jenn jay tales

Jennifer Johnston shares her travel tales; life adventures; observations, photos and random thoughts


Giving back – an inspirational story

Meet My Huong Le

When travelling through Vietnam, I was fortunate to spend a day in Vung Tau with this amazing woman. She opened up to me about her childhood, being taken from her mother at the age of five during the Vietnam War. My Huong was part of operation baby lift, an initiative towards the end of the war by American President Ford, where children from southern Vietnam were adopted out to American and Australian families as the Vietcong invaded the south,

My Huong Le returned to her country of birth 30 years after leaving. As an adoptee herself, could there be a better person to understand the plight of orphans?

My Huong now helps manage an orphanage in Vung Tau and also works closely with a learning centre for disadvantaged children. She has an incredible life story and is only just beginning it she says!

My Huong Le at her desk

Her story about giving back despite all the challenges in her early childhood is incredible and inspiring.

Please find my story about my time with My Huong Le LIFT Magazine Issue 8 Winter LIFT 8 15-19  published in Lift Magazine.

Long Hai learning centre grounds Vung Tau, Vietnam


Mosquitoes and soft tofu – another side to Vietnam

Vietnam so many highlights – what about the lowlights?  Here’s my travel story  with a few of both Mosquitoes and soft tofu – another side to Vietnam

mekong river dwellers 2

Transport styles

Transport styles

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Maui we’ll be back

Please find the link to my story about our stay on the Hawaiian island of Maui – published on my Travel Blog Maui we’ll be back

The hotel - Aston Ka'anapali Shores where we comfortably stayed for 5 nights

The hotel – Aston Ka’anapali Shores where we comfortably stayed for 5 nights

A little internal smirk – its only been 11 months since our visit – been a little pre-occupied with another project – watch this space ……

Love a Maui sunset - over Ka'anapali Beach

Love a Maui sunset – over Ka’anapali Beach

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My Top 5 Experiences in Byron Bay

I have been a little slow in posting in 2015 – but here is my latest post found on my travel blog – a place I love to visit!

My top 5 Experiences in Byron Bay

The Getaway Girls on Clarkes Beach

The Getaway Girls on Clarkes Beach

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A perfect family getaway with a musical twist

Shelly Beach, Caloundra

Shelly Beach, Caloundra


Hi Jenn Jay Tales readers,

Although it may feel as though I have been asleep on this blog – I can assure you I haven’t been.  I’ve been trying to tackle my travel blog and get that up and running – which I am pleased to say it FINALLY is!

Now to posting some stories – this is the link to my latest blog post on the travel blog – random thoughts and what I got up to over the school holidays.  Please pop over to my other blog for a read: A perfect family getaway with a musical twist

Ferris Wheel at Kings Beach

Ferris Wheel at Kings Beach


Hayden HackThanks and will try and get back into more regular blog posting – but with Christmas less than 10 weeks away – who knows!

Happy travels,