Update 6: Bringing LOVE to Mr Tong and the Kids at the Orphanage (5-8 October 2016)

On our last day in Nha Trang, we had asked Mr Tong if we could attend a Sunday mass with the kids.  He said they typically go to the 4am mass and encouraged us to join them.  We could hardly sleep the night before – we kept watching the video clips they took of us dancing with the kids!  Such a fun thing to do at our age and we noticed the kids kept laughing at our weird dance moves!

We arrived early and it was still dark but the architectural beauty of the Nha Trang Stone Cathedral welcomed us.  We explored the church vicinity as church-goers arrived.  The ambience was  serene.

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It was our wedding anniversary and Pres and I were very blessed to have My Tong, his family, the kids, and a few volunteers celebrate this special day with us!  Many thanks, everyone!

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Right outside the Stone Cathedral, we saw these ladies in their colourful áo dài.  Thank you, ladies for posing with us in this photo – very nice!

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Our group photos before we headed for breakfast!  After the Sunday mass, Mr Tong recommended that we take breakfast at a local noodle stall right across the Stone Cathedral.

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Our little ladies are looking very pretty in their Sunday dresses!

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We were sooo full (and sleepy!) – the best beef pho in Nha Trang!  We then returned to the orphanage after breakfast.  The kids had to come back for their tuition!

 

Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.” ― Roy T. Bennett

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update 4: Bringing LOVE to Mr Tong and the Kids at the Orphanage (5-8 October 2016)

Pres and I are as excited as the kids (if not more!) when we hand them their gift bags!

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Our young ladies try on their summer dresses and could not take their eyes off of their new digital watches!

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Our girls trying on their new dresses!

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Our little gentlemen are not too crazy about the toy cars but are clearly enjoying their Hawaiian luau print shirts and short pants; we don’t get to see these designs everyday!

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Our boys checking out their gift bags!

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Kids are amazed with their new watches!

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With Mr Tong and his wife

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Happy to know we manage to get their sizes right!

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We miss you already, Emily!

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This young lady said THANK YOU like a thousand times!

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This boy has his wiper glasses on the entire night!

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Emily loves her new dress very much!

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Our little girl in her luau dress and Happy Birthday glasses!

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They all look soooooooo cute in their new luau outfits!

The moment they have their new summer clothes on, our kids start to assemble themselves in the middle of the room ala flashmob and the music starts to play!  This somehow brings out the little kids in us and suddenly Pres and I find ourselves dancing along!  The kids are so energetic; they are dancing and singing at the same time!  Meantime, Pres and I are busy catching our breath!

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We pose for group photos with everybody donning their new summer dresses and shirts!

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Before saying our goodbyes for the night, Mr Tong leads our evening prayers before the kids tuck themselves in.

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Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.” ― Thomas Goodwin

Update 3: Bringing LOVE to Mr Tong and the Kids at the Orphanage (5-8 October 2016)

These are the school kits we brought our kids!  They are all excited to see their gifts!  Mr Tong’s nephew Tam and niece Tram are both very kind enough to help us source the school supplies from a bookstore nearby and to give us pointers on what notebooks and pens to get for the kids.  Mr Tong is very proud of our kids.  They are all doing very well in school, he told us!

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The girls get all these goodies!  The rag dolls are a very nice addition and they perfectly match the luau dresses we got them!

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Each of the boys have their tropical print Hawaiian shirts and shorts plus a pair of dark colour pants they can wear to church; we also included toy cars!

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“We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson