|Friends, those are shrimp that Thao's |
parents and Leanna are holding!
|Parents meeting and enjoying life!|
You get the impression all we do is eat and take naps? Let's tell you about two other delicious Vietnamese foods -- com tam (I think I have it correct) which is "broken rice" served with grilled/barbeque pork and bahn khat. Bahn Khat is yet another regional version of pancake that is small and delicate, fried batter (mostly egg like a little cup) served with shrimp, greens and dipping sauce. Take it from us, eating and napping are lots of fun in Vietnam! In-between there are lots of great conversations and sights!
Thao's parents have a beautiful 3 story house - you can see the painted wall panels in the front room downstairs in photos posted below. It was a wonderful week-end to relax in a smaller town and get to know Thao's family.
|Hollis can't resist a good Nuoc Mia |
stand so enjoyed cane juice
After dinner Thao, Kenny and the two of us went out to have "cafe den" at a local coffee shop, Torinos, where they also served delicious smoothies: blueberry, kiwi and strawberry kept us happy. Us two old folks went home while Thao and her friends went out for kareoke. With enough stamina and naps we're hoping to be part of a crowd at a Vietnamese Rock Concert next Sunday night in HCMC with Thao and her friends.
The pictures below are from our Sunday visit to Van Mieu Tran Bien temple that honors Literature and Learning in Ben Hoa. This is considered to be one of the most important Temples in Dong Nai province. Besides the temple building the grounds cover many acres and there were a lot of people enjoying the park. We observed one wedding party going on and heard the noise from a bird owners contest. People bring their singing and happy birds to the park for contests where they showoff their pets. This temple is visited often by entire schools so that students can learn about the Vietnamese culture and traditions of learning and scholarship -- and pray for success at exams. Currently there is a special exhibit at the temple about the scholarship of HCM and important academic and cultural writers from Dong Nai province.
|A long view of the Temple across a large pond and beautiful grounds.|
|A lovely bonzai tree -- you will probably have to|
make it large to see it well.
|Tortoises are honored as great|
holders of knowledge.
|The teacher Ho Chi Minh in the|
Temple Meeting Hall
|Horses and Thao's 20th|
|Water Buffalo and Motorbikes|
|Phoenix Birds in Thao's home.|