Sunday, April 22, 2012

Vietnamese sua da

It did not take me long to become obsessed with Vietnamese coffee. 
One hot morning, with nothing but the thought of a cool drink on my mind,
I decided to try a cafe sua da. It was fact it was so 
good, I had another. In hindsight, I may have been pushing it with two. 
I did not know at the time that they are made with sweetened condensed milk...
up to 1/4 cup, depending on who is making it. I have since requested that they go light 
on the cream...heavy on the ice.

I am making note for future use. As soon as we settle into Vietnam, 
I am going to purchase the lot. I can't wait! 

You can watch a video on how to make cafe sua da here...

Or you can read all about it here...

Have you tried cafe sua da?

Friday, April 20, 2012

Street Art..Hoi An

Art galleries complete the street scenes in Hoi An.
The paintings are as captivating as the views surrounding you.

I spotted the one below and wanted to give credit where credit is due. 
The details for this gallery are noted below. It is well worth the visit.

Phong Tranh Gallery
182 Tran Phu-HoiAn
DT: 0510 862044

I love that you do not have to look far for inspiration in Hoi An.
Every street corner holds something magical.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Silence is golden in Hoi An, Vietnam

The day is done.
A passing moment in Hoi An, Vietnam.

everything and Vietnam

I always find that it is the days following a trip when it starts to sink in. 
What you saw, what you didn't see. 
I loved that everything and anything goes in Vietnam. 
I started to crop this photo trying to find the best composition, 
trying to get the pot out of the center of the image. 
You know what? 
I felt it had to stay as is Vietnam. 
Rich in texture, colour, shape and even sound. 
Hang a teapot, on a wall, in a garden and throw in a a few things to grow...why not? 
It is just a glimpse..of what made me smile on this journey.
This image is from my 'look see' visit to Vietnam, to see what life will be like 
when we move there in July.
I am excited for the adventure...
the heat is a whole other matter. :)
Tea anyone?

image~jeanne henriques
a teapot, hanging in a garden, in Hoi An, Vietnam

Sunday, April 8, 2012

From Hoi thought

If you follow me at Collage of Life and you are wondering what I am doing 
with duplicate postings, I wonder myself, but aside from that, 
I am using this blog as a travel journal.

I will record all thoughts about Vietnam in one spot. At times, 
I will write about our Vietnam experience at Collage of Life , 
for it is about life that I write.  
As a result, there will be a bit of 'doubling up' of posts on this blog. 
Apologies in advance for any confusion and may I 
thank you sincerely for following both blogs!

There is so much to I feel about this move to Vietnam 
and what I have experienced so far.
I do not know where to calls for a bike ride, 
a swim in the pool, a bit of reading with 
my book of the moment, A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cossé  
and then hopefully, I will know where to begin.

It is Easter morning at The Nam Hai Resort in Hoi An, Vietnam.
from here I wish you a very Happy Easter!
May the Easter bunny shower you with sweetness. 

Photo by Jeanne Henriques

Travels to Hoi An, Vietnam

Writing from Collage of Life....

If I were to fill an Easter basket with the colours of my day for you.
It would have to start with what I call Hoi An yellow and lots of it.
The colours would have a touch of sunshine on them...
salmon, aqua, green, red, cream, white and persimmon, 
bundled together, in a honey coloured basket. 

Warm wishes for a Happy Easter 
and wedding congratulations to the newlyweds.

Jeanne xx

Hoi An, Vietnam

The 'Look See' Visit: day two in Saigon

Writing from Collage of Life...

I am going to be a bit philosophical here...or as philosophical as I can get. 
Rambling on might be more like it or at the very least, thinking out loud.

 If you have been following along, you will know that I am in Vietnam scoping out our
new digs and sorting out how I will fit our family into life in Ho Chi Minh. The last few days 
have been a whirlwind. We have been on a tight schedule with very little down time. 

I have been checking off the list. We have seen the house we will call home and it is 
better than I expected. Big sigh of relief on that front. There will be lots more to that one day 
but for now, I am happy to tick that box. I have had the grand tour, twice, of close to every 
supermarket and food and veggie shop that exists in Ho Chi Minh. Who knew there would 
be such a preoccupation with food. What to buy, where to buy it, when to buy it, 
how to cook it...I think this will be one of my greatest challenges. 
I am a one stop and shop gal....I guess I will have to change my ways. 

The good news is that I will have assistance around the house and they seem to 
know the ins and outs...another new concept for me but one that I am keen to try. :)

I can look at this all optimistically as I tend to do...or I can dig deep and 
grumble and moan which I am very good at doing as well. I generally find
that the latter does not get me very far...and usually makes for an unhappy family.

