
Who am I? What am I?

More importantly, where is home?

If you are an expat..this will be a very familiar question
 and one that many of us tend to mumble over when asked. 
It's complicated, is my usual response.
If I really want to dodge the question, 
I ask how much time they have for the answer.

What is important, is where I am now. 

For the past four years I have resided
 in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam 
with my family...well, some of them, 
for again it is complicated. 
We are currently spread out between
Australia, America, Africa and Vietnam.

Hence...a blog.

I have two.
I write about life at Collage of Life.
I write about Vietnam and my discoveries 
here at Expat Diary: Viet Nam.

This is a little blog..
I hope to leave it a much richer
 one for all who read it.

If you live in Vietnam, 

if you plan to travel to Vietnam,
if you would like to reconnect with Vietnam 
or simply learn about Vietnam...
I hope you find what you are looking for.
To all of you, I say welcome and thank you.
I appreciate your time and attention...truly!

If you have a question, 

please feel free to write to me
I look forward to it!

You can also find me at all of the following:


Thank you for reading along!


  1. Thank YOU Jeanne, for all of your lovely posts. I always look forward to opening them when I receive my notification! All the best to you in your wonderful corner of the world!

  2. Hi Jeanne, I must say, I love how you are putting your blog together and sharing wonderful bits of your life. It is a pleasure to be along for the ride:)xob

  3. How interesting to live in Vietnam, and what an international family you have! Nice to reconnect, Jeanne.

  4. Dear Jeanne: I read and comment on your other blog, which I thoroughly enjoy. However, I will keep a keen eye on this blog, because I find the world an interesting place. My Mother has a neighbor Tong and Vance who came from Vietnam and built their dream house. Tong and I have a lot in common, as we are both voracious gardeners. They are very friendly and lovely people, always asking about my ninety two year young Mother. : ) I love your words and most importantly the thoughts behind them. I am Kathleen from ciao.

  5. Hello Jeanne,
    Very nice blog. I enjoy seeing the day to day for an expat. That's my plan too one day--I've spent a couple of months in Vietnam but it was not nearly enough time.

    Are you learning any Vietnamese and if so, would you ever consider reviewing Vietnamese language books on your blog? As someone who actually lives in Vietnam, you can offer a very unique perspective to your readers. My company, Tuttle Publishing makes some of the most popular Vietnamese language learning books and I'd love to send you one or more (for free of course) to take a look at.

    Please let me know what you think. Here's our books :)

    I look forward to hearing from you,

  6. Hi Jeanne, thank you for such a lovely blog. I was born in Vietnam and lived there until I was 7 years old. I can read and write Vietnamese but that's about all I know of the country. I feel like I don't know much about my country of origin and your blog posts are a lovely way through which I can see Vietnam. Thanks again :)

  7. Hi Jeanne, could you give me your email address so that I can email to ask you about some points I am interested in?

    Thank you

  8. Hi Quyen, you can write to me