The Timeless Beauty of a Hoa Mai Apricot Blossom

You won’t hear many guys admit to being a lover of flowers. Those kinds of things are generally reserved for appreciation by girlfriends, wives and mothers. Spurred on by the constant struggle for equality and inspired by the all encompassing presence of them in Vietnam, I’m actually starting to appreciate flowers much more than I ever have. … More The Timeless Beauty of a Hoa Mai Apricot Blossom

Christmas in Saigon

I always find myself magnetically drawn towards churches this time of year. There is a sense warmth and love in any prayer house and whilst I personally have no devotion to any God it is sometimes nice to be around those who do – particularly at Christmas! Christmas time in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is a … More Christmas in Saigon

Things not to do in Vietnam #2: “If in doubt face your palm to the floor”

Perhaps the best thing about living in a foreign country is the countless cultural anomalies we face daily and need to learn from. Getting them wrong and learning why and when to use the new rules can sometimes be amusing, embarrassing and occasionally offensive. Apart from the more obvious language and lifestyle differences body language is … More Things not to do in Vietnam #2: “If in doubt face your palm to the floor”

Saigon’s Bitexco Tower and the Humble Lotus Flower

Although it’s one of the tallest buildings in Vietnam, Bitexco Tower’s popularity and splendid elegance are dwarfed by it’s loftier peers in South East Asia – I’m looking at you Petronas Towers and Marina Bay Sands! Completed in 2010 it’s glamorous design took it’s cues from Vietnam’s iconic lotus flower and it stands proud, towering above everything in the … More Saigon’s Bitexco Tower and the Humble Lotus Flower

Things not to do in Vietnam #1: “Crossed fingers”

The act of crossing ones fingers is a common one to many western cultures but I had a little trouble once trying to explain it to some eastern English learners. To describe it in simple terms I used it as an example of wishing someone ‘good-luck’ but later I realised that it’s actually more than … More Things not to do in Vietnam #1: “Crossed fingers”

Thich Quang Duc – A Vietnamese Matyr

It’s a very well known image in my circle of friends and I’ve little doubt that most of my generation are quite familiar with it too. Way back in 1992 Rage Against the Machine brought out their self-titled album and the image this was displayed on the front cover. Since then it’s become symbolic of the legendary metal band, but who can … More Thich Quang Duc – A Vietnamese Matyr