Monday, November 1, 2010 1:12:05 PM
The header of my new blog
Dear my friends and the ones who care about me and Huế city,
After thinking hard, I decided to create a blog
for my Huế city. It's all about Hue's landscape, people, food and architecture from my perspective. Hope you can spare some time to visit it.
Lan in Huế
Saturday, October 23, 2010 9:15:50 AM
“It’s sunny but not too hot. What a perfect afternoon for a ride back to work,” she thought to herself after the lunch break at home. But she did not only think about it, she did it. Putting on the made-in-Texas straw hat and her favorite cloth bag, she hopped on the blue bike parked in the veranda. She always loved the blue bicycle that she shared with her mother.
She first pedaled merrily and swiftly but then she slowed down when a sudden question popped out of her mind: “Why should I ride so fast? Why should I waste such a beautiful afternoon? How about slowing down and enjoying every second before getting back to the pile of emails at work?” She began to relax a little bit, a smile appeared on her face now. She laughed to herself, remembering her frowning face this morning when she was struggling with the business emails, phone calls and online chats at work.
She was riding without haste, looking at things and people on the street. She observed every face and guessed the feelings of each person. She began to like this new game and found it interesting. It entertained her, inspired her and let her be free to do things that she liked for a while.
Friday, October 15, 2010 2:02:37 PM
Especially for Bryan,
On the top of Mount Túy Vân (Green Clouds) fronted by Cầu Hai Lagoon, there located Thánh Duyên Pagoda of which I am a frequent visitor. I love this old pagoda not only because of its history but also its landscape. One of my favorite spots in this pagoda is Điều Ngự Tower with wooden staircases leading to the third floor where you can see a gorgeous scene of the sampan village on Cầu Hai lagoon and the East Sea.
I visited the pagoda again one cloudy Sunday with a friend to find out that the staircases were removed. I was disappointed not being able to show my friend the great spot for a photo shoot but looking at the graffiti on the walls I understood. What they try to do is to prevent this 173 year old tower from some people’s ignorance. Luckily, there is Tiến Sảng Pavilion at the back of the tower where we could sit down and enjoy the surrounding landscape. Although our view was somewhat blocked by the tall old trees, we still see Quy Sơn (Mount Turtle). From afar, it is like a giant turtle, crouching on a pristine stretch of sand, guarding the peaceful East Sea.
“Let’s go to the beach, Bryan.” I shook Bryan slightly to wake him up from the doze. The wind was nice for a good nap, I know.
“Will it be as nice as it is here?”
“I don’t know. Let’s see...” I made a mysterious face to tease my companion but I could not wait to rush to the beach and lie afloat in the deep blue sea again. I missed the sea and I was hungry for some seafood.
Monday, October 11, 2010 2:54:51 PM
Đó là một ngày đầu tháng 10 nắng đẹp bất thường. Gió nhẹ, nắng nhẹ và cả tâm hồn của nàng cũng nhẹ tênh. Vào độ này năm ngoái chẳng thể có nắng đẹp thế này bởi Huế đang vào mùa mưa lũ. Mới tuần trước nước sông Hương dâng tràn cả bờ mà giờ đây khung cảnh thành phố như đang vào hạ. Nhường tay lái cho thằng em mới thân, nàng ngồi phía sau tha hồ ngắm cảnh và để đầu óc mình lang thang từ vùng ký ức này sang vùng ảo tưởng khác.
60 km quá dài mà dường như cũng quá ngắn bởi nàng có một người bạn đồng hành đáng yêu và hóm hỉnh. Cái vẻ trẻ trung, sôi nổi và tếu táo của em làm nàng như trẻ lại. Nàng cứ lẩm bẩm với Thượng Đế sao không cho nàng một đứa em trai như thế.
Sunday, August 29, 2010 9:10:05 AM
Herself wearing a helmet
Wearing helmets became compulsory for motorbike drivers and passengers in Việt Nam since 2007. Of course, she understands the importance of wearing a helmet and has followed the law strictly; however, she never likes wearing it. Why not? Well, she simply does not feel comfortable with it.
Unlike the light and airy nón lá (conical hat) that she has been wearing for decades, a helmet is truly a nuisance. It’s heavy, ugly and hard to be fastened and unfastened (at least for her). It takes her, sometimes for ever, to fasten the trap. To save time, her daughter always helps her with it. She used to consider herself a clever woman until the helmet appeared. It makes her feel like she’s such a clumsy person. Her daughter has, for so many times, looked at her wearing a helmet and laughed secretly, she knows.