Saigon is home to a lot of expat families who usually travel a lot, not only to visit their home countries or explore neighboring countries, but also to get to know Vietnam. And when we say families — this include kids that you have to entertain during loooooooong trips.
That’s why I am so excited to get a hold of Caroline Istas‘ Travel Logbook!
Your kid can have lots of fun filling out 64 pages about their travel from flight details to weather conditions to things they see outside the window.
It also includes pages of stickers and space for drawing to keep them occupied. It’s a terrific way to keep track of places your kid has been and I’m sure they’d get a laugh out of it when they grow older.
Caroline, a mom to his 2.5 year old son, Jacques-Yves indulged me and answered some of my questions about her and her life here in Saigon.
- How did you get to Vietnam?
I am from Belgium. I was here on holidays and when I was in Nha Trang I went to Rainbow Divers to have a beer. I met the owner, Jeremy Stein and he became my husband one year later! I then worked for Rainbow Divers as a dive instructor and underwater photographer for the first years in Vietnam when we were living in Nha Trang. Three years ago, we moved to Saigon and had to stop diving because I was pregnant. I picked up painting and drawing again. I studied History of Art and Photography in Belgium, so Art was always one of my passions.
What is your typical day like?
I work at home in the morning in my atelier. At 12, I pick up my son from school and we have a little break together. After lunch, he goes to bed for a 2 or 3 hour snooze — then I have more time to continue my work.
- What do you do?
I paint little canvases for children’s bedrooms, design artwork for all sort of merchandise like T-shirts, mouse pads, notebooks, and help with Rainbow Divers’ marketing.
- How did you come up with the Travel Logbook?
I designed a Dive Logbook for Rainbow Divers. And living in Saigon, I transferred the idea to the lifestyle in the city and with kids.
So where do you get the copy of the Travel Logbook?
Saigon and Nha Trang: Rainbow Divers
District 2, Saigon: Little Anh-Em and Snap Cafe
District 1, Saigon: Nam Phong Bookstore, Monsoon Restaurant, Saigon Kitsch or order here by emailing me at email@example.com
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We chose to do 2 try dives with rainbow divers in nha trang. We did not check any cheaper shops although we knew they were around. Paying a bit more for English staff and proper equipment was what we preferred.In the shop we were greeted friendly and the staff explained the tour in detail. The next day we were off in a bus (a bit cramped) to the boat. On the boat everything was explained very well. The dives were really great and the instructors were very nice and attentive to the ones that did not feel comfortable in the sea.The lunch was great with an abundance of sandwiches , muffins and donuts. Overall it was a great experience!
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