About Me

Writing by the pool

I set off in January this year with my boyfriend John, five dresses, an excessive amount of hand sanitizer and the ambition to travel and experience living abroad. So far, we have travelled round Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam. Currently teaching English in Hanoi, I still can’t quite believe we have FINALLY made this trip happen. Oh, and the hand sanitizer has been invaluable.

This blog is a small collection of my many thoughts, photographs, things I love about Vietnam and things I miss about home.

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5 Responses to “About Me”

  1. kerryl29 September 16, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Hi Siobhan. Thanks very much for the recent visit to (and follow of) my blog. It had the happy consequence of leading me here and I’ve enjoyed perusing some of your recent postings. I just finished reading your entry about your grandmother; I found it poignant and well-written and I look forward to experiencing more.

    • siobhanambersmith September 17, 2013 at 7:24 am #

      Hi Kerry,

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I’m glad you enjoyed the post about my Granny. Thank you for the lovely comment.

      Yes, I have signed up to your blog and I’m very happy to be receiving updates of your posts, they’re very inspirational.

      Thanks again and speak soon!


  2. smalltownglobetrotter October 4, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    haha I try to never go anywhere without my hand sanitizer when I’m backpacking 😉

  3. Helen Columb December 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    Hi Siobhan,
    I have done a TESOL course and sort of got locked into a Vietnam recruiter. I have been offered a job in Cau Mau, an industrial city in southern Vietnam. The pay is $1080 per month, accommodation for 1 month only, no insurance and no materials for teaching. I have a 4 year degree and a post graduate cert in tertiary teaching. When I queried the location etc I have been told that it is my age: 55 years old. It doesn’t look promising – there is little appropriate accommodation and is comparatively difficult to get to HCMC. Can you suggest any further options.

    thanks Helen

  4. Uncle Spike January 8, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    So Siobhan, you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers, sometimes known as The Spikey’s….

    I really appreciate you wanting to become a new follower, after all, there are many many interesting and entertaining blogs out there.

    Anyway, I hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.I have added plenty of categories now to help readers. If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, by all means let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂

    Thanks again for your vote of confidence, and hope you have a great old day…


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