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A First Day Of Tu Bong Summer School in June 2017

 

 

 

 

 Wow what a day it has been!!!


First day of the school. Just under 50 children came, we assessed them and first class is 8:00 am Tuesday. They all heard the rules of the school by Su Thong and everyone is very excited, children and teachers. We are all ready for first lessons and activities planned for each afternoon, games, painting, craft and cooking.
We celebrated Janny's birthday with a cake before they all went home so everyone got cake to eat (if only a little because so many people).
With a massive amount of work it will all happen and I know it will make a big difference to these children's lives.
We certainly couldn't have done it without the help of so many people. Juanita, Ian and Lisa, Mariska and Anton, Louise, Janny and of course my wonderful husband Steve.
Thanks to Kid Castle for the fabulous desks, books, clothes and pencils. The children will love them. 🙂
We have fans in all the rooms. Hopefully this will make it not so hot and more comfortable for everyone.

Together, we can make a difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The New Air Jordan 12 For Sale

The new Air Jordan 12 Black Nylon for sale, as Jordan Brand continues to Girls Jordan Shoes new colorways of their beloved Air Jordan 12 silhouette. This release has a similar color scheme as those Friends and Family PSNY Air Jordan 12s that features an all-Black neoprene upper that is constructed with a waterproof nylon material, this sneaker's release date has been set for July 30. Per him, this is a "placeholder date," and is subject to change. Jordan Brand release dates have been relatively volatile over the past few months due to the new placeholder date system.

The return of the Air Jordan 12 Low in 2017 will include scaled down Cheap Jordans Online of original colorways, along with a few new styles.Falling under the latter is this fresh addition to the lineup, which pairs black suede and leather with Max Orange accent hits.The Air Jordan 12 gets a material upgrade for the winter with the release of the Air Jordan 12 Retro "Nylon." The sneaker features a mix of black nylon and black basketball-textured leather on the upper with gym red accents and a solid white outsole.In addition to new music, herehas new sneakers on deck.  the rapper will release his next collaboration with Jordan Brand. Next in line is the white-based "OVO" Air Jordan 12.
Air Jordan palettes continue to expand, but they still look best in the classic black and red Newest Jordans 2017.Next year, Jordan Brand is doing a lot with the Air Jordan 12, including this all-new "Raging Bull" colorway of the low-top version. Primarily decked out in bright red suede, the shoe features strong black counterblocking on the sides and lining.It's been a busy year for Drake, who just released his latest studio album, Views, last month.
When one Jordan Sneakers 2017 went to pick up his "Barons" Air Jordan 12s today, he found something interesting inside the box.What he received was an upcoming gradeschool exclusive "Hornets" colorway, which pairs a frosty blue tone with purple accents. The upper eyelets are done in silver.See a few more angles below and stick with Sole Collector for a confirmed release date, which you can expect later this year.Below you will find a list of every Air Jordan 12 which is currently being tracked on StockX.

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2017 New Cheap Womens Air Jordan 13

The shoe features in Girls Jordan Shoes colorways blue and university red. But its upper like the air jordan 4 snakerskin style. The shoe dressed in blue smooth upper at the both side of shoe and university red snakeskin at the toe cap and tongue.This year’s Air Jordan addition to the Doernbecher Freestyle collection is the Air Jordan 13, which gets a wild makeover compliments of 11 year old John Charles. A patient at the Doernbecher children’s hopsital battling Crohn’s Disease, John give the Air Jordan 13 a look quite unlike it’s ever seen before, featuring a glossy patent leather in snakeskin-embossed black and teal paneling.
The shoe also sports a number of person touches by John, including Cheap Jordans Online, a cartoon kid with a raised brow, “Crohn’s” on each outsole to signify how he wants to stomp out the disease, and seven pills to signify the medicine he takes ever day to manage his illness. The most powerful detail to be found on the shoe is located on the outsole: the word “Crohn’s.” John explained that, “When I’m walking, I want to literally stomp out the disease with every step.”
The Newest Jordans 2017 comes in a predominantly purple colorway, with teal hits found on the lining and outsole of the Air Jordan 13 GS shoe. The white on the midsole helps contrast the look on the upper.Known as the ‘Hyper Pink’ edition, this Air Jordan 13 Retro GS comes in an all-new black, hyper pink and white colorway. They feature a black-based nubuck upper with a white toe and midsole, finished off by a hyper pink outsole.
The Jordan Retro 13 is a retro version of the shoe Jordan Sneakers 2017 wore as he captured his first double three-peat. Modeled after the speed and prowess of a panther, this style features a quilted leather upper with round hologram on the side and a unique hidden lacing system. Other details include a Phylon™ midsole with heel and forefoot Zoom Air™ units and a rubber sole.

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Oona Volunteering in Tu Bong

Oona Baumier is a photo-journalist who comes from Switzerland and she will travel for 12 months working and discovering the world. Now she has been traveling for 9 months. Oona heard about us through the Swiss/ French Association “Offoir Un Toit” that built the orphanage. Oona planed that she would stay with us for 3 days then she would continue to travel to Hoi An.
Oona helped us teach English for both younger and older classes. She loves taking photos and the children love to be photographed. After finishing the class we went to visit around the temple and of course Oona's students were the tour guides. Oona was here at the same time as Gloria (a visitor from Australia who stayed with us for two weeks), they both really loved the babies.

