About Me

In my wildest dreams, I never imagined that I would be married again and living in Saigon! Taking that leap involved some hard decisions like leaving my four beautiful adult children, family, friends, New Orleans, and job. But life is all about taking chances…

Recently, I had quite a few twists and turns in my life. I became divorced after a 27 year marriage. Shortly after, I became interested in Paul, who I had always thought one of the smartest and wittiest men ever to cross my path, but had never considered in a romantic way (despite his repeated attempts 35 years ago!). I turned FIFTY! My youngest child turned 21. I learned that Paul was the man I had always been waiting for. I got engaged. I left my job of twelve years. I got married. And here I sit in Vietnam!

A friend just shared this quote from Mother Theresa that is so fitting for this wonderful time in my life: “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”

SAIGON LOVE to all!

 

57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mikie
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 18:58:18

    Awesome blog! It will be fun keeping up with your new adventure. Love you!!!

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      Mar 19, 2011 @ 16:32:21

      Love you back! So glad Evan is headed back home…but I will miss not going to visit him in Japan. Give my love to everyone.

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      • Võ Phá Luân
        Feb 23, 2014 @ 17:54:38

        Ms Lisa, I am Luan ( Paul ) at Mekongeyes. You remember me? my cell phone 0907677041. When you have free time, call me, I am in HCMC. Thanks!

  2. maria
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 20:40:25

    Your blog is great. You are doing a wonderful job with it. Keep it up. Looks like you’ve been blogging for years and not the first time. I’m heading to Pho Tau Bay for some pho etc. since your video got me in the mood.

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      Mar 19, 2011 @ 16:26:22

      Thanks, Maria! I am learning to love Pho. Paul eats it for breakfast often. In fact, look for a blog on the subject soon! xoxo

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  3. Shannon McNair
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 23:44:37

    Here’s another quote for you girl – you’ll never find out you can fly if you don’t jump!

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      Mar 19, 2011 @ 16:28:47

      I should have consulted you before publishing!!! I love that one! Maybe I can use it in a later post…lol! Still waiting for my new job title. Maybe something blogger!

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  4. Debbie Vogt
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 21:44:48

    Lee, Not sure if my first post went through? Anyway I bet you a bowl of Pho the friend that told you that quote is from Ponchatoula?lol Love your blog. Miss you, have a wonderful time, deb

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      Mar 20, 2011 @ 11:27:27

      I bet you do! Hope you and Cuccia didn’t eat all of those strawberries in Ponchatoula…or did y’all go for the antiques? Miss you too! Give your girls a hug from me.

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  5. B Douglass
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 06:39:17

    I am so excited to see you on the blog. i have your email too. i see it is hotter than hell there but you are used to it here.. for you to soar, you need 2 things, one is love and the other is wings, love and miss you maddly, princess and the frog too. love to paul and more.

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  6. Andrea Huseman
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 02:51:52

    Wish that we were going back this year to Vietnam so we could see you. I will email my really good friend, VP . She is vietmenese and was VP of HR for BP. She is being let go because of the pending sale. She will take time off before her new venture. I think you will really like her. Her home is beautiful and her husband and 2 children are great too!!! Her eldest and my eldest are close friends from their boarding school in New Orleans.
    Look forward to getting more blogs….hope you get to Hue….if you do then you must have dinner with the cloistered nun….and get their recipes for their amazing food.

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      Apr 01, 2011 @ 09:41:13

      Hi Andrea, I missed this comment somehow…did I mention that I was new at this?! You were right on the money about life in Vietnam. I am loving every second. I would love to meet your friend and dine with the cloistered nun! We leave this afternoon for the beaches of Mui Ne and looks like Singapore in a couple of weeks. And I remember what you said about Camodia. Definitely going to try and make that happen! Hope you are holding down the fort at Canal Place…not missing it at all! Take care, Lisa

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  7. maria
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 06:00:01

    We eat at Pho Tau Bay almost every other day for breakfast. We were telling the owner, Karl, about your adventure. He told us someof his stories. Very interesting.

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      Mar 25, 2011 @ 10:23:37

      I can believe that his stories are VERY interesting! Maria, Vietnam is so fascinating. Love that you eat Pho for breakfast. I found that so odd here, but as they say, when in Rome… Take care!

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  8. B Douglass
    Mar 25, 2011 @ 06:17:14

    any friend of mine who would not know by the quivering of her antenae that the markets that P aul forrgot were in the area better start paying more attention to her gut than worrying and admiring 20 people and a cat on a scooter!!!! miss and love you both, princess.

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  9. maria
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 22:49:09

    Lisa, I am enjoying your blog. I check daily for updates so keep it up. More videos. Longer videos. How about more on the food? Have you seen them make Nuoc mam sauce yet. MMMMM fermented fish parts. Oh my. And folks thing our ritual of sucking crawfish heads is strange.

