An old photo album.

Yesterday, when I went to the living room to check the door, I noticed an old book, wrapped up poorly in an nilon bag. I opened and surprised of those photos that I’ve never seen before. Maybe because I’m much closer to the father-family than the mother’s family like any typical Asian family does. ( In Vietnamese they call the father’s family is ” internal” family, and mother’s family is ” external” family as male-contempt has been deep into the subconscious of Asian country. Sure now they’re open their minds but not their actions. For example, a woman who lost her virginity is normal, no problems, but they demand the woman who they marry must be a virgin. How ridiculous. )

Eh? Am I degressing? Sorry for that. I can talk for hours about feminine rights.

Actually sometimes I want to keep virgin until marriage. See, I’m an example too. Can’t get out of prejudice. *slap myself*

So this is the cover, made of woods, with oil painting- Oil painting on wood( I’m not sure it’s called like this  because I don’t know much about art and craft so I just translate directly) The surface was polished and reflects the light so I tilted it.
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This little picture describe a popular landscape of Southern Vietnam. People travel mostly by boat.

We even have ” floating market” like this

Inside the photo album, there is two seperated pictures in the left.

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The smallest is my grandma and grandpa. He passed away since my mom was only 6. The largest is my grandma. I can say that she has not changed much, still that gentle smile as she is. The rest are some relatives and their friends, I guess.

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Every page except the first is covered by this transparent paper, let’s look closer, it’s spider web pattern. To evoke the old feelings right?

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And this is my grandma with uncle
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…and with both children, my mom and him

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No offend, but his face makes me want to laugh. And my mom’s face is pretty as she is always, but this one looks a little grumpy.

and some others aunts and uncles, and I realize that the woman in the back is my great grandma.She passed away five years ago, I have not much memories of her but remember the times when I visited her, I felt peace.
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This must be my grandpa at somewhere. I can’t figure out.

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And this some photos of him in the next page.
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He was a university lecturer, the job that always has chance to visit foreign country. But around 1970s, Vietnam was quite close to Soviet Union, and I think he was in Russia, or somewhere in the Soviet Union at that time.

Another trip to China, at Tiananmen Square.

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My grandma with some sisters. There is 3 large pictures at different pages. Maybe it’s a shot that she likes best so she sticked them on.
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Her two sisters. They look alike each other O_O

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And look this vintage style which is now trending again.

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The polaroid photo. My mom and my uncle. They look really reluctant. Lol.
I wonder why I don’t look like her *_* She is way more prettier than me, said an old vietnamese idiom ” Peacock mom, owl daughter” *_*

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I’m interested in the cover…I will find a photo album with the same type!
Bamboos, and boats…

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What a nostalgic feeling…