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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.

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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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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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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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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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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