It’s not Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, but the author reflects on the personality of his home turf in Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Binh district.
“The fog comes on little cat feet,” American poet Carl Sandburg once famously wrote. Covid-19, it seems, has a similar agenda.
Colorful assembly halls and communal houses, the legacy of traders of yore, inject an element of exoticism in modern Hội An.
A full day on the streets in Saigon doing absolutely nothing, or at least the next best thing: Stop, look and listen.
COVID-19 vaccinations haven’t yet arrived in the Central Highlands in any significant quantity. The author is more than ready.
There are contradictions galore in contemporary Vietnamese culture. “You can’t kiss in the street, but you can piss in the street,” one longtime resident noted.
Count on your fingers or toes. Here are two handfuls of reasons why Vietnam is a great country to be living in.
Learning to speak Vietnamese may be harder than it first appears, no thanks to 11 vowels, six tonal diacriticals and a handful of regional dialects.
Memories of a son who was born in Singapore, raised in Seattle, and who would have been at home anywhere. The melody lingers on.
“Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes it rains.” — Tim Robbins as Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh in Bull Durham (1988)
Dating in a new culture is like finding one’s self as a Stranger in a Strange Land. As any local might tell you, it’s “same same … but different!”
My review of John Burgess’ new book, Angkor’s Temple in the Modern Era, has been published by the East-West News Service. Angkor Wat: Cambodia’s 9th century temple complex fights to preserve its past | East-West News Service
The Cao Dai faith is an otherworldly blend of Asian, European and mystical beliefs. Its mother temple is a mere 80 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City.
Sharing a link from the East West News Service, which recently published my lengthy feature on Ho Chi Minh City.
Getting mugged in any city is no laughing matter. It may only be about money, but after it happens, will you ever feel safe again?
Ho Chi Minh city can be a lonely place if you’re not ready to climb aboard a motorbike. But beware the crosswalks.
Although its Christian population is relatively small, Vietnam is all about wishing you a merry Christmas.
Vietnam has a record of remarkable success against COVID-19, which has ravaged much of the rest of the world.
English teaching is big business in Vietnam, where it seems everyone wants to learn the world’s most widely spoken language. But it can be a challenge for a novice instructor.
A celebration of the Tet holiday, in a Mekong Delta village, is a magical mystery tour of Buddhist spirituality, drinking games, unthinkable foods and cockfights.