On a trans-Viet train

On a trans-Viet train

The ten-carriage Trans-Viet Train was so crowded that all the lengthwise wooden benches were full of passengers. The narrow aisles were almost fully occupied by items of all sorts, like sacks of packets of rice and noodles, pouches of candies and toys, and so forth and so on. Worse still, small vendors sold pancakes and bread, apples and oranges; and what’s more, a blind couple tried to elbow their way across the masses of odds and ends. (Oct 06, 2019 16:34:38)


In pursuit of sunshine

  Jun 23, 2019 11:30:46
My house was situated on the hillside, overlooking the Ma River. 

The soul of the 'pieu' scarf

  Jun 02, 2019 13:02:42
Every night, rain or shine, Sua went out to a gigantic block of stone under the coffee plum tree next to the Su Sung stream to fish and sleep. Yet for two days straight, he hadn’t shown up. Did Sua leave for another stream with more fish? Or was he bored with fishing? Sua’s fishing buddies had been asking each other such questions on their night shifts. 

Waning Moon

  May 12, 2019 16:24:08
The night before Hoai was thinking about getting a divorce, she was dreaming a queer dream. An image of a baby formed in her womb. But all her doubts had also grown bigger in that befuddled dream. 


  Mar 31, 2019 13:58:58
A photograph. A bottle of medicine capsules. A tourist bag, Samsonite brand. A shirt and a trousers hanging in the sideboard. 

That rainy night

  Mar 17, 2019 16:20:25
9:30 pm. The street, strewn with rustling dry yellow leaves coming down from the trees, was ready for a strong wind after this breeze in the small township of Phu Sa. 

For beauty's sake

  Mar 10, 2019 09:45:31
While the masseuse’s deft hands caressed Duyen’s hair and face she, with her half-closed eyes, felt very comfortable thanks to the fragrant cosmetic products on them. 

The spells of spate

  Feb 17, 2019 10:23:15
“Mum…Mum, get up…get up! The flood is over,” urged Mrs Nghiep’s son. “Now I’m back here with you.” 

The Man Who Stood On One Leg

  Jan 27, 2019 16:57:43
His name was Ananda, and Ananda means satisfaction and bliss. 

Two crabs

  Jan 19, 2019 11:33:57
Mrs Nam felt her son Teo’s forehead. It was still red hot. Her little son had been in a light coma since early morning. He cried without opening his eyes. His face was crimson, his lips dry. He was breathing heavy and quick.  

A snake crept inside

  Jan 06, 2019 13:50:17
“Last night, a snake crept onto Lam’s bed,” someone started. “Oh my god. She felt something slippery, threw off her blanket, then jumped up and down. She was very lucky. If that snake had bitten her, we would have been at her funeral today.” 


  Dec 30, 2018 13:29:18
The stormy season came late this year. Not until the 7th lunar month did the news incessantly broadcast forecasts about the first storm of the year heading in from the East Sea. 

Little Dung

  Dec 23, 2018 14:37:02
Little Dung was very slim with a small face. Her big black eyes appeared bright. Each time Mum caught a glimpse of that brightness, she whispered into my ears, "It seems to me that your daddy’s staring at me." 

The Tiger-Man

  Dec 16, 2018 16:11:14
Although the fast-food restaurant owned by Thanh was located in the outskirts of a German town, customers crowded in for lunch in great numbers as there were many offices, factories and small workshops nearby. To serve them more comfortably, one day the owner had to hire an assistant to cook and deliver food. 

Blood Transfusion

  Dec 02, 2018 16:21:04
Leaving his hometown for Ho Chi Minh City, Han brought me a lot of fried beef, fish paste and fruit. When he arrived at the dormitory of the College of Medicine, he sat outside the gate to wait for me.