On behalf of the camping committee, I’d like to express our deep
gratefulness to all campers who have joined this exciting trip.
The complete successful trip is when everyone really enjoys and
has a great time together as a big family, two generations have
merged together in a very opened-mind spirit and in a rare environment
which we rarely have a chance to have such an experience and feeling
in our daily activities.
We also would like to extend our appreciation to all leaders of
every group who have helped organizing your members participating
actively and promptly in every single activity, such as gathering
for breakfast, lunch, dinner, games, karaoke, dancing and especially
morning healthy exercise, etc…
We’d like to extend our thankfulness to all kitchen staffs, washing
staffs, cleaning up team, setting up team for helping speeding
up the process, so we have more time for entertainment. This is
the success of every single one of us who has actively contributed
to this fantastic and significant event which now has become unforgettable
memories. I am sure all the beautiful and lovely pictures and
videos will become even much more valuable a few years later when
we kick back and relax looking at those pictures again and we
will surely be proud of our friendship. This is a special kind
of friendship of 4 schools, Khai-Minh, Duc-Tri, Minh-Vien and
Binh-Hoa, and now we have become very intimate from one another
after this trip. Thank you so much for those friends who have
come from far away, out of state, your presences are our great
inspiration and encouragement.
We also don’t forget to express our gratitude for those friends
who have spent their times and skills taking great pictures for
all of us. These pictures and videos are a valuable treasure in
our memories. Special thanks to all instant and talented actors
and actresses in a play without any practicing at all and thanks
to all gorgeous and lovely dancers. What a wonderful feeling looking
back those marvelous pictures !
We’d like to extend special appreciation to A Ming and Kathy who
have prepared, packed and loaded their own power generators on
pickup truck and brought them to the campsite, we are all aware
that required lots of hard work. Their hard work and marvelous
enthusiasm have been acknowledged and appreciated. Even though
we did not use it, because we were not aware that the campsite
would has electricity available. It’s crucial that Kathy and A
Ming has a good backup power generators available for our usage.
but not least, we have heard that most of you enjoy almost everything
and we do hope that every single camper has a great time and a
fantastic memory which will last forever… The only thing we feel
uncomfortable and exhausted is an extremely hot weather which
is out of our control.
Thank you all.
post date: 7-31-12
Loc ,Ta Hung (Ernest), & Anh Yee
I remember few months ago before the camping trip, you said that
we will have “unforgettable camping trip”. You are 100% right…
Yes, we all have lots of fun….laugh and laugh….. I need to say
100 times THANKS to Anh Loc, Ai Ping and Ernest, Yee Pho…and A
Cam Hoa….. you all are my valuable FRIENDS.
Hope we will have another “TRIP” with all of you again …..NEXT
I would like to sent you all my “ FRIENDSHIP” . J please see the
post date: 7-30-12
ra phải cám ơn anh Hưng và các bạn trong ban tổ chức, nhờ vậy
mà chúng mình có mấy ngày vui đặc biệt. Coi như là lần đầu tiên
camping cảm thấy thật thoải mái, gặp các bạn thật vui, tất cả
đều là bạn thân hay trong gia đình, chỉ thương mấy bạn nấu nướng
chịu khó quá, trời nóng như vậy mà cũng lo thật chu đáo, mà vẫn
cười tươi như hoa, Nga thật là khâm phục, khâm phục.
On behalf of the Ming Vien Flying Tiger team I would like to thank
the “camping committee” for its extraordinary organizing skills,
put up an excellent shows (karaoke, comedy, dance….), cook the best
gourmet Mi Hoanh Thanh, and only charge $79.99 for (2 nights) first
class Thousand Stars Hotel …
We sure have ton of fun…
more pictures on drop box
post date: 7-29-12
Hi anh Hung !!!
Thank you anh Hung , ba Ngay camping trip that
la vui ,co y nghia ,that la tuyet voi ,Chung ta se nho Mai va
rat la cam on ban to chuc ,ban am Thuc da cho Chung ta Huong ba
Ngay camping vui that su .
Nga se khong quen va rat cam on.