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  10. THUY TIEN
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 19:12:11

    in viet nam pho is not only the best but there are many different style of soup made from noodle as well. Especially ” Bun Bo ” very famous from the middle of Viet Nam. In the west southern,we have ” bun ca” from Kien Giang province etc.when you will come back here i will show you the speciallity each of them.miss you

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  11. khang
    May 18, 2011 @ 22:44:57

    Hello Lisa. I’m Manh Khang , i’m a waitor in room eighteen restaurant.
    Today i meet u in restaurant and i want to become your freind.Do you remember me? This’s a nice wed and your photos so beautiful. Sorry my E not good

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      May 19, 2011 @ 02:41:59

      Hi Manh! Of course, I remember you. I am happy to be your friend. I will practice English with you IF you practice Vietnamese with me! See you soon, friend.

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  12. khang
    May 19, 2011 @ 16:28:58

    Yeah! I hope see you soon. Wish you have happy&fun days when in Viet Nam

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  13. khang
    May 19, 2011 @ 16:33:17

    ah! I forget. This’s my number fone : 0902845617
    Call me if you need to help about vietnamese. I’m going to help you

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  14. thuy tien
    May 19, 2011 @ 20:10:12

    for few days i didnt visit your blog.im sorry for that.Now,im really surprised at many your progresses by making new friends( khang,lan..),discovering new tours(cu chi) ,studying more vietnamese language.in the future,you will talk to me by vietnammese and i vice verse.enjoy new things but dont forget take care yourself.if you have a day without new plan just call me.i will take you to wander

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      May 20, 2011 @ 09:18:30

      I know! Lots of new friends, but only one BFF friend (you!). My schedule is VERY flexible. You let me know when you have free time and we will meet. How about dinner one day next week? I am looking for good photo of vanity…. Love, Lisa

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      • thuy tien
        May 23, 2011 @ 19:09:07

        next time you will write about ao dai viet nam.that is interesting topic i will follow that.ao dai is just one kind of tradition dressing way ,invole in that we still have ” ao tu than ” is representation for woman from north of viet nam, ” ao ba ba ” for south ,and ao dai from center of viet nam which having origin from imperial.if you want to try on vietnammese dressing style you should choose “ao ba ba” because it make you more comfortable than” ao dai” that we just wear at formal occasion.and you found out photo for your dressing table?

  15. glen boudreaux
    May 20, 2011 @ 08:39:19

    Been reading the blogs and are great. Kim hasn t seen it yet, but i will try to teach her how to look at its. She s a phone person, you know that. I wanted to welcome you the the Boudreaux family I didn t realize that was Paul s name. We are all related with or without the X. Much Love, Glen and Kim

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      May 20, 2011 @ 09:17:02

      So sorry I didn’t get to see y’all during my visit a couple of weeks ago. It was crazy hectic moving out of the condo and Jordan graduating. And yeah…you need to teach Kim how to get on my blog. I know she will enjoy as she hopes to visit! Love, Lisa

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  16. khang
    May 26, 2011 @ 18:45:34

    26/5/011.Today. I was so fun when you came back the restaurant and had lunch there. I saw you but i couldn’t talk much with you because in that time i was so busy. I’m so sorry, firend. Next time you come back I’m going to serve you and talk you more

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      May 27, 2011 @ 06:01:14

      No problem…I saw how busy you were! Next time, I will come later when it is not so busy. See you soon!

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  17. Kevin Colomb
    May 28, 2011 @ 04:17:50

    Finally remembered to check out your Ho Chi Minh blog thanks to Gail.
    Awesome site. What a great picture – then and now! Evident Paul’s had eyes for you for a real long time. Can you blame him?! Your stories and clips are great. Can’t wait to return and catch up.
    Take care and all the best. PKC

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      May 29, 2011 @ 07:46:00

      Well, I am so glad Gail reminded you. Miss our lunches… I think at our last lunch I was engaged going to Vietnam. When our departure date was delayed a few days, we decided to go ahead and tie the knot. Super fast trip in to NOLA and left for Saigon two days later. Planning party to celebrate with all of our good friends and family when we return. Give Nancy and the kids my best, Lisa

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  18. Fred Keeton
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 08:55:16

    Lisa — What a wonderful blog. And so many things have happened with you. Are you living in Saigon? Or is this an extended stay? I see that you are in the midst of matrimonial bliss as well. Can’t wait to connect with you.

    You have all my best from out here in the Las Vegas desert. I am visiting LV the first week of August — Just learned today. Looks like I am going to miss you.

    All the best
    Fred

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  19. samantha
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 20:56:23

    Love reading your blog Lisa. I’m visiting Vietnam in a few weeks and I’m excited. Will definitely check out Restaurant 13 as you mention on tripadvisor.

