HCMC 2014

HCMC 2014

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Day 4 - reflections (Varsha)


Today we went to the vinamilk factory and the War Crime Museum and the market and the water puppet show. In the vinamilk factory, I learnt that it has the most advanced technology in the world. In the museum, I found the fragments of the planes most interesting as I was surprised to find the ancient pieces of the real things there. I have learnt about the Agent Orange, the chemical which has made a lot of people and babies which were just born suffered a lot. After that we went to the market place. I learnt to be careful with my money and not to be attracted by the shopkeeper’s calls. Then we went to the water puppet show. I found out show the puppet were moved about underwater. I learnt that the stories that they performed using the puppet dated back to over 1000 years ago. It was also performed in Sentosa in 1999. I learnt that the Vietnam people are very devoted to their culture by seeing the water puppet show

Day 4 - Reflection (Chong Wei)

What did I find interesting or challenging?
I found that how almost an entire factory being controlled by artificial intelligence interesting as I thought that artificial intelligence, being rather new, most people would not want to rely on it, especially when a malfunction would cause a major hiccup.

What have I learnt during this visit?
I have learnt the lethal, grotesque effects of Agent Orange, I also learnt about the vast array of weapons used by the U.S and the Vietnamese. The Vietnamese at the Thanh Market are also quite rough with their customers, even trying to force people in, I think it is rather pesky at times when that happens.

What surprised me? Why?
What surprised me is the lengths the U.S would go to conquer Vietnam, using cruel, malicious bombs, like Napalm Bombs. Chemical weapons such as Agent Orange and Phosphorus that can badly disfigure and mentally scarring soldiers.

What have I learnt about conflict?
I learnt that conflict can lead to wars and both sides can be forced into making conscienceless decisions. I think that empathy plays a huge role in war, as before using such gruesome, terrifying weapons, they should consider its effects. Although being empathetic for the opposing side would not even start a war, while it is a factor when a war is happening, they can really see the dark side of wars and what their actually doing. As the government, they should uphold the morals they want to instil in us, but if they themselves do not uphold what they preach, what do civilians learn from role models?

Day 3 and 4-VSIP,Vinamilk,Ben Thanh,Water Puppet Show and LSTS (Jonas and YenZhe)

Jonas’ reflection on LSTS

What did I find most interesting or challenging?
I think stopping myself from feeling nervous was very challenging when we went on the stage to do the dance performance. I think I could have decreased the amount of nervous I had if I had practised harder for the dance performance. I think that the most interesting item was the capture the flag.I had a lot of fun.
What have I learnt from this visit?
I think that I have learnt how to engage with other people in a conversation and decrease the awkward when i am talking to other strangers I have not met before. I think that I also learnt about the vietnamese war and about the 4 presidents the school had. I think I also learnt a lot from the tour guide, such as the garden as the feng shui and the king sitting on the chair with the dragon head.
What surprised me, why?
I think the way the students go through their lessons really surprised me. I expected the school to be like all serious, learning and not playing, but my student guide, Tom, told me that I was actually wrong and that they actually balanced learning and playing, eg. playing and forgetting about learning and learning and forgetting about playing.
What am I still confused about?
I think that I am most confused about the sides during the war. I still do not understand what the viatcom and the south vietnams did.
Yenzhe’s reflection on LSTS

1.What did I find most interesting or challenging?
I found that the way that the students at LSTS studies is quite interesting.For example,they have 2 15 minutes breaks instead of 1 30 minutes break and this could mean that they will get to be fuller during lessons.I also found that the fact that the teachers have warm-up activities to get the students interested is interesting,as this is normally not practiced in SST.I found that the dance item quite challenging as I am not completely familiar with the dance item,thus causing me to look to check whether I am doing it correctly,This could have been prevented if I had tried adapting and practised more.
2.What have I learnt from this visit?
Adapting to changes and practising more in anything I do.I also learnt more about the Independent Palace and more about the Vietnam War.For example,I learnt about the different tanks and fighter pilots used in the War.I also learn what led to the North Vietnam winning in the Vietnam War.
3.What surprised me? Why?
The fact that they can build the Independent Palace and protect important personnel during the Vietnam War.For example,they built protective structures for the President for him to do important decisions such as surrendering.Also,the fact that although Ho Chi Minh/Saigon was very big with many districts,yet I can still travel from one district to the other in a short amount of time surprised me.
4.What am I still confused about?
I am still confused about the details of Vietnamese culture and also about the school.For example, I am interested to know how different subjects in LSTS teach and how students at that school learn.I am also confused about how they use the facilities in LSTS and whether the facilities are incorporated into their curriculum and whether they get to use them during break times/after school.

