0813: My Tho-village kids and ducklings

Today, I will be going with Nguyen’s mother to a village near My Tho where her office will be giving out exercise books to village children.

For breakfast is the very delicious banh mi. Vietnamese sandwich that has baguette instead of sliced bread. And I tell you, baguette is the best invention, not sliced bread.

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When everyone ate their bread, they cracked it open before eating. I wonder if it’s a tradition or if people are just curious.

A 4WD picked us up and brought us to the village area. The scenery is actually very similar to those in Sabah so I fell asleep as well.

In front of the school, there is something like this. And it’s not a rest area, but a plaque with names of good people carved on it. There are a lot of these plaques around.

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These Crocs are made for walking!

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Lots of curious people turned up for the ceremony. I mean people being curious, not them as “curious”. Do I still make sense?

Parents crowded at the sides and entrance to see what the fuss was about. I was too shy to take their photos so I took the photos of curious kids instead. Cuteness!

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And they are filmed too!

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Makes me think how wasteful I am, taking exercise books for granted–buying new ones even though old ones still have some pages left.

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After the ceremony, we visited the house of a “rich guy”. He has tens of bonsai in his garden. And he has quite a few antique furniture.

A bed. But imagine laying on a plank to sleep.

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A sofa/bed

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Mirrors

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Nicely inlaid cabinet

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And he served us river prawns. They were gigantic and yummy. The flesh was coarser than the ones I have at home, but this only means that they are not fed with prawn feed. If there are anything like that.

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Then we left for lunch. At a U-turn where we were not supposed to U-turn, there was an accident because some one turned at the U-turn where we were not supposed to U-turn.

And like everywhere in the world, accidents attract by-standers, by-drivers and by-passengers, making it very crowded.

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Bang!

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I can imagine their conversation:
Tsk tsk, he shold have know better.
Yaloh, just last week A-beng’s motor almost ran into A-seng’s
Tsk tsk

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And, on the way to lunch, the rich guy told us about his nephew. Well, told everyone who knew Vietnamese, while Nguyen translated to me.

Turns out, Rich Guy wants to matchmake his nephew to whomever. Nguyen’s mom said that her niece (who’s staying with them) is available.

And Rich Guy brought us to his nephew’s “farm” and Nguyen was brought in to see said nephew. I pretended to be busy taking random photos of grass.

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Lemon grass looks so much like wild grass that I was suprised when Nguyen pointed them out. I usually tear a bunch and keep them with me, later losing them somewhere.

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After the quick get-to-know-the-nephew, we went for lunch. We had a private room and I was very disturbed to see a large Britney poster.

 And there were two other large posters of semi-erotic couples smelling each other’s neck. And mind you, they were taken pre-Twilight (where smelling necks are acceptable)The uncles and aunty ordered ducklings and field mouse. I said OK! I’ll try everything
Wet tissue

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Steamboat that Vietnamese eat not only on cold days! Soup stock is ordinary chicken soup (I think)

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Cool Sarsi (coz the restaurant didn’t have Coke) It tasted different from ours, a more herby taste.

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The duck-embryos (being politically correct) out of their shells. The redness I think is blood or just stuff from eggs. You and I eat eggs and ducks (sans feathers though) so eating embryo is perfectly fine.

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Cooked egg. I admit that I’m not used to eating feathers, or else, I can finish it!

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Field mice, on the other hand, was very yummy. Like chicken only with smaller bones and less meat. Yums!

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Saigon beer. One of the uncles had too much beer and was insisting that I meet his son for matchmaking. And he shook my hand for too long. Bless his soul that he forgot what he did after he’s sober.

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Later Nguyen and I were sent home. And we took a nap (which we did everyday in My Tho)

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Later at night, Nguyen’s male companion came and us three went out. He took her to a petrol station for free petrol.

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We ate snacks at the streetside.

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Savory, like tutu kuih but with very nice toppings.

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Very nice sugarcane with mandarin juice!

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We tapau another with coconut milk to have it sweet.

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After tutu kueh, we went to a cafe where I had preserved lime drink. We watched on the cafe TV Brandon Fraser in Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Very disturbed to find him kissing the girl in the end. He looked like Humbert Humbert’s with a blond Lolita wearing a sweaty singlet and short shorts.
We left for home after the movie. And slept v early.
Good night

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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