Places We Love: The Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens

By | August 9th, 2016|Categories: Ireland, Places We Love|Tags: , , , , , |

We love horses and we also love gardens, so naturally being in Kildare for a breakaway, it made sense for us to head to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. The Irish National Stud [...]

18 Blogger Questions Answered by the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland

By | August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Blogger Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Over the past few months, bloggers and disclosure have come to the forefront in the media, but there has still been a lot of confusion in the air. Is this an ad? Do I need [...]

“Is Pikachu the yellow fella?”: How Pokémon GO brought Mam and I closer

By | July 31st, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

There’s a global phenomenon that’s sweeping the world at the moment, and if you haven’t heard about it you’re probably one of the very few. To say I’m a Pokémon-fanatic is an understatement. From the [...]

What We’d Do Differently: Five Things That Went Wrong in Vietnam

By | July 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , |

We’d be lying if we said that our entire trip was peachy but then again that’s part of the adventure. While our blog diaries may have just lightly touched on some of the issues that [...]

What’s in a name: Why is our blog called “Before My Mam Dies”?

By | July 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

For many, if you see the word “death”, “dying”, “dies”, “died” in a sentence you’re instantly taken aback. That’s understandable, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. When I, Úna-Minh, came up with [...]

20 Travel Movies That Will Give You Pure Wanderlust

By | July 18th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Favourite Things, Travel Tips|Tags: , , , , , |

Jeffrey L. Cohen - Bus from the movie "Into the Wild" Wanderlust can take over your mind and body and there’s nothing quite like that feeling. It’s a mixture of euphoria and longing, [...]

Rated and Reviewed: The Tour Groups We Used in Vietnam 2016

By | July 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Travel Tips, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , |

Oftentimes people don’t realise how much work goes into planning long-haul holidays. From confirming flights and hotels to paying off tour groups and liaising with airport pickups, a lot went into our three week holiday. [...]

Video Diaries 2016: From Ireland to Vietnam

By | July 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

From Ireland to Vietnam: Videos you say? Yes, videos! For those following us on snapchat during our Vietnam trip, you probably noticed me recording like mad! Normally I don't like vertical videos but because I [...]

Vietnam Diaries Part 10: My Heart is Torn

By | June 29th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Vietnam|Tags: , , , |

This part has been hard for me to write. I'm back in Ireland and my heart feels torn. I've never felt this way about Vietnam. In 1998, the first time I came back, I was [...]

Rated and Reviewed: Where We Stayed in Vietnam in 2016

By | June 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Vietnam|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

We had a fantastic holiday in Northern Vietnam this year, varying our experiences from trekking to cycling, to kayaking to swimming. Throughout our adventure we roamed across the north, staying in various types of accommodation. [...]