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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Lanterns in the (almost full) moonlight.

Do you know what day it was yesterday? Friday, October 14, 2016. In Hoi An, Vietnam that means that it was time for the monthly lantern festival.

All the dates for this festival are predetermined. I thought maybe it was because of a full moon but apparently that’s not for another couple of days. No matter how many Google searches I perform and people I ask, I still can’t decipher how they pick the dates. Apparently it has something to do with the 14th day of the lunar calendar. I couldn’t quite figure it out, so naturally I got bored and gave up. Anyways, time for pretty pictures…

“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.”

It was just a regular day on the job, as they say. I was at the Vancouver General Hospital taking a break with my coworkers after a long morning of work. The only difference about this day was that one of my coworkers, a Vietnamese-Canadian woman named Trang, had enlisted her husband to save us from the misery of another hospital cafeteria lunch. He had brought Vietnamese subs. I was enjoying the delicious food and conversation when Trang’s husband casually mentioned that there was an excellent YVRdeal to Vietnam, only $598 return.

“What?!” I exclaimed.

Within the hour I had booked my flight. I would later ask for the time off work and hope it would be approved. Just like that, my journey began…