Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Our Friends from Montreal, Canada

Marianne and Hung Visiting Manila

This is Marianne and Hung, previously business associates I worked with in Vietnam, they have become good friends. We get excited about similar things, development projects and delicious food from all over the world. When we weren't talking shop, we were contemplating food. I also enjoy listening to their stories growing-up in Vietnam among the elite at the cusp of the communist revolution. Although their respective families lost virtually everything they owned in Vietnam to the communist regime who was particularly zealous in expropriating the assets of the privileged, they were still relatively fortunate as their parents had the means to send them off to study abroad. Then, all hell broke loose in communist Vietnam, forcing them in the prime of their youth to adopt another country as their own, lest they return "home" and suffer the mediocrity of an overwhelmingly plebeian society. In spite of all their tribulations, Marianne and Hung exemplify the virtues of acceptance, perseverance and graciousness. Vive Marianne et Hung!

Selina, Hung, Marianne and Moi at Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros
Some R&R at Planet Dive Resort, Anilao, Batangas

Along the beach at Planet Dive Resort
At our home with Marianne
At Mom's home
(Marianne, Hung, Moi, Paul, Phebe, Maite)

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