Excited to See Singapore

One month of not updating. I know. I know. I suck with blogging. LOL Last month was my birthday month, so cut me some slack! 🙂

Anyways, I’ll be having another trip this November — Hello Singapore!  I am so excited at the same time scared cos I’m travelling solo to another country for 3 days. I have never done that backpacker-exploring-thing.

So anyone out there who could give me some heads-up on doing weird-fun stuff here, that would be so awesome. Though, I’ve noted the usual attractions.. And so,

See you soon SG!

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At the Top: Burj Al Khalifa

View from the Top

View from the Top

Tallest among the tall.

A visit to the tallest building in the world made me realize that we can overcome all our fears. I have a lot of fears in me and one of them is heights! I used to hate heights. It made me dizzy, nauseous and sick but to be at the highest place I could ever be –  I need all the guts! Especially if you’re looking at one of the world’s dream country.

Taken at the highest deck of the building, the Dubai City looks impressive above. It was kind of scary to hold onto the side rails and look beyond the windows but how to appreciate the view if I don’t try to get close? and yes! One deep breath and I walked towards the deck. It was wondrous! Finally, overcoming my heights was easy-peasy. Ha! LOL

Ticket to Cloud 9

Ticket to Cloud 9

Here’s my ticket! So this was 4 months ago but the surreal feeling is still here. I found out that Tom Cruise’s MI Ghost Protocol was filmed here! stupid me even though I’ve seen the movie twice

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise Chair

Using the elevator was pretty fast! We we’re at the deck in less than a minute and I thought it would take an hour. We were welcomed by the blazing heat in the wooden deck. A lot of people were posing and taking pictures near the glass frame. Just a thought, if anyone tried to jump over the building, I think this would be a great place cos’ they get super super scared the hell out if they ever think twice to jump! LOL

Below the Burj Khalifa

Below the Burj Khalifa

Here is a picture below the Khalifa Building.. the color, the impressive design and structures were incomparable! Every night, Dubai holds a fountain show for the people. You won’t get tired of watching the fountains dance with the right music.

Zoom Me

Zoom Me

There is also a telescope. As you can see, I am looking for Burj Al Arab and I found it just by scanning the area. This will also feature Dubai during the historical times when everything was just barren soil and desert.

Mom felt more safe inside the deck. I think I inherited my fears from her! LOL Luckily, I got over it but she hasn’t yet.

I did a 360 degrees around the floor because I am so proud that I can look out in the open city.

It was a short trip but entering in one of the Guinness book of record was worth it!

Snowball Khalifa

Snowball Khalifa

I love snowballs! If only life can be put in a glass. Try shaking it all up, watch all those flakes go down slowly. I think that we would appreciate more of what’s going on and take everything in a careful pace. Life can be big, just like this Khalifa building being the tallest. Put Burj Al Khalifa in your hands and enjoy the snow go down because having snow or rain is magic. Not impossible but magical. 

My Charming Two-Day Trip In Vietnam

Near Noi Bai International Airport

Near Noi Bai International Airport

To travel is to discover.

The only way to experience the Hidden Charm of Vietnam is to be IN Vietnam. and yes! Good morning Vietnam! I’ve been dying to ask my Mom and colleagues to come with them on their Asian business trip. Luckily, Mom needed me. to carry her bags and count her Vietnam Dong LOL

We arrived in Hanoi International Airport early dawn and picked up by one of their Vietnamese friend. Kudos cos he was a good tour guide and one good translator!

So I had five good reasons why I wanted to visit Vietnam.
I had only two days to stay but this won’t stop me from enjoying Vietnam.

Five good reason why:

1. Eat authentic Pho – Who doesn’t go to this beautiful country and not eat famous Pho? right? So I planned to eat this famous sweet noodle soup, either on beef or chicken and with any choice of herbs.
2. Watch Water Puppet Theater Show – An Ancient Asian puppet tradition where Puppets are in the water and they go crazy dancing!
3. Go to Halong Bay – to see this scenic view.
4. Ride a Xe May or a Cyclo – A Hanoi Tour ride via cycles.
5. Drink Vietnamese Coffee or Beer – Hell yes!

I am crossing #3 cos’ it’s not enough for this tour. However, I will do other fun things here!

My first day in Hanoi.. I think I held on to my life! My goodness! Motor bicycles everywhere. Our Vietnamese friend, Mr. Moi, said that cars are wayyy to expensive and twice the value in Vietnam. The government are limiting the number of cars because some streets and places are very narrow. But then, it was amazing for me to see people living humbly, riding their bicycles on their way to work or school.

Vietnamese Art

Vietnamese Art

These are beautiful paintings made locally. When you get to enter one of the shops, you would see them painting art. Amazing.

If only I could buy them all! and take them home!

Our hotel was only a few meters away from Old Quarter Market, so it was easy to shop and find good food.

If you are familiar with “The North Face” bags, I bet you’d go ga-ga with the cheap prices being sold here!

Bun Cha

Bun Cha

We had a great lunch in one of the restaurants in Hang Manh Road that served Bun Cha and spring rolls.
The noodles.. so yummy! and the spring rolls are not your ordinary spring rolls. I didn’t like the herbs so much. Too bitter for my taste.
It was fun seeing Mom using chopsticks, no spoons and forks around here but she was up for it! We were sharing the table with a daughter and her Mom and we chatted a little, laughed too. The daughter spoke good English.
After Lunch, we did a little bit of shopping, walking. Everyone was happily tired, so we decided to go and drink Vietnamese coffee!

Vietnamese Cafe

Vietnamese Cafe

Iced or Hot? I choose Iced! And my god, Vietnamese coffee is strong! LOL

I think I made 4 glasses of coffee just by putting a lot of ice on it.

There’s this brewed coffee, Weasel. Didn’t realize where it came from until Mr. Moi told me!

It tasted great actually. The smell of strong coffee and beans brings me in awe and yum! The cafe girl recommended the Mocha beans. Mocha’s aroma made me weak! Yum! Yum!
If only I could put mint. *wishful thinking*

After our coffee break, we headed back to the hotel and got ready for the show.

Water Puppet Show

Water Puppet Show

Hello PUPPETS and DRAGONS!!!

We sat a bit far, but hey! I did see dragons spurting water. The music was great. Dancing! Dancing! Dancing! There was even a fire!

Amazing! They moved in synchronous manner. They sang and talked in their language, of course.

But that didn’t stopped the audience from laughing and enjoying the show.

After the show, we went to the Hoan Kiem Lake.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake

I took this picture while strolling around the Lake.

Hanoi is a very colorful and happy city. In the middle of the lake is the Turtle Tower. It looked amazing in the evening.
Hanoi is called Hanoi because it was said that this city was circled with water.
That’s what Mr. Moi said. 🙂
Correct me if I’m wrong.

I only did 3 out of 5 of my DO-LIST.
However, I was able to see and do other fun things!

The Simple Life

The Simple Life

Things-I-did-outside-my-do-list:
1.  Got myself a stamp! for only 60K VND! A Vietnamese girl wearing a conical hat
with my name on it.
2. Eat Vietnamese corn!
3. Got to see a bee-raising farm
4. Drink sticky-rice wine while Mom was sitting beside me. 🙂
5. Visited a tea-making farm and
drank a lot of teas in one day
6. Shop souvenirs!
7. Visited the beautiful province.

Someday, I will return to Vietnam and explore more of its hidden charm.
Thank you, Viet Nam!