Saturday, May 13, 2017

More Interior Photos - Ba Ria Vung Tau School

A representative from the Vietnam Education Society recently visited the school we funded and I received these photos of the interior, now all decorated!  Nice to see!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Maya Turns 8!

This year Maya decided she wanted a small birthday party with her friend Gracie.  So we all went rollerblading.  They had a blast and Mike, Aidan and I were able to stay upright!  I had not been rollerskating since Grade 7, seriously!
Then on Easter Sunday, her actual birthday, we celebrated with my sister's family at our house. 
Here are a few snaps from the weekend.
 Maya and Gracie
 Ready to roll!
 Here I am all deck out.
 The cupcakes Maya and I baked
 With Aidan and Grace
 She got a Bat Girl doll and some crafts from Grace
 Here's Maya in her birthday hat, receiving deluxe Rainbow Loom from my sister.
 Sporting her new hoodie
And new jean jacket from Sarah,watch from Mom and Dad, and new runners from Grandma and Grandma

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Visit from Grandma and Grandpa

Thanks for visiting Grandma and Grandpa!  I especially like this photo of you with Maya.

Coming Along

I received a few more photos showing continued progress on the school....

Sunday, January 8, 2017

School Update

The school is not complete yet but is looking a heck of a lot better!
They are now forecasting that the school will be completed by Tet.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Day 9 - Cooking Lesson in HCMC

On Saturday, I travelled from Mui Ne to HCMC by bus. It had double decker seating, air conditioning and WiFi. Very comfortable and clean!

I got to HCMC around noon, checked into my hotel and quickly signed up for a cooking tour. I was picked up by a cyclo driver who gave me a tour of the main downtown sites before dropping me at Ben Thanh Market. I was met there by Dory (her chosen English name), a chef, who gave me a very interesting tour of the spices, fruits and vegetables at the market, showing me many unfamiliar items. One of the strangest was probably Birds nest, which is solidified bird siliva, which is used to make soup. It's very expensive but there is a cheaper version with bird feathers still in it that you need to pick out. I will remember to not order any birds nest soup!
After our tour of the market, Dory took me on her motorbike through HCMC crazy traffic to the cooking school. For some reason, there were no other students. So I got a private lesson in fruit and vegetable carving, making spring rolls, Vietnamese savoury pancakes and chicken pho. It was very hands on and I got to eat everything I made. They also presented me with a booklet outlining how everything was made so that I could reproduce it at home.
 Below are a few photos from the afternoon: