Due to the sad and unexpected passing away of Sisi or Thi Chau, her Vietnamese name, on 10th of March, Huyen and Lan came over from Vietnam to attend the funeral of her beloved sister.

It took them 5 days to get the visa for visiting the Netherlands, but finally they arrived around 23:00 on Saturday 18th of March at Schiphol airport where they were welcomed by Le Ha and Willem-Jan.


The funeral was held on Monday 20th of March in the Yarden crematorium in Oosterhout, a small town northeast of Breda. It was a very beautiful buddhist ceremony, attended by relatives, friends and customers from her nail studio.

Click here if you want to visit Sisi's In Memorium page.



After the funeral there was time left to visit a few places in the Netherlands.

Click here for the photo album if you want to see the pictures.


On Tuesday Huyen, Lan, Yeri and Willem-Jan visited the windmills at Kinderdijk and later in the afternoon the nailstudio in Dordrecht.


Wednesday evening Huyen and Lan were picked up by Lan's schoolfriend Thang, who lives with her German husband in Dinslaken, Germany.

The next day they visited Cologne to see the famous cathedral and to do shopping for the family in Vietnam. In the evening they were brought back by her friend.

On Friday the three of us visited the Keukenhof, which had just opened the doors the day before. It was too early for all the flowers to blossom, but it was still a beautiful place to wander around and to forget the past sad days.

After a quick stop in Scheveningen, just to see the beach, the sea and the Pier, we went again to Dordrecht where Le Ha invited us for dinner at Shabu Shabu.

On Saturday Huyen, Lan and Willem-Jan visited Tuyet, who lives in Merksem, Antwerp. She and her husband Hung welcomed us with a few snacks and tea. After the tea we visited the city of Antwerp.

A Spring Festival was held at the Great Market Square, with music, custome groups and giants.


That evening Huyen and Lan flew back to Vietnam.