Monday, 15 October 2018

Getting to know Vietnam
While we are waiting for the pre assignment of our future child we are preparing ourselves to become parents. Where biological parents might read  (self help)books on pregnancy for future mothers and fathers, preparing childbirth and what not, we are reading about the country of our future child; Vietnam.
Here is what we´ve learnt:

5. Hải Phòng

On the way to Ha Long Bay from Hanoi lies the city of Hải Phòng  
Hải Phòng is a major industrial city, the second largest city in the northern part of Vietnam, and third largest city overall in Vietnam with over 2 million inhabitants. It is also the center of technology, economy, culture, medicine, education, science and trade in the northern coast of Vietnam.



Hải Phòng was founded in 1887 by the French, served as a main maritime city until 1974 and is one of the most modern, industrial green cities of Vietnam.

The city has ancient buildings suchs as pagodas (like the Du Hang Pagoda), churches (like the Hai Pong Cathedral) an Opera House and an international exhinition center.
For those who love nature, the Ha Long Bay is the next stop from here, but the Cat Ba archipelago is beatiful as well.

The city sports Buffalo fighting and dragon boat racing amongst their cultural activities.






Thursday, 4 October 2018

Movies & Documentaries about Adoption

There are a lot of films and documentaries about adoption. Some of them are recomended to us by the institution that provided the training, some of them I found elsewhere (mainly searching on the internet). Please note that the blog entries on these films and documentaries are personal opinions.

11. Una vida nueva / A Brand new life (film) - 2009

Esa película surcoreana cuenta la historia del abandono (por su propio padre quién le deja en un orfanato) de una niña llamada Jinhee de unos 10 años. La niña ni entiende ni acepta su nueva situación por lo que entra en una depresión y manifiesta algunos comportamientos que tanto nos enseñaron en el curso (rebelión, rabia, aislamiento,...).


La película parcialmente autobiográfica nos enseña la vida en un orfanato en los anos 70 y es interesante para entender mejor el punto de vista de los niños abandonados y recordar que solo con el amor y el cuidado no basta para "reparar" a un niño dañado.


He visto la película en YouTube en coreano con subtítulos en Español.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Tết Trung Thu - Mid Autumn Festival

 

This monday (24th of September) Tết Trung Thu (or Mid-Autumn Festival) was celebrated in Vietnam. It is a harvest festival celebrated  by the Chinese and Vietnamese people although other Asian countries have similar festivies.
The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night, corresponding to late September to early October.
This year it was on the 24th of September, in 2019 it will be the 13th of September, for example.



The festival is a time to enjoy the successful reaping of rice and wheat, with food offerings made in honor of the moon. Normally it is celebrated with outdoor reunions among friends and relatives to eat mooncakes and watch the moon, a symbol of harmony and unity. 
The festival is celebrated with many cultural or regional customs, like:
  • Burning incense
  • Performance of dragon and lion dances
  • Latern parades
In Vietnam, children participate in parades in the dark under the full moon with lanterns of various forms, shapes, and colors. Sometimes they even wear masks.
Handcrafted shadow lanterns were an important part of Mid-Autumn displays since the 12th-century Lý dynasty, often of historical figures from Vietnamese history. Handcrafted lantern-making declined in modern times due to the availability of mass-produced plastic lanterns.


Mooncakes, a rich pastry typically filled with sweet bean paste, are traditionally eaten during the festival.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Getting to know Vietnam
While we are waiting for the pre assignment of our future child we are preparing ourselves to become parents. Where biological parents might read  (self help)books on pregnancy for future mothers and fathers, preparing childbirth and what not, we are reading about the country of our future child; Vietnam.
Here is what we´ve learnt:

4. Sa Pa

Sa Pa District is in Lào Cai Province, northwest Vietnam, 380 km northwest of Hanoi, close to the border with China and includes Vietnam´s highest mountain; Fan Si Pan, at a height of 3143 m above sea level.
Sa Pa lies at an elevation of about 1500 meters. The climate is moderate and rainy in summer and foggy and cold with occasional snowfalls in Winter. It has about 160 days of mist per year.


Sa Pa is a quiet mountain town (with around 36.000 habitants) and home to a great diversity of ethnic minority. Besides the Kinh (Viet) people (15%), there are the following ethnic groups in Sa Pa: 
  • Hmong (52%)
  • Dao (25%)
  • Tay (5%)
  • Giay (2%)
  • Xa Pho (Small number)
Most of the ethnic minority people work their land on sloping terraces since the vast majority of the land is mountainous. Their staple foods are rice and corn.



Wednesday, 12 September 2018


Te estábamos esperando

 
La espera en el proceso de adopción se hace larga, sobre todo una vez obtenido el deseado certificado de idoneidad y con el contrato ya firmado, uno solo puede esperar a que llega la tan deseada pre asignación. Y no es una cuestión de días o meses, sino años.
 
Como a mi me gustan mucho los manualidades y me gustaría explicar con detalle como fue este tiempo de espera -cuando nuestro hijo pregunte en un futuro- he comprado un "baúl de los recuerdos".
Poco a poco iremos guardando cosas dentro hasta el dia que se lo entregaremos, cuando sea un poquito mas mayor para poder entenderlo.
 