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      Aug 26, 2011 @ 06:32:55

      Thanks, Samantha. Enjoy your visit to this AMAZING country and I promise you won’t regret dining at 13! Safe travels, Lisa

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  20. Gina Valence
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 22:27:31

    Beautiful Work!

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  21. Mary Wrigley
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 23:05:08

    They say life begins at 50, I say it’s all down hill from there, so “enjoy life.” Never visisted Vietnam, however, did get to go visit Alainna in Hong Kong in feb of 2009. It also was beautiful. The people are wonderful, hard working and conciderate. Vietnam seems to be more country verses Hong Kong. Your blog and pics are breath taking.
    Let me know if you ever go to Hong Kong, I’ll have Alainna get in touch. Happy to see you’re enjoying life.

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      Aug 31, 2011 @ 10:15:45

      Mary Rose, life begins at fifty! And girl, I visited Hong Kong last month. It was wonderful. You can see the pics on this blog. Thinking I might have to go back. Now you have two reasons to come again. Me and Alainna. I would meet you there in a second! LOVE you.

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  22. Tracy Rae Clark
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 04:43:02

    hi Lisa! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences! A friend & I are flying in to HCMC next Thursday & have 6 weeks in SE Asia. We have friends in Thailand right now, which is great. Would you be willing to give me a few suggestions, from hotels in HCMC to places to go in that first week, to restaurants, to events… I’d appreciate anything :O) I’m into nature, the sacred, and also will be working part time from my computer in the evenings. I’m a singer/songwriter & am also interested in the music of Vietnam. Weather.com says thunderstorms every day. Is that just an afternoon storm like Hawaii, or is it all day? Thanks, again for having this blog! ~Tracy

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  23. Duyen
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 23:15:55

    Hi Lisa! Thank you for an absolutely wonderful evening. The dinner was delicious! I “enjoyed” too much. Thank you also for the lovely gifts to bring home. I was deeply impressed by your hospitality and really impressed reading your blog now. Cannnot wait to see you. Duyen

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  24. Thuy Tien
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 08:41:47

    hi Lisa!
    how are you ? do you still use email address Lisaclapp4 ? i would love to send an email to you but it cant deliver
    please,tell me how i can contact with you easily

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  25. nancieteresa
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 16:13:45

    Hello Lisa! My name is Teresa. I am a friend and Reiki student of Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin in New Orleans, LA. I am currently traveling in Europe. Elizabeth connected me with your site. What a great story and adventure!

    I have been in Europe for about a year and looking forward to continuing my travels. I am open to taking a leap and exploring new countries and have been consider teaching English as a Second Language and other opportunities to earn some money as I travel.

    I am writing to say “hello” and am curious if you have any insider tips on teaching ESL in your area… or other good ideas for Americans wanting to live and travel in your area.

    I am writing a blog as well if you are curious. It is http://www.nancieteresa.wordpress.com.

    Good luck on your journey! Teresa

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      Aug 16, 2012 @ 09:54:20

      Hi Teresa! I am so sorry that it has taken this long to reply to a friend of Liz’s!!! I know a few ESL teachers in Saigon. Big business as it is required for all students now in Vietnam. I am going to forward you email to my fave ESL teacher here and ask her to give you her insights. Take care, Lisa

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  26. Wendee Mersh
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 17:47:04

    Hi Lisa

    Lenny and I (Wendee) recently did the Saigon Cooking Class alongside you and your sister in law Anne. (We were the Aussies) and you might remember doing the extraordinary bargaining for me to buy coffee beans at the Benh Tahn markets.

    Anyway, we really enjoyed meeting you and loved the cooking class so wanted to join your blog and keep up to date with your adventures and tips for travelling in the Indo China region.

    We went on to visit Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia and would highly recommend those places to anyone. Especially the Angkor Victoria (hotel) in Siem Reap as a great resort to stay in and explore all the amazing temples in that region.

    After the Saigon Cooking School we hooked up with Tina and Lee for more beers and a bit of shopping. We really hit it off with them and are keeping in touch although we live on the opposite sides of Australia.

    We took your advice and went to Teresa’s to get some “bling bling” for my birthday. I found a perfect bracelet with 12 different coloured spinel stones. But I must say no matter times we mentioned the “International Vietnamese Ladies” we could not get a discount. Maybe we got the title wrong, we had indulged in a few more beers by then! We even sent the boys in to try their best but it only made matters worse because she put the price up from $485 to $495!!! Anyway the purchase was made and all were happy.

    However the story of my bling bling only got more amazing from then on. Lenny and I travelled to Phnom Penh the next day by bus and the following is an excerpt from our email to Tina and Lee the following day.

    We left HCMC this morning and arrived by bus into Phnom Penh mayhem at about 4.30pm. The city centre is crazy Asia busy but not as bad as HCMC and we caught a tuk tuk to our hotel.

