Monday, September 22, 2014

Atmospheric light..in Saigon


Le Duan Street, behind Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon

Atmospheric light...it is one of the things I love about Saigon. 
You never know how the light is going to catch you. 
It is magic to behold.



images by Jeanne Henriques


Friday, September 19, 2014

Wellness and jet lag... #saigon


They say that to fully recover from jet lag you should allow one day for each hour of difference between time zones. For me, an eleven hour time difference between Saigon and Boston means I should be hitting my usual stride...about now. It has been ten days since I returned to Saigon.

We all have our ways of coping with jet lag. When I travel to the USA, I hit the ground running and do not look back. It never seems to hit me that hard, I am to busy to think about it. When I return to Saigon it comes in with a wallop. Throw in the heat and a slower and more limited pace to life and I feel like someone sedated me for days on end. I have learned to give in and take it slowly and gently...because I can. 

Slipping into something light and cool is the first order of business.

And then I walk...


around the compound where we live.


Looking for curious sights.




I always manage to find something.



If not walking, I hop on my bicycle for a spin...



or make my way to the pool.



and then...
a Vietnamese iced coffee
followed with a chaser of iced water...
because it is that strong..but oh, so good. 




It is all about the moment...and staying within it.




Healthy eating followed up by lots of water
and more water and more water.






and most important of all..
spa time.

Hyatt Xuan Spa

Sure to cure the worst case of jet lag,
wellness and beauty treatments.
Works every time.

I love to share...
If you live in Saigon or plan to visit,
Here are a few of my "go to" places...
you might enjoy them too.

Spa Treatments

 Massage

Wellness


 If you have places to recommend I would love to know!
You can write to me jeannecollageoflife@gmail.com

Photos by Jeanne Henriques


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

From where I stand...USA to Vietnam

I count the days and months by the sun, 
the moon and rainbows.
It is a glorious thing to watch, 
no matter where I stand in the world.

Sunrise over Chateau Mango in Vietnam.

 I have been away these past four months, 
doing what many expats do during the summer months,
spending time back in their home countries with family and friends.

A few key moments are highlighted here.

No matter where I am,
all I need to do is follow the moon, the sun and a rainbow 
to stay connected to the people I love.

From our home in Saigon, Chateau Mango..


Rainbow over travellers palm..

To our home, Tahilla Farm in the USA...


Alongside a mountain...


Over a meadow...

A rainbow comes to call.

It was lovely to be there, 
it is lovely to be back in Saigon.
I feel restored...I am ready.

Beep Beep Saigon...
bring it on!

Dodging traffic yesterday morning in Saigon.



 Photos by Jeanne Henriques