The longest Tet holiday ever
Coronavirus disease (covid-19) is the most popular topic we’ve talked lately. At the end of January, when we came back home from big cities for Tet, some people mentioned about a serious disease in Wuhan but most of us didn’t care much about it. Three more weeks, all people here talked about it because it was the reason our schools closed. For the first time in my life, all schools and universities closed.
Right now, when I am typing this blog, all kindergartens, primary and secondary schools have been closed. In Hanoi, high schools and most universities have been closed, too. In some other provinces, high school students started coming back to school last week. However, as the number of people got covid-19 comes from 16 to 38, perhaps all schools will be shut down again.
People worry about covid-19? Of course! We always know that we are neared to Wuhan than many other countries. And now when the disease in Wuhan seemed to be controlled, we can see the number of people get sick by the virus keeps rising up all over the world, we have more reasons to worry, right? The Ministry of Health (MOH) has informed us daily about how to protect ourselves from the virus, and other information that relates to the topic. I usually come to read at the Government Information FB page to get update about the disease, too.
I think people who got sick by the coronavirus have been treated well. Covid-19 patients have been brought to hospitals and taking good care. The government has quarantined all people who had contact with covid-19 patients for at least 14 days. All medical, testing, food while being quarantined is free.
What we do the most these days? Washing hands and turning this song on!
Well, I like the song so much since the first time I heard (and saw) it. So cute, huh? I heard that it has subtitle in 22 languages already 🙂 I’ve tried not to go out as much as usual and keep doing exercise to make sure I’m in a good condition. In January I had to spend a week in hospital for dengue fever, luckily it happened about three weeks earlier before covid-19 became serious so that time I just relaxed and waited for my recover.
My colleagues and I start to work at home last week – turn the online mod on! We do all the meetings online, working online and provide online courses for our students, teachers and parents. We haven’t met our students in person since 20th of January when the Tet holidays began. We said that this is the longest Tet holiday ever! I hope you all doing well!
Sao bỗng nhiên em nhớ anh
Tới mức phải mở từng tấm hình cỏ trắng trời xanh
Em chụp khi thảnh thơi cất bước độc hành
Để nhìn góc nào cũng khiến em rơi nước mắt?
Mình đã bao giờ gặp gỡ?
Đã bao giờ đi lướt qua nhau???
Em băn khoăn nỗi nhớ nấp ở đâu
Mà bất chợt bám bám lấy em không báo trước?
Nếu ngày sau, tình cờ mình chung bước
Em sẽ kể anh nghe
Về nỗi nhớ này
Nồi nhớ ngày-chưa-quen-biết-nhau…
This month, I added a new playlist to my music folder. It was a kind of Vietnamese traditional music call “cải lương” that I didn’t listen since I was about 8. I’ve listened to the cải lương playlist every day since I watched Song Lang – a movie directed by Leon Le.
The movie was a big surprise to me. It was the first time I felt so moved by a Vietnamese movie. You can think it’s weird to say that, but I was so bored of Vietnamese movies that I stopped watching them for years. Normally, when I tried to sit down to watch for some minutes, I had to turn away because I always felt like I watched a terrible play. This time, when I decided to buy a ticket, I wondered if I wasted two hour again. After 30 seconds, I told myself that I was so lucky to be there!
Song Lang was a Vietnamese wood block or wooden slit-drum. It is sounded with a small wooden ball connected to the body by a flexible metal tongue (traditionally made of horn). It is primarily found as a time keeper in a cải lương performance. In Vietnamese, “song lang” aslo means two men, that you might think about because the movie told a story of an underground debt collector and a cải lương performer against the backdrop of Saigon in 80s.
Song Lang satisfied my eyes with beautiful scenes. It satisfied my eyes with nice music. It delighted me with short and nature conversations. It touched my heart with vivid feelings. I decided to watch it again, and again. I surprised myself by going to 3 different cinemas to watch it. I’ve watched it for 5 times until now. The number would be continue if there were any cinema in Hanoi still put it on their schedule. I wrote two long pots on my Facebook about the movie. It was so funny that I started to search for review to see how other people thought about the movie. There weren’t many people intend to (and did) go to the cinema for this movie. However, people who went to watch Song Lang usually went for 2 or 3 times, even more.
I’m writing this entry while listing to a soundtrack of Song Lang. I hope that it will be available on DVD soon. I really want to watch it again.
First day of school
Today is our first day of School year 2018 – 2019. All students came to school, some with their parents, some others by school bus. As my school is a primary and secondary school in the same campus, we have kids from grade 1 to grade 8 coming. New students seemed to worry, looking around with their curious eyes while other students laughing and talking.
I always want this day to be a very special day for students, filled with joy and happiness to start a new journey. However, many students, as I saw, didn’t feel that way. They had to take part in a ceremony that they tried to sit nicely, listened to teacher tell them what they should do during school year. That wasn’t something I love to hear for sure, or at least it was not the way I wanted to know about school rules and other things. This year, Back to School Night had been changed to be Back to school Afternoon. Therefore only parents of grade 1 and few parents of grade 2 – 8 coming. It was a pity, I think, because I believe that is a very important occasion for parents and teachers get to know each other, know how to work together to help students during school. As many parents couldn’t come, there will be more questions and misunderstanding things happen!
Luckily, we had some interesting time together. In the morning, teachers and students had time to introduce themselves, played some games. I met students I taught three years ago, when they were at grade one. Now they are in grade 4. They all told me that I should eat more to get taller.
I started my day with a big smile, turning on my favorite songs and watering tiny plants I had planted for some days. Last week, I moved to a new apartment after 10 years living at my old place. I still needed time to get used to with it and decided to add something to mark my day.
I went out to buy some flowers and came back with these little ones.
It was so funny to see my friends’ faces when they saw my vase (actually it used to be my fishbowl). I loved to pick up presents for myself, and this year they turned out to be flowers – many kinds of flowers – and books, of course.
33 was a very nice number, my mom said. I hope it will be filled with joy.