Nana’s Visit to Vietnam

March 8, 2014
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This is my 5th year teaching overseas, and for the first time a family member came to visit! I knew in the back of my mind that if grandbaby #2 would be born in Vietnam that might entice my mom to endure the 30+ hours of travel. She arrived 5 days before Arianne’s c-section was [...]

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Newborn Photos in Ho Chi Minh City

March 6, 2014
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On Saturday we did a three-hour newborn and family photo session with Michelle Seltzer from Green Gate Photography. Michelle was well-prepared with a big box of cute baby accessories, blankets and swaddle cloths of different colors and textures, and a comfortable setup on a bean bag for baby to take her ‘glamour’ shots. The photographer [...]

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Welcome Baby Arianne!

February 19, 2014
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Name: Arianne Elisabeth Weight: 7.04 lbs Length: 18 inches Born via c-section at Hanh Phuc Hospital. Her first name, Arianne, is French and means “most holy.” D and I wanted a name that sounded nice in both English & Portuguese. The Portuguese version is Ariana. The middle name, Elisabeth, we picked because we like the [...]

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See Us on House Hunters International – Vietnam

February 6, 2014
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Over the summer my husband Duarte and I filmed for House Hunters International. There were 5 total days of filming: 1 day in Lake George, New York with my family and 4 days in Ho Chi Minh City. We moved to a different house for our second year in HCMC, and I’ve been waiting since [...]

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Tips for Flying with a Toddler

January 1, 2014
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We found flying with our son to be most difficult from 12 to 24 months. During that age, Gabriel really wanted to get up and walk around a lot, and until 20 months he still wanted to breastfeed to fall asleep. Considering the frequent wakings due to noise or turbulence on the airplane, this led [...]

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Travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with a Toddler [photos]

December 23, 2013
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We spent one week with our son in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From Ho Chi Minh City, it’s just a two-hour flight, which was perfect for us considering I was 29 weeks pregnant and we wanted a nearby, child-friendly getaway. Here are some highlights from our trip. More details and hotel review to come! Getting There [...]

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Renting or Buying Properties in Lahore, Pakistan

December 23, 2013
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Since we lived in Lahore for three years, I receive a lot of emails asking me for advice about renting or buying properties in Pakistan. Here are links to some of my previous articles about living in Lahore: Best Areas to Live in Lahore, Pakistan How to Find Housing in Lahore, Pakistan Living in Defence [...]

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