Thursday, September 26, 2013

On my radar: InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

A friend mentioned a resort that I should be sure not to miss on my next trip to Danang. When it comes to travel, I trust this friend explicitly. She is Vietnamese and knows what's what. She was nearly speechless in her description of this resort and that does not happen often. She is a sharp shooter.. so..when she raved about the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, it went right onto my radar screen.  It is a luxury resort tucked away in a private bay of the Son Tra Peninsula. Far enough away to get away from the hustle and bustle of Danang and Hoi An yet close enough to be a part of it all whenever you like. I have been to Danang twice and thought we had seen it all...but not yet, we have just one more place to go. All I have to do is convince my other half. He brought home the brochure tonight so I would say things are looking up. 

"Welcome to a place where myth meets luxury
Enter a world of poetic experiences and jungle-clad romance. Nestled on the rainforest slopes of the famous Son Tra Peninsula, with panoramic views of the East Sea and its own private bay, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort offers an enchanting journey into the cultural riches of this fascinating region.

The mastery of traditional Vietnamese design meets modern architectural flair in this distinctive retreat within the dense rainforest of mythical Monkey Mountain. Famed architect Bill Bensley has woven his magic throughout every space, crafting a resort that inhabits four levels- Heaven, Sky, Earth, Sea- linked by a funicular train climbing its way through the forested slopes."

They got me at welcome....


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!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Capturing Life in Vietnam and Cambodia

I have been on a journey across the seas 
since I last posted on this blog and am back...
writing from Chateau Mango in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Our one year anniversary living in Vietnam has come and gone. 
I have much to share for those of you who are
curious about life in Vietnam,
those of you who wish to travel to Vietnam
and those of you 
who wish to remember Vietnam. 
It has been fascinating getting to know you all.

If there is anything in particular you would like to know,
please write to me and I will endeavor to help you.
My email address:

 via Kristen's Custom Creations

One of the joys of photography 
is the ability to capture life...all it takes is a moment.

I gave up striving for the perfect shot long ago.
It was a wonderful release when I realised that
life is too precious and I should just record 
what is meaningful to me.
I tossed those hang ups over my shoulder and decided
that's that and got on with things.

Now..I just catch life around me and if it is simple
as a pen on a piece of paper in front of me..that I take it.

If you have access to a camera..any camera, grab it.
I use my phone quite a bit and when time permits 
I bring out my bigger cameras. 
No is what you see and feel that matters.
Just capture your life.

The following were captured 
and transferred to Instagram..
where I share life with like minds.
Another little pleasure.

If you are on Instagram and would like to join me
Click here

I recently captured...

Lotus buds in the flower market.
Saigon, Vietnam

The watermelon man...tapping watermelons to determine
which one's will be sold in the market that day.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Jumping fish and laughter with the fish monger.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Memories Indiana Jones and the magic of the jungle.
Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The heat of the morning sun 
at the Jade Emperor Palace in a glow of pink.
Saigon, Vietnam

The fresh scents and colour of a fruit stand in the markets. 
Siem Reap, Cambodia

The intricacies in the stonework at Angkor Wat.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

The hustle and bustle of the morning markets.
Saigon, Vietnam
Admiring a beautiful caftan and deciding if I should buy it.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

The original shape of the bicycle baskets in Siem Reap.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ok..I will admit one thing, I do occasionally strive
for the perfect shot via a photo class..and each time I do, 
my hair stands on end. 

Photos by Jeanne Henriques