Jonas’s reflection on Vinamilk and City Tour
What did I find most interesting or challenging?
I think the most interesting thing was the war crime museum as the weapons really interest me. I think that looking at the photos and reading the history of the war was also very interesting. I think the most challenging was to walk through the market without getting touched

What have I learnt from this trip?
I have learnt more about the American and the Vietnamese war and the weapons used. I also learnt more about the agent orange and the after-effects on the humans after being contaminated from it. (eg. offspring become deformed) and I also learnt that people can still live on happily although after being affected by Agent Orange after seeing the photos on the first floor.

What surprised me?Why?
How the people in the market behaved was very surprising to me. I thought that a famous market would have stall owners who were respectful and helpful. Instead, I was wrong. They tried to force some of us to buy their shirts and fans by cornering us and lowering the prices although we constantly told them that we were only looking around.

What am I still confused about?
I am still confused about the cause of the American and Vietnamese war.
What have I learn about myself/people/conflict/good governance/culture etc
I have learnt about people. I don’t think I will trust people that easily after what happened at the market. I think that after I went into the market I got scammed quite a few times. There was a stall selling chips at 35.000 dongs and we found another store not too long after selling them at 31,000 dongs. `

Yenzhe’s reflection on Vinamilk and City Tour

1.What did I find most interesting or challenging?

I think the most interesting thing was the Vinamilk.It was interesting that they fully automated the process of making good quality milk and by doing this,they get to reduce the number of workers required for each product made.It was also interesting to see how the Vietnam War happened and how the US used the agent orange in the war.I think the most challenging thing was the Ben Thanh Market as the stallholders tried to force us to buy their products,even when we tried to refuse.
2.What have I learnt from this trip?
I learnt that I should think carefully before buying anything as we have to consider whether we really need the product,I also learnt that we should bargain carefully if we want to reduce the money we should do it carefully as some of the stallholders would not want to reduce the price too much.I have also learnt that automating processes may be more cost-effective than hiring workers to make products.
3.What surprised me?Why?
The fact that the Ben Thanh Market stallholders will tout surprised me as I thought they will be more concerned about the welfare of the customers than what they earn but when I went there,they were actually more concerned about selling products and earning money than to respect the customer’s decision to not buy their products.
4.What am I still confused about?
I am Still confused about the Water Puppet show as the show was in Vietnamese and i did not really understand the show.The narration was also in Vietnamese,thus causing me to be confused about the story and the roles of the characters themselves.
5.What have I learn about myself/people/conflict/good governance/culture etc
I learnt that good governance is one that is fair and treats its people well to its people,democratic in its processes,will not use chemical warfare,will try to abstain from warfare from other countries and maintain good diplomatic relations with other countries.

Day #5 Vinamilk, War Crime Museum and Puppet Show (Irfan)

The tour of the Vinamilk factory and the experience in the market interesting. The factory was a new experience as it was more high-tech than anything that I had ever seen and it intrigued me how they used a automated system. The market was new for me as the markets in Singapore was nothing like this market that we went to with the government manned ,fixed price, stalls and the freelance shops where we could bargain. 

The courage shown by those affected by Agent Orange has taught me to be resilient as if they could live such great lives so can we, and the skill of the puppeteers inspired me.

The damage done by Agent orange and the way that the puppeteers could control the puppets so well surprised and inspired me as well as the resilience of the market stall owner also surprised me.
So far there is nothing that I am confused by for today.


