We Go Peanut Sugar documents the adventures and misadventures of two silly/fun-loving/
engagedmarried 30-somethings. We started the blog to feature our Grand Birthplace Tour to Japan and Vietnam. The trip took place late October to late November 2011 but there are still more pictures to blog (sorry, trip withdrawal procrastination kicked in).
Though not Japanese, Brandon, a writer/editor, was born in Okinawa. He hadn’t been back to Japan since then, so he was excited to return to his people and homeland (his words).
Misou is a Vietnamese immigrant who also spent 7 years in the Philippines before moving to California. She loves taking pictures and uses way too many parentheses when writing!
We both now reside in the Washington, DC metro area, and we plan to travel the world (by winning the lottery, or by any other means) and eat our way through every cuisine there is.
Brandon and I were trying to come up with a name for our travel blog, in which we want to document our trip to Japan and Vietnam (and many other exotic and non-exotic locales, too, we hope). We first came up with Wanderlust, There and Back Again, and plenty of other well-used travel-related phrases. Brandon then suggested We Go or something similar when I suddenly had an epiphany! “What about We Go Peanut Sugar?” I shrieked. He looked at me and was like, WTH? Let me explain. For those who don’t know me, I’m Vietnamese. (To those who do, hi!) When the first wave of Vietnamese people immigrated to America, hilarious stories of cultural and language differences ensued. Many of these are because when one doesn’t speak a new language well, one tends to translate words directly from one’s mother’s tongue. A classic example in Vietnamese-English direct translation is, We go peanut sugar, used by a lot of [northern] Vietnamese people when they needed directions. In Vietnamese, the word lạc means lost, or peanuts, and đường means road, or sugar. So put together, you have “We go peanut sugar” for “We are lost.” The phrase is a funny use of my first language, and it applies well since I expect that we will “go peanut sugar” a lot in our travels. Lo and behold, our blog We Go Peanut Sugar was born. We hope you enjoy our words and pictures (I am a photo fiend).
Brandon’s Writing Website
Misou’s Photography Website
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