Old dogs and new tricks

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I remember when I first moved into Pham Ngu Lao… like, really moved into the suburb, not just visiting, I spent a lot of time taking photos of the neighbourhood. I was fascinated with the local people. I loved watching …

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Skype is the greatest invention of the 21st century

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That’s a pretty bold claim, right ? Of all the things that we’ve gained in terms of medicine, travel and of course the internet itself, why would I choose this one ? Because if you’ve seen the smiling faces of …

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Christmas in Da Nang

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This year I was living in Da Nang at Christmas and working for a small English centre called Eureka. Being the new teacher and being as enthusiastic about cooking as I am, my boss asked me if I’d like to …

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Moving to Da Nang

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On Friday night I put my lovely Hayate and 450kg of luggage on the train to sunny Da Nang. It was a reasonably trying but somewhat comical experience. The station staff in the cargo area there speak absolutely no English …

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Wet shoes on the way to Mieu Ba temple

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I’ve been to Vung Tau many times, but I’ve never been to Mieu Ba temple, the small Buddhist temple on Hon Ba island located in the shadow of the Christ of Vung Tau’s left arm which stands on the headland …

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Mot Hai Ba Yo !

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“Mot hai ba yo !” is a phrase we’ve heard a lot in Vietnam. It seems like we have a sport of “synchronised drinking” whereby we have to all raise our glasses at the same time and keep up with …

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Helping others like you would expect them to help you

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This is a true story that happened to me, and I’m not 100% sure if I ever told it in full, so it’s a story that I want to tell right now. I just related it to a friend and …

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Joyce Chu wants you to Like her, Youtube her, Tag her, Weibo her, Meipei her

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  Becoming a celebrity on the internet is a tough road, but if you’ve got talent, sometimes you hit it big. Joyce Chu made her big break (and half the world fall in love with her) recently with her song …

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Hanoi to Saigon – an eye opening adventure

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My decision to ride from Hanoi to Saigon was very unplanned. I had been idly toying with the idea, but when I flew to Hanoi I wasn’t really sure what I was planning. I told my landlord in Saigon that …

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How to get a good price when haggling in Asia by dismissing cultural stereotypes

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I didn’t grow up in Australia even though I was born there. My parents travelled when I was very young and I actually grew up in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and other such remote places. My fifth birthday …

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