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NO to Social Distancing !

Social distancing: maintaining a greater than usual distance from other people. I can’t stand this concept of “social distancing”. It makes me feel even more isolated from the rest of my community. Can we please only refer to Physical distancing instead? That’s the only kind of isolation we all need to respect in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Far from the eyes but more … Continue reading NO to Social Distancing !

In the meanwhile in Hanoi …

How I feel each time I get the email that work is yet again postponed ! We are all waiting for the Government to announce whether the schools will remain closed for a week or more. So far it’s all being manageable because the pollution was not too dramatic. I could take the kids for a bike ride 1h a day with the masks, in … Continue reading In the meanwhile in Hanoi …

4 totally free and most efficient antidepressants of the season !

Endemic level of pollution, dirty white skies, food toxicity, noise, dreaful traffic .. Hanoi has its ways to raise our stress level, especially as a parent.. Best remedy would be to get a promotion to Hawaii or Switzerland. But very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. So here are a few cheaper – yet super efficient totally healthy … Continue reading 4 totally free and most efficient antidepressants of the season !

How do you say Greta in Vietnamese?

The new riches in town are selling air imported from Canada, Norway and Switzerland. You can buy your life saving kit on Facebook obviously and in almost every Embassy and International hospital. If only! The situation in Hanoi is getting worse by the week. This morning the AQI was on “dangereux” meaning “hazardous”. Everyone may experience serious health effect and we should all avoir being … Continue reading How do you say Greta in Vietnamese?

Our family is getting bigger !

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet with Linh, the beautiful new addition to our family! Our Vietnamese friend is 9 year old and we got officially introduced last Monday. We met at her school, in Hanoi, together with representatives from the French NGO Coup de Pouce and the head of her school. The precious kid was a bit shy, but also very proud to tell me about … Continue reading Our family is getting bigger !

The day I visited the eldest Vietnamese traditional clinic: Tested and (almost) approved

“The clinic has been here for 4 centuries. It’s a traditional one, with well known acupuncteurs and very good massage therapists; the doctors can prescribe medicinal herbs and spices, special barks too” explained my Vietnamese neighbor to his amazed Westerner friend. Just enough information to trigger my curiosity! I got the card of the mysterious place and was there in a glimpse of an eye. … Continue reading The day I visited the eldest Vietnamese traditional clinic: Tested and (almost) approved

Our first year in Hanoi: 3 tips for new expat families

It’s already been a year since our little family of 4 has settled in Hanoi. Yes, we are totally melting in summer, freezing in winter and we do wear the  usual anti pollution masks far too often. But we played it like Vietnamese scooter drivers. We connected to the energy of the vibrant city and kept on moving. There is so much to explore here, … Continue reading Our first year in Hanoi: 3 tips for new expat families

Unlikely to be found in Europe

You know you are in Asia … I could use one .. but only as an extra layer of protection when traveling on the Grab moto on the bumpy Vietnamese roads. I can’t imagine how uncomfy it must be to wear a fake but with 35 C outside and 90% of humidity. Lucky us Frenchies we come well equipped 🙂 In response to WPC on … Continue reading Unlikely to be found in Europe