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Morning Ritual 24 November 2010

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Vietnam is littered with schools, to cater for an incredibly young generation. There are babies everywhere, and trying to get past any school just at the time of it starting or finishing for the day is a nightmare of motorbikes and meandering children.

Our office is located across the road from one of these many schools. A while ago, when thunder started rumbling during recess, every time there was a roar of thunder (and by that I mean the loudest bang you have ever heard) hundreds of little voices screamed in unified terror. The poor children had to stay outside during the terrifying thunderstorm all the same.

I much prefer the singing and dancing in unison, which they also do, frequently! Every morning, the school blasts out an upbeat, fun song starting the day off in style.

It’s always one of two songs, either one which is used as a morning exercise routine (which makes me hang out of the second floor office window to watch the little darlings, it is so cute! If I can find a YouTube clip, I will post it for you) or everyone’s favourite song honouring Bac Ho, or Uncle Ho Chi Minh: Như có Bác Hồ trong ngày vui đại thắng.

It is a lovely reminder of being so close to every day Vietnamese life, with children squealing and laughing and running around outside as well as inside of the office. One of the many things I will miss from my life in Vietnam.

Hanoi Boogie 16 September 2010

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The wait is over, guys. I know you have all been on tenterhooks since I said “watch this space” at the end of June.

But it is finally here – the Hanoi Boogie – with yours truly singing backup vocals.

So go and check it out, and because I cannot help myself, I think you should also go and learn the dance that comes with it!

Doo-whop-a-doo 27 June 2010

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For someone who has, on several occasions growing up, been told that I cannot hold a tune to save my life, today was an extremely ironic moment.

I spent my Sunday afternoon in a recording studio. Singing into a microphone! And it was an absolute blast.

We did the back up singing for a friend of mine, laughing and singing our way through the track. Great fun, and the end result is rather catchy.

Will let you know if it becomes a huge hit. Again, watch this space 🙂