When is our next trip?
post date: 7-28-12
This time camping trip is one of my memorable life. I was so much
Thanks for everything you done for us.
post date: 7-28-12
you so much for sharing your memory. This will help all of us to
remember this unforgettable camping trip forever. I do have some
appreciation message that I would like to share with everyone as
Dear Camping Trip Committee
I've been on so many camping trips throughout the years but
this trip has been truly exceptional. I just want to express how
appreciative of the committee's hard work everyone really is.
The food was delicious. The karaoke was so much
fun. The games were really exciting. The entertainment was fantastic.
The t-shirts and trophies were very meaningful. The amount of
effort in planning and setting up this entire trip was just remarkable.
I was told that the original chef for the trip
was unable to attend so the committee had to shop for kitchen
tools, and Dung, Phung and che Ping had to make last minute preparations.
I'm sure it was very stressful but it turned out great. Anh Loc
brought his own karaoke equipment for our entertainment. Hung
had to shop, design and print t-shirts, aprons, banners, signs
and decorations. He also had to prepare costumes for all of the
lovely performers. Anh Yee was such a wonderful MC for the showtimes.
We can't forget Minh who had to bring his own power generators
for backup. On behalf of Southern California Duc-Tri alumni, I'd
like to thank you to our amazing committee and everyone that helped
out. By the way, I just want to relay the message from those that
had to leave early due to their work schedules; they are very
sorry they couldn't stay the full trip. They really enjoyed every
moment of it.
I'd also like to point out that the chance to
make new friends from many places and different schools was wonderful
and a pleasant experience. Especially people who were from out
of state such as Las Vegas and Vietnam helped make this trip so
special. It felt like we were all from the same big family.
I'm really thankful of our committee for organizing
such a remarkable camping trip, and I hope that we can be able
to go on more similar trips together in the near future.
Tanya Chen (Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2012)
post date: 7-26-12
Hung, Loc, Di and all friends
It was a great camping trip.
Thanks to your guys hard work , dedications , good planning and
leadership skill, the camping was very successfull, halarious .It
Hoa & Loc (Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2012)
post date: 7-26-12
ái chào các bạn
Sau đây tôi xin có đôi lời chia sẽ cùng các bạn, anh chị
em và ban tổ chức trong cuộc hành trình tại French Gulch
camp Lake Isabella.
Trong thời gian qua, tôi có tham gia một số camping trong vùng
California, nhưng mà có một điều làm cho tôi khâm phục và
cảm động cho những người trong ban tổ chức đã gây dựng làm
thành những chương trình trong mấy ngày qua tại French Gulch
camp thật là chu đáo và tích cực, nào là lo những bừa
ăn sáng trưa và chiều, những show ca nhạc kịch, những trò
chơi thi đua bắn súng và bắn cung, cùng đi chung quanh sâu
trong lòng đất phía bên kia của camp (hiking) và nhất là
rất vui khi tất cả mọi người đều cùng nhau tập thể dục
Tôi rất mong được có dịp sau này nếu có tổ chức đi đâu
đó, tôi sẽ sẳn sảng tham dự bất cứ lúc nào.
Sam Dương (Sent: Monday, July 23, 2012)
post date: 7-26-12
2012 Camping Trip
Camping Trip July 21st to 23rd, 2012
It was a hot summer day. Fourteen people met up at our house at
7:30AM. Our plan was to leave by 8:00AM in three cars but since
Loc informed us that the North Cal group was running late, we
took our time and started leaving at 8:30AM. We even made a long
stop over at a Jack-in-the-Box to have breakfast.
As we merged into I-178, the North Cal envoy suddenly appeared
in front of our van with Yee leading the way, followed by Hung,
and then the white van – the food bank driven by Loc. From that
moment on, our focus was on that van. We must follow the food….
At the park entrance, we received a warm welcome by other camp
members who have arrived earlier with a large sign and a big smile
under the hot sun.
Our trip continued with loads of foods and activities throughout
the three days. It was so hot and dry but we had a great time.
I had camped several times before but this is by far the best.
Here are my thoughts with this amazing well planned trip:
It was a perfect size for the group, a good location for the South
but a bit far for the North. It was a beautiful setting with rocks,
trees, and water. It would have been ideal if it were greener
with the temperatures in the low 80s’ instead of 100s’ (wishful
thinking). Setting up the tent was a bit challenge because of
the uneven surface and the lack of some parts but Hung came to
rescue with some anchors and problems were solved.
