In Sydney on holidays!

Am currently ‘home’ in sunny Sydney for the holiday season, trying to get over slight jetlag (but the baby’s jetlag is even worse :-). I probably won’t post much (if at all) til January – so happy holidays and see you in the new year!


7 Responses

  1. jen laceda December 19, 2008 / 2:02 am

    Oh, how old is your little one? I have a 23-month-old girl!

    Have a great holidays!


  2. Ron December 29, 2008 / 8:10 pm

    Awesome blog you have here. I was lucky to stumble upon it thru some other blogs links…thanks for sharing!

  3. John Wilpers, Global Blog Coordinator January 5, 2009 / 7:40 pm

    Dear Liz,

    My name is John Wilpers. I am the Global Blog Coordinator for GlobalPost, a new international news organization set to launch on Jan. 12 (see

    My job is to build a list of blogs that will appear on GlobalPost where we will have approximately 65 correspondents in some 46 countries. We are looking for enlightening, informative posts from bloggers writing (in English) in those countries.

    I am pleased to extend an invitation to you to have the most recent post of “A Girl in Asia” included on the Vietnam page of as part of our “Global Blogs” service. (I also sent you an e-mail to double the chances of reaching you before we launch next week. Please pardon my enthusiasm for getting your posts onto!)

    After reviewing thousands of blogs worldwide, we have found “A Girl in Asia” to be one that is thought provoking and gives readers your unique perspective on what life is really like in Vietnam.

    The way it would work if you accept our invitation is that we would use your RSS feed to place your most recent post on your personal page on We would point back to your actual blog for comments and for archives, hopefully driving lots of traffic to your site. Each time you write a new post, it would replace the older one so only one post would appear on

    By appearing on Global Post’s exciting new international news website, your words, viewpoints, and pictures would gain worldwide exposure. Your posts would not only appear instantly on but also possibly on the sites of our partners, including the Huffington Post (7.8 million U.S. and 9.7 million global monthly unique visitors) and other news and information websites.

    You don’t need to do anything differently. We do request that you consider pointing back to us from your blog (we will send out logos shortly for your consideration).

    You should know that we have a few guidelines that we observe here at Global Post:

    1) We do not publish racist, sexist, or misogynist comments (unless those comments are the subject of the post).
    2) We do not publish obscene language or photos. While we recognize that obscenity can be difficult to define, we know it when we see it and we will let you know if we think you have crossed our line.
    3) We do not permit plagiarism. Any work taken from another source must be attributed to that source.
    4) We do not publish libelous or slanderous language.
    5) We do not tolerate repeated errors of fact or misrepresentations of facts or quotes.
    6) We do not publish work inciting violence.

    Failure to observe these guidelines would result in the removal of your blog from GlobalPost. We would contact you, of course, to discuss the post in question.

    Because we have a broad multicultural audience holding every conceivable political and religious viewpoint, we want to respect their views while also possibly challenging them. We will host controversial work. We will encourage robust debate of the hottest topics. We will not stifle discussion, only abuse of people, belief systems, and laws.

    We hope these guidelines are acceptable to you.

    I look forward getting your permission to put your RSS feed on our site. Please reply to: Thank you!


    John Wilpers

    PS If you choose to accept our invitation and would like a photo and a short biography to appear on GlobalPost, please send both to me with your confirmation e-mail or at some time shortly thereafter.

    Global Blog Coordinator
    The Pilot House
    Lewis Wharf
    Boston, MA 02110

  4. jen laceda January 6, 2009 / 1:52 am

    this is much too beautiful, Gil!

    by the way, Folie a Deux was nominated as a finalist at the 2008 Weblog Awards. Vote for me here if you think I deserve it.

    thanks for your support,

  5. Claudia January 14, 2009 / 10:01 pm

    hi! what a nice blog! I’d love to travel Asia, lucky you!
    what about a link exchange with my travel blog?
    let me know, and have a nice day!

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