chào mừng ngày nhà giáo Việt Nam! Not content with celebrating Christmas Day, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Women’s Day , Children’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Reunification Day, Tet, Lantern Festival, the anniversaries of various kings, Workers’ Day and a whole host of lunar and Buddhist related days, the Vietnamese have had Teachers’ Day for 30 years. And in true […]
I got one of my teenage classes to write cover letters to apply for jobs. This one wrote to be my PA. Am I that transparent? Obviously she was hired immediately.
There are now 8 people living in my house and 6 of them have resigned a contract to stay another yeah. One of the results of this was that we now have three house pets; 1 fish, 1 kitten and 1 puppy. I was rather apprehensive about all of the pets, I love animals and […]
These were taken by a friend who graciously let me use them. Neither my photography skills or my camera are as good. Notice: – The excellent and safe wiring – The typical ‘shop front’ house style. Long, thin, tall. – The amount of houses squeezed into one space A typical Saigon neighbourhood. Alleys of houses, […]
I’ve been here for a year now and I have one month left. I haven’t even left yet and nostalgia is already sweeping over me like the dirty sewage that floods the streets when it monsoons here. All the things that usually annoy me are becoming endearing and as the end is nigh I am […]
In the words of Forrest Gump when talking about his time in Vietnam: “One day it started raining, and it didn’t quit for four months. We been through every kind of rain there is. Little bitty stingin` rain… and big ol` fat rain. Rain that flew in sideways. And sometimes rain even seemed to come […]
Forget phở, the ubiquitous Vietnamese noodle soup dish, these wondrous little wraps are the best thing to come out of Vietnam since, well, those really cute pot bellied pigs. They consist of a crepe style mini wrap, grated coconut, sugar paper, sesame seeds and then condensed milk which serves as glue. They are so much more delicious than the sum of […]
This blog title is a twist on Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo chapters ‘Why I am so wise/Why I am so clever’, except that I am not a German philosopher, nor do I have such an impressive moustache or canon of works . I might succumb to eventual insanity like ole Friedrich though. Also perhaps using ‘canon’ to describe […]