Ironwood Kraik Tree of Champa

(This is 4th, in the series of Haunted Trees in Vietnam.) Of all the trees I have covered thus far, The Kraik Protector Tree is the only one that is no longer alive. It is dead, not because of old age or disease––but because it was murdered. Why do I say 'murdered' instead of 'killed'... Continue Reading →

Three-Boats Island

The Three-Boats Island is a rare jewel within a two-hour drive from the Pearl of the Orient. Located in the zone between the equator and the Tropic of Cancer, this area is a tropical paradise, mostly for the locals due to its close proximity to Sài Gòn. I've been wanting to write about this island... Continue Reading →

Mountain God vs Water God

There is an ancient tale--more like a myth really--that has to do with two non-human entities called Sơn Tinh (the mountain god) and Thủy Tinh (the water god). My family told me of this tale (and other) myths and legends when I was a kid, so I knew the gist of this story which was quite... Continue Reading →

The Great Flood of 9,700 BC

Every culture around the world has a Great Deluge or Great Flood tale. For the Europeans, it was Noah's Flood and for the Hindus, it was the manvantara-sandhya. The Mesopotamians have their own flood stories that are very similar to the Native Americans in North America's recounting of a Great Flood. There is also the... Continue Reading →

Firewood, Rice, Oil, Salt, Soy Sauce, Tea

The Seven Necessities In ancient Viet culture, there is a very famous old saying: Quan môn thất kiện sự, sài, mễ, du, diêm, tương, thố, trà” When translated, it means, "The seven necessities to begin a day: firewood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, vinegar, and tea." It was very underwhelming to be honest. What in... Continue Reading →

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