March 9 . Monday - Bernice, Peter, and I took a thirty minute + taxi ride to Nguyen Bien Kheim school where we met Dr. Hoa and Mr. Quee(????) and were given a cup of tea and introduced ourselves. After which Dr. Hoa welcomed us and expressed his appreciation for the effort we take by coming there. Bernice and I paired up in the primary classes. In the first one we were pretty much observers. The second class was much more interactive and we got a lot of questions from the students about ourselves, likes dislikes, food preferences, etc. Then we participated in an exercise picking out the differences in pictures and discussing them.
We broke for lunch in the canteen and since the younger kids take naps, the three of us and three teaching interns with Tranh as the leader went to a coffee shop and chatted. That was informative on both sides with us giving a lot of encouragement to these young adults. Then it was back to school for a couple of more classes. Throughout the day we talked about our country and the bald eagle, Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. There were a couple of lessons in fractions and items that might be found at football games. Many of the lessons include more than one subject matter. All keep the kids on their toes. The kids are high energy and anxious to learn. They enjoy having us there. The entire staff were welcoming. The biggest issue was climbing so many steps which were wet from humidity.
10 March -- Tuesday -- another drizzly day. Our taxi driver was a bit confused and took a long way around. There are a lot of karaoke clubs. Bernice and I did our rounds with the primary classes. I taught a lesson on sports activities. While waiting for Peter we walked around the block and went into a store where the baby formula was secured but most of the alcohol wasn't. That seemed a bit strange to me until I remembered the Chinese formula scare a few years ago.
In the evening Hoa Pham picked us up and took us to Ngog for dinner. It was good, but I don't know how these folks stay slim with all the food they eat. Not only did she pay for dinner but she also gave us a really good map of the country and a lovely lacquer box. Working with her has been great.
Wednesday March 11 -- Another day at NBK. On the way there we saw a little boy sound asleep leaning on the motorbike dash. Classes today were more interactive. Lunch was questionable. In the evening we saw a Ca Tru show. Not my favorite but they gave a good explanation. Back to Aubergine for dinner. I like the food here but oh for something familiar.