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Welcome to Vietnam, my home for over two decades. As a writer and illustrator, I’m endlessly inspired by Southeast Asia and intrigued by the cultural contrasts brought into focus by my life as an expat.

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If you love smart crime fiction, mysteries and suspense - and are looking for more stories set in Asia, here's the link to my new publisher's newsletter. New subscribers will…

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It's been a while since I posted. I could make excuses and say I've been busy and that would be true -- I have a 1/2 time job, run a small…

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Bad drivers

On a recent visit to Vietnam, football star David Beckham snapped a photo of a bareheaded woman trying to snap a shot of him while driving a scooter with a…

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Hanging out

This may be the best-ever use of a goal post. I saw it on An Bang Beach, near Hoi An, Central Vietnam

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Welcome to McVs

They won the war but... It's hard to think of a more Capitalist symbol than the golden arches, now found beside Saigon's iconic Post Office in District 1. Gold star on…

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Saigon’s book street

Nguyen Van Binh, a little street that runs along one side of Saigon's Central Post Office in District 1, has been transformed into "book street". The street is lined with…

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‘Tis the season

I unpacked our old fake Christmas tree and found this 1-meter-plus-long snakeskin inside the box, which was stored in a cupboard directly behind my work desk. Can’t help but wonder…

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Art crush

Happy New Year! My latest art crush is Mabel Royds (1874-1941), a UK artist known for her woodcut prints made using Japanese techniques. Mabel worked in Canada and travelled in…

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Good morning, Hoi An

It's official! After years of dreaming, months of dithering and some frantic weeks of giving stuff away and packing, we have moved! Goodbye Saigon and hello Hoi An, or more specifically…

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