De momento he guardado:
  • Un librito de fotos de nosotros, la casa y nuestras mascotas, tal y como es nuestra vida ahora.
  • Un álbum digital con todas las entradas de este blog hasta el momento que firmamos el contrato con la agencia de adopción
  • Una camiseta que hemos comprado en "camisetas solidarias para Vietnam"
Un dia, buscando otra cosa en internet, me topé con un libro para todo el proceso de la adopción de "Mr Wonderfull". De por si me gustan sus productos, me parecen muy originales y con buen rollo, pero este me ha robado el corazón! Es tán genial que alguien ha pensado en los padres adoptivos  ya que para padres biológicos hay muchos de este tipo de libros.
 
Me lo puse en mi lista de deseos para mi cumpleaños (porque llega el dia y nunca sé que pedir) y no puedo esperar empezar a llenarlo.
 
Por si queréis comprarlo, os dejo el enlace (pinchando la foto os llevará a la página).

https://www.mrwonderfulshop.es/es/album-para-padre-de-corazon-te-estabamos-esperando.html

Monday, 3 September 2018

Movies & Documentaries about Adoption

There are a lot of films and documentaries about adoption. Some of them are recomended to us by the institution that provided the training, some of them I found elsewhere (mainly searching on the internet). Please note that the blog entries on these films and documentaries are personal opinions.
 

10. The Owl and the Sparrow (5 días en Saigon) - 2007

 
The film takes place during five days in the lives of the main characters:
  • Thuy, a ten-year-old runaway orphan
  • Lan, a flight attendant,
  • Hai, a zookeeper.
Thuy works in a factory for her uncle, Minh, who thinks she is useless and unfit for school. Thuy runs away from home and ends up on the streets of Saigon selling postcards and roses to earn a living. One night, Thuy meets Lan at a noodle shop and the two become friends. 
The next day, Thuy goes to the zoo and befriends an elephant whose keeper, Hai, takes her under his wing
Thuy acts as cupid trying to bring Lan and Hai together which results in a very beautiful ending for all three of them.
 
Apart from the lovely story, this independent film shows the life in Vietnam very acurately which gave it an extra touch.
 
ESPAÑOL:
 
En cinco días, tres extraños cruzarán sus caminos en Saigón
  • Thuy; una huérfana de 10 años
  • Lan, una azafata de vuelo
  • Hai, un trabajador del Zoo
 
Thuy trabaja para su tio, Minh quien cree que ella es una inútil y no quiere enviarla a la escuela. Thuy huye de la casa de su tio, y termina viviendo en las calles de Saigón (Ho Chi Min) vendiendo rosas. Una noche Thuy conoce a Lan en un restaurante de noodles y se hacen amigas.
El dia siguiente Thuy visita el Zoo y se hace amigos del guarda de los elefantes; Hai, quien también la cuida.
Thuy actua como una especie de cupido para intentar juntar a Lan y Hai asi que al final la película tiene un final muy bonito para los tres.
 
Aparte de la bonita historia, esta película independiente enseña la vida en Vietnam desde dentro, que añade un valor extra.
Disponible en Español (o en Vietnamita con subtítulos en Español) en Filmin (puedes alquilarla para verla online, por tan solo 1,95€). También está en venta en Amazon
 
 
 


Monday, 27 August 2018

Getting to know Vietnam
While we are waiting for the pre assignment of our future child we are preparing ourselves to become parents. Where biological parents might read  (self help)books on pregnancy for future mothers and fathers, preparing childbirth and what not, we are reading about the country of our future child; Vietnam.
Here is what we´ve learnt:

3. Son La (Province)

Son La is located in Northwestern Vietnam with many mountains, hills, rivers and mineral sources, surrounded by primitive forests. Not a "must see" destination and often described as "remote" this region is one of Vietnam’s most ethnically diverse and home to more than 30 different minorities, including Black Thai, Meo, Muong and White Thai.

This province first appeared on the Vietnamese map during King Le Thanh Tong Dynasty in 1479 as a part of Hung Hoa Province. The province has gone through a lot of changes in its area before officially named Son La on 23/8/1964. Vietnamese influence was minimal until the 20th century, and from 1959 to 1980 the area was part of the Tay Bac Autonomous Region.


Son La Highland is most famous for its imposing Moc Chau Plateau, which is an ideal place for milk-cow breading, tea and fruits planting. It has a wide range of natural wonders like “Hang Doi” (Bat Cave); “Thac Dai Yen” (Brassiere Waterfall) and immense forests of pine hidden behind soft mist.

In Son La City, visitors  are recomended to visit the most renowned relic of this province, which is Son La Former Prison and Museum. The site is preserving historic objects – evidences of a difficult but heroic time during the war; and also exhibiting the historical and cultural tradition of 12 ethnic groups living here.



                 Moc Chau Plateau                                                  Hang Doi                                                                  Thac Dai Yen


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