Tokyo will never be mine. Over the course of coming months, I will try to make it mine and capture it like some wild creature I barely understand. But it will never submit to me. It will make me believe that I understand it until the day I am forced to let it go. On... Continue Reading →
It's 9 am and I wake up abruptly. Every morning. As if I was late for work. I scramble in my mattress directly on the floor of my bedroom (the landlord had promised a bed base when I visited, but later denied ever saying this, so here we are) to extend my body enough to... Continue Reading →
Hello everyone, it's been a while! It's crazy how certain events in my life have an effect on my inspiration and desire to write. Since I came back from Laos, work has been very, very slow, and the temperature going slowly but steadily upwards means that I have spend most of my time at my... Continue Reading →
Last month I discovered Terry Pratchet's Discworld novels and it's having quite a funny effect on my brain. I think he's my new favorite author. I'm sure a used reader will detect the influence on my writing. I guess I should mention that at the moment of scribbling this in a Vietnamese student notebook I... Continue Reading →
Long have I wanted to visit this island, of which the reputation is on par with paradise itself. As a big fan of islands myself, it was with grudging resolution that I stopped my bike in Ho Chi Minh city back in March 2015 (gasp! Almost a year already!) to look for work as my... Continue Reading →
Curious about how my blog did? Here ya go! Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the complete report.
It's amazing how much opposites I have noticed when comparing Canada and Vietnam - and I'm not talking about the weather. Opposites in life, in way of thinking, in how to deal with problems, in teaching, in every single aspect of life. I keep realising it when I talk about Canadian culture to my students. I... Continue Reading →
Good morning Canada, good evening Vietnam, and good whatever to everyone else in between! One of my classes finished last week so I have more free time today. I drank 2 coffees to over-stimulate myself and am waiting for the repairman to come to my new house in District 2 to repair the flat I... Continue Reading →