The people surviving through and thriving Agent Orange inspired me and taught me that with confidence, resilience and with people around you who care you can accomplish the impossible.

Day 4 (Zhu Zhan Yan)

Today was a wonderful day where we went to VinaMilk where we leant a lot about making  a company something great.They start form nothing and become something that attracts recognised investors.They were very smart to start to start to invest the IN the milk sector something that is much more developed now.They were also smart to value the milk sector which were some of the reasons the are the industry leader in the the Vietnam milk industry.

We also visited the market which was a very crowded place where they sold things.There was a A OUTER RING OF GOVERNMENT OWNED SHOPS WHERE THE GOVERNMENT SET THE PRICE AND they sell hem without change of price. Further in you have the private shops where the price may vary and you had to be careful not to be cheated the shop owners try there level best to attract us to their store.

Next we visited the the war remnants museum where we were showed the vietnamese side of the war.The vietnamese were very angry over the fact that US released agent orange and kill their trees and deformed and mutated some of the people.The US was depicted and the “bad guys” and  have a merciless attitude towards the citizens and was heavily criticised for the war.


Next we had the puppet show where we had watched a water puppet show that so looked perfect that i thought the were acted by robots int the end the puppeteers showed themselves.I was shocked when i saw them and i was shocked of their skill in pupating.

Day 4 - Vinamilk,Ben Thanh Market,Water Puppet show ( Justin Chew )

 What I found most interesting is the Water Puppet Show.The people who control the puppets must be very coordinated and have had a lot of practice to make the puppets move actions to make a story of Vietnamese Culture. I found out that everything in Vinamilk is automated and they use the best technology like using lasers to guide the machines.

I have learnt how to get what you want at the Ben Thanh Market at a better price and the number of people affected by Agent Orange. I have also learnt how to stay resilient and not give up.

The only thing challenging was the bargaining of the goods from the various shops at the market.The stall owners at market always try  different ways to attract customers like grabbing your arm and suddenly coming out of nowhere to talk to you about buying their goods.

What surprised me is that everything is automated in Vinamilk and the stall owners at the market would grab me in a rough manner to make you buy their stuff and how the people affected by Agent Orange managed to stay resilient.

I am still confused how the puppeteers control the puppets and what some of the stories mean. 


Day 4-VSIP Vinamilk( Thuta Soe)

1)  What did I find most interesting or challenging? 
Today, when we went to Vinamilk, we had a very good experience there as it has one of the most advanced technology in the diary industry.There are laser-guided machines to bring raw materials from  one place to another, and to store them in the smart warehouse.
2) What have u learnt?
I learnt about what happened during the Vietnam war, and the effects of Agent Orange on the Vietnamese and the following generation, which includes birth deformation.
3) What surprised me?
The water puppet show was interesting, the people controlling the puppets can't see what was outside, but they can still do it very accurately which involve a lot of practice and training so that they have very nice details.
~Nil~
5) What have I learnt about culture?
Vietnamese people were able to carry on their cultures, like the water puppet show which was first recorded in the 11th century and have been brought on until the 21th century which is 10 centuries in total.
From today's experience, I learnt that the puppeteers have trained very hard and have put in a lot of effort in the show as they have trained for a very long time to perfect the show.Hence, I know the true meaning of practice makes perfect.

Day 5-Vinamalik,war crime museum and puppet show(Sid)


                 Today we went to war crime museum,puppet show and Vinamilk. For me the most interesting place was the war crime museum as I learnt a lot of stuff that I wanted to know like how agent orange works,the types of guns,cause of war,destruction and devastation caused. The after-math of chemical weapons is very bad.People lost their limbs but still they were making the best of the worst.They remained happy and they were even playing according to one of the photos.Some photos spoke a lot like one of them had a girl holding her father’s hand and one of them had a photo of a soldier holding up a torn body of its own civilian.I learnt that war is not about who wins but who lives.
                    The puppet show was engaging.Though I didn’t understand what they spoke,the actions like the fox story told the story itself.They were very skilled in their profession.I hope to see more of it.The puppet show had a lot of interesting stories.In total we watched only 17 out of the 245 stories they had.They had shown a lot of their culture like the dragon and the lion dance.They had expanded their business from Hanoi to Ho Chi Min and even went overseas to France for the performance.It required a lot of practice to pull off such a pleasant show.
                    For me I found the making of Vinamilk very interesting.They were very smart.The quality of the milk left me asking for more.One thing that I found interesting was the way they made the milk and the high quality of the milk.The way they spread their business was also very interesting.I have learnt that I have to muster up courage when I am in a situation no matter how bad it is as the people who got hurt in the war were smiling and having fun showing their courage and resilience.I learnt a lot of valuable lessons.

