The Heat is On!

I know you guys must still be pretty high after the World Cup. Unfortunately I didn’t get to watch the World Cup at all because in this part of the world, it’s simply difficult to get up at midnight to watch and expect to be at work in the morning!
 photo IMG_2322_zps3f896df7.jpgBut am definitely a cheerer so I love watching games and just shout at the top of my lungs! And I haven’t been watching any since we left the Philippines — and that would be some Ginebra game in the PBA.

 photo IMG_2323_zps38c06282.jpgAnd then the ABL came in our own backyard! Time to make use of those lungs so long preserved from Cheer Dance class as a physical education course back in the University. :P (Yup! Well, the uni needed cheerers to watch all UAAP games!).

 photo IMG_2325_zps5cd0fd1e.jpgHubby and I decided to bike to the stadium which was just 20 minutes away. We lost our seats to some VIPs but our seats did not disappoint. The Canadian International School stadium is not that big so we still had a terrific view from way up!

 photo IMG_2348_zps269c2cc4.jpgThe game was between Saigon Heat and Indonesia Warriors.

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Before the game began, the Saigon Hotgirls performed. :D photo IMG_2338_zps05c4d913.jpg

But I enjoyed the Saigon Heat’s mascot performance during half-time better. That tiger has got the moves! photo IMG_2373_zps09d957d3.jpg

The Saigon Heat team is composed of players from the Vietnam (of course!), US, and the Philippines!!!
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Yes! We represent!!! :P  Our players Lenonidez Avenido (18) and Froilan Baguion (17) played a stellar game. Seriously, this two were a force to be reckoned with. And I am so not biased.  photo IMG_2358_zps9e9034ba.jpg

I was wondering why the jerseys showed the first name of the players instead of the last names.  photo IMG_2367_zps9c3edf10.jpg

Oh yeah, and then I remembered we’re in Vietnam and most likely the Vietnamese last names would be Nguyen. :P
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We won by 16 points. Saigon Heat led the game from the get go.

 photo IMG_2350_zps7e75986d.jpgTo get tickets, you can buy online from Ticketbox. There’s another game coming up next week versus Laskar Dreya. Ticketbox will deliver to your place for an extra 20,000 VND. Ticket prices are 70.000, 150.000, and 300.000 VND. Not bad!

Saigon Heat! Saigon Heat! Saigon Heat!


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No Limits: Chau, the Vietnamese Painter

 photo 10525607_794567290578084_8055715170742358989_n_zps8925cd48.jpgWe were visiting friends at Dragon Hill, Nguyen Huu Tho, District 7 when we chanced upon Vietnamese painter, Chau creating his next artwork.

My son Sam and his friend Sophia, were both stunned to see him working with his mouth.

On the ride to Dragon Hill, the kids were both discussing about the poor and the disabled so I was watching their reaction to Chau. And I too was equally stunned that the kids looked way past Chau’s disability and saw how he shined with his amazing talent. Can’t help but feel a bit weepy on how children look at things so differently from us adults.

Chau is doing a commissioned work and I urge people to please think about owning one of his works. What an inspiration! He is a perfect reminder that we can do great works in the face of adversity. We only have to take the sword and wield it. In Chau’s case, the brush. No limits indeed.

Will hopefully get his contact details soon and post it here.

Have a blessed week y’all!


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A Day in the Zoo

There’s only so much you can entertain your kids with during the break. So had to check our list again on what to do with the kids during the school break.  Last week, we went back to Vietopia and luckily they have a weekday promo at 130,000 VND for each kid!
 photo IMG_2225_zpsf4945342.jpgBut for this week, we decided, a trip to the zoo is IT!

 photo IMG_2224_zps27f7da5a.jpgHow can you say no to 15,000 VND per kid? Less than a dollar! And the botanical gardens kept everybody cool.

 photo IMG_2228_zps0fc68582.jpgI think it’s our 4th time to visit the zoo but it is always fun seeing the animals while teaching the kids as well.

 photo IMG_2230_zps30c6509b.jpgAnd if the kids get tired, there is a mini amusement park inside too.

 photo IMG_2231_zps1b0e35cd.jpgLuckily the animals kept them interested and we had a grand time talking about what they ate, how big or small, or smelly they are! :P

 photo IMG_2245_zpsd805fe3c.jpgThe kids also fed the elephants with sugarcane at 2,000 VND each.

 photo IMG_2253_zps2172b309.jpgAs much as I am not all for animals in captivity, at least the Thao Cam Vien are able to take care of the animals real well. My heart is still in tears seeing Raju freed from 50 years in captivity in India.

 photo IMG_2262_zps530b43d0.jpgThe kids of course couldn’t help compare the animals to what they’ve seen in the movie, Madagascar.

 photo IMG_2272_zpscd6478a1.jpgThe Thao Cam Vien has a lot of species but the kids were sadly disappointed not to see dinosaurs. :P

 photo IMG_2278_zpsd2b67a2f.jpgSeriously. The kids were looking for dinosaurs. At least these were kids unlike the news that came out recently about Steven Spielberg killing a triceratops. Now that’s a laugh!

