Even washing lines look better in Spring
It’s 2015. It’s mid January. And spring is here in Saigon.
In what has become my annual celebration of just how pleasant a time of year it is over here, when so many other parts of the world are either sweltering in their own juices, or snow ploughing their way to the office, I can’t resist once more in proclaiming the bleeding obvious: life is so much easier when you have the weather on your side.
Biking into work these days you are struck by the golden light, the intensely perfumed scents of the orchids and bogainvilleas, and the breeze. The fact that there is a breeze is enough to be thankful for, given Saigon’s notorious humidity track record. The New Year marks the lowest temperatures Saigon will experience until next January – somewhere in the mid 20’s – perfection in my mind, although many locals are already donning their puffer jackets and scarves in protest at the chilly starts to their days.
2015 – no resolutions for me, a year instead to appreciate all that comes my way and to embrace the here and now. I am grounded in Saigon until a UK visit next month, hosting as I am a regional workshop here at the end of the month, and enjoying the novelty of “routine” after a fabulous Christmas break, involving some long weekends away, and plenty of indulgent moments of sheer fun with Florence and Martha.
Perhaps a suitable 2015 resolution after two months absence from this blog (I’ve been peppering the sister site – http://www.definitelymaybe.me – with musings on development issues over the past few months instead) would be to post a bit more regularly.
Let me see…
Meantime, a lazy capture of the last quarter of 2014, which saw me travel extensively, can be found below in the form of pictures. I took to instagram last year, so check out @saigonsays on that if you are similarly hooked.
Wishing you all a very prosperous New Year to come.
View over Bangkok on a work trip home
Happy 6th Birthday Florence!
Martha back at school and in a new (big girls) kindergarten class!
A weekend escape to Sapa
Back in Bangkok traffic for more workshops
Saigon Raider’s football tournament in Phnom Penh (me, German Alex and German Daniel and a crate of beer Lao in a tuk-tuk)
Back in Singapore for more conferences. Clearly I hadn’t washed that morning.
Lemonheads gig at Cargo, Saigon, with “Sluke” and Issy
Back in Hong Kong for Awards event (and some dim sum)
Hanoi for long weekend with the Suarez family
My final Bangkok immigration queue of 2014
Pre-Christmas swinging at Saigon Outcasts
A trio of poseurs at Saigon Outcasts.
Christmas 2014 is here. Woohoo! Flo with Sarah from the UK
Mui Ne white dunes with Issy and Luke
Last holiday sunset Coco Beach, Mui Ne
Last balcony shot of the Christmas holidays