The bathroom: The shower in the ladies’ room was running the whole
time, only on the last day that I finally figured out how to turn
it off. The stopper in the control knob was broken or missing
so you need to turn it slowly counter clockwise until you see
the water flow slow down and stop at around 6:30 o’clock position.
If you keep turning past that mark, it will run again. As for
the toiletries, I brought shampoo, soap, tooth pasted, etc. but
did not bring toilet tissues. If I were to do it again, I would
make sure to bring some and also volunteer to empty the trash
in the bathroom.
I expected to have the simple hamburgers and hot dogs but OMG,
we got bo kho, won ton noodles, thit kho, tom kho, chicken wings,
fruits, vegetables, coffee, tea, juice, even beers. The chef was
so clever to serve banh mi on the first meal and cup noodles for
the last one which did not require cooking. It was so well planned
and executed. I had no complains except that I came to the camp
expecting to lose weight but since the food was so yummy and plentiful,
I might have gained instead. Kudos to Phung, Ai-Ping, and most
of all Ai-Dung, excellent jobs you guys.
The stage was complete with full karaoke machine and decorated
with an awesome backdrop created by Hung. Loc and Hung only found
out that there was electrical access by the pavilion on the day
we came so there was no need for the generator. Therefore Minh’s
lonely generator stayed on anh Hoa’s truck the entire time.
The show was rich and colorful with fantastic costumes and performances.
Performers were selected and trained only a few minutes before
the show. The soldiers were so handsome… they made me want to
join the army. Elvis Presley was breathtaking, I wanted to hold
him and cry. The belly dancer was absolutely gorgeous, I was so
jealous. The Taiwan folk dance’s music and costume was surprising
but dancers adapted to it so well and lively. "Bin Sap Sam"
was so good looking and sexy, I wanted to bring him home with
The impromptu married couple game was equally entertaining. The
MC was very fun and responsive. Paula and Paul should be a professional
comedian. Andy Lu did not win the game, so he went around the
camp after the game to promote his Sợ Vợ web site. The site will
train men to love and serve their wives with several levels of
classes. Please check out his page for more information J I will
try to convince Minh to sign up as well.
Every time you want to get people’s attention, you just hold up
the camera with several models and everyone else would come in
a flash. No one wants to miss out on the photo ops. Even the loud
speaker did not work near as effective.
$80 fee went so far. Beside the 1000-star hotel, delicious food
and fantastic show, everyone got the bright green shirt with memorable
logos. For those who volunteered at the kitchen, each even got
a personalized apron and hat. The organizers, games winners, team
leaders even got trophies and other prizes…what a good deal!
It was miserably hot so walking a few steps from the tent to the
pavilion was like eternity. The bathroom was always busy, and
the night was anything but quiet. There were cars passing by every
so often. After the show, the entertainment continued in the happiest
tent nearby with conversation and singing. Paula’s x-rated laugh
guaranteed to eliminate the need for Viagra. Best of all, a chorus
of snores at different rhythms and tunes were on all around the
camp at night.
Despite all that, it was healthy and fun. Even the morning exercise
was entertaining. Some of the people who I thought were not in
so good health condition survived the gruesome temperature and
sleeping “under the stars”, on the sloping ground. They had actually
enjoyed the trip. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
My question is: When is our next trip?
by: Kathy Banh (Sent: Wednesday , July 25, 2012)
post date: 7-25-12
Ngày Cắm Trại
Chúng ta sống trên một hành
tinh thu hẹp lại! Dân số thế giới tiếp tục phát triển và nhu
cầu ngày càng tăng về tài nguyên thiên nhiên. Mỗi thành phố,
ngày ngày được mở rộng biên giới của họ và xâm phạmtrên các
vùng đất nông nghiệp và rừng xung quanh. Mỗi ngày các loài động
vật đang trở nên tuyệt chủng là kết quả của việc mở rộng xã
hội và nhà máy hiện đại.
Chúng ta sinh sống trong thành phố lớn nhộn nhịp, it có cơ hội
gần gủi với thiên nhiên, vì vậy, trong những ngày nghỉ hoặc
cuối tuần, chúng ta nên đi du lịch vùng quê để dừng lại cho
một thời điểm relax vàtìm thấy sự an bình của thiên nhiên.