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My favorite part of our visit is seeing this atop of the trees flying free, unencumbered by cages.

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I’m just not sure what it’s called. photo IMG_2294_zps240a5c2a.jpgThere were black bears, crocodiles, tigers, lions —

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To cap of our visit, we rode on one of the carts that drove around the zoo which costs 15,000 VND for adults and 10,000 VND for kids.

Don’t know what to do with your kids this summer break? Take them to the zoo!



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Urban Micro-Farming

I was biking along one of my favorite bike paths in Phu My Hung when I spotted a few houses having their own vegetable garden or mini-farms.
 photo 20140701_082319_zpsb386636c.jpgSo jealous! I really want to plant my own garden. But with condo-living, all we can afford is a pot of basil or oregano which has met their untimely demise falling down from the 7th floor because of the recent rains and strong winds.

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I’ve seen some homes with veggies in huge styrofoam boxes but some have converted their backyard into plots. And this bike path is full of papaya trees and banana trees. Don’t wonder seeing a banana tree or malunggay tree bereft of it’s leaves. You know where it goes to! photo 20140701_082438_zpse3e544e8.jpgMy favorite is the mini hydroponic farm. Back in 2007, I was fortunate to meet Mr. Lyndon Tan in Cavite, Philippines. He was one of the pioneers of hydroponic farming in my country. Lyndon’s company Basic Necessity introduced Salad Time. They’d harvest the vegetables early in the morning, prep for packaging and by after lunch, the products are well on its way to the supermarkets.

Sigh. Sometimes, I miss having a real house.

For now, gotta get a new pot of oregano.


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Sand Art by Tri Duc Dang

I was reading Adam Robert Young’s blog entry about Sand Art that I remembered about the Sand Art I witnessed in January during our company’s anniversary party.

The sand artist is Tri Duc Dang and is sand art performer. He is actually quite popular and even travels abroad to showcase his talent in various gatherings. Here’s one my favorite videos of his performance.

For more, you can visit his You Tube Channel.

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AMIN Playground

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Things To Do With Your Kids This School Break (in PMH) and Adele mentioned AMIN Playground in Hung Vuong 2. AMIN is short for Amazing Moments In Nursery and interestingly in Filipino, AMIN means OURS. So for me the place meant, Our Playground. :)

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The 1st floor of the play place houses a play gym and an open area where kids can climb the walls—
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play ball or go round on the toy rides.
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On the second floor is a real child’s haven!
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There were toys everywhere! And they were not cheap! Most were imported from the US.
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I spied Melissa & Doug products here.


Toys from Froebel Gifts.

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There were also toys from CitiBlocs —  photo 20140625_110137_zpsf9c46cc7.jpg

I just love they have so much educational toys around.

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The cost by the way is 60,000 VND for each kid for unlimited play!

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You can stay for as long as you like during its open hours from 9 am to 9 pm. You can even go home and go back and you don’t have to pay the entrance fee again!

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They currently have a promo offer as posted in the photo above.

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Everyone is asked to wear socks (even the adults) so better bring a pair. But should you forget, they sell socks for only 20,000 VND (kids/adults) which ain’t bad. The socks for the kids are those type that is slip-proof.

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And if you got the little ones with your, they also have free diaper and hot water (I guess for the milk). They think of everything! We were even offered snacks for the kids!

We stayed for 3 hours coz we couldn’t get out because of the rain but they do sell food as well so if you didn’t bring any snacks with you, the kids are not going to go hungry.

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What did the adults do while the kids were busy? We just lounged on the bean bags! :D

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AMIN (Amazing Moments In Nursery) Playground
S32-1 Hung Vuong 2, PMH, D7

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A few months back Nga & Liem came to me about launching their postcard collection. And now, they’ve finally launched and their beautiful postcards are available in Saigon Kitsch and Ginkgo Concept Store. There are 40 awesome designs and below are some of my favorites.

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 photo Postcard-63_zps9024df9b.jpgI tell you it’s hard to just choose a few!

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 photo Postcard-51_zpsea0d4324.jpgI love this postcard of the smiling children!

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Love the sunshine! photo Postcard-48_zps05528537.jpg
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The yellow hues just make the whole shot so happy.
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The iconic Notre Dame Cathedral —-
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 photo Postcard-14_zps8db7bc72.jpgPostcards are 25,000 VND each.

To see the whole collection and if you want to purchase, please check the Postcards for Sale page.


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