No-rush, half-day Saigon walking tour

No-rush, half-day Saigon walking tour

When my Filipino friends ask me to show them around Saigon, this is the most usual route we take. Since I don’t have that much time to go with them, I normally just introduce them to the parts of the city that are easily accessible (for my convenience,too, if we are pressed with time). Nevertheless, these places are included as popular highlights in most Saigon city tours. Thus, I’ve decided to recommend this route for those who, on their own, might…

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Onli in da Pilipins (Only in the Philippines!) Quirky ways to eat popular Visayan delights

Onli in da Pilipins (Only in the Philippines!) Quirky ways to eat popular Visayan delights

Today being my birthday, I want to celebrate by looking back to the fond memories that centered on food.  Here are most of the ever-missed foods from my childhood years and quirky ways to enjoy them.  Painit and breakfast meals Painit is a Cebuano terminology which literally translates to “To warm; to make hot”. Alternatively, it also means “to have some snacks or light rice cakes with a hot drink ( usually hot chocolate or coffee). Essentially, we have painit very…

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Vintage Munro by Alice Munro

Vintage Munro by Alice Munro

Behind him lay the gray Azores, Behind the Gates of Hercules;Before him not the ghost of shores, Before him only shoreless seas. (Columbus,Joaquin Miller) Vintage Munro is a collection of 6 eloquent and poignant accounts about women from among over a hundred other Alice Munro’s contemplative short stories. The first story opens with the speaker finding her father in “the heart wing” suggesting that this collection weaves through personal choices in matters of the heart and its caprices, artificiality, hatefulness, regrets, and…

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Meorakano? 3 reasons why Busan’s beauty is bliss~~

Meorakano? 3 reasons why Busan’s beauty is bliss~~

Another October is up to swiftly say goodbye. This thought has made me feel a familiar melancholy that the older generation of Koreans feel as most of them listen to a sentimental song every last day of October. To be one in sentiment with the Baby Boomers of Korea,  here’s a Generation  X’s short trip to Busan, in retrospect… My Korean friends and students are divided on their opinions about Busan that we almost left it out on our list,…

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Last Night I Dreamed of Peace by Dang Thuy Tram

Last Night I Dreamed of Peace by Dang Thuy Tram

The name Dang Thuy Tram is one of the most unforgettable ones in Vietnam where it rings nobly of heroism. Published in 2005 in Vietnam and translated to English by Andrew X. Pham in 2007, Last Night I Dreamed of Peace is a wartime diary that mirrors the many facets of suffering of the revolutionist fighters  during the Vietnam War.  Hanoian Dang Thuy Tram, fresh from medical school at 25, became a war surgeon assigned to serve the sick and wounded at the…

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