Điều gì tốt hơn lý do để đi cắm trại, để cùng chia sẻ tình yêu
của bạn cho các hoạt động ngoài trời với gia đình và bạn bè,
thưởng thức các món ăn ngon và những danh lam thắng cảnh của
Cắm trại là cơ hội để chúng ta thoát khỏi cuộc sống bận rộn
hằng ngày, tạo điều kiện thuận lợi cho bạn bè cùng vui chơi.
Do đó, Tất cả chúng ta hãy trở lại với thiên nhiên ngay trong
dịp hè này. Thử tưởng tượng ngồi xung quanh lửa trại dưới bầu
trời đầy sao lấp lánh, yên tịnh bao phủ chung quanh và lắng
nghe các âm thanh của màn đêm, không gian vắng lặng có thể làm
tâm trí và cơ thể của chúng ta
khôi phục và tăng cường trở lại sau những ngày
làm việc căng thẳng trong cuộc sống.
ARE YOU READY??? WE ARE READY
Ban Cắm Trại 2012
(Native Indian Team)
Tiêu Thẳng Tiếng Team)
(Flying Tiger Team)
(Big Bear Team)
Zui Đã Tới
post date: 7-18-12
Sắp Tới Ngày
Cắm trại kỳ này đã được chuẩn bị từ 2 năm trước, từ kế hoạch đầu
tiên đến tìm kiếm và book địa điểm trại, ghi danh các bạn tham gia, đến
tận nơi khảo xát, chuẩn bị dụng cụ nhà bếp, dụng cụ dựng trại, in T-shirts,
in aprons, chương trình văn nghệ và sắp đặc trò chơi v.v…
Thực sự tất cả chúng tôi đều rất háo hức chờ đón ngày lên trại, trong
vài tuần gần đây, ban tổ chức càng bận rộn nhiều hơn, order và kiểm kê
tất cả vật dụng cần thiết cho trại hè, các tình nguyện viên cũng đang
sốt sắng chia nhau chuẩn bị rất chu đáo cho phần ẩm thực, thời gian trôi
qua rất nhanh, chỉ còn vài ngày nữa, những chiếc bánh xe của những bạn
tham gia trại hè từ nhiều ngã khác nhau đều lăng về French Gulch campsite.
Cắm trại lần nay có nhiều hoạt động hấp dẫn và thú vị. nhất là đêm liên
hoan vui nhộm, cũng như các tiết mục văn nghệ, múa, hát, biểu diễn show,
bao gồm khiêu vũ và hát Karaoke trên trại, các bạn yêu dancing tha hồ
nhảy nhô nhảy nhốc đến mệt nghĩ, nghỉ khỏe rồi nhẩy tiếp …
Mặc dù còn hơn 1 tuần nửa mới đến ngày cắm trại, nhưng ai sắp đi cắm trại
đều cảm nhận được ngày trại thật sự như đã đến rồi, một niềm vui háo hức,
sự mong chờ cũng sẽ làm cho trại hè năm này trở nên nhộn nhịp và sôi nổi
The Sequoia National Forest, located
at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada in central California, takes
its name from the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, which grows
in more than 30 groves on the Forest's lower slopes. The Forest comprises
about 1.1 million acres. Elevations range from about 1,000 to 12,000
feet creating precipitous canyons and mountain streams with spectacular
waterfalls such as Salmon Creek Falls and Grizzly Falls.
This campground's proximity to Lake
Isabella makes it popular with boaters and swimmers as well as visitors
looking to explore the forest.
This group campground sits at an elevation of 2,659
feet three miles from the western shores of Lake Isabella, a 27-acre
reservoir off the Kern River.
Visitors can enjoy swimming, water skiiing and wind
surfing at Lake Isabella. There is also trout and bass fishing at the
lake and in area streams.
This is a group site for up to 100 people and up to
30 vehicles. An ampitheater is available for campfire programs. A marina
and boat ramps are available at Lake Isabella just to the southeast.
This facility is operated by California Land Management. Your comments
are appreciated; comment forms are available at California Land Management.
Lake Isabella is a short drive away.
