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Family Reunion

February 12th, 2010

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

My uncle – dad’s big brother

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

coffee shop

A worker

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

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  1. February 12th, 2010 at 10:24 | #1

    the kids are so funny and cute.
    Cute dress nini!

  2. February 12th, 2010 at 10:32 | #2

    when we were in VN for our honeymoon, my husband and i went to my tho to meet my grandparents for the first time!!!!!!! very emotional for everyone. these pics remind me of that special time. hope you and loc are having a fab time!

  3. February 12th, 2010 at 11:04 | #3


    I can’t find the right words… This trip is sooooo beautiful thing that has happened to you! Seeing your family and all the memories…

    Take care girl<3

  4. February 12th, 2010 at 12:25 | #4

    What amazing pictures! Thank you for sharing this part of your life – I think it makes your blog that much more dynamic.


  5. Lana
    February 12th, 2010 at 13:53 | #5

    I spy a thang long :X so jealous! Hope you’re having fun in Vietnam and lucky you to be there to celebrate Tet! :)

  6. jem
    February 12th, 2010 at 14:58 | #6

    It is really nice to see your photographs and read about your trip- it makes me feel as though I’m their!

  7. Tiffany
    February 12th, 2010 at 19:26 | #7

    These photos remind me of when I go back to visit my family. You look so chic, I like your backless purple polka dots dress. Have fun on the rest of your trip.

  8. February 12th, 2010 at 19:27 | #8

    Nini, I love your ao dai! I’m contemplating wearing something like it for my own wedding! And is your family from Mui Ne? Mine are too!! Perhaps they know each other — it’s so small and quaint there… Well, at least before the war.

  9. February 12th, 2010 at 23:07 | #9

    Love the photos. Your relatives look lovely. And you look stunning as always. Hope you are enjoying yourself.

  10. Lala/S-R
    February 13th, 2010 at 00:02 | #10

    Good for you, Nini. t’s always great to be reminded of these things. We do get cuaght up and forget about the rest of the world.
    Have fun. You have a beautiful family.
    I’d love to go to Vietnam one day. There are so many Viets in my fam. Now we have another half Viet on the way. My family is so diverse. I just love it!

  11. Lala/S-R
    February 13th, 2010 at 00:04 | #11

    It’s* caught*
    By the way, I love the Common thread dress.

  12. Yana
    February 13th, 2010 at 01:10 | #12

    I can relate 100% being an immigrant there is no other experince like going back to “the old country” you feel like a time traveler and as if you came back from the dead at the same time…its an amazing experience that you are bound to learn from….just think how different things will seem back in US

  13. February 13th, 2010 at 02:10 | #13

    I love that backless dress. I’ve never been to Vietnam even tho my parents are from there but my mom vowed to take us one day. Looking forward to it!

  14. February 13th, 2010 at 02:25 | #14

    Looks really gorgeous and sunny in Vietnam, lucky girl. Have fun with your family!

  15. February 14th, 2010 at 12:53 | #15

    It’s great to have family. I don’t have a big one and don’t really have a relationship with the ones that I have.
    Going back to your roots is important.

  16. February 21st, 2010 at 05:03 | #16

    so awesome that u’re able to spend some time with ur family in vietnam! love ur family pic:) thanks for sharing ur pics with us! just found ur blog today. great blog!


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