Dien Chan

I have to tell you all about this practice I found here in Saigon because it is AMAZINGGG. So let’s rewind. Sunday morning, I’m exercising, actually trying to be healthy when lo and behold, I do something to hurt my back. It hurts to lie down flat, to move, to do anything basically. Backs are horrible things to hurt and for someone who has a very high pain tolerance, I was in agony. I couldn’t sleep, sudden movements hurt my entire back. Anyways, you get the idea, it was awful.

My first instinct as a person from the Western World is to find a chiropractor. It’s Sunday afternoon so most offices here are closed. I accept that I’m not going to be able to see someone about this until tomorrow so I lay in bed all day and watch Netflix.

Monday morning arrives and I am on my way to see a friend of a friend who practices Dien Chan. To be honest, I was a little skeptical about this whole thing, I didn’t know much about the practice and was in a severe amount of pain that I thought could only be remedied by some physical therapy. Give me that back stimmmm. I arrive, meet Simona and she starts our session.

Dien Chan is natural practice, originating here in Ho Chi Minh City, that “aims to restore the energy balance of the body by stimulating the body’s response itself and eliminating the disturbances”. It is similar to acupuncture but without the needles. Simona uses small tools to find painful points on your face, hands and arms that reflect other areas of the body that are in need of healing. She was able to find the points on my face that connected to the areas that were inflamed and in pain without even having to touch my back. SO AMAZING! As a Westerner I was honestly shocked. After only two sessions with Simona, I was experiencing no pain and am back to normal functioning. Crazy right? From not being able to move without sharp pain to no pain at all in two days. She is a true healer.

After this experience, I think I can genuinely see that our bodies really are a reflection of our well-being, especially our faces. You might think that the pimple on your face is just a pimple but it could be a sign of something completely different. Living in Asia for the past eight months has opened my eyes to the world of Eastern medicine and it’s amazing practices. From my experience, Eastern medicine is way more natural and, this sounds weird but, actually listens to what our body is telling us. There are signs but we just might not know it. I’ve become so interested in this particular practice that I am going to take Simona’s Dien Chan beginner course here in early October. These are the experiences that I more than likely would never be able to have if I was back home in Buffalo. Super stoked to learn more about this practice!

P.S. If anyone is ever interested in treatment and would like to see Dr. Simona, feel free to contact me and I can give you her information 🙂 Have a lovely Thursday y’all!!




Cu Chi Tunnels 

Hey yall! Happy Independence weekend from here in Vietnam! I’ve had the past week off of work for our quarter break and was able to do some fun, touristy things with new friends! This is my first attempt at a video blog so let me know what you think! Low quality video, high quality shenanigans. Next time I will try to use my phone👌.

Anyways, here’s a little bit of our time spent at the Cu Chi Tunnels! The Cu Chi tunnels were a big part of why the Americans were defeated during what we would call the Vietnam War. It is was amazing to see this historical site and the tunnel system that was used by the Vietnamese. These tunnels are so tiny it’s hard to believe people actually lived underground in these conditions. Crazy! Shout out to Eric & Austin for visiting and spending time with me this week, I had a blast! Even bigger shout out to my girl Meaghan Puff for making it all happen!! Wish you could have been here with us!


Places & Spaces in Saigon

Heyy y’all! I want to wish all of the mamas out there a happy Mother’s Day! I am missing my mama like crazy & I cant wait to see her & hug her so soon!!

I’ve been living in Saigon for about three months now and it’s finally starting to set in that I’m living in a foreign country. I’m still getting to know Vietnam, Saigon especially, and all that this wonderful place has to offer. There is so much to see and do in this giant city, the opportunities are endless!

Today I spent the day visiting one of my favorite places, Nguyen Hue Walking Street! I find that the cafes and shops in the apartment building are so quaint and they each have their own different personality and atmosphere. I made a promise to myself that I will try out a new spot when I want to get out of the apartment and get some work done. The Walking Street cafes are high up on my list.

We grabbed lunch at Poke Saigon on the 2nd floor of Nguyen Hue. It is the one and only Hawaiian Poke restaurant here in Saigon. Customers can pick their favorite fresh ingredients and create a custom poke bowl. Nutritious & delicious!

My Poke bowl with a fresh pineapple juice. ‘Nam nomzzzzzz 😛

Today was a day well spent getting to know more spaces & places in this city. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend & hug yo mamas for me!