Terry Fox Run for a family of 4

We usually ride our bikes to the Terry Fox Run as it’s not easy to drag a 4 year old in a 5km run. Rafa would be sitting on the front mounted seat on my bike — but he has outgrown that already. We do have a bike with a child carrier at the back that can fit Rafa, but it wasn’t road worthy for long distances. We don’t have strollers anymore and as soon as our kids could walk and run, we trained them as most as we can to use their legs more (READ: Lazy to lug strollers around and carry kids).

So the day before, we checked if our 4 year old can hack it with the trailer bike.

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He could but it meant having him on the trailer from our place 3 kms away then all throughout the race then going back. That’s like a total of 11 km.Wasn’t too sure we’d win the parents of the year if we did that.  So we just decided to bring the bikes of the kids and hubby and I would walk/jog alongside them.

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So bright and early yesterday, we hauled the 2 bikes in a cab and went to the run. Not sure how many turned up but it was a lot that hubby and I got split up since we were tailing the kids. And since Rafa hadn’t had any breakfast yet, he stopped for ice cream. That took a while so we had to cut across the run to catch up with hubby and Sam.

Here are some shots of the race. Will definitely be more prepared next time — I imagine it would be easier with a 5 year old. Hopefully.

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And we’re off

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Up and down the bridge. Had to carry Rafa’s bike.

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Look at those short legs!

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It wasn’t even 2 kilometers and people were stopping for ice cream.

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First meal of the day

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Sam too tired to bike

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Almost there! (Lost my cap! Good I had the CGV back up!)

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Crossed the finish line!

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See you next year!

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Supermoon 2016

So last night there was much ado about the Supermoon — with the moon being the closest to Earth since January 1948.

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I saw it on my way home from work and couldn’t wait to get home to the kids to view it with them.

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Sam was already sending me messages to come home to view it with them at the playground. It was at its brightest by the time I got home.

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Manuel set up the telescope before 8:52PM (when it was said that it will reach it’s maximum size).

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The next time we’d have the moon close to earth again will be in 18 years on 25 November 2034. My boys would be ages 26 and 22 by that time.😛

So here are a few shots we took. We’re no professionals obviously! Just want these as keepsakes for the kids and our time here in Vietnam. These shots weren’t easy. Have to be prepared for the next one in 2034. Hahaha!

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Love our telescope. Although it ain’t that powerful, the moon looked awesome!

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Terry Fox Run 2016

Since moving to Vietnam, joining the Terry Fox Run has become a yearly tradition for our family. This year, it’s happening on November 27 (Sunday) at 8 AM in Phu My Hung. If you joined for the last 2 years, it’s the same route.

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So today, I went to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, registered, got shirts and bibs. Shirts are at 200,000 VND each.

I hope that this would be our family “thing” even when the kids have grown. My side of the family has been beset with this disease and so I want my kids to be aware so that they’d take care of their bodies better.

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Still thinking if we’d ride our bikes our just jog our way through the run or just cheat. Haha.

For more information, visit http://terryfox-vn.org/.

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See you at the starting line!

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6 in 11.11.16

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And now Hello Saigon turns 6 years.

It’s been a wonderful journey and I really am surprised I’ve kept this blog for this long. As I quietly celebrate Hello Saigon’s 6th year, I’d like to thank all that have dropped by this site, sent me emails, worked with me on projects, and the many friends that I’ve forged relationships with.

This week has been a roller coaster of sorts with my country’s Supreme Court deciding on the legality of burying a dictator in the heroes cemetery and with the outcome of the US elections. I don’t think my blog’s birthday can trump any of those. Haha.

So again, thank you and watch out for a post birthday celebration.

Xin cam on!

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Finding Ngan Thong

I know there are a lot of art supplies shop in the city but Ngan Thong was one of the first shops that I found to have all the stuff I need. That’s why when they closed their shop along Pasteur St. (because the whole strip was was sold off), I was pretty bummed.

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Luckily, I was able to visit right before they moved and they placed me in their contact list. This is actually their third location. The shop they moved to right after Pasteur didn’t work out.

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This new shop looks like first one, only more orderly but it’s really like they just uprooted the whole Pasteur shop and dumped ’em all in Vo Van Kiet.

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And since it’s Christmas time, I had to find them for my Christmas art projects.

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Oh how I’ve missed them!😀

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Ngan Thong
314 Vo Van Kiet, D1

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Philippine Consular Mission this December 2016

I philflagknow I have been remiss about writing about the Consular Mission of the Philippine Embassy here in Ho Chi Minh City.

To be updated on the events by our embassy, sign up by sending them an email at: hanoi.pe@dfa.gov.ph

The December consular mission is on December 3-4, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday).

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The following can be processed during the mission:

  • Renewal application for passports
  • New passport application
  • Report of birth
  • Overseas Voter Registration

Will be doing the same as well for my 4 yo passport application. Senior citizens and kids under 12 can transact as well on December 2, Friday from 3-5 PM.

Before going, download all the forms you need and fill em out! Go to http://hanoipe.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/downloads-forms Good luck!

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How to get a birth certificate for your child born in Vietnam? (2016)

Four years ago, I gave birth here in Vietnam and had to get birth certificate for my son as a prerequisite in getting a passport.

My friend Soki recently gave birth and shared with me the update version of the getting a birth certificate. Just change step 1 with your own consulate.

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Letter of Request on Child’s Nationality

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Hope this helps.

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