- Custard Apple
We went to a cafe in Saigon with lots and lots of different types of milkshakes. Here are the ones I can remember.
The sand sliding in Mui Ne was windy so we got sand everywhere. I did not like it at all. The sand, the wind and the hills. But the only thing I liked was the sliding because it was fast and fun. It was steep but I wasn't scared. I thought I was going to crash when I reached the bottom but I didn't.
After we checked in at the resort we were staying at next to the beach in Mui Ne we went for a walk on the river. It was so interesting! Cause the water eroded the sand we saw all the different layers of sandstone. But my favourite bit was the climbing because I like heights (well sometimes) and it's challenging! When we got near the end all the sand became all gooey and runny , like quick sand. My dad also saw a biiiig frog in the river but I didn't. I did an experiment on the way back. It was to do with eroding, so basically you get some sand put it in the river and watch it erode. This stream is like a mini version of the Grand Canyon.
The war museum was quite well scary of course. It showed people with agent orange that started to make them grow funnily (read more about agent orange below.) Now we begin with the agent orange facts:
Now we shall talk Napalm, it is a type of bomb that sets everything on fire but I can't explain any more about it.. There are also MIA's which stands for missing in action. You'll see some of the people on one of the pictures.
I felt sad when I saw some of the photos because people were missing hands and feet and people who were sick or near bombs that have exploded. I had to cover my eyes or looked on the floor at some parts of the museum. The photos there were people blown up by bombs but still survived. It made me glad I wasn't in a war.
My mum told me a very special story that started in Vietnam… It all began when the north of Vietnam wanted Vietnam to be one country and the south of Vietnam didn't because they didn't want the same things. For example, the north of Vietnam wanted to be a communist county and the south of Vietnam didn't so that caused a war. Ong (my mum's dad) decided to work with the American army. But here's a sad bit :-( Ong was sent to jail!!! He was stuck there for one year! )Luckily he was free from jail, but not from the war. Ong was worried after the war and the north Vietnamese won that my mum and her brothers and sisters wouldn't have a good life in Vietnam, so they went on a boat to Thailand and took the quickest route but it was also dangerous. There wasn't a lot of food but a lot of people threw up and some people died. Then they were able to go to Australia. My mum was four years old. We are back where everything started in Phan Thiet in Vietnam. I have met all my mum's aunties, uncles, cousins and second cousins. I can't understand them so I ask mum to speak. It's a bit weird listening to my mum speak Vietnamese because it doesn't sound like English. Sam copies words and is funny.
Guess how quickly it took me to count to ten in Vietnamese? It took me about ten minutes! Someone called Thien (who is my second cousin) taught me. Then when I counted to ten in Vietnamese to my mum she explained how to count to twenty. It was like counting to ten but instead; you said ten in front of everything but twenty you put two in front of ten. Mum tested me by saying any number between 1 and 100 in English and I said it in Vietnamese. I got it all right.
Nui was born with a disability, she had no arms or legs! When she was born her mum was embarrassed so she flew off to Australia and did NOT come back so Nui was left with her father. Her father was a brave man and he also taught Nui lots of things. He knew that he couldn't hold onto Nui for ever so he taught her how to live independently. Every day Nui's father Looked after Nui by himself and grew older and older until he died. Nui was horrified that her father was dead. They tried to give Nui arms and legs but it was too expensive and every time she grew it would have to be changed and that cost a lot if money too. So she learned to do things with what she had. I met Nui 5 years ago when I was 2 years old. At first I was shy and was afraid to touch her arms because I thought it would be weird. But I got used to it and now I like hugging her and seeing her.
If you did the ice bucket challenge it would be better if you did the rice challenge. The ice bucket challenge was helping people with a type of disease in the brain called motor neuron. But one of Dad's friends thought that because water was very precious in her country in Angola she didn't want to waste water. So she thought of doing the rice challenge. The rice challenge gets you to help a person who can't really afford to buy food. I'm giving a huge bag of rice to a person named Khun Nui. A sad fact about her is she was born without any legs or arms but she is still a happy person. I will write more about Nui later. You can still nominate people! And I nominate Nampetch Bennett, Ben Harrison and Morgan Howard. Oh and remember to use your own money to buy rice or food - and not just ask your mum or dad to buy it for you!!! :-). And comment back to let me know you've done it please!
I'm not sure you'll be interested on reading the next few words but I do hope you enjoy it:-) Now when we were in the car the other day Zoe started asking what each animal gave us. For example sheep give us wool or cows give us milk and beef. Now this time she asked us what dinosaurs give us. My dad was a bit puzzled then said “Perhaps they give us fossils” then Zoe asked “what's a fossil?” I had to answer because my mum couldn't explain and my dad was probably too busy driving. Now here goes ... I replied to Zoe “A fossil is basically a dead animal that lies on the ground and then bits of rock and sand cover the dead animal and stays under it for many years then finally turns into sedimentary rock and becomes a fossil for palaentologists to dig up." My mum said "Wow!" after I said that.
This tale began when I told my mum about some of the subjects at school I didn't like. So she told me to think of how I would change the subjects but they would still learn! Now that is a tricky question for me but I will do my best. Now we may begin:
That's it for now!
8 years old, I like to create and make things. I make up great jokes and love to read!
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