Ho Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh City

I know I know, it’s after Christmas but this was written before and I fell behind on my posting. And this event was too good not to share. Merry Belated Christmas? For those… Continue reading

Dream On

What’s your dream job? What do you want to be when your older? I asked this to my teenage class tonight to personalize a less than exciting speaking exercise from our book. “Describe… Continue reading


I have found the yoga holy grail. After trying out a few yoga spots in the city, I found a match. Yoga Livingon Pasteur street has been keeping me busy during my free… Continue reading


Rejected and Refused. See ya later sucker. Better luck next time. Asta la vista. All of the above are appropriate to describe the nightmare my roommate experienced last week. As she described it,… Continue reading

Toddlers and Tiaras, Minus the Toddlers

For the past couple of weeks, I have been working with Miss Vietnam in preparation for the Miss Universe competition in Las Vegas this December. The last week of sessions have been devoted… Continue reading

Life with the Locals

I get antsy quite easily. This isn’t a recent vietnam development either. Even back at home, my friends would wonder what I was always doing or why I was busy when I shouldn’t… Continue reading

Happy Teacher’s Day

November 20th in Vietnam is the nationally recognized holiday for teacher appreciation, more simply known as Teacher’s Day. Certain schools will be closed while others may stay open, it just depends. It is… Continue reading

Miss Dee

For many Vietnamese speakers…or English speakers for that matter, the name Deirdre is a difficult one. Deurdra. Deedra. Deedre. And so introducing myself (whether to a group of 30 little 4th graders or… Continue reading

A Runner’s Greek Life

Sunday afternoon, after a morning of teaching little 6 year olds, I mustarded up enough energy to make it to my first Saigon Hash Harriers run. I found out about this running club… Continue reading

It is a Small World, After All

After a 10 plus year absence of seeing one another, the other week I had the wonderful opportunity to meet up with long lost family friends and of all places, in Vietnam. Being… Continue reading