Monthly Archives: April 2015

Cycling Mai Châu Valley

Part of this wonderful place / weekend package Ritsu had found for us was a cycling tour. At 32˚C this did not feel like a good idea, but once we were moving, a soft breeze actually kept us somewhat fresh. … Continue reading

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On the road again

Spring break and long holiday weekend, King Hung’s birthday, celebration of the 40th anniversary of the liberation (or fall, depending on which side you are on) of Saigon and the May 1st holiday … plenty of reasons for another trip. … Continue reading

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3-day sports camp is over

With school on break and Ritsu on yet another business trip in BKK, I was very happy to have found this sports camp for Julius. All day activity / sporty fun, beginning with soccer at 9AM all the way until … Continue reading

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Lunches of April

One week less lunches thanks to spring break. Tried a couple of new things, like Julius’ suggestion of doing a ‘simple’ tuna salad. Big news is that after being missing for 3 weeks, the orange lunch box reappeared (well, I … Continue reading

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More dogs in the park

With the weather being beautiful (not too hot / humid yet) we spent a big chunk of the afternoon at our park, and the highlight was again the plethora of all kinds of dogs. It appears that the dog owners … Continue reading

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Age of Ultron

With nothing on our schedule, Julius and I hopped on my trusty scooter and went down town to go watch a movie. Every once in a while, when the US releases a huge event movie on a tentpole weekend, like … Continue reading

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Songs from yesterday’s Exhibition

As promised, here are the 2 songs the students performed at last night’s exhibition: Shake it up: Brave: They repeated this song as an encore and that performance was even better, but the battery on my camera had given up. … Continue reading

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School Exhibition

Tonight was the big Exhibition event at Julius’ school. This Exhibition is the final huge elementary school project and a culmination of everything the kids have learned in regards to research, analyzing and presentation. Over the last 8 weeks they … Continue reading

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21st South African Freedom Day

Tonight Ritsu, as acting Rep for UNFPA, was invited by the South African Embassy to partake in their celebration of the 21st Freedom Day and spouses were also welcome this time around. I really don’t know the last time I … Continue reading

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New Orleans style food at Daluva

Ritsu and I have fond memories of New Orleans. I believe we were there twice, once around a wedding (8/2002) and the second time on our ‘we are leaving the US for good’ road trip (10/2002). Both times we have … Continue reading

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Meanwhile … in a TV studio in Hanoi

Ritsu got her own talk show! Maybe she is the next Oprah! No, not really. But she was invited as a guest on a TV program to talk about UNFPA’s role in Vietnam. The segment will air on 4/30 and … Continue reading

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Test brunch at Nha Vintage House

Today Julius was my co-admin and help-tester for a new place in town. The graciously had invited the admins and several members of the Foodies in Hanoi facebook group to generate some buzz for this new place. In general a … Continue reading

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Grilling Marshmallows

Last night we were invited by the Goldberg family (their daughter Hannah is in Julius’ class, as is Richard, whose parents and sister were also there, but Richard was at a sleepover elsewhere) for a very tasty BBQ, but after … Continue reading

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Vegan at Bồ Đề Quán

Just returned full and happy from my first full-on vegan restaurant experience. And it was awesome! Vietnamese food is so flavorful that you can totally skip the meat. The different reincarnations of tofu totally make up for it, even the … Continue reading

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It’s going to be a HOT weekend!

Even last year in summer I never recorded a temperature higher than 38˚C

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