Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Hanoi



When in Hanoi, you want to take it slowly because seriously, 
as you will see from the photos below, 
there is so much happening, 
you can miss it in the blink of an eye. 
Stopping to savor Hanoi in sight, sounds and taste 
is the best way to go...and oh yes, 
the shopping is good too!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Park and Read- Nguyen Van Binh Street





If you are out and about Saigon, this street is too good to miss. Take yourself to Nguyen Van Binh Street. It is opposite the Notre Dame Cathedral and around the corner from the Saigon Post Office. If you are on the tourist trail you will be sure to happen upon it. On it you will find 20 small bookshops selling new and vintage books.  If you are desperate for a good read, in English, do not despair, you will find a few here. I cannot vouch for the selection or choices in other languages but you will have fun looking. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Living mindfully...in Vietnam

Living mindfully..Chateau Mango, Vietnam

Living mindfully, slowing one's pace 
and enjoying every second and every breath, 
that is enough.

~Thich Nhat Hanh


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Creating a Vietnamese Kitchen Garden



There are experiences in life you know will never forget and for me... this will be one of them. 

In previous homes I have had just enough space to grows a few herbs. Basil, mint, sage, rosemary and thyme and occasionally, if I was very lucky, I could get coriander (cilantro) to grow for a few weeks.  When we moved from England to Vietnam, I looked to see if we had anything to work with and discovered we only had patches of lemongrass around the property to deter the local snake population.  It was not exactly what I had in mind. ;)

We have a great garden team- Mr. Thuan, our gardener and Mr. Khai, our green thumbed driver. Together they work their magic. My role is coming up with the ideas.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

By The Travelling Palm Tree

Sunset by the travelling palm tree..


It has been a few months since I last wrote on this blog and I am happy to be back. I write two blogs, Collage of Life and Expat Diary: Viet Nam. They are the stories of my life...two lives, one in the USA and one in Vietnam. Part of the year I spend in the woods of New Hampshire and the the other under a travelling palm tree in Ho Chi Minh City.