Thursday, May 30, 2013

Vietnam Vespa Adventures...a great ride!

yours truly..enjoying the ride

I am sending a 'shout out' to Vietnam Vespa Adventures in Ho Chi Minh City for a great ride! I had this tour on my bucket list of 'things to do' when we moved to Vietnam and I was not disappointed. I wrote the following review on Tripadvisor...

"My daughter and I took The Insider's Saigon Day Tour last week and had a ball! Our guide, Dieu, was informative and fun, the drivers were attentive and confident and the sights were fab. We live in Saigon and are experienced tour travellers...this was extra special. We say..skip the taxi, car, bus, van and pop on the back of a Vespa with Vietnam Vespa will not regret it!"

I have since been back in touch to organise the Glimpse of the Mekong tour and will follow with the Saigon After Dark tour.

How could we not...after seeing all this...

Buckets of flowers at the Ho Thi Ky Flower Market.

Curiosities of every kind...Vietnam never ceases to amaze me!

Quintessential won't want to miss it.

Thank you to the team at Vietnam Vespa Adventures for a great tour!
Well done!!

PS...when I write a review, it is from the heart..nothing more, nothing less.
I was not asked to write this...I just felt the need to spread the good word.

Before I go..just one more thing. If you fancy
Vespa's in a big way..come share the love with

Wax Wane

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Vietnam, I'm not HOME yet! by Nhi Vo

I was so touched by this Vimeo clip by student, Nhi Vo, that I had to share. I have lived in Saigon for nearly one year and could relate to every segment of this video. In my mind, she has captured the essence of day to day Vietnam beautifully.

I hope she travels home soon...

Nhi Vo writes....
"A visualization of my homesickness. I have been studying in the State for 3 years- long enough to achieve my education goal but short enough to realize that I still miss home a lot. This little motion piece is dedicated to my beloved country- Vietnam. Thanks for watching!"

Senior Thesis produced at OTIS College of Art and Design

You can view it here

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wednesday in Saigon...full of rain

 We are flourishing...literally. 
The rainy season is upon us with skies that are crackling
and roaring with thunderclaps that has our dog, Tika, in a tailspin.

One is a brave soul to think they carry on through it..
for it literally stops you in your tracks sending you into retreat.

The good news...
Chateau Mango is soaking it up...and loving every drop.

If we are lucky we catch a rainbow or two.

When the sun feel like you are 
stepping into the Emerald City of Oz.

My affection for lotus blossoms since moving to Vietnam
has grown considerably... 

as has my affection for terracotta pots. 
I often wonder if one can have too many.

Mr. Khai and Mr. Thuan have had many 
proud moments between them recently. 
They have all sorts of experiments going on around the garden. 
I returned from a two week trip to America last week, 
to the tomato plants below which were just seedlings when I left.
I honestly did not think they would grow.
Two weeks on and our veggie patch is taking on new proportions.
I am particularly impressed with styrofoam planter 
and bamboo framework..waste not, want not!

I also admit to having my doubts when Mr. Khai constructed
the wiring below to hold this fast growing flowering plant.
As it fills in, I can see that it will suit my objective perfectly,
which is to create shade from the morning sun. We will soon
be dripping in flowers..creating yet another tropical vista.

Am I minding the rainy season?
Not one least not just yet.
Ask me in another does
carry on for several. :)