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Hello Saigon!

By guest blogger, Sophia Wright

Vietnam is completely different from all other countries I have visited so far. The amount of things happening everyday is overwhelming. It is just like another world and totally differs from home. I was very much expecting getting around the country to be surprising and challenging.

My impression about Ho Chi Minh City? It is chaos. There are more motorbikes than people. I like to call it Scooter City. Scooters have dominated the city, and when there is not enough space on the roads, people just drive on the pedestrians. “When you are in Rome, do as the Romans do” so I booked a scooter road trip from a tour company to discover around the city and Mekong Delta.
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I had seen photos on internet showing different things that carried on their scooters in Southeast Asia but up until I visited Vietnam, I had not…

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Cool Cooler Covers

Thanks for sharing those cool covers!

Hello Saigon!

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So the other day I walked into our office pantry to get some water and was greeted with a bejeweled water cooler.

I actually did a double take and thought to myself, “Am I in the right office?” 😛

But honestly though, I liked the water cooler’s new look.

If you’re looking to spruce up your water cooler from blah to whoa, why not get these cool cooler covers from Cooler Coverz?

The price ranges from 220,000 to 400,000 VND and come in a myriad of designs.

 photo image2_zps8d63e9b1.jpegThis TET season, this yellow studded cover might be ideal.

 photo image1_zps6e389870.jpegGeckos, anyone?

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 photo image3_zps523828d3.jpegPersonally, I love butterflies —

 photo image5_zpsf6877680.jpegCheck out their designs at the Cooler Coverz FB page.

 

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The Elephant Falls

Đẹp quá! What a professional photographer ^^

Cô Kerri

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68 Cents Lunch

Hello Saigon!

After a very stressful week at work, my colleague asked me if I want to go out for lunch — to which I readily said, “YES!”

She said we’d be sitting on the streets. I shrugged and said, “Sure!” I kinda had an idea where she was going to to take me. And true enough, we went to the lunch lady serving her piping hot canh bun at the corner of Nguyen Du and Hai Ba Trung — right across the prestigious Intercontinental Hotel. 🙂

 photo 20131213_122540_zpsf29cf565.jpgI’ve always seen a huge crowd by this area and have seen my colleagues eat here but I haven’t tried it out myself. With the number of people eating here every single work day, I didn’t feel any trepidation about trying out the soup myself.

 photo 20131213_124440_zps6fb2133c.jpgAnd I was treated to a real filling spicy hot soup!

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Hello everyone on WP,

It’s Noelle writing to celebrate my 1st time to be in the hospital…

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My 1st photo about my room, that was embarrassing cos I took this just to show you that I saw the purple sky when I finished my drip feed 😀 Did you see it?

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The 2nd one about this broken ceiling…how scary…how dangerous! I was wondered about the consequence if that room was struck by a lightning :-s

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The intravenous for me every morning…I got 2 bottles for the first 3 days and just 1 bottle mixed with medicine till they wanna kick my ass out 😀

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Look at my hand especially my broken venae! 😥

I wish you could understand how hurt it was, they were making hard to find my vena whenever I got my prescription (the drip feed and medicine).

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Bored…scary! Hey…I looked fatter right? But no, I lost 2kg after a few days being under “lock and key”… 😦

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Yeah, the last intravenous of mine on Tuesday Nov19th…I was wondering about the moment when they decided to let me out 😀

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The moon was snapped after my dinner with mommy at their canteen 😀 The same sky…but the land wasn’t HOME, we tend to call it “trời quen đất lạ”…My cricket (my cell phone) was charged before this photo was taken so it has enough energy to save my random things whenever I complained about my bad luck this Nov and yeah it’s my birth’s month.

I hope that it was the first and also the last time…I am scared of the hospital 😥

I will run as fast as possible so I can prevent my family from taking me to this place 😀

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This little ditty would be great for a cozy dinner and movie date night. I can imagine snow flakes falling while we walk with hot chocolate to a late movie. Sounds novel, right? Date Night

{dress, tights, sweater, ring, purse, boots}

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Street Food

Let me know what you think about our street food ^^

Cô Kerri

During the planning stages of my expatriation to Vietnam, whenever anyone spoke of the local street food, all that came to my mind was phở. And that was only because I once went to a Vietnamese restaurant on a visit down to London. People used to give me varying accounts of Vietnamese street food; some strictly warned me off the stuff, others said it was the best food they’d ever experienced. I honestly had no idea what to expect.

I have since learned that Vietnamese street food is amongst some of the tastiest (and cheapest!) food that I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. Granted, this is after numerous bouts of food poisoning and 2 trips to the local hospital, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Vietnamese street food has to be approached with caution, but the moment you find that one vendor who practises proper food hygiene…

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