The Hungry Pig

 photo P_20141016_174120_LL_zpscc8441aa.jpgIf you love bacon (who doesn’t?), get over to The Hungry Pig and indulge in a scrumptious sandwich. Bacon mandatory.

 photo P_20141016_173714_LL_zps22596139.jpgYou can also make your own sandwich!

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Hubby and I ordered the Notorious P.I.G. and Little Miss Piggy.

 photo P_20141016_175420_LL_zpsd7e7a2e8.jpgLove the crispiness of the bacon and the distinct taste of the chorizo of the Notorious P.I.G.

 photo P_20141016_175444_LL_zps9c0f3607.jpgLove how the Avocado brought so much flavor to Little Miss Piggy.

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If you’re in the Pham Ngu Lao area, do check it out!

The Hungry Pig
144 Cong Quynh, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1

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The Return of the Rocky Horror Picture Show

 photo RockyHorrorMark_zpsc0de5787.jpgSo it’s October and Halloween will be here in a few weeks. And with that is the return of The Rocky Horror Picture Show which was first shown here in HCMC in 2012.

 photo BradandJanet_zps3c9b9d42.jpgTo get the full Rocky Horror experience, guests are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Rocky Horror character.

 photo floorshow_zpsbf1752a0.jpgThis time, the Saigon Players will have 2 shows in HCMC and one show in Mui Ne!

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October 31 (Friday) and November 1 (Saturday), 7:30 PM, McSorley’s 4 Thao Dien, D2
November 8 (Saturday), 7:30 PM, Joe’s Cafe Garden & Resort 86 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet

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Waiting for Godot by Dragonfly Theatre

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Dragonfly Theatre is back with their new production, “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett. According to the British National Theatre poll of 800 playwrights, actors, directors, and journalists, it is “the most significant language play of the 20th century.”

Directed by Ryan Burkwood, “this black comedy takes a lighthearted and irreverent look at the biggest questions in life: Who are we? Why are we here? What are we waiting for? The play follows two men as they wait for the seemingly never present Godot. At times striking and thought-provoking, at others down right silly, this is a play for all.”

Buy your tickets through Ticketbox.vn to get your 5% discount in celebration of Ticketbox.vn first year.

Waiting for Godot will be performed at Cargo Bar, 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh.

Reserved seating tickets are 300,000 VND if booked before midnight on October 6th from Ticketbox.vn

After 6th October, Ticketbox sales will end but tickets can be purchased for 350,000 VND on the door.

Performance dates:

Thursday 9th October at 7:00pm

Friday 10th October at 7:00pm

Saturday 11th October at 3:30pm

Sunday 12th October at 7:00pm

Show duration is 2 hours.

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Feast at La Fiesta!

If you love Scott and Binh’s in District 7, you’re going to love the new Tex-Mexican place Scott and his wife, Duc just opened in District 1 called, La Fiesta! Fellow blogger and friend, Grace Maling shares their gastronomic experience.   —–>

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I always look forward to the weekend as everybody else does. My Friday after work routine starts and ends early and not the typical ‘weekend’ drinks or party for some. I usually finish work at 3pm, do a bit of window-shopping around the city, and have coffee with a friend whilst I wait for my husband to finish work as well. Last Friday was a bit different, I, my husband and another couple friends decided to try the newly opened Tex-Mex restaurant ‘La Fiesta’. This is owned and run by the same guy behind Scott and Binh’s in District 7. When we learnt that Scott is opening a new food haven in District 1, I was really excited! When we used to live in PMH (we moved to D2), visiting his restaurant was part of our weekend activities. Scott and Binh’s is very special to us as they catered for my daughter’s baptism and 1st birthday parties. So imagine how ecstatic it is to know that we can have a taste of what Scott can offer right in the middle of the city!

I made the reservation just like old times and got a call back straight away from Scott. When we arrived, tortilla chips and salsa were served immediately. Scott and his team were waiting patiently when he started presenting the menu and what La Fiesta can offer.

The menu is extensive but it helped that I am already aware of what La Fiesta has to offer (thanks to social media!) so choosing was not difficult. We really came with an empty stomach so we ordered a lot to share amongst the 4 of us. We had ‘Quezo Mac’, fish taco, quesadilla and the lamb enchilada. When our orders came, we were in awe with the servings! They were huge! They were really meant for sharing!

 photo P_20141002_181812_LL_zpsdbfc1377.jpgQuezo Mac is not your ordinary Mac and cheese! You can immediately taste the tex-mex twist with the first spoon!

 photo IMG_1265_zpsd071aa0c.jpgThe fish taco is spot on! The fresh herbs and spices play beautifully in the mouth!

 photo P_20141002_181828_LL_zps2c9c4bf5.jpg*** Chipotle Lamb Shoulder Enchiladas is to die for. The meat is so tender and the flavor is delectable!

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By the end of our meal we were already stuffed but we did not pass up on having desserts and a cocktail. We thought we were already there so might as well try what we can.

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*** Desserts were too hard to resist, we had the La Fiesta Parfait and Chocolate Brownie Sundae with Ice Cream, Peanuts, Caramel, Hot Fudge, Whip Cream and both brought us to dessert heaven!

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I could not help but share a Facebook status in the middle of my meal to my friends because it was unfair not to let them have the experience I was enjoying! Scott and his team were very welcoming and most especially the food was great. A superb Tex-Mex experience in HCMC!