 

The Vu Lan Ceremony is one of the biggest events in the calendar of Buddhist people. In this day people visit and offer some goods to the temple. The goods are not so important but the meaning of this day is that each of us remembers and honor our parents whether they are living or dead. We pray for a better life for them. During the ceremony flowers are given to people. Red flowers mean your parents are still alive. White flowers mean they have died. Oona was so taken with the babies and wanted to help us raise money and so she decided to stay especially after Su Thong (the second chairman-monk in the temple) explained the ceremony to Oona and how it would happen a week after she was meant to leave, so she decided to stay for a few more days because she wanted to join in the ceremony.

 

Hue Luc is one of the novice monks in the temple and he was taking part in a special examination to become a monk in Luong Son Pagoda (near Nha Trang). Oona decided to stay longer to support him and hope to see him pass the test. We were all praying for him to pass the test. Oona decided to stay four days more. On the testing day a group of us including Steve, Oona, Trang and I went to the temple where Hue Luc was taking the test. Hue Luc said that he had passed the test with a 38.5/40 score. What an amazing result! We were very happy for him.

 

Oona left the next day. She stayed with us 10 days instead of 3 days as she had planed, she said she would love to bring her whole family to visit here.

 

I really appreciate everything you have done Oona, thank you very much for your time, you have really helped us.

 

We hope to see you and your family again, soon!

 

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Five day trip to Danang, Hoi An and Hue, Vietnam

We flew from Nha Trang to Da Nang and arrived at 8:30am. We went straight to a hotel that was recommended to us by someone who lives in Da Nang to hire motorbikes but could not rent them without handing over our passports. The receptionist did understand that we couldn't  hand over our passports because then we would have problems hiring hotel rooms. This happened with two different companies. After a little research on the internet (God bless Google) I eventually found www.danangexperience.com run out of the Loseby Hotel. They rent motorbikes. The website is very good. The receptionist was excellent and helpful. We soon had two motorbikes. The owners of the motorbikes were helpful and spoke English.
They ensured we understood everything about the motorbikes and took photos of passports. We were able to finally leave at 11am.

Loseby Hotel

On our way to Hoi An we went to marble mountain, very touristy and all about the money we didn't really linger. I did look at the mountain and I am sure the Pagoda is interesting but we decided to push on to Hoi An. We looked through one of the shops and we ended up just leaving. We didn't go up to the mountain.

 Arrived at Aquarium Villa in Hoi An where we had booked through the internet at 11:50 Good ride in and relatively easy to find. It is a quiet villa with a very welcoming receptionist. The Villa is located next to rice fields and just out of town but having the motorbikes made everything very accessible.

Aquarium Villa

We went into Hoi An to look around. We had a little list of things to do and buy. We accomplished most things very easily but failed to buy material for sarongs. Went back to the villa for a rest then met and went into town at 5pm. The light was great for photos. The lanterns started to come on around 5:30. There were a lot of wedding photos on the river.

  Big Lantern Cards for sale Wedding photos in the river River View at night Fish netting in the river Ancient bridge

Had lots to eat. Deep,fried wanton - delicious. Bo Lot a lot - delicious, pork on a stick grilled with salad and a great dipping sauce.

It was really nice to wander around, taking photos and stopping when you wanted to. Cool and pleasant, not too crowded. Stopped and had a drink and watched the world go by in the end. The motorbikes needed to be picked up by 9:30. You can't take motorbikes into the city between certain hours so everyone can comfortably walk around. However they do have cyclo's which I think defeats the purpose. You're allowed bicycles. No horns allowed. No horns and no motorbikes what an excellent idea!

Night picture 

Went to bed 10 pm very tired after a full day. Left Hoi An at 8:30am on motorbikes after a great breakfast around the fish pond.

Went up to Hai Van Pass just outside of Da Nang.  It was an excellent ride up a very twisty mountain. The top is fantastic. There are lots of "Pill Boxes" and bunkers, some with bullet holes in. There is so much history here and it is very easy to imagine it happening. It was very eerie to wander around especially in the mist from the mountains. The scenery is amazing.

 Hai Van Pass Hai Van Pass Hai Van Pass Hai Van Pass

We went to Hue via the coast road. We arrived in Hue after stopping for delicious Nem thit noung on the outskirts of Hue. Along the way we saw heaps of “stills” and we couldn’t work out what they were making. Eventually we stopped and it turned out to be eucalyptus oil, bottles and bottles of it.

Bottom of Hai Van Pass

We arrived at our hotel, Hong Thiên 1 Hotel, (good comfortable hotel, excellent location for food and Citadel without being too close, not noisy) and decided to drive around the Citadel and then go in. Before we could get there however we discovered we had a flat tire. We took it to a repair man just down the road, whilst it was being repaired the boys found a coffee shop and the girls found a clothes shop where we were able to get Columbia trousers for 150000 VND each. Bargin! I got Steven 2 pairs and Fiona got a pair. Before the boys could finish the coffee the tire was repaired for the princely sum of 20000 VND. (It cost more for the coffee).

