Monday, January 31, 2011

Hanoi, Vietnam

We were in Hanoi for a couple of days to train a new couple. We were going to a RS event one evening so decided to walk over to the nearby market to get some veggies to make a salad. The markets are pretty primitive, but you can buy fruits, veggies, and all kinds of meat and fish. Peter saw roasted dog there but fortunately for all of us he forgot to take a picture. As you walk past the houses most of them have some type of business on the first floor. We were most fascinsted by the gaming or computer centers.

These girls were in a small alley way skinning and cutting up duck for the local restaurant, they were happy and willing to pose to have there picture taken with someones dinner.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Hanam Province

We went to this village because they have asked us to do a water project here. The water pipes have been brought to the edge of the community but the people can't afford to run the lines to their houses. We met with village leaders and wandered aroung the area.

This is the local water plant. We just wandered in and had a look.

I can carry that! (Vietnam)

It is "Tet", a week long party in Vietnam and they have these orange trees, kind of like our Christmas trees. Motorbike is the mode of transportation so they deliver everything on a bike.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Shau Kei Wan

We headed to Shau Kei wan to attend the Coastal Defense Museum. I had way more fun getting there than at the museum. We got off the ling ling and wandered trying to find our way to the museum. When you get out of the major areas its hard to find people that speak english to give directions, then we noticed the usual tourist direction signs and we were on our way. Fortunately we ran into this little parade. The dancing dragons were great, we're not sure what the decorated red carts were or who the procession of "important people" were. We found our way past the fishing boats and up to the coastal museum.

The museum was kind of interesting as it told of the history of the different eras and how they defended the island.The view from up on top of the coast was beautiful although it was kind of a cold dismal day.

We went to the museum with the Linford's. They are our hero's, at 80 & 81 they love to be out looking around and enjoying life.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Che Kung Temple (Sha Tin)

Near the museum was the village and this temple that was established in the 16th century.It was built over the junction of three streams because the god, one of the gods of good fortune, is credited with controlling floods and reputedly saved the area from the plague in 1629. The outer area of the temple was very busy while we were there with people bringing flowers, fruit, burning incense and candles. We could not take pictures of the inside of the little temple but it was full of little Buddhas and statues.

Tsang Tai Uk Village

This village is a Hakka design and was built in the 19th century. It is private property as people still live there today. We wandered in and found the people to be very friendly.