So despite me finally secuming to the fact that the only gift I could think of now for Linh was flowers, and I was right there at the market, I ended up having a great afternoon. Funnily enough, everyone else who was a tourist who came to Linh's birthday party also brought flowers...and funnily enough, they all looked the same. Despite the enormous range of flowers to be bought at the market, we all ended up buying the same type, and had them wrapped the same. Odd!
Linh threw an amazing party for herself. She worked so hard to put on an amazing spread of food. The floors were mopped, the furniture was cleared out, and the food was placed plate by plate as it was ready on the ground. She made vietnamese "make your own" spring rolls, steamed fish, salad mix, duck soup, sliced pork, sautéed veg, steamed veg, and baguettes. A beer was placed at every setting as was little soup bowls and chopsticks. A cake was presented and everyone sang happy birthday to Linh! Many guests sat around and chatted, and the kids played. The food was divine, and of course little messyfish did not have a single bite.