setting up cake in the hem (alley) (Photo Segi)
Banh chuoi! (banana cake) made by me, Ha, and Hung for the girls on my alley (Photo Segi)
Banh chuoi, banh tao (banana cake and apple cake) (Photo Segi)
My girls! (Photo Segi)
Making pineapple upside down cupcakes in coffe filter tins with Segi, since we didn't have a cupcake tin (Photo Segi)
Pineapple Upside-down Cupcakes: Amazed that they actually came out of the tin! (Photo Segi)
Ha and Hung making yogurt cake for the girls!
Pineapple upsidedown cake doesn't need to look good...
...the taste makes up for any aesthetic lack
showing off a newly tailored dress
Hung with the Banh Chuoi
with the girls and the cakes
A pink ao dai (pronounced ow yi) traditional VN dress
another, less tight option
Segi tries one on for size, too
the whole Hem 86-88 crew
Walking to Com 17, affectionately termed "rice lady" in between Sunday classes
Mot, Hai, Ba... YO! Tra da, iced tea, the usual drink served during meals
Last weekned class at Apollo
making Easter bunny baskets for Easter
Easter chocolate hunt
Starter A-- one of the younger, least experienced groups at Apollo, yet one of my favorites!
So much personality in one bunch!
Lining up to head out
Getting ready for the Instant Noodle lunch party
Easter in the teacher's room
Pizza with my teens class! Pity they didn't save me a slice! :-P
The girls' table
The whole Upper intermediate crew together
Dinner at Quan Hong Hanh, a restaurant with food from Hue--central VN, some of my favorite cuisine
"Last" night out at bowling
Sad because of a low score
We take bowling seriously
YUM, a plate of snails with a coconut sauce and a milky ngoc mam for dipping
Hieu takes Segi and I to Quan Oc "Mam Sua," a great snails restaurant--a delcicay in VN--always crowed at this restaurant only opened for two hours a night
Segi attacks her plate
The restaurant sign, for all those who wish to dine on superbly amazing food!
The view outside my alley on one of the first rainy mornings of the monsoon season. The woman who makes Bun Bo Hue had to erect a trap over her morning-only operation.
Another view down my hem (alley)
Looking up at the Bitexco tower, the tallest skyscraper in HCMC
A view from the top of the Bitexco Tower