Day 4 (Ng Meng Tao)

Day 4 (Ng Meng Tao)

Today we went to Vinamilk. I feel that it was a very meaningful journey. Although I left my bag in the conference room for a while, I learnt a lot about milk and its benefits and that the milk make sector in Vietnam is growing.

When we visited the war remnants museum, I learnt that the Vietnamese people suffered a lot during the Vietnam war. Also, chemical weapons are horrifying and shouldn't be used by anyone.

When we went to the Market, I felt pretty horrified at how the shop keepers pull customers in and force them to buy their products. However i feel that they really needed the money to have to do that.

Also,i found that we knew more about the Vietnam culture through the Puppet Show. The show reflects a lot about Vietnamese traditional lifestyle.

Day 4 Jasper

Vinamilk

    1. What did I find most interesting or challenging?
The fact that the entire compound is almost non-manual work. This results in only 50 staff per factory which also includes the farm. They include the engineer, maintainers, and do stuff to do things that can't be done fully based on robots. The challenge was understanding the mechanism, as I love how these work especially the programming of the laser guided vehicles  to track and not go off course. 
    2. What have I learnt during this visit?
That Vietnam is very technologically advanced and the government is helping the civilians to be healthier, taller and so on using dairy products. Thus Vinamilk took advantage of this and exploit this to their advantage.
     3.What surprised me?
That Vietnam has such access to such technology as I thought that Vietnam's economy was low and could not afford this. Also that they have such good planning and wise investment of the space provided. 
     4.What am I still confused about?
Nothing

Water puppet
    1. What did I find most interesting or challenging?
The way that the puppeteers control the puppet with such skill in near darkness
    2. What have I learnt during this visit?
That water puppeteering is difficult and needs to be in synchronisation with the music
     3.What surprised me?
Nothing
     4.What am I still confused about?
Nothing

Ben Than Market
        1. What did I find most interesting or challenging?
The fact that we got molested >5 and some were forced to buy the items. Some were grabbed and stopped by the owners, some got stalked and were surprised, some were pulled into the shop. I also learnt how to bargin to lower prices
        2. What have I learnt during this visit?
That we have to be more careful of our surrounding and have more situation awareness. This is because I saw that lot of people do not wait for their friends who are at the back, being molested and buying stuff. Therefore, we have to learn how to watch out for our friends.
      3.What surprised me?
Nothing
     4.What am I still confused about?
Nothing

War Remnant Museum
        1. What did I find most interesting or challenging?
The weapons used during and war and how agent orange affect numerous generations of the Vietnamese 


        2. What have I learnt during this visit?
That war does not have winners, only survivors. Both sides did atrocities and the US coalitions were also mean to the civilian such as disembowelling them. I finally could look at other point of view which was from the Vietcong 
      3.What surprised me?
Nothing
     4.What am I still confused about?
Nothing

What have I learnt about the conflict



        1. What did I find most interesting or challenging?


The weapons used during and war and how agent orange affect numerous generations of the Vietnamese 
        2. What have I learnt during this visit?
That war does not have winners, only survivors. Both sides did atrocities and the US coalitions were also mean to the civilian such as disembowelling them. I finally could look at other point of view which was from the Vietcong 
      3.What surprised me?
Nothing
     4.What am I still confused about?
Nothing

Day 4 - Vietnam milk factory, War museum, Market and Water puppet performance ( Justin Goh)

What interest me the most was about the information (e.g Agent orange and the weapons) and facts that I have learnt about the Vietnam war and the agent orange with inflicted devastating damage (e.g Children deformed) to Vietnam from the War museum. 
What really surprised me was the after the agent orange situation, though the soldier were effected by the dangerous chemical, they still did not give up and show their unbreakable resilience. If i were them, i would have given up.

