Trip Start Jun 16, 2011
69Trip End Nov 10, 2011
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During breakfast, I managed to check my emails, at last. Indeed, wifi does not work in the rooms for the moment because... thunder stroke here a couple of days ago and basically grilled all the sea view bungalows wifi... Yes ! Well, I had an important email which means that I am going to have to interrupt my trip for a week. So I started organizing for this.
My day was very very busy. Check it out. :-))
At 11:00, I went back to my room and... slept until 2 pm. I woke up ten seconds before my dad's phone call on my Vietnamese number... Hehehe. I went back to sleep until around 4 pm. Then I went back to the lobby for a quick snack and web stuff again (trip, visa, choices...) then back to my room at around 7 pm for... A nap ! I fell asleep again until 11 pm ! I am now awake and it's half past midnight.
I have the firm intention of sorting out tomorrow the rest of my trip until the break (I leave Vietnam on August 2nd and will be back on August 10th) and seeing what needs seeing around here... So tomorrow will be a busy day now that I am rested...
I made up my mind about one thing : I extended my stay here for another night and will be heading for Dalat on sunday afternoon or evening. There I will have two nights in Dalat before probably (that's what I have to sort out and decide tomorrow) taking a plane back to HCMC and then... out of Vietnam. When I come back, depending on what's available, i will either fly to Con Dao (in the archipelago of Con Son) which is something I would really really like to do. If it's still complicated, then I'll be heading straight to Nha Trang where... diving, I hope, will be awaiting me.
That's it for now folks !
No ! That's not it ! Strange how I get answers or, let's say, new angles... Relativity ! It's 2 am and of course I am not sleeping ! I am watching National Geographic channel and one of its shows called taboo. The theme today is... Childhood and how it's either aborted early or maintained too long. The first is about kids in New Delhi who follow their brothers and fathers into self-inflicting wounds for an annual Muslim religious ceremony (you've all seen that on TV haven't you ? Did you ever see children ?)... Well I saw 9 year old Mahmoud and his three brothers inflicting themselves with razor blade wounds on their chests. Ouch. Yes. Imitate parents to get love right ? And the mother comments :"we're proud they are participating, they help promoting the family name"... And if the kids had died, the father says it would have been an honorable death, sacrificing their lives for Moulah Hussein... As the psychologist interviewed on TV says, children will go to any length to gain their parents' love and pride... Well, a bit like the next example...
Three year-old girls and boys in Thailand kickboxing for money (big crowds and big bets !), trained by daddy and encouraged during the fights by mummy... "That's the way life is", right ? Right ? - "oh Jasmine never got big wounds from kickboxing, only bruises", says the mum. "and neither did my other children", she adds, candidly... In two days, their six kids fought and brought back 270 dollars. That's three times the average monthly salary of a peasant in Thailand.
The psychologist says we are doing the same to our kids by encouraging them to practice injury-pruned sports such as soccer or skiing... But what shocks us here is the fact that these kids here are encouraged for... financial reasons.
Third topic : an Australian mother is still breastfeeding her 5-year old kid... Our reluctance, as westerners, to see this is actually associated with the sexual component of breasts... That's actually, deep down, according to the psychologist, the only reason why we believe this is inappropriate and... gross ! (yeah, it's gross ! Yuk !)
Oh well... Cultures and mentalities ! No big deal. Right ? Hahaha ! As my granny used to tell me, I'll always find worse than what I thought was worst and better than what I thought was best.
Good night !