La Fiesta
33 Dang Thi Nhu, District 1

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Visiting Saigon with kids?

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Saigon has a rich cultural and political history but when you have kids tagging along in your vacation that doesn’t really translate to FUN, right? So how do you keep your kids entertained? Where do you bring ‘em in Saigon?

So here are some places where you can take your kids.

Vietopia

Start teaching your kids early about the value of money and hard work while they have fun trying different “jobs”. Vietopia is an indoor venue where you can take your kids try different hats — like being a doctor, pilot, engineer, construction worker, gas attendant, archaeologist, and more. They also get to try to do fun activities.

Kizciti

Kizciti has the same concept as Vietopia. It has actually been running in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi longer than Vietopia. What sets it apart from Vietopia is that it has both indoor and outdoor activities. Outdoor activities include mini golf and farming.

Suoi Tien 

Suoi Tien is a Buddhist-inspired theme park with indoor and outdoor activities. What I love most about this place is the water park. It just seems a bit crazy with the Buddhist theme going on but these days, there are a lot of things going on in this place and has upped the ante.

Damsen Park

Another  amusement park in the city is Damsen Park. Your child will pretty much have a whole park of activities to choose from. I am pretty sure the only time your child will cry is when you leave the park.

Dainam Park

Dainam Park is quite far from the city center (Binh Duong) around 2 hours away but you can stay here overnight at their hotel. Your family can enjoy the theme park, zoo, and water park and not have to travel back to the city with a cranky toddler.

Paintball Saigon

Paintball Saigon is for the bigger kids. If you and your kids want to blow off some steam or play strategy, suit up and aim.

Water Puppet Show

The Water Puppet Show is an interesting show about Vietnamese culture with puppets performing on the water. I am in awe of the puppeteers! They have a show daily. And although the show is in Vietnamese, foreigners will still get to understand what the stories are all about. Traditional Vietnamese instruments are also used for the show. My son was up from his seat the whole time watching!

AO Show

The AO Show is an acrobatic cultural show that uses indigenous materials as props. This is a real fun show that my son enjoyed. There never is a dull moment with the AO Show and best of all you get to watch it from the majestic Saigon Opera House.

Cu Chi Tunnels

I know this sound like a sad part in the history of Vietnam. But yes, the Cu Chi Tunnels tour is kid-friendly. If you’re up for it, why not also check out the tunnels yourself?

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens

On our last visit this year to the zoo, both my kids loved it. They were actually asking about when they can see the dinosaurs. <insert roll eyes here> When you go here, spend half a day or more to explore the botanical gardens, see the animals, and spend some time at their mini amusement park.

Mekong Delta

My sons love riding boats and the Mekong Delta trip gives them that. Best of all, I get to try the different delicacies from Mekong. The floating market is a must see!

Food Tour

Who doesn’t love a food tour, right? Saigon Street Eats is the best in the kiddie food tour. I took my eldest for a food tour in the city and he enjoyed it immensely while also learning about the everyday life of the Saigonese.

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Ava’s Closet

 photo Avas_zps4ff8f410.pngMy first Ava dress was from the Summer Collection. What caught my eye were the unusual print and the classic lines. The fabric felt soft and cool — perfect for the hot summery months of Saigon.

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As a Filipino, my worry with Vietnam-produced clothes is the sizing.  My frame is far far from the Vietnamese lean shape. That’s why I was quite happy that Ava’s made sure that my choice of dress fitted me well. Yes, they took my measurements and made one especially for me!

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Ava’s Closet is a feminine clothing line by Australian designer, Helen Corbett Holani. The fabric is sourced from India and other countries depending on what the design calls for.

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Ava’s brand caters to career-driven women with a unique sense of style. They are women that fly – able to balance a successful career with their family life and still have time to pursue their personal happiness.

To complete the Ava look, Ava offers accessories from local designers, scarfs,
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— and Mary & Marie bags.
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They’ve got dressy earrings —

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Bracelet and bangles too —

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Check out their necklaces —
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Intricately designed —
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There’s a T-shirt line as well for men called Nam’s shirts.
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Nam’s shirts also have Western sizes.

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If you or someone you know has that lookbook look, why not send your (or a friend’s) profile to Ava and be the next Ava’s Dress Up Girl.

 photo 20140929_173659_zps7e63610b.jpgYou can find Ava’s Closet at:

53B Nguyen Du St., District 1
Station 3A, 3A Ton Duc Thang in District 1

Happy shopping!

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Zippy Bags by Caroline Istas

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Last year, Caroline Istas published the Travel Logbook for children. My son loved filling out the pages about his trips. Now Caroline is back with her Zippy Bags!

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Caroline is from Antwerp, Belgium. She studied History of Art at the Brussels Academy of Art and Photography at Sint Lukas, Brussels.

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She moved to Vietnam some 10 years ago and spent her time initially specializing in underwater photography and teaching diving with Rainbow Divers where she also met her husband.

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After launching the Travel Logbook, she became busy preparing illustrations and commissions for a wide range of exclusive clients.

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To further her education in design, she trained in the Saigon Academy of Design.  And now, she is focusing on printing her own designs.

 photo 10717573_10154561822885136_2021723207_n_zpsaef10a3e.jpgZip by Albetta Kids in District 2 or 7 to get your very own handy Zippy Bag.

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