From the milk factory, what interest me the most the technology the the milk factory used and how are they so efficiency in their work. I have learnt the different skill to improve our business in the future (e.g. Quality, advertisement to promote their product and ensuring the customers that their products are hygiene and of a certain level of expectation). What surprised me was that the technology of the milk factory was so high that it did not need workers for package their product (It was not very common in the factories).

What interest me in the market was the all the all seller were very active in doing selling their products. However, I believe that some were over actively doing their work (making me feel a little uncomfortable as they were constantly asking for us to buy their products). After seeing even after the shopkeepers were constantly promoting their products, they still could not sell their product. From this experience, I have learnt that business is not really and easy job to be done. I was surprise that some of the sellers were going over the limits by snatching or forcing my school mate to buy their product. 

I find that the performance given by the people were very interesting in terms of the culture shown in the performance and the skill put to control the puppet. What I learnt was that the Vietnam had been doing this water puppet culture since 1000 years ago and hence, they must have really loved it. What surprised me was that the puppeteers were able to control the puppets despite not being able to see the puppets clearly and they were still able to the job well. I am still confused about how puppeteers were able to control the puppets. 

Day 4 (Gabriel Chenyi Massimini)

Today we went to the Vinamilk in the morning and after that we went to the war crime museum followed by the last but not least water puppet show which was amazing. 
Today I learnt that its quality over quantity as while in the Vinamilk factory they told as that if there is quality the customers will slowly come and trust and buy what your selling. 
After that, we went to the War Crime Museum to look at some of the effects and outcomes of the war. I also realised that even after getting hurt or even handicapped they still loved life as it is and accept what happens. I think that if it was for me I would just partially give up on life but from what I learnt today I think I would cherish what I have and that we should never take advantage of what we have.
Next, we went to shopping and it was a tough time as the shop owners were pushing and pulling while we were trying to walk to find a place which has what I was looking for.
As for the Water Puppet show, I feel that the water puppet show is a very interesting culture as we saw that the puppeteers needed to have a lot  of skill and I think that other countries also have similar cultures like puppet show but without the water and for the Chinese its like the lion dance.  
All in all, I feel that today, I learnt many valuable lessons.

Day 4 - VinaMilk,War Crime,Ben Thanh,Water Puppets (RaphaelMG)

1.What did I find interesting or challenging?

I have never seen a milk factory and this factory had very interesting production process and technology. Like there is no manpower needed and all the production are automatic.

2.What have you learnt?

I have learnt that there are many ways to bargain in the BEN THANH market and there are many people affected by the agent orange especially the people who have been affected generation by generation. 

3.What surprised me?

The amazing control the puppeteers have towards the puppets in the show even without seeing them.
The resilience the Vietnamese showed even though they were affected by the agent orange.

4.What am I still confused about?

The story in the puppet show as it was in Vietnamese and I did not understand what they said. Other than that my clarity is clear as crystal.

5. What have I learnt from about myself/people/conflict/good governance/culture etc?

I have learnt that I need to apply more resilience in the things I do. The people who were affected by the agent orange, although they were deformed, went on with their lives while not thinking about the past that they cannot change.

Day 4-VinaMilk,War Crime,Ben Thanh,Water Puppets refection by Lim Yi

1. What did I find most interesting or challenging?

I thought that the tour of the VinaMilk factory was very interesting,as Vietnam is a country isn't a advance country,but the factory is very advance as they have LGV.

2. What have I learnt from this visit?

I have learnt from my trip to BEN THANH market that do not trust the shop keeper.


3. What surprised me? Why?

The way the puppeteer controls the puppet which they can't see puppet movement,that they can perform so well

4. What am I still confused by?

I am not confused.

5) What have i learnt about people?
The people try to enjoy their life,did not give up on life and worker to survive despite their disability to move or see.

