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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 […]

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 […]

My Baby Is A Rockstar!

December 13, 2010

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She only needs a pair of oversized sunglasses to complete the picture. She’s got everything else – big hair, an entourage, drivers and hordes of adoring fans. Like the best rock stars, she’s often loud and inappropriate in public. She can trash a room in under a minute and she puts the “aaaaaaaahhhhh” into diva when there’s […]

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 […]