what is not art?

Anne and Paul with very artsy lantern backdrop in Hoi An

I could never be accused of being a detailed oriented person…but that fact was glaringly obvious during the visit of my artist sister-in-law, Anne. How eye-opening to see Saigon through her connoisseur eyes. How many times have I walked past the vertical garden on Hai Ba Trung without observing so many of its characteristics? Or how could I have passed a mural on countless occasions without ever knowing it existed? Every day of her visit, she admired something that I had not noticed before. Besides the traditional galleries and artists, Anne also discovered admirable art in gardens, architecture, massage, food, kite-making, silk worms and even geckos. Yours truly learned a few things along the way. I was even the beneficiary of a one-on-one Photoshop tutorial with this creative spirit!

We are surrounded by inspirational objets d’art in our everyday life. Time for me to slow down and take more notice:

On a personal note, it was terrific spending this amazing time with Anne. Although we have always clicked, being able to share fun and Vietnam with her was priceless. If you want to learn more about the art of Anne Boudreau, check out her ethereal mixed media sculptures and collages on her website.

But, when girlfriend put on her artist-designed moto mask, I knew it was time to send her home! Saigon LOVE to you, Annie!

cu chi, cu chi, coo!

This morning I traveled one and half hours from Ho Chi Minh City by speedboat on the Saigon River to visit the Cu Chi Tunnel.  Although my posts attempt to be lighthearted, please know that I was very moved by the suffering and sacrifices that occurred here during the Vietnam War.  The 75 miles of tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots and to stage operations.  They were important in resisting American troops and dragging out the war which eventually ended in an American withdrawal.  I was most struck at how creative the Viet Cong were without resources to wage war. This drawing illustrates a typical area of a tunnel.

I always try to accessorize appropriately and today I felt it was fitting to wear my peace earrings and my Gucci sunglasses since I thought they rhymed with “Cu Chi”.

However, Cu Chi is not pronounced the English way it is spelled.  Listen to how my tour guide, Ha, says it:

And here is the video of  my Cu Chi Tunnel tour:

OMG! I almost forgot to tell you…I had yet another lesson while at the Cu Chi tunnel.  Learned to shoot an AK-47. Hard to say for sure, but I think I hit all of my targets.

War, I despise because it means destruction of innocent lives
War means tears to thousands of mothers eyes
when their sons go to fight and lose their lives

PEACE and love to all, Lisa


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