The purpose of my trip was to go to the wedding and to visit my family. We traveled about 2 hours from Central Saigon to see them. So much has changed! The one thing that has not changed is my family. My grandmother, uncles and aunts all look the same to me now as they did when I was a little girl. But even though I was able to recognize them, they barely recognized me! When I saw my grandmother I knew that she was thrilled to see me because I could see tears in her eyes. I miss them all so much and it was wonderful that I got to see them.
The way people live in the suburbs and countryside is the opposite of the urban lifestyle of Saigon. People who live outside of the city go to sleep really early (like 6 or 7 pm) and wake up really early too. Many people farm and lots of families are growing vegetables, raising pigs, chickens, and ducks as a day to day routine and they are really satisfied. Sometimes we can get so caught up in our day to day lives or our materialistic desires that we forget about how differently other people live. It is amazing to experience the change of pace and to remind myself of my roots and heritage.
Here are some photos of me and my family
My grandmother ( ba noi ) Loc and my cousins
Wearing DVF dress
Walking out to the main street from my grandmother’s house
Beautiful view by my grandmother’s house
Another beautiful flower called” Hoa Ga” I don’t know the English name for it
Here are some photos of regular people working on the street in Saigon
Wearing: Common Thread dress
I just got the news today from Natalya that Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London home. He was a week away from presenting his new collection at Paris fashion week and the fashion world is beyond shocked right now. He will be missed and we will continue to adore his work and respect his talent. There will be a significant empty space not just in Paris fashion week but also in the fashion industry as a whole.
Have a nice day everyone!!! Nini Nguyen