We took to kids to Hong Kong for our spring break. We spent five days seeing the sights and focusing on fun activities for Owen and Oliver. We went to parks and museums, took the boys to Disneyland, and rode on a multitude of transportation options. We got to see huge buildings and scenic views of mountains and oceans. The air was fresh and clean, and the weather was perfect--cooler than Saigon, but not cold. It rained the day we left but was otherwise very nice.
For more details about the trip, check out the Hong Kong 2014 link. There are several posts about our busy vacation to one of the largest cities in the world.
We love the views from our 11th floor apartment looking out over the Saigon River. It's especially lovely in the mornings and evenings. The boys love watching the boats on the river and the airplanes coming in to land at the airport.
Many countries around the world celebrate women on March 8th each year. It's meant as a day to recognize how far women have come in an effort to be treated equally with men in the work place. It also brings to light that we are still not quite there.
In Vietnam, it is a National Holiday, and basically a REALLY BIG DEAL. We had a student assembly in which the women were serenaded and a few highlights from the suffrage movement were presented to the student body. It was a very nice assembly. Throughout the day, students brought me flowers and chocolate, and random men on the street wished me a happy Women's Day. Even my boss gave all the ladies flowers! Women's Day appears to be big in most of Asia, but it hasn't caught hold in America for some reason. Here in Vietnam, the day is bigger than Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. It was an interesting cultural event to witness, and I am glad the boys are exposed to such different traditions.
Our school is celebrating their 20th year this year, so they hosted a 1920's themed party. Nearly everyone in attendance was decked out in Gatsby-style clothing made by one local tailor or another. There was drinking, dancing, dining, and great conversation with some wonderful teacher friends.
This picture was taken by Owen shortly before we headed out the door. (Don't worry, our nanny was with the kids!) Poor Ollie wasn't keen to the idea of us going out.
I'm not sure that I'll ever get a chance to wear my fabulously sparkly gold flapper dress again, but Derek's tailor made suit will get a few uses. We brought some fabric in to this same tailor to have her make a couple of other things for us. I'll let you know how it goes.
Derek and I have started having more clothing made here in Saigon because it's cheaper to have clothes made than it is to buy ready-made clothing that fits our giant Western bodies. We are searching for a tailor we really like, but in the mean time, we have learned that it is best to purchase your own fabric as most of the tailor shops do not have a large selection of choices.
We made our way to Fabric Street this morning to select a few fabrics for some things we are going to have copied. I bought fabric for a couple of work dresses, and Derek found fabric for several dress shirts and a pair of slacks. There was one giant market with lots of individuals selling slightly different things, and then across a fairly busy street was a row of individual shops. We liked the individual shops better because they were less chaotic.
There was a lot to choose from, and I was glad I had pinned what I wanted on Pinterest!