Posted on 26 June, 2016 in Family

My younger sister decided to extend her stay in Vietnam for another three weeks as a Father’s Day gift to my Dad, and he’s totally delighted! He told her (and me) that now since my mom is in the US, sometimes it feels really, really lonely, and he doesn’t have anyone to talk to. Watching CNN/ BBC channels would get boring after a while. So does playing the guitar. He’s been taking my younger sister to the gym even when it’s really hot outside, and sometimes he even waits around to pick her up. Being lonely can be really scary, and I’m so, so glad that Tran got to go back and spend time with my parents as well as Vy. I still remember all the sweet memories with Dad from my childhood. My parents never, or very rarely let us eat candies since they’re just plain sugar, unhealthy, etc. But I still remember when I was in kindergarten, once in a while Dad would reach to his shirt pocket and gave me one red, round candy wrapped in clear plastic with stars on them. They were cherry-flavored and oh my gosh they tasted so, so good, better than any other candies I’d had. Later on, I learned that they were imported from the USA. My Dad barely spends money on himself, but when it comes to us, he always goes for the best quality. My sisters and I didn’t really get to eat lots of cakes when we were little either (not that we really care now, but at that time they looked so delicious, at least to me), but the few occasions when my Dad brought home  a couple slices for us to share, little did we know that they came from Brodard/ Givral, which were among the fancy cake stores in Saigon with prices probably double that of a regular store. After Tran bought the new flight ticket, Vy and Tran took my Dad out for dinner and they announced it to him in person. I could totally see the happy look on his face upon hearing the news. Dad, I’m so, so lucky to have you as a father, you’re absolutely the #1 man in my life. Happy [belated] Father’s Day, I’m super excited to see you this Christmas, and some day soon I’ll come back to Vietnam to browse the streets of Saigon with you!

On a totally different topic, I hiked Hanging Rock State Park a couple weeks ago with two friends. Yay for having a chance to get my hiking shoes out after four years (!). I didn’t go all the way to the tip of the Hanging Rock itself because I think I would have puked before reaching it, but I didn’t care anyway. It was a nice trip. I probably will return sometime soon, maybe this time just by myself and hike the longer Moore’s Wall loop. That will be some good time for self-reflection and meditation I guess, since I just can’t sit still in some yoga pose and meditate like normal people… The two-hour drive will be a pain though.


My running resolution is going well. I’m about 80 miles ahead of schedule now, so I’m not too worried about covering the distance. These days usually I run 3 times a week, two medium 4-5 mile run on weekdays, and one longer run on the weekend. The American Tobacco Trail is great for the long weekend run because it has lots of shades and is very well-maintained, but at the same time, it has some seriously very mean bugs. Twice they scared the crap out of me and I ended up running an extra mile or two (!). I bought some DEET-free mosquitoes bands the other day, hopefully they work! Carrying the phone is getting more and more annoying, so I’m thinking about buying the Fitbit Surge. It has GPS so I won’t need my phone. But then, I’ll have to give up the music I guess. It’s also not really cheap, I think it costs about $220 now?

My friend Linh L. posted this on her Facebook the other day, and I just have to save a copy here for myself:

One good thing about life: everything is temporary. There can’t always be sunshine and rainbows, but thunderstorms also don’t last forever.

So, yes, keep calm and carry on.

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