    We readied ourselves for a trip back into Town and grabbed a tuk tuk to the river district. It is full on here and there are people,cars and tuk tuks everywhere. There are well over a hundred restaurants to choose from and it runs all along the river front, absolutely fantastic and we are sure you guys would love it.
    We walked the whole length of the strip and checked out a few shops before arriving at our dinner destination, a restaurant called Karma that we had checked out on trip advisor.
    Well first beers had just arrived and dinner shortly after when I noticed my Bling Bling Spinel Spinel semi precious gem stone birthday present bracelet was not on my wrist!!!
    The last time I had seen it was one hour earlier as we left our hotel. I just froze and could not believe what had happened. We searched everywhere around our table to no avail and I was absolutely gutted. There were so many possibilities as to where I could have lost it so we decided the only thing we could do was retrace our footsteps.

    We went back to the shops followed by the long walk along the promenade overlooking the river which is frequented by hundreds of people. We were both scouring the footpath and trying to cheer each other up and I was just saying to Lenny if it is truly lost I hope a poor person finds it (because there are lot’s here).
    I felt that if I had to lose it maybe it could go to someone deserving who could get some money for it and it could take on a whole new life. Lenny was saying something about being philosophical about it and guess what? There she was, on the footpath blinking up at me from the cobblestones!!

    I snatched it up totally unbelieving of my luck and as we stopped to look around we realised we were standing exactly across the road from the restaurant we had gone to eat in, so aptly named Karma!

    Upon reflection I believe we were being tested and we passed the test and my bracelet was returned to me. That’s Karma and my bracelet seems to create it’s own stories. I am soooo happy and lucky to have it back and just had to share this story with you as you were both such a part of me getting it in the first place.

    So Lisa, a truly amazing story! We are now back in Oz having had a fantastic holiday in HCMC and Cambodia and included a stop over at Raffles in Singapore which was a very special conclusion to our journey.

    We look forward to hearing more from your amazing experiences of the Asian region and hope to return their ourselves soon. Thank you also for your friendship at the Saigon Cooking Class, we really enjoyed your company and very much appreciated you tips on the things to see and do in HCMC.

    Kind regards
    Wendee and Lenny

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    • Lisa Clapp Boudreau
      Aug 16, 2012 @ 09:52:38

      Hi Wendee and Lenny! Sorry for taking so long to reply, but my blog has been blocked in Vietnam and I have had mucho trouble accessing. Your bling story is amazing. After I told you about Teresa’s I remembered that there are two stores with that name…wondering if you went to the one I recommended across street from Caravelle or the one near Sheraton? No matter, so happy you got a beautiful bracelet and still have it! We loved Angkor Wat as well and can’t wait to go back. Amazing place! Let’s stay in touch…and I better be first person you contact if you come back to Saigon. Take care, Lisa

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  27. nancieteresa
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 14:52:12

    Hey Lisa! Thanks for the note back and forwarding my info to your friend! Good to hear from you!

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  28. Thuong (Talia)
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 09:41:39

    hi Lisa. Nice to meet you. Your enthusiasm in taking care of the poor inspire me alot. Hope to see you again and we can help the poor more and more.

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  29. Jennifer K. Hubbard
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 21:50:36

    Your blog is well done! Love reading about your experiences in Vietnam and around the world. Write a book! I will illustrate it!

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  30. Amy Barcelona Hernandez
    Jun 01, 2013 @ 06:20:11

    Lisa, I love your blog. My 18 year old daughter is traveling to Vietnam next Friday, June 7- Jfk thru Hong kong, then Hanoi, other stops and Ho chi Min city- we contacted you via my daughter’s Facebook but have had no reply. I don’t have a Facebook account so please e-mail me back- Maybe you can connect with my daughter and my sister-in-law for some insider tips- yes they are staying at metropole hotel in Hanoi. I love your photos of you & your husband and especially the children of Vietnam!

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  31. Bore
    Oct 31, 2013 @ 11:35:56

    Hi Lisa
    I am a man who have meet You in Banh Khot “Bamboo” Vungtau. I have Your Blog from the owner of the Restaurant. Thank U for your comming in my neighber today (31Oct2013). You are a pro group for food discovery. Hope to see U again.
    Bore.

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  32. Jean Wethmar
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 07:47:26

    Hi Lisa, awesome that I’ve connected to you.. as you can see I’m passionate about Vietnam! http://www.thecapeclub.com – I’ve connected to you via your delightful blog, and instagram.. look forward to meeting you in person one day when I’m next in HCMC – happy full of insprational days blogging to you – regards from Brisbane and me – Jean Wethmar

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  33. Mark Bishop
    Mar 01, 2014 @ 10:53:48

    Hi Lisa, visiting with your folks right now. I will check up on your travel blog later.

    Reply

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