Category Archives: Viet Nam

A Little Dinner Party in Ba Ria…

In August, 2011, my lovely wife, Hoang Thi Lan, and I were honored by a visit from some family members from Quang Nam Province, near Da Nang. There was her mother, Ly, one of her cousins, one of her sisters-in-law … Continue reading

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A Wedding in Ba Ria…

On May 7th, 2010, Nhan’s son, Hong Duc, wed Bich Ly in a ceremony at the Catholic Church in Ba Ria, Viet Nam.  The church, itself, is new and very visually pleasing.  It is a new structure and very modern … Continue reading

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… The Compleat Gourmet, Viet Nam Style

On my second night in Ba Ria, Viet Nam, my host, Pham Van Nhan, threw me a welcoming dinner.  There were a couple of young people from Nhan’s scout troop, a couple of Scout Leaders, and Mr Le. Le is … Continue reading

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..a word about driving in Viet Nam…

DON’T!!! As an acute student and observer of the human condition, I was fascinated by the driving habits of my Vietnamese hosts.  First, on any stretch of decent road, there are 32,768,541 motor scooters, traveling in what any physicist will … Continue reading

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I should have done this years ago…

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Touchdown!!! And the crowd goes wild!!!

The big bird got in to Saigon at 10:05 PM, Thursday, local time.  My home is in the Eastern Time Zone which is 11 hours ahead of Saigon time.  My heart was racing, in a good way, as I cleared … Continue reading

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… and so it begins…

It is 3:00 AM, Wednesday, 28APR2010.  I am ready to leave for the airport to fly to Viet Nam.  My heart is overwhelmed with the prospect of visiting my personal heaven and hell.  I am anxious to see the “Old … Continue reading

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1 Day and a Wake-Up…

It is Monday and I do not think I will sleep again until I am on the plane, Wednesday.  I got a call, yesterday, from SFC Jimmy Booth.  Jimmy was my mentor, platoon sergeant, team leader and one of the … Continue reading

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Viet Nam… Going home.

I was born in Jersey but grew up in Viet Nam.  On April 28, I will be going home for a month.  I will be seeing some people who served with me, taught me, befriended me and in general, kept … Continue reading

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