Living with cockroaches

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 →

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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 →

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 →

Bizarro world is in Vietnam

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 →

Random snippets

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 →

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