Photo Essay: CET Vietnam

Photos by Tina Chiem, (Clark University) Student Correspondent CET Vietnam, Spring 2019

 

[Dreamplex Coworking Space]
One of our housemates works with TEDxDaKao here in Ho Chi Minh City! This particular TED event was 3 hours long and featured 5 panelists detailing their journeys, some ranging from the US to Europe and back to Vietnam. Super cool to see a TED talk in person!!!!

[The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre]
Class field trip! We headed to the museum with our Diaspora class and got the opportunity to speak to the artist who curated the space. In the picture, you see lacquer pieces on display, projected and laid on top of multiple small pieces of lacquer. Made by a Vietnamese American artist who is now located in Da Nang.

[The bus!!!]
Y’ALL I LOVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT. I don’t know how reliable the bus is in this city, but there’s plenty of buses that run through the city, and I finally decided to get on one!! I was actually far enough to actually feel need to take one. Anyways, this bus trip cost me 25K less than it usually would, despite the ride being longer. But that’s okay! I like discovering bus routes c:

[Bảo Tàng FITO]
For Vietnamese class, we get to pick 3 places to visit to help our Vietnamese or learn more about Vietnamese culture! For this field trip, my cô giáo suggested we go to the museum of ancient Vietnamese medicine. The museum was filled with artifacts, mushrooms, old texts, and beautiful paintings of medicinal plants! My cô giáo is pictured with all the medicinal plant paintings, and the other photo is part of the rooftop of the museum.

[Bảo Tàng FITO]
For Vietnamese class, we get to pick 3 places to visit to help our Vietnamese or learn more about Vietnamese culture! For this field trip, my cô giáo suggested we go to the museum of ancient Vietnamese medicine. The museum was filled with artifacts, mushrooms, old texts, and beautiful paintings of medicinal plants! My cô giáo is pictured with all the medicinal plant paintings, and the other photo is part of the rooftop of the museum.

[Some Saigon Intersection]
Rush hour. Although this also could easily happen at other times of the day. I was on a Grab on the way back home and took this. It gets quite hot in the middle of all the middle and exhaust. Also exhausting for anyone who’s driving. I commend Vietnamese drivers’ abilities and navigational skills!!!

[Nha Trang]
View of the ocean as we headed out to snorkel for a couple hours! The boat ride was 2 hours both ways, so we had lots of time to stare out into the blue watery distance c:

[Nha Trang]
One of my and Phụng’s few nights out during our spring break! We did lots of eating, laying, swimming, all the tourist things. The food pictured in front of Phụng is called bánh căn. Super good! One of my favorites and remind me a little of those pancake balls you can make with those special pans. Or takoyaki. Either way. And the other picture is us holding our sinh tố on the last night of the trip! Nha Trang has a lot of fruit and smoothie stands, making it super convenient to get your daily recommended dose of fruit!

[Nha Trang]
One of my and Phụng’s few nights out during our spring break! We did lots of eating, laying, swimming, all the tourist things. The food pictured in front of Phụng is called bánh căn. Super good! One of my favorites and remind me a little of those pancake balls you can make with those special pans. Or takoyaki. Either way. And the other picture is us holding our sinh tố on the last night of the trip! Nha Trang has a lot of fruit and smoothie stands, making it super convenient to get your daily recommended dose of fruit!

[Somewhere in Cần Thơ]
My family’s house!! I travelled down to Cần Thơ for a few days to visit the fam, and vegetarian food was prepared for a Buddhist holiday – lots of fried food, lots of flavor. love!

[Nhà Hàng Cô Phương]
One of the go-to places to get food after VLS class!! The cơm tấm here is – well, it’s the usual, but the great thing about this place is that it’s open for lunch AND dinner! A lot of shops only open up for lunch and then close for dinner, often leaving only the more expensive places to eat out for dinner, unless we want to go farther. Anyways, it’s good eats! ^-^

[Dreamplex Coworking Space]
One of our housemates works with TEDxDaKao here in Ho Chi Minh City! This particular TED event was 3 hours long and featured 5 panelists detailing their journeys, some ranging from the US to Europe and back to Vietnam. Super cool to see a TED talk in person!!!!