On Monday, the 20th of November, we had a rare day off. After a typical long weekend, we were given a day to rest for Teachers' Day. This was my third teachers' day in Vietnam. Each year had been bigger than the previous years' celebration. The plan, the school detailed to us, was to spend the day at Ho May Park. We would do team building arctivity, enjoy the gardens and restaurants. We could then enjoy the sunset from the hotel and then relax as we spent the night. I was looking forward to taking my Samyang 14mm and shoot the night sky from the mountain top once the lights had been turned off.
That didn't happen, as rain was in the forecast. So instead, we relaxed during the day and met for dinner at the Malibu hotel. That morning, I woke up early and rode to Bean and Jam to buy a pound of coffee. On the way back I stopped by the camera store looking for a flash modifier. I really wanted to use my Canon EX580 II at the event. But when I tried this in the past, the flash was limited by the inability to bounce the flash. Just as a lamp needs a lampshade, a mounted flash needs a modifier. I was able to buy one for about $25 dollars. It turned out to be a much better investment than an equally priced bottle of whisky that would have also been a nice modifier for the party.