When someone sneezes in Vietnam, you respond with "cơm muối", or "rice and salt", because ultimately, that's all you need for a good life.
Can riddles show us truths? Hanoi, as imagined by some of its animal inhabitants...
Can travel teach us to be more self-aware, and confident in our own decisions, even in the Age of Social Media and FOMO?
Every periphery is also its own centre.
Hanoi might genuinely be one of the few cities I've lived in where the sum of the parts is truly greater than the whole. Generally, Hanoi gets quite a bad press from a lot of western tourists; it's too polluted, the weather is temperamental and goes from one extreme to another, and most of all, the nightlife is incomparable to that of Saigon.
A correspondence with my younger self, two and a half years ago...what's happened since graduation?
"Man learns little from success, but much from failure"
I've failed several times to start this blog, considering the fact that it's been on my mind for months.