Free hugs for Christmas

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Not everyone can afford Christmas presents. Sometimes even the foreign tourists here are so down on their luck that they need a helping hand to get a bite to eat (which is a story I will tell later), so you …

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Why I hate most tourists with a passion

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I went out for a beer this afternoon. I’d been at home all day talking to friends, uploading photos, posting blog stories, responding to days worth of Facebook alerts and also looking for a new job to pay the bills. …

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Werewolf Boy – 늑대소년 (Korean Movie Review)

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This story features on my other site “Things I Love From Asia“, but I include it here just because this site has a wider readership. I wanted to take my girlfriend to the cinema last night. My favourite cinema in …

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Breakfast in Phạm Ngũ Lão

I wanted to provide a post that was an adjunct to my recent poem describing Pham Ngu Lao at night. But it’s equally beautiful in the mornings. So I wrote this little bit of free verse to describe what it’s …

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A Vietnamese poem

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Ok so this poem isn’t really all in Vietnamese. Only a few bits. But it’s certainly about Vietnam. I got a new tattoo the other day to show how much I love this city and how beautiful I think it …

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A word about break-ins and crime in Vietnam

There’s been some discussion on the forums recently about robbery of various kinds. Most of it is very opportunistic, and I have not yet heard any stories about anyone being attacked or threatened. The worst I’ve heard is that at …

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You know you’ve been living in Asia too long when …

I compiled this list for LULZ this morning for Facebook friends who live in Vietnam with me. It’s in response to the video I mentioned previously about Vietnamese stereotypes. But here’s some I follow and take seriously and prove that …

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Even children can make a difference to the needy

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This is one of the most widely shared and read articles in Vietnam right now, and for good reason. Vietnam has many poor people and many disabled. If you’re a teenager, you (or your family) are probably lucky to be …

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Halloween fun in Saigon

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In Australia, Halloween is not really celebrated at all. A few bars or restaurants might write that they have a Halloween special and maybe there’ll be some fake spiders hanging from the ceiling or a pumpkin with a candle in …

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More currency

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I’ve not really been actively searching for foreign currency since I’ve been here this time. I forgot all about the coin club and I haven’t even thought to ask any foreigners I met about currency, until Noni and the Polish …

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