Food File: Bun Thang (AKA Getting It On With Beetle Sperm)

I was a long way down the Google rabbit hole when I first saw it: “essence of giant water beetle”. Mentioned as an ingredient in certain dishes from Vietnam’s.

1 week ago

Cu Chi Tunnels By Public Bus

The Cu Chi Tunnels, a dark and claustrophobic 250km underground network that helped the Southern Vietnamese hide from the Americans during the last war in Vietnam, is a site.

3 weeks ago

From Baby To Boy In 12 Quick Months

My sweet little baby boy, our surprise second child, is 1. His new crew-cut and walking skills make him seem more boy than baby, as does his emerging personality..

4 weeks ago

And Then A Shark Ate The Internet

The internet shark struck two days before my guidebook deadline, which had been extended twice because I had completely failed to grasp the enormity of the task I had.

2 months ago

My Baby is Five

Now how did that happen? Five years ago today, the day Shocking won the Melbourne Cup, Miss M arrived. There was a cast of thousands in the delivery room,.

4 months ago

Enjoying The Life

“Enjoying the life” is a Darling Man translation of a Vietnamese expression that I can no longer remember. It’s an expression I use a lot because I love the.

4 months ago

The Con Dao Buffalo Girl

On Vietnam’s beautiful Con Dao Island, a buffalo girl really does go round the outside. At least she does at the Six Senses Con Dao eco-lodge. Three mornings a.

5 months ago

Chivalry Is Not Dead … At The Ho Chi Minh City Flower Market

Something pokes my arm and I half-scream half-squawk and jump back. This is a wet market in Ho Chi Minh City. And there are rats, you know. (And I’m.

5 months ago