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September 6, 2017

As a kid in Saigon I remember my grandmother taking me to watch Lên Đồng, or Spirit Possession Rituals, in the evenings after dinner has been served. She dressed up and took me down alley ways somewhere in our neighborhood to someone's house.

The home is packed with peo...

March 2, 2013

I knew in my heart that my first trip back to Vietnam will not simply be a touristy trip. I wanted to make a difference and to help those in need. Here are some photos from my trip to visit 2 orphanages (I had plans to visit 4 orphanages, but due to my illness, I had t...

February 27, 2013

Upon waking up on my first morning in Vietnam, I dreamed of having a Banh Mi sandwich. And there it was…on the menu at the hotel’s breakfast buffet.

I know this version will not be as good As the ones we can find in the streets, but I am still happy with that selection...

February 7, 2013

What can I say, I love living in America and never thought traveling to another country would ever feel like home. Yet for the first time in my life since leaving Vietnam in 1981, I was surprisingly greeted with a rush of sentimental emotions which were foreign yet fam...

January 24, 2013

I am excited to be visiting my place of birth for the first time since 1984.

I did not want my first trip to be just another touristy destination. I’ve always wanted to work at an orphanage to help children. I believe through them I can help influence a better future. A...

January 4, 2013

I was at a New Year’s Day party yesterday and mentioned I’ll be traveling to Vietnam soon. Once again, I was asked if Vietnamese folks ate dogs and cats. So I will attempt to answer this question from my family’s perspective. Our opinion may be different from other Vie...

November 8, 2012

I’m planning my upcoming trip back to Vietnam to work at an orphanage as well as tour the country.

I haven’t been back since my family left in 1981. I am amazed how far things have progressed in Vietnam. Planning to visit Ha Long Bay. Check out these cruise ships from a...

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