|The beautiful bride and Amanda; wife of Saigon KOTO's CEO|
|Ms Hanh, Zung and Janet|
Zung (spelt Dung but pronounced Zhung)is a beautiful and gracious young woman who invited us (many of whom she had never met) into her family home and made us feel extraordinarily welcome. It's customary to have a rolling series of lunches for friends and family the day before the wedding. Timing is everything with a Vietnamese marriage...tomorrow the groom has to leave home at some ungodly hour (he lives some distance away) in order to arrive at Zung's house at precisely 8am, then they have to get to his parents house by 1pm (forgive me if I err on the exact times, the rice wine packed a punch!). Couples who are thinking about getting hitched toddle off to a fortune teller who has a bit of a session with them and tells them yes or no according to the portents. Then they get told the timings they need to observe on the wedding day...pretty cool.
|Amanda, David (Saigon KOTO's CEO and Jonny in the glamorous wedding tent|
|The festive repast|
|Jonny, yours truly and David|
After lunch ung showed us round her Mum's garden, there were fruit trees; sapodilla, passionfruit, jackfruit, starfruit, and bananas, herbs, vegetables and some healthy looking chooks too. The family needed only to buy rice - everything else was growing in their little patch of country heaven.
|Janet, Zung and Amanda|