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The Wedding Shoe Shuffle

January 20, 2011

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After all the effort of booking flights and hotels, acquiring visas and catching a taxi at 6am to get to the wedding, I missed the main event. And probably ruined the private family ceremony, my blunders captured for eternity by the official photographer and the official videographer. I spent all day waiting around, chasing an overly-energetic […]

A Mini-Me Hot Pot

January 15, 2011

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“What you eat?” An elderly Singaporean auntie leaned over my shoulder, peering into the dregs of the now-cool pot in front of me. “That one fish, ah?” Surprised by this unexpected intrusion, I mumbled something about hot pot. “How much it cost?” she barked. “Last time I order fish steamboat it not nice. Not nice, ah.” […]

Singapore’s Secret Soup – The CEO Version

January 6, 2011

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Singapore’s sweaty stickiness is somehow soup weather. It’s a strange phenomenon, especially for those who consider soup the antidote for cold dark northern winters. But when you’re hungry, thirsty and hot, soup can solve two of the three problems. Air-conditioning can solve the third. And so this CEO-approved version of Singapore’s Secret Soup is a winner on three fronts. In […]

How Santa Lost His Head In Ho Chi Minh City

December 30, 2010

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The three nước ngoài (foreigners) in the office were focussed on meeting the 8pm deadline for putting the paper to bed on Christmas Eve. Our Vietnamese co-workers were, as was usually the case, a lot more relaxed about the time. The office was tinseled up, the mood was festive and bright but my Canadian colleague […]

Run Roti Run

December 28, 2010

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The conversation should have gone like this: “I want roti prata for breakfast” … “YOU CAN’T HANDLE ROTI PRATA FOR BREAKFAST!” Instead the conversation went: “Do you want to walk down to the corner and have roti prata for breakfast?”  And the reply: a pleasant “yeah”. And off we set. But the truth is… curry […]

Photo Friday – A Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh Christmas

December 23, 2010

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I had two bittersweet Christmases in Ho Chi Minh City. Bitter because I was so far from my family, sweet because I was in an amazing and exotic city with many new adventurous friends (and Darling Man for the second one.) Downtown Saigon was filled with flashing lights (sponsored by Heinekin one year), balloon sellers, […]

Hor Fun For The Whole Family

December 17, 2010

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It seemed about time we tried a Singaporean dish that’s been making us smirk since we first spotted it seven months ago. And so our little family set off for a ho lot of family fun. Hor fun, also spelled ho fun, is a type of flat rice noodle, usually served with chicken and prawn. In our multi-lingual […]