Day 4 Reflection

  1. What did I find most interesting or challenging? 
  2. Ans: What I found most interesting was the Vinamilk factory.It was interesting to see how Vinamilk grew from a small company into Vietnam’s largest diary exporter, at the same time owning the world’s most advanced technology for processing milk.
  3. What have I learned from this visit?  
  4. Ans: I have learnt that the Vietnamese have a much more different way of earning a living, as well as a different type of culture.
  1. What surprised me? Why?
  2. Ans: What surprised me was that although Vietnam is still a country in development, it has many impressive feats such as Vinamilk. 
  3. What have I learnt about myself?
  4. Ans: I found that I really enjoyed the difference in Vietnamese and Singaporean culture, not only in what they do and their methods, but also in the uniqueness and their devotion to it.




VinaMilk

Vinamilk started through a collaboration between Vietnam and Singapore, when the Vietnamese prime minister proposed it to the Singapore President on 14 May 1996. During the Vinamilk tour, we noticed that the factory makes use of a lot of advanced technology, boasting the latest and best machinery in the world today. Through advanced and efficient machinery, Vinamilk is able to reach out to audiences of all ages through a diversity of products not only in Vietnam, but across 30 or more countries.They are able to   achieve this through the high quality checks of the product. This enabled Vinamilk consumers to be able to trust Vinamilk in their products, thus increasing Vinamilk’s reputation over the past few years after it started. 

War Crime Museum 

Through the museum, I was able to learn more about Agent Orange, a chemical which creates deforms, as well as cancers in citizens and their offspring,who inhale it. This was considered and looked down upon through out the world, especially at the USA, who was the country who unleashed it. Thus, this was considered a war crime, as well as the many land mines that the USA left behind after the Vietnam wars, which still killed many Vietnamese people who stepped on it.

Market
When I first entered the Market, I thought that it would be a place of “Lower standards of any kind” but upon spending a few minutes in the Market, learnt that the reasons for the lower amount of hygiene were because the Vietnamese people need to earn a living. That they would do anything to earn a bit of profit for their families.This showed how much they cared about their family.

Water Puppet

The water puppet was a very coordinated performance. Through it, it showed that Vietnamese people are very devoted to their cultures and from the perspective of the audience, it is a well coordinated and well practiced performance that showed the devotion to practice of the performance and coordination of the music and puppeteers. 

Day 4 - VinaMilk,War Crime,Ben Thanh,Water Puppets (Ryan Cheong)

1.What did I find interesting or challenging?
I thought that the tour of the VinaMilk factory was very interesting,as I have not seen such a high-tech factory before,let alone a milk factory.There were Laser Guided Vehicles to bring the milk around to the trucks and everything was almost automatic.Its almost hands - free for everyone working there! They just have to supervise.

2.What have you learnt?
I learnt about what happened during the Vietnam war,the guns and mortars that were used and the effects of Agent Orange (ewwww)

3.What surprised me?
I was surprised that there were so many people in Ben Thanh market that were so desperate for money.They kept pulling me into the stalls and 'bribing me' with their items.One of my friends even pulled out a 100k dong bill and the woman just pulled it out of his hands and gave him a fan!

4.What am I still confused about?
I do not know how the puppets in the show moved.Do the puppeteers have some sort of special equipment? I also still do not understand the stories about the puppets.

5.What have I learnt about myself / people / conflict / good governance / culture?
I thought that some people in the market are very poor,but they it does not count as scam as they still give you the items that they sell.

Reflection for day 4 (Bo Si)

Vinamilk was a very sophisticated company.
Their factory is very complex and has a many highly intelligent robots.
Vinamilk focusses on quality.
Agent orange is a deadly chemical that deforms people.
At the Ben Thanh Market, the store owners were very rough.
They grabbed our arms, and pull us into the shops.
Some were forced to buy the items, some were scammed of their money.
Lucky for me, I managed to brush off those that grabbed me.
The water puppet show was interesting, the people controlling the puppets can nearly see what was outside, but they can still do it very accurately.
There were lots of practice put into it.
I learnt that the Vietnamese have a very rich background.
They have many different traditional games and shows, some of which people still play today.
They also have the Vietnam war, and it shows that the Vietnamese were very resilient.
I should learn from them and be resilient with my studies, and persevere even when my results are not up to standard.

