Year of the Horse, belatedly

My last post on this site was pre-Christmas.  I spectacularly missed the opportunity of writing about my January 1st commitment to stop smoking (achieved so far with flying colours, by the way).  I then reneged on posting suitably colourful and joyous photos of my kids enjoying the Chinese (in Vietnam, ‘Tet’) lunar New Year celebrations last week, as well as the standard picture of my Tet tree in bloom, them performing in their Tet concert, and me pontificating on what the new Year of the Horse might all be about.  On which front I am still none the wiser.

February kicked off nearly a week ago, and my “No Booze Feb” pledge was underway (watch this space, at this rate, next month I’ll convert to Buddhism, take up sunrise yoga classes and become a caffeine-free, vegan) in earnest – and yet I just didn’t get round to documenting this very sobering moment in time.

If I’d had the chance, I would have regaled you sooner with the rather tragic weekend story of how a stomach bug last Saturday ensured my quick demise over a 48 hour period, during which I didn’t eat, and spent as much time in my bathroom in two days as the average person might spend in a year.  It was not pretty.

And then, yesterday, I flew up to Hanoi on business, to find the Old Quarter looking resplendant in Tet decor, and abuzz with a heady mix of local adults drinking Tiger beers from 9am, and kids dancing in the streets (for once, not crowded with bikes and traffic).

All of this I have failed to represent so far in 2014.  Such slackness is potentially, in itself, a fatal start to any new lunar year.  Even my Tet tree flowered 6 days late.  The omens are not good.

So, here, trying to make amends, and before I make a dash to Hanoi’s airport for my evening flight back home, are some choice snaps (none taken during ‘Vom-gate’ last weekend, you’ll be delighted to hear) from the past couple of weeks.

Happy New Year to one and all!

Flo wearing Martha's new doctor's glasses (a Tet present)

Flo wearing Martha’s new doctor’s set glasses (a Tet present)

Would you entrust your health with this aspiring future doctor?

Would you entrust your health with this aspiring future doctor?

Girls posing in front of Tet flowers

The girls posing in front of Tet flowers

The girls doing a Tet "workout"

The girls doing a Tet workout

Martha "articulating"

Martha “articulating”

Martha in Dolce and Gabbana

Martha in Dolce and Gabbana

My Tet tree on first day of blooming (about a week too late!)

My Tet tree on first day of blooming (about a week too late!)

Hanoi Old Quarter last night

Hanoi Old Quarter last night

Freaky mask anyone?

Freaky looking head figurine anyone?

Flowers everywhere you look

Flowers everywhere you look

See.  Told you.

See. Told you.

Flags as well...

Flags as well…

And that was my breakfast this morning (Ed - kill the pics, readers beginning to weary....)

And this was my breakfast this morning (Ed – kill the pics, readers beginning to weary….)

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2 thoughts on “Year of the Horse, belatedly

  1. Hi Tim, Funny finding your blog while I am in France and looking for pictures of “year of the horse Ho Chi Minh” and I find a pic of Flo!!! Loved the pics Ro sent me of you, Martha and Erika! Big hugs for coldish France. Marianne

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