Activities and Amenities Within Facility
Drinking Water, Flush Toilets, Fuel Available, General Store, Grills,
Pets Allowed, Picnic Shelter, Propane, Restaurant, Showers
P.O. BOX 1640
KERNVILLE CA 93238
From Bakersfield take Highway 178 East, to the
town of Lake Isabella. In Lake Isabella take highway 155 North following
the western edge of the lake approximately 3 miles.
Phone Park for More Information: (760)376-1815
again, on behalf of the camping committee ( Hung, anh Bo, Yee, Loc ),
we are very cheerful and excited to inform you that we have planned
this camping trip for the last two years, and finally we have booked
the ideal place for group camp.
There is only 1 group camp in “that jungle” which
is privacy for us only. That’s fantastic!
Here is the very exciting and interesting activities which we will have
at this special, one of a kind camping trip you have ever had before:
1) Date : Sat, July 21, 2012 ( We will be there from 10AM to 11AM ).
2) Place : French Gulch (click on the link below to get more details
about the campground) www.reserveamerica.com/camping/French_Gulch_Ca/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=71559&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
3) Direction : From Bakersfield take Highway 178 East, to the town of
Lake Isabella. In Lake Isabella take highway 155 North following the
western edge of the lake approximately 3 miles.
4) Fee : (please, call for more detail)
5) We will be in charge of the cooking for 100 people as in Boy Scout
Procedure ( with the help of each group, will assign cooking team for
each day later ).
We will provide 2 breakfast, 2 good lunch, 2 delicious dinner &
midnight snack= 8 meals total for the whole trip. Activities :
1) Olympic Archery Contest ( we will provide 2 professional Archeries
with arrows and target )
2) Shooting Contest ( We will provide BB Gun and target )
3) Swimming Contest at Isabella Lake ( 3 miles from camp site ) 4)
Group Hiking in the morning
5) Cooking Contest
6) Water balloon fight and other games
7) Special feature : Karaoke
and ballroom dancing in the jungle
8) Alisan group dance with costumes around the fire ring at night
9) Humorous plays Facilities :
1) Max 100 people
2) Max 30 vehicles
3) Flush toilet
4) Hot water showers
5) 3 miles to Isabella Lake
What you should bring :
1) Your own tent
2) Blanket, sleeping bag or water bed as you like, etc.
3) We will mention about personal things that we should bring with us
later. Deadline Reservation :
1) First come first served basis.
2) Deadline Ticket Purchase : please call Loc, Hung or Yee
We strongly believe this camping trip will be one of the most exciting
and interesting events of all time, so please consider it thoroughly
and make early reservation, because we will run out of tickets very
soon. We assure you all that we will definitely have a remarkable and
significant memory together for the rest of our lives.
男箭擊比賽 Man Olympic Archery Contest
女箭擊比賽 Woman Olympic Archery Contest
男射擊比賽 Man Shooting Contest
女射擊比賽 Woman Shooting Contest
少年拔河比賽 Tug-O-War Youth
Karaoke and ballroom dancing in the jungle
頒獎禮 Award and Thank You Ceremony
跳山地舞(全體) Folk dance
畢幕典禮 Ending ceromony
is just around the corner, and our camping trip is getting closer and
closer! I bet you’re all so excited just like me. Please refer to the
packing list below and let’s get things ready beforehand.
-Heavy duty tarp for under tent
-Camping or self-inflating mattress
-Sleeping bag, blanket and/or space blanket
-Pillow or air pillow
-Flashlight with extra batteries or Camping lantern
-Sunscreen and/or suntan lotion
-Nylon cord for clothesline
-Hiking boots or shoes
-Sandals or flip-flops
-Sweat suit for sleeping
-Swim trunks or swimsuits (if swimming in the lake is planned)
-Short and long-sleeved shirt, T-shirts, tank tops, etc
-Short and long pants or jeans
-Hat or cap
-Bring enough drinking water for you and your own
family. The organizers will provide cooking water
-Folding camp chair
-Hand soap or hand sanitizer
-Shampoo and body wash
-Toothbrush and toothpaste
-Camera and extra batteries
-Comb and/or brush
Last but not least - youself with a big smile
See you all on July 21, 2012