Day 4 Reflection (Arvin)

1. What did I find most interesting or challenging?

It was interesting to interview the Production Manager as we were learned about their manufacturing and their dairy business. We all were very excited to ask the questions and it was a true privilege. It was challenging to get away from the shop ownners at the Ben Thanh Market. They were pestering us to buy their products and when we wanted to talk about the price, they were very stubborn and tried not to sell the product at the asked rate. The water puppet show was very interesting to watch. Even though we could not understand what they were saying, it was very interesting to watch. It was also a privilege to see Vietnam's signature sight. It was very unique compared to Singapore's as it is fun, vibrant and .

2. What have I learned during this visit?

I have learned more about Agent Orange and how it affected the victims. It was very painful to look at the pictures of the victims. I could feel the pain the people were going through. Agent Orange had affected their life but the resilence was not lost. They still lived life to the fullest even if they only had a few days to live.

3. What surprised me? Why?    
I was surprised due to the fact that the shop owners actually pulled us into the shops with force. I almost had hit them with my umbrella as they were were pulling me when I did not want to buy anything. When I bargained for a smaller price, they refused. It was also surprising to know that the victims of Agent Orange had not been sad at all but rather, stood their ground and live life to the fullest and as the happiest people in the world.

4. What am I still confused about?
I was confused as to what the water puppets were saying as I could not understand Vietnamese\ and in the middle of the show, they were were shouting and that was creepy.

5. What have I learnt about myself/people/conflict/good governance/culture,etc?

Even though it was very rude, the shop owners were pestering me. It was irritating and it turned out that I was not the only victim. People were also dragged into the shops because the shop owners thought that, us children, would buy whatever they showed us. Despite that, I learnt to be bold and just walk away.

Day 4# -VINAMILK,Ben Thanh Market and Water Puppet Show(Sasank)

1. What did I find most interesting or challenging?
The visit to Ben Thanh market was interesting as we got to bargain and got to buy quite nice things such as ship models etc.I found this experience very fun and exciting.
2. What have I learnt from this visit?
I have learnt how to bargain in the Ben Thanh market,learnt how the traditional puppet show worked and how long it has been carried on by the Vietnamese.I also learnt how VINAMILK uses different programmes to control computers in the factory.
3. What surprised me? Why?
The vendors in the stalls at Ben Thanh market kept pulling us into the stall in the hope of us buying their goods.I found this rather inconsiderate as it was not nice to get pulled by someone all of a sudden.
4. What am I still confused about?
-NIL-
5.What have I learnt about culture?
Vietnam has carried on its tradition of water puppet show from the 11th century and this is a good habit as this shows that the Vietnamese show interest in their tradition and hopefully this would last through the future and this show would not die.

Day 4 VinaMilk (Joshua Chua)

Today was so far the best day we had here,  we went first to Vinamilk with a 2 hour bus ride to and fro, then to the war crime museum, followed by the market where we bought all the souvenirs.We also went to watch water pupets, a traditional vietnamese show that dates back to 1000 years.
   the war crime museum has many artefacts of the war and also displays the after-effects. It has given me a whole new idea of what war is and that nobody actually wins a war- everyone dies. The water puppets is a dying trade as it requires people to stand in icy cold water and  perform to music.
 i have learnt that a person can go to all means to earn some money, up to scamming tourist and trouting.

Day 4 - Benh Tanh Market, VSIP Vinamilk, War Crime Museum, Water puppet show (Gabriel)

1) What did I find most interesting or challenging?

What was most interesting was system in which the carts moved.
2) What have u learnt?

2 million Civilians were killed during the Vientam War.

3) 
What surprised me?
The way the people pulled us in the Market.

4) 
What am I still confused about?

The Water Puppet show. I could  not understand it.

5) What have I learnt about people?

