Give me Banh Mi!

Oh, how I miss Vietnam.

I don’t miss the overpopulated roads and the panic-inducing traffic. (My thought process before crossing the street: Should I cross now? Where do I look? Left? Right? Please don’t let me die! I’m not ready to die!)

Viet Nam 01

I don’t particularly miss roaming around the market because I get easily overwhelmed…but I do miss strolling around the city (without having to cross the street). I miss the huge trees, the French-inspired buildings, the overall vibe.

Most of all, I miss Banh Mi! If ever I will go back to Viet Nam, it would be for the love of this glorious sandwich. I don’t normally buy food from street vendors and it was during our stay in Viet Nam that I finally tried to be a little bit braver. For VND 20,000 or PHP 40.00 you can buy a decent Banh Mi (though honestly, I have never encountered a not decent Banh Mi during our vacation) from a street vendor. There’s one stationed outside our hotel (Townhouse 50) and trust me, I prefer eating the lady’s Banh Mi than the free breakfast food served at the hotel.

We tried looking for Banh Mi here in Manila but we failed. Not that there isn’t any, but the ones here are expensive (around PHP 200.00) and they do not even come close to the authentic ones back in Viet Nam.

Viet Nam 05

Suddenly, the idea of street food doesn’t seem that bad.

Perhaps I should just change the name of my blog to Tangled Up In Daydreams of Banh Mi?

Note: I wrote a (sort of) detailed post about my trip to Ho Chi Minh and Mui Ne here. I re-read it just now and I’m quite proud of what I wrote there. It seems like I actually didn’t get tired towards the end of the post because the ending wasn’t abrupt. Heehee.

Deliverables

I just realized that I haven’t exactly written detailed posts about the trips I’ve been to for the past two years. Either I’m that busy or I’m just lazy but never mind, I’m here to change that.

The upcoming posts will be about the following trips:

Hong Kong – January 2013
Macau – January 2013
Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh and Mui Ne) – April 2013
Cambodia (Siem Reap) – April 2013
Thailand (Bangkok) – April 2013
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Penang) – April 2013
Singapore – April 2013
Hong Kong – July 2013
Singapore – January 2014
Japan (Tokyo) – May 2014
Cagayan de Oro City – August 2014
Japan (Kyoto, Osaka and Nara) – January 2015

I know there’s a lot on my plate right now but I really want to share my adventures (and more often than not, misadventures) so I will try my best to complete this…within the year.

Wish me luck!

A Different Side of Viet Nam

“You’re going to Viet Nam? I heard it’s so much like the Philippines, why would you even want to go there?” — This, folks, was my mother’s reaction when I told her that I will be going to Viet Nam.

True enough, it really does look like the Philippines. Everywhere I look, I see Manila. Manila here, Manila there, Manila everywhere! However, they beat Manila in terms of heavy traffic and volume of vehicles. There were a LOT of motorcycles all over the place, even in sidewalks. There were pedestrian crossings but not much, even traffic lights. For some reason, they do not follow traffic rules.

It took a lot of courage to cross those streets, seriously.

Motorcycle Galore

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Five Countries in Twelve Days? Challenge Accepted.

Brace yourselves for a very long post (or for a lot of posts, rather) — because I finally got my camera from the boyfriend, so I have the photos with me now.

Just an overview, we went to the following countries: Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. My colleagues at work think that we spent a fortune for this trip, but honestly speaking, that’s not the case.

Here are two tables I made before the trip, hope this helps those who are interested in touring across Southeast Asia.

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