Published on March 22nd, 20128
Just when I think that I can’t take it another minute!
It’s been nearly 5 months now. Five months devoid of all that is familiar. Nearly a half year since I was tossed out of the blessedly temperate emeraldness of my beloved Seattle. (well OK, moving lock, stock ‘n barrel to some “g-forsaken rice paddy” was wholly voluntary, but still…) Tossed and dumped rudely here amid the insufferable heat, the sticky humidity, the insanely dizzying death-wish traffic, the perpetually frenetic nutso-ness that is quintessential Saigon.
Veteran expats will all nod in unison. The half-year mark is ever the great tester. The honeymoon of expat-rosiness is over. The novelty of exploring a new exotic home has dimmed. Yearnings for peanut butter cups and good friends you’ve known for years bubble to the surface. Suddenly being surrounded by babbling gibberish (even if the food is to die for) just doesn’t seem quite so charming. And you begin to wonder…
WTF was I THINKING???
Ah but then… You meet your good Vietnamese chum downtown for a manicure. Not just any ol’ manicure mind you. A first-ever-I’ve-always-wanted-a-FRENCH TIP manicure! A hand-painted creation – delicately brushed, white-tipped, veiled with a thin coat of translucent blush – a veritible work of ART!
For uh… 2 bucks.
Ah yes, $2.00 manicures could keep me in Asia for a looooong time.
P.S. Stay tuned for an even better reason for hangin’ out in Asia – a recap (w/ some mighty luscious pics) of my recent birthday holiday on Phu Quac Island.
About the Author
Dyanne Off-the-beaten-path travel is my passion,and I’ve always lived life “like-a-kid-in-a-candy-store” – eager to sample as many flavors as I can. Indeed, my life motto has long been: This ain’t a dress rehearsal, folks!
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Off-the-beaten-path travel is my passion, and I’ve always lived life “like a kid in a candy store” – eager to sample as many flavors as I can. Indeed, my life motto has long been:
This ain’t a dress rehearsal, folks!
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