The Timeless Beauty of a Hoa Mai Apricot Blossom

I’ve never been a big fan of flowers, is probably something most guys would say. Particularly for us Aussie men, our masculinity levels are sky high in the macho land Down Under and flowers are generally reserved for appreciation by females and homosexual men. After an inner battle with myself, spurred on by a goal to help the constant struggle for … More The Timeless Beauty of a Hoa Mai Apricot Blossom

Christmas in Saigon

I’m definitely not what you’d call a religious bloke, not in the slightest, but I must admit I always find myself magnetically drawn towards places of worship.  Be it a pagoda, temple, mosque or church there is a sense warmth and love I feel in any prayer house and whilst I personally have no devotion to any god, … 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 and the main reason why most expats get a kick out of living in a foreign country is the countless cultural anomalies we face daily. Getting them sometimes so very wrong and learning why and when to use the new rules can be pretty amusing – sometimes embarrassing. Apart from the … 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 Twins 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 … 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. I tried describe it in simple terms as a type of wishing someone ‘good-luck’ but later I realised that it’s actually more than that. It’s … 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