Hello Year of the Monkey!

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Can’t get enough of these hoa mai. :)

Hope you all have an enjoyable and restful holiday!

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Flower Street 2016

Last year, I brought my kids in tow to the Flower Street which is part of the Tet celebration. They were not really happy. Boys!

And this year, am not sure if I can bring them again so I decided to take a walk along Nguyen Hue and see what the decors are like this year.

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It’s the Year of the Monkey so as expected, there were lots of monkeys —

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I just did a quick walk around the street.

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The Flower Street will be officially open tonight at 7pm until February 12. I can already imagine the crowd. So it’s a treat to see this place empty.

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Although it’s still prettily designed, it’s not as grandiose as in previous years.

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I am still dreaming fitting into an ao dai and having my photo taken here like the folks do during this holiday.

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So if you’re not going out of the city this Tet, drop by Nguyen Hue!

Chuc mung nam moi!

 

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Tet 2016 at Crescent

Just sharing with you the scenes of Tet 2016 in Crescent. Haven’t visited during the evening though, am sure it’ll be a sight to see too! Can’t wait to see District 1 Flower Festival!

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The Crescent Residence area is now adorned with flowers. They were still fixing the place up when we visited last Saturday.

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See those bamboos separating each area of the flower decor? I fell on that last year. :P

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Am glad that they have more flowers now than rice paddies.  :D

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Forgot to take a photo of this area without my model. Haha.

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So where are you off to on Tet?

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Saigon Heat vs Pilipinas MX3 Kings

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A couple weeks ago on my birthday, we watched the basketball match between Saigon Heat and Pilipinas MX3 Kings.

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While we were waiting for the game to start, I was looking for familiar players from my country. I’ve been out of touch with the Philippine basketball scene so I didn’t recognize any of them until I saw, Willie Miller (11).
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What a terrific match that was! I know Saigon Heat lost but am sorry I was just giddy with excitement to see fellow Pinoys on the court. The game got heated that the Pinoy players had to get off the court as soon as they won the game.

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It was too bad really because we wanted photos taken with the players. :P Glad that we were able to catch Willie Miller though. Haha.

 

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FitFood.Vn

This year’s personal theme is wellness (so help me God!). So I’ve embarked on a journey of choosing healthier food. :P And by some divine intervention, there’s Fit Food.

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The first time I heard about such service was way back in 2008 when I was still writing for Masigasig Magazine and we featured, The Sexy Chef. It’s run by Barni Alejandro and her famous sister, singer Rachel Alejandro. But back then, I had not trouble keeping my weight down.

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So when Grace told me about Fit Food, I instantly liked the idea. Plus the fact it saves me from deciding where and what to eat every lunch time when in the office.

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I started ordering at the start of the year so am in my 4th week. And so far, the food has been really good.

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The service has been excellent too so I have no complaints. You can order from two packages, the Full (breakfast-lunch-dinner) or the Fit (lunch-dinner).

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How has it been? I have to admit it wasn’t easy at first because I really love to eat. Have shed a few pounds but I have a long way to go. I know food isn’t my only problem. It’s also getting my butt off this chair to workout.

Do check them out if you’re interested. Also, their price is affordable that even if I don’t get my desired weight, I’m saving some moolah from eating out. :)

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KathNiel

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Having been away from my country, I have become out of touch the Philippine showbiz scene. So imagine my surprise that one of the popular love teams was in the country a couple of weeks ago.

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I didn’t know the Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla tandem has a huge following in Vietnam for their TV series, Got to Believe.

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The Vietnamese fans loved their tandem so much that they were awarded as best actors in the recent IMC Face of the Year Awards here in Ho Chi Minh City.

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I wasn’t planning on checking their mall tour when they came to town but since the mall was just a cartwheel away from our apartment, I couldn’t resist. I think the whole Filipino community showed up. :P

Now, I have no idea what their show, Got To Believe is all about, but it must have been good. Putting it on queue in my list of TV series to watch.

#KathNiel

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Food Trip: Loving Hut

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A few weeks ago, we had a vegan lunch. Having lived in Vietnam, there is no escape eating veggies.

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Loving Hut is found in a hem (as usual) off Dien Bien Phu. And if not for our office lunch, I’d probably not have an idea this place existed.

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It’s actually a pretty fancy place with tasteful decor. And the fact that we spotted Ms. Vietnam eating with her family here pretty much convinced me that it’s a popular spot.

Am not into vegan dishes but I have to admit the food is really good here and a must visit for vegans. I’m just not sure what these are called though but these are really good. :P

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If you’ve tried Hum, this is another place you should try.

Loving Hut
87 Dien Bien Phu, District 1, HCMC

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