Ngunye Retreat and 2 Adeles in Nam

Trip Start Dec 31, 2006
Trip End Jan 17, 2007

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Before Vietnam
Well, on this Merry Christmas, I am contemplating the journey to come. I've been making plans and getting details of specific locations to visit from my aunt. Both my mother and my aunt have been helping me receive a cushy landing in Ho Chi Minh City by hooking me up with their contacts (our extended family in VN and some drivers, and other services.). I've been warned by my family, don't eat fresh veggies, only eat fruit you can peel, and drink only bottled water. My aunt who is a doctor gave me some pills should I get sick. Last time I went in 1998, I didn't get sick (knock on wood), so I anticipate the same result this time around (knock on wood, again). It's been almost 10 years since I was last there, and I've heard the country is much different. I hope so.

Vow of Silence and Fasting
Before I go, starting on the 28th of Dec., I will be going on a Buddhist meditation retreat to do a practice called Ngunye which includes a vow of silence and fasting over a 4-day period in my neighborhood in Brooklyn at Diamond Way Buddhist Center (where I've been practicing at since May). The type of retreat I'm doing is a purification practice and will definitely clear my mind and body before I take off to Vietnam. The retreat ends on Dec. 31st., the day I leave for Vietnam.  This will be great. Teale Failla, my director of photography will be accompanying me on this trip. I hear New Years on a plane is pretty rockin'!

The 2 Adeles
A friend of mine used to call me "Parallel-Adele" for I was always doing two things at once. Little did I know this would foreshadow my encounter with a second woman named Adele Pham who has a parallel identity as moi! She has a Vietnamese father and an American mother. She is in the Media Studies graduate program I graduated from at the New School and she is going to Vietnam today, Dec. 25th, to film! She is from the westcoast, Oregon, I believe. What are the odds?!!!! So we met and talked and we have a lot to relate with one another. There's a short film in this somewhere...  Adele Pham is going to Nam to film her father going back to Vietnam since he left in 1976. What an incredible story that will be.

Okay, well, the next time you hear from me, I'll be on the other side of the world.

Peace, love, Merry Chanukkah, Merry Kwanza, Happy Christmas,  and Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year!

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leajas1 on

Best of luck!
I'm fascinated by the journey you are about to take and wish you the best of luck. I can't wait to read/see the film about all of the wonderful things you're going to experience! Have a joyous new year.
Kerry (Leasure) Rojas

ksteger on

Keep Rockin', Girlie!
Glad to hear the plan is in motion!!! What a delightful way to launch the year! Not only will this trip be fun, I'm certain that you and Teale will collect a great deal of significant material for the project.


lod_lehavre on

Bon voyage de Paris
Hi adele !

I'm so glad you're finally going to VN for this wonderfull project of yours. I'm so excited for you. Come visit us in France after VN !


adeleray on

Adele! Meet up for sure!
Hey Adele,
I hope we can meet up!

lee2 on

Hello from northern Virginia
Adele, thanks for the travel log. It sounds like a really neat project for you. We have enjoyed the photos and your travel notes.
Lee Herring

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