 A blogging friend, Jean, who knows Vietnam well,
suggested I keep my 'rose tinted' glasses on for as long as I can.
I smiled when I read that...I also found it comforting.

So, here's me...looking at those little things that we tend to miss.
In my case, they are just a moment as I passed through the past few days.
Nothing special...but simple and true.

Sipping on lotus tea and then playing with my camera shortly after.
I am curious to know which shot you prefer, I can not decide. :)

Taking today, one step at a time.

Dinner tonight, by candlelight.

Afternoon views looking out to Hoi An.

and just because I love this photo...even though it has been 'photoshopped' 
to the ninth degree! Lunch in Ho Chi Minh along the river.

My computer is not playing nice, so I will stop there and wish you all a lovely                                  weekend...from the sunny and hot side of Vietnam. :)

Jeanne xx

Photos by Jeanne Henriques

The 'Look See' Visit: day one in Saigon

Writing from Collage of Life....

What a difference a day makes!

It has been a whirlwind 24 hours...from London to Ho Chi Minh. We took
the evening flight with Cathay Pacific which gets a thumbs up from this flyer. 
We slid into our 'pods', set up shop with assorted books, magazines and movie selections 
and got the business of travelling underway. The food was delicious which is something
I can rarely say for airline cuisine. The 11 hour flight into Hong Kong was a breeze
with a quick stopover and 2 hour flight into Ho Chi Minh. 

A very trim and slim Hr. H met us at the airport. He has been living
in Ho Chi Minh for the past six weeks and over that time managed
to lose 10kgs/22lbs. Mrs. H can not say the same for the past 
six weeks...but sees this as a big incentive for moving to Vietnam!

It was stepping outside the airport when it happened...the wall of heat!
The proverbial 'sweater girl'..who is happiest when there is a distinct chill is in the air..
had thoughts which I care not to repeat. Those of you who are of a similar
nature will understand my emotion at that particular moment.

Being one to look for a silver lining in every situation, I started to imagine
fabrics, designs and a dressmaker. It took all of two minutes to think 
through my master plan. I will not be defeated...
I will carry on, in heat (literally), in style!

Speaking of style... we ventured off to 
The Temple Club  in Ho Chi Minh for dinner. I managed this
not so perfect shot from my position on a bar stool.

I loved the decor in this restaurant with it's Indochine/colonial vibe, 
swirling fans and antique silverware. I was besotted with the lampshades feeling 
that my travelling chaise (here) might just need one by it's side. At this point, 
moving to Vietnam is having some serious bonuses to it.

The food was beautifully flavoured..everything I love about Vietnamese food. I finished off
with a passionfruit sorbet that was to die for...just the right tang for passionfruit. I might have
to rethink the sorbet if I am to catch up with Mr. H on the weight scene. 
I will save that thought for another day. :)

As I sit typing away, I reflect on the past few hours. This morning we visited the home 
we will one day live in. I was finally able to put the drawing (here) Mr. H provided 
of the house months ago into proper perspective.  Let's just say his spatial awareness 
skills need some tweaking. Mrs. H is much happier to have seen the house in person 
and think it will do...very nicely indeed. :)

This weary traveller is going to put her feet up but before she does
she sends her very best wishes and thanks for all the postcard requests as
she loves picking out postcards! The hunt for the perfect ones begins tomorrow. :)

images~jeanne henriques

The 'Look See' Visit: anticipation Saigon

Writing from  Collage of Life....

The day has finally arrived. It is time to put the pedal to the metal,
to hit the highways and byways, to take to the sky....
My son, Connor, and I are off to Vietnam for our 'look see' visit. This is
when it all comes together. More importantly, we are both excited
to see Mr. H again, it has been six weeks, six weeks too long.

We will visit the house we will call home in few months time, the school Connor
will be attending with dinners, luncheons and tours thrown in to give us the 'big picture'.
I will be honest and say that I am a bit nervous. Ho Chi Minh is not London, not by
any stretch of the imagination. Yet... it will be an interesting change and one we
all intend to make the most of. What is life without a little adventure?

I came upon the following clip, created by the very talented, interior and furniture designer,
Barbara Barry. I was so happy to have discovered this, especially today.
Barbara travelled to Asia looking for inspiration for her 'Indochine' line.
She talks about how and where she found it. What she has to say could apply to any of us.
If you have a moment, take a look.  It's inspiring. :)

In between the travels to Ho Chi Minh, we will travel to Hoi An for a little R&R
and then on to Hong Kong...our first visit. It is all happening around here
and of know what is coming next.

If you have your name on my postcard list and would like another,
please leave me a comment...I am happy to oblige.
If you would like to be added to my postcard list, you can email me with your details.

I will be back with photos and news of our travels.
Wish us luck!

Barbara Barry...I like her style!
Elle Decor magazine

More Vietnam inspiration here.