10 tips for teaching conversational English to young adults – revisited.

Hello everyone, be it old or new readers, I wrote the original (link) of this following text 3 years ago. At the time, I had been teaching ESL to Vietnamese adults for 6 months and relying heavily on the internet and the generosity of strangers for my lesson plans. Those and games and activities were … Continue reading 10 tips for teaching conversational English to young adults – revisited.

Life in Vietnam

LIFE IN VIETNAM I was born in the countryside of Vietnam. So I lived there all my life until I was 18 years old. After graduating from high school, I moved to Ho Chi Minh city to continue studying in a university. I have been living in HCMC until now, for about 15 years. So … Continue reading Life in Vietnam

Japan in pictures #1: Hiroshima

Here's some long overdue pictures of my trip to Japan, starting with Hiroshima. I'm quite busy these days so I don't really have time to write an elaborate text covering the general atmosphere and my feelings while travelling the land of the rising sun, but I still have a lot of pictures (and 2 videos!) … Continue reading Japan in pictures #1: Hiroshima

Do cockroaches have souls?

Sure, it's not an experience I especially enjoy. It's repulsive, to be honest. Every time I see one I get a little tingle of eew that reverbrates through my spine and down to the tip of my fingers. By now I know they're definitely not as shocking to find in my house as rats, and after watching … Continue reading Do cockroaches have souls?

Here’s a text because it’s been a while

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 Here’s a text because it’s been a while

A Holiday in Laos

Our protagonist wakes up abruptly, momentarily in shock. His cell phone alarm, set for 6 am, seemed to have never rung at all. He checks the clock: 6:55. His flight to Hué is at 8:05. He is instantly, fully awake. In a panic, he rises from the couch where he slept the night as a … Continue reading A Holiday in Laos

Lost thoughts of a border crossing

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 Lost thoughts of a border crossing

New Year on Phu Quoc

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 New Year on Phu Quoc