Vietnamese people had diverse and unique backgrounds.






Day 3 - LSTS and City Tour (Tran Hoang Minh)

LSTS
I learn’t about LSTS is very similar to SST but was not very technology drive and could do very well. The students who guide us was also very friendly and told us some useful information. 

City Tour
I learn’t about a pilot who was a double agent and bombed the palace but did not manage to break through but the pilot was not caught because he was working with the communist party who won the war.

Responsibility

I learn’t that I should be more responsible in my own belongings, because I lost my bag in the restaurant and felt really embarrassed and really irresponsible, and I would also want to thank the guide to use his own time to help me retrieve my bag. 

Day 3 - LSTS and City Tour (Tran Hoang Minh)

LSTS
I learn’t about LSTS is very similar to SST but was not very technology drive and could do very well. The students who guide us was also very friendly and told us some useful information. 

City Tour
I learn’t about a pilot who was a double agent and bombed the palace but did not manage to break through but the pilot was not caught because he was working with the communist party who won the war.

Responsibility

I learn’t that I should be more responsible in my own belongings, because I lost my bag in the restaurant and felt really embarrassed and really irresponsible, and I would also want to thank the guide to use his own time to help me retrieve my bag. 

Day 4 - Vinamilk, Markets and water (Keene)

What I found interesting about the various places were
-For Vinamilk, how everything is automated.
-For the Market, how they tried to get people to come to their stalls
-For the water puppets, how they could see and control the puppets.
-For the War Remnants Museum, I found out how the victims of the war were affected by Agent Orange.
As there wasn’t really much to do today, the only thing challenging was the bargaining of the goods from the various shops at the market.
I learnt from this visit how Vinamilk operates and how it is automated, and I also learnt that the shop owners in Vietnam will do absolutely everything to get you to purchase their goods. I also learnt about the Vietnam War and the Agent Orange weapon and its effects on its victims.
What surprised me was the amount of automation that Vinamilk has, and the gruesomeness of the effects of dioxin in the Agent Orange weapon.
What I am still confused about is why the US were so determined to get rid of communism. Vietnam were of no threat to the US before the bloody war, and the use of Agent Orange was even denied by other countries.
I learnt that Vietnam has a vibrant culture, especially the water puppets, from many many years ago.

Day 4#-VINAMILK Market(Yugan)

1. What did I find most interesting or challenging?
I found that VINAMILK is very interesting as it owns the biggest diary farm in Vietnam. It has many products such as liquid and powder milk, ice-cream and yogurt. The market is very interesting as the private stall owners will price the products very high the only thing to decrease the price is to bargain. 
2. What have I learnt from this visit?
I learnt that many private stall owners take advantage to increase the prices of the products.
3. What surprised me? Why?
I am surprised that the stall owners will literally take my arm and pull me in and force me to buy the products. I got pulled once and luckily I declined her offer. While I was walking through the stalls. The water puppet show also surprised me as it existed 1000 years ago. It also shows its culture by using puppets.
4. What am I still confused about?
I am still confused about the VINAMILK's growth.
5.What have I learnt about culture?
I have learnt about the Vietnamese culture that it has a rich history and we can all learn from the culture and appreciate the culture, for example the food.

Day 4 - Reflection (Lakshaya)

I found the water puppet the most interesting as it was able to show various actions about the Vietnamese. The children playing is one example about how the vietnamese children play in the water like swimming. I learnt about the production and packaging of Vinamilk. The way the stall owners brought people to their shops surprised me. They grabbed our hand which was a bit scary. I am still confused about how the water puppet show rise in popularity. 

Day 4-Reflection (Chiu Jianing)

    I found the water puppet show the most interesting as it showed how life works in Vietnam. I found the market the most challenging as most stall owners would drag us into the stalls and try to sell us their goods. I have learnt more about Agent Orange and about life in Vietnam. I also learnt more about the technology in Vinamilk. The market surprised me as I did not expect the stall owners to tout and I was  a bit afraid. I am still confused about how the Vietnamese war started. I realised that I am actually quite interested in Vietnamese history and culture.