Here today, Saigon tomorrow

A family from California moves to Ho Chi Minh City. Hilarity ensues.

Birthday Bookends

About a month ago we celebrated a couple of birthdays and while some might say that we’re stuck in a rut, we like to think that our kiddos just know what they like.

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For the second year running, the twins chose to invite their respective classes to Be Be Land where The Big O fought The Big Octopus.  And lost.

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The Little Lady must know how to talk sweetly to it.

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Eventually the Be-Spectacled One settled in to do what he does best.

 

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The Eldest and I made it out for a bike ride along the Saigon river with my coworker Casey.  We found the locals doing what locals do.

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How often do YOU wash your chickens?

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“Do you think I can fit a few more stalks on here?”

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After I “helped” Casey fix her flat by popping her only spare tube, we were lucky enough to find a local repair shop a mere 100m down the trail.  (Listen to me!  I’ve turned all international!  That’s 109.361 yards for those of you Stateside.)

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On Easter Eve I explored urban Saigon after hours for the first time in quite awhile.

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Easter morning found me celebrating The Resurrection by completing ‘Vietnam’s First Obstacle Course Race’ with twelve coworkers, every one of whom used me as a human ladder whilst climbing out of a mud pit.  I’ll never forget my kids’ principal yelling, “Schnack!  Head against the mud.  NO!  AGAINST the mud!  Now steady yourself…”dragon_dash

5k, 19 obstacles, and one very beat up shin later.  

The fam mellowed out later at an Easter shindig hosted by this hipster shipping container bar/restaurant/graffiti space.

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And we come full circle to this weekend’s focus: The Eldest’s birthday party at, you guessed it, the same place as last year.

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It was interesting to hear what the littlest thought of laser tag since this was their first go at it.  They were surprised by the obstacles and different elevations, while I was surprised that the camera picked up anything at all.

 

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And it’s just two weeks until Spring Break!

 

– Warren

 

 

One comment on “Birthday Bookends

  1. Sandy Schnack
    April 13, 2015

    As I peruse these fabulous, wierd and wonderful photos I realize how much you will miss Asia.

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