Bui Duy Binh is 11 years old and he lives with his mom, dad and younger brother in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
He gets up, brushes his teeth and gets ready for school. His mom usually makes him breakfast. But today, I buy pho (faw), a beef noodle soup from a street vending machine.
Either his mom or dad gives him a ride to school on there motorcycle. Not many people can afford cars here. Because of traffic, it takes 10 minutes to get to school.
Every Monday, school starts with a salute to Ho Chi Minh. Our city is named in honor. His picture hangs in almost every school and house in Vietnam. After they salute, they sing songs that honor our country.
After he turns in his homework, he has art class. A teacher comes to our room to teach us how to draw. His team chooses Bui Duy Binh to draw on the board.
School ends. Because there are not enough teachers, half of my school goes to class in the morning and half goes in the afternoon. His parents work, so when school ends, he takes a motorcycle taxi home. We call it xe om (say ohm).
After he gets home, he waters the plants on his rooftop garden. When him mother gets home, they eat lunch together. Afterward, he reads a book and take a nap.
When he wakes up, he eats a yogurt or fruit and starts studying. Sometimes, he'll go for a walk in his neighborhood. He has to stay close to home, because the crowded streets can be dangerous.
He helps his mom prepare dinner. Tonight, we make tofu, chicken wings, fried squid and French fries. He said that it was really good.
After dinner, he goes to his room to practice the piano or draw. He likes to play with his little brother, because he makes him laugh.
He takes a shower before bed. Then it is time for him to sleep.