We made it to the Citadel. An amazing place. Some of the restoration is spectacular. I loved the gates and the walls. The disappointing thing is actually the lack of information. I would have thought a book about it or pamphlet or something but unfortunately there was nothing but plaques in some places.

 Citadel Citadel Citadel Citadel Citadel Citadel

We went around three quarters of it in 2 1/2 hrs. Hopefully we will be back to finish it off tomorrow. We were walked out. We went for a ride around in the forbidden city at night. There are some great bridges in here. We went out for dinner at a place just down the road from where we were staying. The name was Hue Spring bar and Restaurant. The food was great.

A mix of Vietnamese and western food and it was excellent. We ordered a mix of foods. All Vietnamese and we loved every dish.

 Hue River Hue River

We went to 3 tombs this morning. Ming Mung Tomb which had huge grounds. Very serene, beautiful buildings very few people here. We went to Thieu Tri Tomb next. Lots of stairs! Very stark colours but inside the last building the mosaics were amazing where the king was buried. More people here and the weather was starting to heat up. The last tomb was Tu Duc. Very serene grounds and nice buildings but not my favorite. The waterways with the buildings on them were lovely.

Ming Mung Tomb Tombs Tombs Tombs Insence Sticks for sale

Had a great lunch at Risotto. Fantastic Italian food! Go figure in Vietnam we ate Italian. Not a normal thing for us but convenient. Afternoon of lazing or site seeing whatever took your fancy. I went for a walk along the river and ended up talking to two young ladies who wanted to practice their English. This took up quite a bit of time. Walking back it was lovely to see the sun set behind the Citadel. We had another great meal for dinner.

Thursday

Left Hue at 8:30am. It took 2 hours of riding on great road to get near A Luoi. Stopped and took photos for Fiona of the Khe Sanh sign.

Ke San sign map

We had a coffee looked at the maps then got under way.

We went to the border crossing into Laos. Beautiful scenery from there, the guard deleted the photos Steven took and then he shook my hand, no hard feelings.

Laos Border Scenery at border crossing

 We were aiming for Prao for the night. The country side was amazing. Lush green fields with rice fields and animals everywhere. The mountain range up through the mid highlands is stunning. It just keeps going. We climbed and climbed. We came across a water buffalo at the top ( no water in site) but he was in the middle of the road, dogs, cows, goats and so many chickens wanting to cross the road. We came across this amazing lady selling bananas near the top. I have no idea of her age. Steven got his photo taken with her. I think she thought we were crazy. The ladies were walking along with baskets on their backs loaded up.

 scenery in mountains Tunnel at top of mountain lady selling bananas Steven with lady village in the mountains water buffolo lady carrying wood

We ran out of petrol and coasted to where a blue tarp was on the road and a couple of children. They understood what we wanted and Steven and Peter went off to get fuel and Fiona and I stayed with the bike and spoke with the children. They were fabulous. We taught a little English and took some photos. They were so friendly.

bridge to village for petrol no petrol coming back with petrol Steven with children

 We rolled into Prao butt sore but only 2:30pm. Had a great lunch and decided to push on. Too early to stop we thought. It continued to be sensational scenery and then we got a flat tyre. No problem, Fiona and I stayed and the boys got taken off to get the tyre fixed.

fixing bike

The men seemed to be drinking a bit and foreign ladies seemed to attract them, but some ladies stopped and helped us. The other locals were keeping an eye making sure that nothing happened to us. The boys picked us up but unfortunately the patch didn't take so we had to go back and ended up with a new inner tube. Fiona and I were left at a shop this time. There were two drunken men this time but we ended up teaching English to some children and then I think the word spread andmore and more children and ladies kept arriving. We ended up with over twenty people listening. It was a lot of fun. Fiona had a couple of koala bears and she gave them to some children and they were entranced.

 teaching children English

Back on the road we went, perhaps a little later than what we wanted, but no problem.  We ended up stopping at a roadside store when it started raining, had some dinner, a young lady by the name of Loi helped us. She was fantastic. The rain settled a little, and slowly we started aiming for a town we had seen on the map that had hot springs. I'm sure they were great but we arrived wet, in the dark and couldn't find anything. A local lad helped us get gasoline and decision was made to head into Da Nang. At 9:30pm we arrived at the Loseby Hotel having crossed the dragon bridge all lit up and showing Peter and Fiona the lights of the city.

dragon bridge Da Nang

We were back where we hired the bikes. A little tired and weary but with amazing memories of the best people and fantastic sights. Steven and Peter were fantastic riding. It would have been very stressful the last bit in the rain and at night with very poor light but we got there. This trip was excellent from start to finish. 4 nights and 5 days of adventure with excellent friends. Friday morning went into the markets and got some things for the spa and then went out to Chua Linh Quang. This Pagoda has awesome views, we took lots of photos and then had a leisurely drink and trip to the airport.

harbor view from Pagoda Pagoda markets in Da Nang Markets in Da Nang

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