Adventures as Miss Saigon

Week two and a wonderfully busy weekend!

Posted on: September 26, 2010

It’s been an emotional week for me, but thankfully I’ve had some great support from family and friends at home, as well as my friends/coworkers here in Vietnam. All of your comments, messages, phone calls and thoughts have meant the world to me and have given me the strength to get through the week – thank you. I managed to figure out how to place a Skype call to a landline and called the hospital to speak to my mom. All of the updates from home have been positive, but nothing will be able to compare to speaking to her myself. She sounds good and will hopefully be sent home in the next few days.

This week seems to have flown by! Work is going really well – J is such a sweet little boy! Each day he seems to be noticing me a little bit more than the day before, reaching for me to give him access to something or looking at me with his big beautiful eyes and smiling at me. He’s still keeping me busy, but that’s to be expected!

This weekend started out with my first taste of Vietnamese food in Vietnam on Friday night. We stopped by Pho24, a Vietnamese food chain that happens to have a location just around the corner from my apartment building. Pho is Vietnam’s delicious answer to chicken noodle soup. After dinner, we headed home for a movie night featuring two of my favourite movies – Before Sunrise, and Before Sunset. We had a great time just hanging out with friends!

pho bo

After I finished work on Saturday morning, we headed back into District 1 to meet our supervisor for coffee at Go2, some shopping, and lunch at a fancy Vietnamese restaurant. I’m still shocked at the price of things here – we each had fresh rolls, our meals, dessert and beverages for approximately $5USD each! With each day, and each adventure around this city, I’m slowly finding myself becoming more familiar and more comfortable here. It’s surprising how quickly I’ve stopped feeling like a tourist! Surrounding myself with people who have lived here for weeks, months, or years has really helped.

crazy powerlines throughout District 1

Today, my supervisor and his wife took my coworkers and I out to their uncle’s farm in the countryside of Dong Nai Province. The day started bright at early with breakfast at my supervisor’s house and an hour or so long taxi ride to the countryside. Unsure what to expect when we got there, we were quickly welcomed onto their property and into their home. While my supervisor took us girls through the property and out into the lotus flower fields, the family was busy preparing a mighty feast for when we returned! Sitting on the edge of a wooden bed, we were treated to amazingly flavourful fresh food and encouraged to keep eating and drinking. Despite a language barrier, there was no shortage of smiles and laughter as drinking games and challenges were tossed around the table, and everyone posed for pictures. We were even given an introduction into the Vietnamese language!

countryside in Dong Nai Province

lotus flower fields that we walked through

beautiful lotus flower

narrow paths throughout the lotus flower field


me trying to navigate the narrow paths...photo credit goes to Laura

view from inside the house in the countryside

a tiny dog that made me miss my Lexi!

my Lexi, who's at home with my sister

After an amazing second week in HCMC, I’m exhausted and staying up just long enough for a quick phone call home (at an appropriate hour)…I’m ready for week three!

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7 Responses to "Week two and a wonderfully busy weekend!"

Bahahaha….while Im looking at that picture of the dog you found…your spoiled princess is asleep on my bed. Maybe I do need to ship her over to you!

hahaha i didn’t find that dog! it belonged to the family we went to visit today! it was SOOOO tiny! lexi would never survive here…haha i’m 110% sure of that, so keep her there and keep her happy!

Hi Megan

Sounds like you are settling in and having a great time. Glad to hear your Mum is doing well (Kathy if you read this everyone here is thinking of you XXX).

Aisling probably told you I’m planning a trip to Vietnam in February – was probably coming anyway but a chance to catch up with you is a great extra incentive! I’m hoping Aisling might come and meet me too.

Plan to arrive about 15th Feb for about 2 weeks so check out the tourist stuff for me!

Love
Siobhan

hi siobhan! i keep meaning to email you, but clearly havent gotten around to it yet! i’m so excited that your planning to come here! there’s lots of room to stay at my place for as long as you want to be here! are you planning to stay in hcmc or travel throughout the country? i’d love to fit in a weekend trip with you if it works with your schedule!

Megan, that is so cool that you got to go to the country and see some new sights. Not sure about those power lines.
Great Blog, keep it up.

hey laura! thanks for your email 🙂 the power lines are crazy and like that allllllll over district 1! no wonder there’s so many power outages!

YAY new pictures……
I miss you lady…. email me for a rendez-vous on Skype 😀
MWAHHHHH

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