Mid Autumn Festival

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This was a fun night.  I was initially looking forward to it.  I expected it to be as painful as the ceremony for the first day of high school.  Where the children will put on a show because they're told to and the TV camera's will show off the native english speakers to the whole town and we'll all smile and wave and make ourselves sick over how much of a yahoo propogandized show it is.  But this was different.  This was for the kids by the kids.  They wanted to be there and they wanted to put on a show and they wanted to have a good time.  They looked fabulous.  The children who performed at the high school were painfully bad.  It was like watching a real awkward moment in a tv show and feeling embarassed for that person.  I was embarassed for those kids at how bad there performances were.

kimmy (volunteer director for the Tuy Hoa placement), the school's director, and me
  But at Mid Autumn the children were fabulous.  The shows weren't any better technically, they were just polished and a smile on a face goes a long long way. 

Kimmy lied to us.  She said we wouldn't get up and sing Heal the World by Michael Jackson.  Well half way through the show I look up at the stage and there's Kimmy with the microphone.  And she's introducing the foreign volunteers of Tuy Hoa to the school and asking us to come up to greet everyone.  Then the music kicks in and hands start swaying.  Oohh man, she's so lucky she didn't actually pass me the mic.  In all seriousness it was a great idea, the kids loved it. Jess got out there and did the running man, we all made fools of ourselves and the children loved it.

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Norma and Thoang "the barber"
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Chi, Norma, Rob and Margaret
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