I think i have been in the village for too long that i forgot my blog URL wts. Took some trouble to find it HAHA.
Anyways I LOVE VIETNAM!! 🙂 Esp the village haha. Honestly it was quite weird when i first reached there cos the sun sets at 5 plus (vietnam time) like what?!?!?! so by the time i reached the village it was pitch black. There are at least 10 different types of insects I CANT EVEN BREATHE. So basically we just slept in the classrooms which was actually very uncomfortable.i got bruises on my back haha. the roosters and dogs are like our alarm clocks hahah but actually most people keep waking up in the night and just waiting for the wake up time HAHA. We woke up at like 5.30 every day and it was already so damn bright haha.
I honestly liked the village life. There was nothing to worry about. i found my inner peace yay. wonder if weng found hers in europe yet haha. It was the type of slow pace life without technology, you dont have to stress about anything. It was being back to the basics. 🙂 Back in the city you have to stress about the slightest thing like monetary transaction, what clothes to wear, how you look, what to eat etc. But only there there was none of this to worry about. There was no image to care about there we didnt even have mirrors there so basically i didnt know how i looked like for 6 days there NO KIDDING. I didnt even care if i look very cui or dirty HAHA. NO ONE CARES. When i have free times, i just sit on the swing there with yuting/ bernice and talk. If not i would be taking an afternoon nap in the room or playing with the kids. I kinda dreaded the night cos it was so dark. But then again the stars cant shine without the darkness HAHA so i made it a point to look up to the sky every night to see some stars. They fill the sky 🙂
And I LOVE THE KIDS. Their smiles just melt me everytime! At first they keep looking at us when we said hi to them. But i just waved and said hi to them everytime and like within 2 days they started smiling and even waving back. When you want to play with them you can just join in. And omg their joy everytime we taught them how to twist the balloons haha their screams and everything. I just felt sad i couldnt understand whatever they are talking about. 😦 But body language FTW seriously hahaha. KIDS SMILES ARE THE PUREST THING ON EARTH! 🙂
I need to talk about the house visit. This is something i will remember for a long time. So we visited this household which was very poor because they didnt own any land and farming was like the livelihood of the people there. Okay so basically they had 5 children, the oldest being a son, 14, and the rest daughters aged 11,10,9 and youngest 3. The size of the land they own is the size of their house which isnt very big of course. The son already quit school and started working. But because he was underage (legal age is 18), he is paid very little and without insurance, meaning the company is not responsible for his safety. The oldest daughter also quit school already because she need to cook for the family and take care of her younger siblings. Although she’s only 11 but she give off the feel of a 14-15 year old one. The other 2 daughters go school and i see them in school everyday but i didnt know I will be visiting their family. Although they are a year apart, they attend the same class cos the mom kept the 10 years old one at home for a year. The 3 year old girl is damn cute but she dont smile. she only smile for the camera with her cute little peace sign. Their smiles are really really beautiful. You might want to guess what they eat for lunch. Chili and rice. Yes thats all. And one of the saddest part is when we asked them if they had anything to say to us, the oldest girl cried, saying she didnt know what to say. The volunteer and teacher cried too. Then after, we stayed to play with them while her mum go work (help at other people fields for income). We offered to help but she said the field was muddy so she didnt want us to get dirty. So we just played with them. The oldest stringed alot of rubber bands and 2 people had to hold the strings apart then the rest will jump in. starting from the knee height up to the neck height. YES THEY CAN FRIGGGING JUMP DAMN HIGH. they can jump higher than their height i was mind blown. okay i dont have the pictures with me cos they haven send us but it is like what you see in this picture (i googled haha)
So basically we jumped to a certain height then we gave up and watched them play cos it was too difficult for us haha. I felt so unfair for the oldest girl because she had to give up education because the family couldnt afford it. And their school fees is only 200,000 dong (about $12.50) which translate to about 2 subway meals. I couldnt help it hugging all of them. While we are talking the oldest one always seemed so shy while the rest would pay more attention on the younger 3 cos they seemed cuter. So i asked her to come sit on my lap and she smiled. i felt she was forced to grow up too quickly just because she was the oldest it was kinda unfair. And the volunteer also told us that these girls knew they are poor. So idk my heart just ached for all of them esp the oldest since she cant even go school. So we just keep taking pics with them (they were very happy to take pics) :). Ms Seah gave them some money too and asked them to get more food to eat. Our team also gave them some gifts like rice etc. They had a dog too. But most probably is raising the dog as a food 😦 most people would say its cruel to eat dog meat. i totally agree. but the volunteer told us some times the culture of eating dog meat still exists because people are really poor and have no food. Its like the desperate kind. This short house visit is really eye opening cos erm these kids still smile really brightly although they are so poor (unless ppl in Sg who will frown over the slightest reason). And they really make the best use of everything they have (like creating a game with rubber bands). So when we left they even followed us for a distance before they returned home. When we reached back the school, after like 10 min, they were also there. I guessed that they came school early because of us cause there werent any other kids there (all went home for lunch/nap) so me and kiahuang bought them drinks from their school little canteen (okay not really a canteen just a little shop where this vendor sells a little snacks).
The worst part was probably the toilet cos there wasnt light and the squat toilet was the same cubicle we bathe in haha. The water smell like rust iron haha. Everything seemed better haha. just that during dinner we cant see our food cos its so dark so we just ate in the dark HAHA. We used the torch ocassionally to check what we were eating sometimes there were insects (but i dont care i dont know if i really ate them haha dont judge).
i was telling bernice and yuting the other day that i wont know what to do when its time to leave these kids that i grew so fond of. i rather they dont care and let me be the one that feel hurt then having them feeling sad and asking us not to leave. At least what i wished for became kinda true. it was their teacher day celebrations so they were all gathered and when we arrived they all clapped for us. a lot of them stood up and waved at us. so we presented them with some last gifts and said our goodbyes. they just said keep waving i wondered if they knew we were leaving. i kinda felt i was betraying them for just leaving like that. Then we headed to Ho Chi Minh where we visited cu chi tunnel, ben thanh market (we went at night so there were almost nothing sigh) , some pretty church and war remnant museum. There werent much shopping to do so i was a little sad cos didnt managed to buy things for my family and friends sigh.
But after stepping into changi airport i swear it was the atas-est place i have been for a week. and realised i was home. i miss vietnam. maybe i will go there again one day. im sooooo sooooo glad to sign up for this ocip. i didnt discover anything new about myself but i learnt so much more about others. some person in charge was saying maybe next time in uni can request go to the same village again and help the same people. i dont know but this trip is really the best!! 🙂 i hope to see the children and the volunteers again. hope An comes to SG soon, then we can show her around and be crazy again hahah.
now i miss them i wonder they are doing… maybe life just gets on for both of us.