When we moved into our temporary, bijou apartment – home to a hardcore family of indestructible cockroaches, I was overjoyed at the thought of having a little home help of the cleaning variety.. A nice little lady singing happily whilst skilfully eliminating spiders the size of my foot from the sink, chattering away whilst I ran around cleaning ahead of her (I’m British don’t you know).. Well, somehow – I have no idea what I may have said, well, we fell out… Read the rest of this entry »


Stepping into the hair salon in Hoi An is one of the few experiences that (if you can see past the posters of David Beckham) takes me right back to Toni & Guy salons nationwide. Lots of inappropriately dressed girls with ironed hair, flirting with snake hips himself, rocking his geometric mohawk, giggling and talking very loudly about how awful you look. Although in Vietnam they don’t have to mask the chat with a quick blast of a hairdryer as you can’t understand a word they are saying. Read the rest of this entry »

Quite possibly the only tailor shop in Hoi An that I have not visited.

I read somewhere (probably in the fabulous.. Lonely Planet), that Hoi An is one of those places you end up staying a little longer than you ever intended… Well Father, it has been six weeks and we are still here. In fact to the detriment of this travel blog, we are staying! The team and I have committed ourselves to making sure there is at least one place in Central Vietnam that you can get a decent Brazilian wax and to introduce a skin care range that Michael Jackson would turn his nose up at. Its about time that the Vietnamese learnt that whitening is a dirty word when put together with any western girls toilet bag. Read the rest of this entry »

Hoi An! Every Fashionista’s ┬ádream. Where even the fishermen carry Gucci Handbags… Where you can get an outfit taylor made, for the price of an evening meal and seeing that every Fashionista worth her salt, does not indulge in such gluttonous activities. You will be handed a bargaining tool with which no man could argue. Read the rest of this entry »

Ting Boyle.

How to turn every no into a YES!! In three easy moves.

Dave learns from the best! An interview with Hoi An’s Brightest Karaoke Star – Ting. How she keeps her Nguoi my (American) boyfriend’s wallet open and a smile on his face. Read the rest of this entry »

Mags, our in house Dietician, reports from Vietnam.

In Vietnam our men are lazy, they eat, they sleep. In between, they eat again and sleep some more. It’s a profession and they are very good at it. The women on the other hand get up before the sun rises, work in the fields, building roads, tend to the children and keep a ship shape house, even at 39 weeks pregnant. Read the rest of this entry »

Where to start? We have been on the road for four months.. That’s four countries, approximately a foot of regrowth, one catastrophic attempt at retouching my roots, a shameful surrender to the razor and what can only be described as butchery by a local hairdresser.. Read the rest of this entry »