Sunday, December 10, 2017

Homeland Tour

We decided this was the time to take Maya and the rest of the family back to Vietnam.  This trip will be Maya's first visit back to Vietnam since she was adopted. It will be Aidan's first trip to Vietnam also.  We leave early in the morning the day after Christmas and will be blogging about our 2 week trip.  We are flying into Hanoi and out of Saigon, with a side trip to Xuyen Moc to see the school that we sponsored and a visit to Ba Ria and Vung Tau to visit two orphanages. More to come!

Sunday, November 5, 2017


This year Maya went as Wonderwoman (in age appropriate costume :)). She invited a friend from school. They got an incredible amount of candy in only 1 hour.  Aidan decided at the last minute he was going to go out with his neighbourhood friends.  I was not too happy that a 6 ft tall kid in Grade 10 without a proper costume was going out.  Oh well. He had a fun time.

 Maya with friend from school about to get candy!
 In the neighbourhood
This photo of Aidan and friends made me laugh!

Gros Morne

We spent Thanksgiving weekend in beautiful Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland.  We flew direct to Deer Lake and rented a lovely chalet in Rocky Harbour.  It was a quiet time of year.  Some of the attractions were unexpectedly closed but we got a lot of nice hikes in and did some fishing. The scenery was beautiful and the air was incredibly fresh.  Aidan had sprained his knee a few weeks prior but was luckily well enough to hike.   Here are some snaps for the holiday...

Friday, September 22, 2017

Help Build a School in Rural Vietnam

The Vietnam Education Society, a registered Canadian charity, is looking for funds to help build a school in northern Vietnam.  Please click on link below and consider donating to this worthy cause.

Help build a school in rural Vietnam

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Photos of Vietnam

The Vietnam Embassy in Ottawa is having a photography contest.  Click below to see some beautiful images of Vietnam.  I can't wait to go back!

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Iceland on Ice

Aidan broke his arm a few weeks ago; so we cancelled our trip to Iceland. Vacationing at the cottage instead.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Traditional Vietnamese Concert in Mississauga

We attended a local recital put on by the Vietnamese Community Centre of Mississauga. We listened to the "moon flute" (banjo type instrument), zither, and monochord. The last instrument has only one string, and various notes are generated by picking the string while changing its tension. The community centre provides lessons for traditional Vietnamese instruments.