A taste of Hue: where the women are clearly the bosses

The dragon boats are floating up and down Hue's Perfume River as Mom and I sit under the canopy of the Truong Tien Bridge. Who'd want to eat in a dreary restaurant when you can get energy from this? The smell of barbecue hits you like a sixth sense, it takes over your body and you [...]

By | December 11th, 2017|Blog, Tales from Abroad, Vietnam|0 Comments

Kerala Blog Express Diaries: “Give me your best price, Ish”

I walked along the dusty paths at the Uday Samudra Resort in Trivandrum. It was like two separate worlds. One that held the rich glamour of the wealthy and the other, a more normal and quieter life. My “foreigner” look was obvious, for not only was I clutching a clunky camera, but I was wearing shorts [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|Blog, India, Tales from Abroad|18 Comments

Tales from Italy: Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be

“You must stay on the board” “Really??” I exhaled with frustration. Stressed out in the Mediterranean Sea in Italy wasn’t how I imagined how my holiday was going to be. After all, in 2003 I was just a teenager and had more of a concern about the local Italian, Raphael who was ridiculously handsome in [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Blog, Italy, Places We Love, Tales from Abroad|10 Comments

Tales From Abroad: Behind the clicks of our cameras were Vietnamese women full of life – now gone

At 5pm the government's megaphone blared out messages of the day. “Propaganda!” our Vietnamese guide mused, as we stared across the rice fields. A spike in the grass, the speaker was hoisted atop dark juts of metal - a stark contrast to the beauty that surrounded it. Mom has always been an adventurer and I [...]

By | November 15th, 2016|Tales from Abroad, Vietnam|3 Comments