It was still early when I went to Le Hoang Bich Phuong’s home in District 5 for a short interview that I decided to explore the Tran Hung Dao Street stretch a bit. When it was nearly time for the interview, I decided to cross the street at the pedestrian lane because there were motorbikes crisscrossing, zipping away along the street and I didn’t want to risk it. But as I was passing by Phuong’s home, she spotted me. I waved but I was at the opposite sidewalk! Seeing that I was having trouble crossing the street, this 26-year old young painter came to my rescue. I liked her already.
The bubbly silk painter ushered me into her home where her two terrifying black dogs welcomed me.
Sitting comfortably on the studio floor, I conducted my interview and she would write in my notebook ever so often because I don’t know how to spell the names of famous artists she was raving about. I have got to admit I am no expert in the arts. One of her favorite artists is the 20th century Austrian painter, Eric Schiele whose book is shown on the right side of the photo below.
We wrapped up the session after more than an hour and it was really nice meeting Phuong. She’s heading for Japan by mid-July for an exchange program and hopefully I get to meet her again.