Browsing All posts tagged under »expat life in Vietnam«

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Christmas Culture Clash

December 17, 2010

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Darling Man is Buddhist and a minimalist. Trying to make him understand the mish-mash of Christmas traditions is difficult. So when I announced I was buying the baby three Christmas presents, a discussion began that appeared to be a highway to an argument. “Buy them in Vietnam,” he said, dismissively. “It’s cheaper.” “But we’re going […]

Banh Khot, A Vung Tau Street Speciality

December 9, 2010

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Every little village in Vietnam seems to have its own special dish. When Vietnamese travel in their own country, trying the local speciality is an absolute must — and I am more than happy to tag along, eating multi-course multi-site meals, with plenty of exotic snacks in between. In Vung Tau, a former fishing village turned […]

Battered Banana From A Bucket

November 28, 2010

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One of the greatest things about Vietnamese street food is that it’s everywhere. There are sidewalk stalls and food carts in just about every street, selling everything from sugar cane juice to fried fishballs on a stick. The food is usually cooked right before your eyes, usually on a tiny gas burner or a charcoal […]