“I dyed my hair myself with henna for the Lunar New Year and girls seem to like it.” Phong is the workshop heart throb. Several of the women had mentioned him to us. We could tell just from the way he walked.
In England, it would be rare to hear a couple say that they went on a date at the side of the motorway or on a bridge, and that instead of going to each other’s houses they hang out in the park. But in Vietnam, our eyes were opened to another world of dating.
“When I’m not working, I spend most of my time playing football. I’m a fan of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United. My favourite player is Messi because he’s so passionate. I’d love to be like him.”
Tea may be the drink of choice in England, but not so in Vietnam. Everywhere we look we can’t help but notice people drinking coffee. Not grabbing a cup on the go like a frantic Londoner, but sitting, savouring every sip.
“I’m pretty keen on history. I like the Hung Kings,” he says of the kings who ruled Vietnam from 2879 BC. “I’ve memorised all their names. But if I could live in any time, I would want to live under Ho Chi Minh. That would be an honour.”
“My favourite films are romances, but I’ve never experienced anything overly romantic. Not even on Valentine’s Day – my husband and I just stay in. It would be so romantic if one day, he gave me a rose.”
Rows of children kneel on the floor, dressed in black, green belts tied around their waists, swords and staffs spinning around their heads. They move through a sequence of movements, their belts swishing with every swift turn. It’s nearly sunset as we pass the youth club, stopping to ask the teacher if we can photograph […]
“I had a difficult childhood. I lost my mum and dad early in my life and thinking about it still breaks my heart.”
“I take photos of my children with me everywhere I go. If I’m having a tough day, or if I’m feeling tired, I just have to flick through my phone and I feel much better.”
Our journey continues. Our blog expedition takes us around the world visiting the workshops where our pieces are made, recognising the skill of the artisans who craft them. From the North of India with its pink mountains and dry terrain, to the tropical South with its palm trees and scenic coastline, we now head easterly […]