Congrats, Egypt!

“There is something in the soul that cries out for Freedom. Today, we are all Egyptians!”

Mubarak resigns as president of Egypt

Congratulations to the Egyptian people! This momentous day will forever be remembered in history. Best of luck to Egypt from here on in. May you prosper in your newly won Freedom!

One day soon, it will be Vietnam’s turn to rise up for change…

Remembering April 30th, 1975… 35 years later.

A belated post, I know… so sorry! 😦 But honestly it had been so very busy last week, of course the reason being preparing for the commemoration ceremonies for 30/4! It’s true, and I wonder if anyone had noticed, but towards the end of last week, I didn’t shower for almost 3 days straight because I was out all day and kept coming home too late. Haha! But I am posting now, so I hope you’ll forgive me. 🙂

Here in Toronto we held our annual commemoration for the Fall of Saigon on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010. This year marked the 35th anniversary. On April 30th, 1975, the Vietnam War ended, but for those who lost their country to communist rule, the fight never ends. After 35 long years, as a country, Vietnam has hardly taken a step forward, but is slowly deteriorating. Today we are still “fighting”… fighting for freedom, democracy, and human rights to be restored to Vietnam.

At Toronto’s commemoration, I had the honour of making a speech on behalf of DTN Phan Boi Chau. Being a part of PBC has opened my eyes and changed my life in endless ways. Finally I feel like I am taking an active role instead of a passive one. I feel that everyone in PBC brings out the best in each other. I have received nothing but love and support from my fellow members; they are my inspiration. It’s up to us, the 2nd generation, to continue the journey that our parents and grandparents began the moment they left their homeland, all in the name of freedom.

I absolutely want to take this opportunity to thank all the parents and grandparents who have endured unthinkable hardships, braved unimaginable perils, and sacrificed everything on their harrowing journeys so that we wouldn’t have to, and instead could live privileged lives.

And also want to send my love to my PBC family! Without all of you, I wouldn’t be close to capable of the things I am capable of now. Honestly, everyone’s passion, dedication, and determination never ceases to amaze me. 🙂

I leave you all with a few photos of Toronto’s Commemoration of the Fall of Saigon – Black April, the 35th anniversary.

Thank you to my Papa for the photos and videos. Yay! 🙂

Rest of the photos on flicker (account might expire soon, though) :

Flicker photos of 30/04/2010.

Em Van Mo Mot Ngay Ve – Nguyet Anh

I love this song so much, it voices the dream my people all share. 🙂

Em Vẫn Mơ Một Ngày Về – Nguyệt Ánh

Enjoy!!!

Vietnamese Lyrics:

Em vẫn mơ một ngày nào quê dấu yêu không còn Cộng thù
Trên con đường mòn, sau cơn mưa chiều, anh ôm đàn dìu em đi dưới trăng
Ta đứng yên nghe rừng thì thầm
Ta ngước trông sao trời thật gần
Anh ôm cây đàn, anh buông tơ trầm, em ca bài mừng quê hương thanh bình

Rồi bình minh tới anh đưa em về làng
Này bà con đón, kia anh em chào mừng
Thôn quê tưng bừng, muôn chim reo hò, hát mừng người vừa về sau chiến chinh
Rồi hoàng hôn xuống ta say men rượu nồng
Họ hàng trong xóm thay nhau nhen lửa hồng
Sương giăng mịt mùng, đêm sâu chập chùng
Xóa ngục tù, xiềng gông bao năm

Em vẫn mơ một ngày nào, anh với em chung tình bạc đầu
Trên quê hương nghèo, trong khu rừng già, trước mái nhà cờ vàng bay phất phơ
Bên mái hiên ta ngồi chuyện trò, khoai nướng thơm hương tình ruộng đồng
Con thơ ngoan hiền, ê a đánh vần, V.N. là Việt Nam kiêu hùng

Rồi ngày con lớn con ca vang tình người
Hòa bình no ấm con ca vang tình đời
Thay cho mẹ hiền, thay cho cha già, suốt cuộc đời hòa lời ca đấu tranh
Rồi ngày con lớn con đi xây cuộc đời
Mầu cờ Tổ quốc con tô thêm rạng ngời
Quê hương thanh bình, muôn dân yên lành, sống cuộc đời tự do muôn năm

I always dream of a return day
Coming back home from so far away
The home of the free, home of the brave, we will start all over again
The birds will sing for democracy
The bells will ring for liberty
The sun will shine for human rights
Stars in the sky will brighten up the smiles

Sing sing a song for a happy ending
There’s no more communists when the new days begin
Children will dance on a peaceful land
The land of the free, the land of the brave
Sing sing a song for everybody
Having a chance to live again
Sing sing a song, for you and me
Having the chance to love again

Em vẫn mơ một ngày nào, anh với em chung tình bạc đầu
Trên quê hương nghèo, trong khu rừng già, trước mái nhà cờ vàng bay phất phơ
Bên mái hiên ta ngồi chuyện trò, khoai nướng thơm hương tình ruộng đồng
Con thơ ngoan hiền, ê a đánh vần, V.N. là Việt Nam kiêu hùng

V.N. là Việt Nam muôn năm.

Please don’t hesitate to correct me of any mistakes in the Vietnamese lyrics. My Vietnamese isn’t perfect, after all, so I would appreciate it. 🙂

Also, I don’t have any affiliation with the artist, song or video. Many many thanks to their respective owners for sharing it all with us. 😀