We wanted to be our own masters, but capital was a big obstacle.
However, with determination and the help of our friends, we set up a
The local authorities announced that his death happened accidentally
while he was stealthily taking something from the floating raft on the
river belonging to the family of Dai Thanh and that a fact-finding
investigation was in progress.
It was Friday. She was wiping the glass window. When she was in her home
village, she only cleaned the windows once a year, in the final lunar
month to welcome Tet. She had to toil the whole year round.
With a raised umbrella in hand, bare feet and trousers turned up to the
knees, she walked along the short and narrow street where the muddy
water was flowing torrentially over its surface. Time and again, a
motorbike passed by fast, splashing dirty water over her face.
Any young guy who wanted to ask her hand hesitated to do it. So her
green years had gone by without her notice. It was the first time Uncle
Hai came to my maternal home village, but Miss Nguyet's smile and
graceful body captured his eyes.
My goal was to improve my sexual vigorousness and keep my hair black
without dyeing it, although I was on the wrong side of fifty. After
three months, my strength remained nearly the same.
A few days before the wedding of Phu Sieu, his compound was filled
with family and helpers. Nine big jars of rice wine, carefully covered
with red cloth, released a superb fragrance.
Formerly, the married couple earned their living in town: Ket as a
street vegetable vendor and her husband Duong as a porter. On their
paltry income, with three little mouths to feed, they could hardly make
In the restaurant of the Mustafa Supermarket, while eating an ice cream,
I just stared at her face. Her unkempt hair looked rather weird but her
chubby cheeks appeared almost unchanged.
As usual, Robert Khai was always making fun to amuse everybody. We
would have stayed in Phan Thiet that night if Julie Kim had not had a
show in Sai Gon.