Dear Mama…

Happy Mother’s Day! After a preparatory sleepover at our place on Thursday night, Bagheera, Adrienne, Jude and I all took off on our motorbikes to begin our long-planned Mother’s Day video for our respective mamas. I figured I would share this with you as it gives you a pretty good indication of a real day in Sài Gòn. Continue reading

Six months ain’t long for me to be gone / Oh darlin’ six months ain’t long

As of this morning at 9:30, I have officially been living in Vietnam for six months and as the title of this post indicates, it certainly doesn’t feel that long. I’ve done a lot in this half-year but I don’t feel like I left Canada all that long ago. One thing that does make me realise how far I’ve come is this list I started when I first arrived that I so aptly entitled Musings on Vietnamese Culture. Most of this is now so much a part of my daily routine that I hardly recognise the differences anymore – except for the lack of queueing which I’ll never become accustomed to. Continue reading

‘Cause I’m such a hungry (wo)man

Admittedly, it’s been far too long since my last post. (Thanks for keeping me accountable, Jigger!) The good news is, the reason for my lack of writing has been filling my schedule to the brim in order to have tons of material to write about. You’re all welcome. Since February I’ve had more visitors, stellar classes, become borderline obsessed with yoga again, played tourist in my own city (yet again), had a knife-wielding man try and stab our building’s crazy dog, had our first cockroach, got a new motorbike, and I’ve been officially granted a work permit for a year. Continue reading

Asleep and awake / In bed at the hospital

April 10 is the new moon and they say that with the new moon comes renewed motivation and is the best time to start up a routine. Well, it has been since February that I last wrote and I’ve been anxious for the past couple of weeks to crank out at least the littlest of posts so that you all know I’m still alive. It’s been a busy time since the end of Tết holidays: more guests, Vietnamese lessons, teaching, and one health check that is well worth recounting. Continue reading