We spent the next several days visiting with another family friend (Meg and I actually stayed at her flat while my parents stayed at a nearby hotel) touring Hanoi. Coming to Vietnam for the first time held a special place in Meg and my heart for different reasons. For Meg, as you learned in her post about Luang Prabang, it was because she had a long-lasting interest in Communist revolutions and the war in Vietnam since high school. For me, because I am ethnically Vietnamese, but had never been to Vietnam before. (My birth mom had me in Houston, Texas where my parents adopted me). So I was curious to see the Vietnamese culture firsthand. I also wanted to see if I saw striking physical similarities between people I saw in Hanoi and me. Ironically, several people we came across in the city didn’t believe I was Vietnamese! They thought I was either from Singapore or Hawaii. “Somewhere near water”, as they explained. My parents, Meg, and I thought maybe it was because we were in Northern Vietnam and my birth mom was from Southern Vietnam? I guess we’ll all have to take another trip back to Vietnam to investigate. 😉 [Read more…]
After our amazing time in Luang Prabang, we made our way to the capital of Laos, Vientiane. During French rule, Vientiane was the administrative capital and, due to economic growth in recent times, it has now become the economic center of Laos.
Bee in DC’s second guest blogger post, from the lovely and fabulous Meg. My dear travel buddy.
The Bee asked me to write this guest post last week and I hesitantly committed – I’m not a blogger, but I couldn’t refuse one of my besties… I agonized over what I could possibly say about Luang Prabang. I had total writer’s block, but a classmate of mine helped inspire me. I grabbed beers with classmates on Saturday when, somewhat fortuitously, the topic turned to travel. Someone asked me what my favorite place I’ve ever traveled to was. My answer was automatic. Laos. I didn’t even have to think about it – there was no hesitation or second guessing. After that, I knew I could write this post. [Read more…]
We made it to Laos!
We spent a couple of days exploring (read: recuperating from our jet lag) Bangkok before we carried on with our trip.
First of all: Happy birthday, mom!
Secondly, during the summer of 2008 I was very fortunate to go on a 2 week trip to Southeast Asia with my parents and dear friend Meg. To say we had a blast is an understatement. It was so amazing to visit Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam all in one trip. Each of the cultures were rich in diversity and tradition. I found it particularly interesting to see how the character of each country varied from the next. For example, I found the Laotian people to generally be very gentle, quiet and welcoming and the Vietnamese to be much more aggressive, loud and busy – they always had somewhere to be, someone to see, something to sell.
1. Tommy and I finally went to the new Hank’s Oyster Bar on the Hill for dinner with a couple of friends on Saturday night. I have been a longtime fan of the original Hank’s in Dupont Circle and I was very excited to hear that it was expanding again to Capitol Hill. (There is also a Hank’s in Old Town Alexandria). It was packed that night, which may explain the slower service, but the food didn’t disappoint! [Read more…]
This past Friday night Tommy, a couple of friends, and I went to the 237th Marine Corps Ball for the Fort Belvoir Marine Detachment in Virginia.
Both Tommy and his friend served as Marines from 2001 – 20006 ,so going to this year’s Marine’s annual birthday celebration was extra special to them. The last Marine Corps Ball either of them had been to was six years ago in their respective Embassy Guard posts (Tommy in Cairo, Egypt and his friend in The Hague, Netherlands). [Read more…]
So as you know I will be heading out West the last weekend of this month to celebrate my best friend’s 30th birthday. My how time flies.
Always the planner, I have started making notes and thinking about what to pack. It is not my first time to LA, but I haven’t been there in 3 years or so. I’m also usually with my parents and brother visiting extended family. So since I’ll be with a group of people my age on this trip, I figure we might be doing slightly different things. [Read more…]
Yay for the first guest blogger on Bee in DC – my husband, Tommy!
With their Grand Opening in January of 2013, you can “kick” off your fitness related New Year’s resolutions in style at DC Boxing and Fitness (or DCBFIT)! Located at 1000 New Jersey Avenue in Southeast D.C., DCBFIT will offer high-intensity, high-fun fitness and kickboxing training based on the art of “Muay Thai” kickboxing. [Read more…]