Monthly Archives: February 2016

Haircut ’16

With the holiday break ending tomorrow, Julius’ next PE unit will be ‘aquatics’ (we used to call this ‘swimming’ 😉 ). And there are rules regarding long hair, swim caps and the general hassle that drying longer hair brings, so … Continue reading

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By the lake

Julius & Ritsu goofing around …

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Dog boy

We continue to get out and to the park at least 3 times a day during this (non travel) break, and the best incentive is ‘let’s look for dogs’. Julius loves dogs (but understands my iron clad stance of not … Continue reading

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Crowd development

One of our walks leads to the West Lake Pagoda and it was fun last week to observe how daily the worshipping crowd grew stronger. Interesting side observation: one side is Pepsi, the other all Coca-Cola

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Night Phở

Usually this typical Vietnamese noodle dish is eaten for breakfast or maybe lunch. Also, thus far, Julius has not been a fan of those street food noodle dishes. To mix things up we ventured out tonight to look for that … Continue reading

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Temple crowd

A few days ago it was nice and empty at our temple in the morning. But now the holidays are here … and so are the people:

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Festive Opera House

There’s all kinds of Tet decoration going on all over the city. Like this big orb on the opera house roundabout.

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Outdoor gym

Blessed with this wonderful weather during this holiday break, we keep continuing our walks and this time we ventured to the other side, around the water park (where I actually heard the roller coaster running, maybe for the first time) … Continue reading

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Bánh chưng for breakfast

This typical holiday ‘cake’ (filled with beans & pork and cooked for many hours) was a present from our neighbors / landlord. Last year we were invited to actually help making them. We recalled that to use the wrapping string … Continue reading

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Last sunset of the year of the goat

Beautiful sunset to settle on this year. A facebook friend of mine had a bit too much photoshop fun with it. After he had cut us out he used all kinds of backgrounds on it 😀 Thanks Christian Splitt!

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Family walk to the temple

The weather is turning very nice for the holidays and we managed to drag Julius out in the early morning to join us on our morning walk. The first 15 minutes he tried to rebel, but eventually he went into … Continue reading

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Dramatic Morning Sky

From this morning’s walk

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Look who hitched a ride in my Tết basket …

It is customary to give those gift baskets away on Tết, for our staff and landlord. Filled with all kinds of goodies and some bottle of something … On closer inspection I was very surprised to discover this guy though! … Continue reading

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Lord of the chicks

On our way to the park (to see dogs), we came by this brood of chickens. Tons of chickens around these days (we even have a fairly tame rooster in our compound! Memories of Fiji flaring up), all meant to … Continue reading

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Happy Tết decorations

All around us, similar to Xmas in other parts of the world, holiday decorations pop up. And since the color red is very significant for this occasion (Red symbolizes good luck, prosperity, joyfulness and contentment.) something as American as Coca-Cola … Continue reading

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