Thinking Zen and Chateau Mango

my mini reclining buddha

It is Monday evening and I am thinking zen and staying calm.
How are you on that front? 
Are you pretty good at keeping it together?

I have undertaken another Blogging Your Way online course.
I am suppose to become my own Blog Boss.
One week down and I am already behind on my homework.
No matter as it has been so fascinating to date, that I am getting
more than I bargained for. I have had to dig deep and think
through what this is all about and where I want to go.
My list is long..or maybe it is not and I just think it is.
Maybe the reclining Buddha above is the only one who really knows.
No matter..I am going to be a good student.
(note tabs above)

But before I get back to work..(because I am the ultimate procrastinator)
I thought I would share a few things happening 
around Chateau Mango via Instagram.
One of the beauties about Instagram is that it is quick and easy.
It is your mind at work...and it can surprise you, when you least expect it.

Read more, click below

Mr. Khai and I stopped to have the car tire checked out.
While he sorted things out, I took an interest in a few
birds passing by.

No big deal, until this one decided to go for a stroll...

 Nothing surprises me anymore in Saigon..
it is just like that. I snapped these on my iPhone.
I wouldn't leave home without it.

Back at the Chateau...
it is a bit more peaceful and quiet.

On the weekends, this is one of our favourite spots,
 especially for breakfast.
As you can see, our dog Tika feels the same way.

I pulled out my postcard collection this weekend,
to add a few more. I then started to wonder
how many of you have received my postcards.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that they were posted
from the hotels as requested.

I can't tell you how much I enjoy going thru them.
I feel like I travelled to the countries all over again
at a great price...nothing!
The one below was found on a Paris street corner.
I have wanted to ride on a camel in a desert ever since.

My umbrellas from Myanmar have been taking a spin
around the Chateau...inside and out. I think I may have 
finally found just the right spot for them...
but I wouldn't hold my breath on that one.

I have been turning garden nurseries upside down
and over in search of pots and plants. The pink lotus flower was
added on Friday and surprised me this morning with a touch of pink.
I can't tell you how excited I a proud mama.

I also added this white beauty. 
The scent is the best of the tropics in a bottle.
My next project is to determine what it is.
Any guesses? All my translations come back to
me in Vietnamese...not helpful!

I have contemplated all shapes, colours and forms of pots.
I have decided that I prefer terracotta, preferably aged, not
too orange..with a bit of texture...
something that might have a story to it.
I think Mr. Khai thinks I am crazy.

Not for nothing...I came across this magazine which I 
had stashed away back in 1997. I wondered if anyone
else holds onto magazines like I do. I also have a 
1986 LIFE magazine featuring Caroline Kennedy's 
wedding to Edward Schlossberg. To each his own.
Do you have any old magazines lurking in your cupboard?

That's my Instagram round to contemplate my next
pic and get back to my homework. If you are in the Instagram world
and would like to can find me here
If you would like to see the efforts of my recent homework, 
you will find it in the tabs at the top of my page.

Many many thanks to those of you who provided
 ideas for my daughters Speakeasy party theme.
You are the best!

From my computer to yours...
best wishes for a wonderful week! 

Jeanne xx

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