Hello Saigon Turns 1: My Favorite Things

I love Oprah — especially her annual edition of Oprah’s Favorite Things where she gives away a lot of awesome stuff to her audience!  She’s one of those people who believes that giving away actually allows you to have more room for yourself to receive.

In celebration of Hello Saigon’s first birthday, I’d like to do something similar in honor of Oprah’s tradition — in a much more smaller scale though. 😉

On November 11, I’m giving away…

5 Complimentary Yoga Classes by Daphne Chua Vouchers

2 Day Climbing Passes from Push Climbing

400,000 VND worth of gift voucher from Geisha which can be used for shopping or dining

400,000 VND worth of gift certificates from UMA

… and 500,000 VND  worth of gift certificate from Vietnam Quilts!

Xin cam on to Daphne Chua (Yoga), Paul Massad (Push Climbing), and Helen Holani (Geisha).

Although I’ve been remiss of my yoga practice, Daphne has always been my favorite yogi.  Paul is Push Climbing’s owner and friends’ kids always love climbing at his facility.  Helen is Geisha’s owner — and is a fantastic designer!  I love dining at her coffee shop!

Vietnam Quilts and UMA are two of my favorite shops and they always offer great finds!  And no, I don’t work for these two shops. 😀  Vouchers from these shops are sponsored by yours truly. 😉

To be eligible for any of the gifts, you just have to comment on this entry/post or in Facebook and answer the question, “What is your favorite thing about living in Saigon?”  It can be about a place, an event, food, or anything that makes living in or just visiting Saigon oh so special for you.  Unfortunately, this is only open to Saigonese as all the gifts can only be redeemed here.

You can send in your entries (send as much as you want) until November 9, 11:59 PM. Don’t forget to leave your email address if you post in the comment section!

10 best entries will be chosen — one prize per person.  Winners will be posted on Hello Saigon’s birthday on 11.11.11.

Please join and celebrate with me Hello Saigon’s anniversary!

Post on!

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23 Responses to Hello Saigon Turns 1: My Favorite Things

  1. Soki says:

    wow! makakabili na ako ng quilt!!!! =) hehe.

  2. maruhya says:

    hello Lyra! i get so excited when i read your post! pede bang sumali? i want to join! 🙂

    • Lyra says:

      Hi Maruh! So sorry, only for those living in Saigon. If you win kasi, you won’t be able to use the gift certificates since you’re abroad.

  3. maruhya says:

    yeah you are right! i understand just wondering if i win, this would permit me to travel to saigon to redeem the price hehe joke! next contest nalang sana plane ticket ang price lol 🙂 good luck to everyone!

  4. Grace says:

    I’m rooting for all the prizes!:)

    I have many reasons why i like living in this vibrant city! and since pwede naman to send many entries para i have higher chances of winning, will start with..

    * i love the local market! as in – it is like what we have in manila. I grew up in a household where weekend market is a regular chore and so when we moved here, i did not have a hard time finding stuff that i am used to finding back home 🙂

    *fingers crossed – i hope i win!! lol


  5. Kathleen says:

    What I love about living in Saigon? The amazing delivery and bills payment services! A lot of stores deliver to your door for a very small minimum purchase requirement. In Cebu, there aren’t any grocery stores offering free delivery services. At Coopmart, all you have to do is spend 200,000VND and they will gladly bring it for you. The same goes for gas and bottled water. They deliver in minutes after I put down the phone and for gas, they even delivered past 8PM. For the bills, I am able to pay the electricity, cable and phone/internet bills to the person who delivers the bill to me. I don’t even have to go to their business offices. How convenient is that? Isn’t that amazing? 🙂

  6. Grace says:

    It’s me again! lol 🙂

    I like their taxi system! Legit taxis abound the city and they are just a call away. I feel safe whenever i ride one because i know that whatever happens, I can always call their hotline and seek help if there is a need to.

  7. Chad says:

    I love that tipping here is not mandatory and is left to the generosity of the tipper. There are still a lot of restaurants who do not impose a service charge and people like delivery guys or taxi drivers do not expect you to give them tips. Tipping them by even just a few thousand dongs illicit big smiles that tell you that the tip is very much appreciated.

  8. Rina says:

    Wow! Almost 1 year na Hello Saigon 🙂 Congrats Ly! Here’s my entry, hehe, let’s see:

    I am starting to love Saigon! 🙂 I’ve done unusual things I don’t normally do back home in Manila – one of which is going for a blind date! 🙂 and… mind you….being documented by a writer/photographer while on it! It could only happen here in Saigon! That is, courtesy of Lyra Dacio who initially conned us on this dating thing! Haha! Good she did that though 🙂 Fun, fun!

  9. Katrina says:

    I only just found your blog – and look! Here’s a competition I can enter, too! Lucky me!
    At the moment my favourite thing about living in Saigon is my daily xe om rides. Every morning we drive down Nguyen Thi Minh Khai towards District 5 and go past a temple that is wedged between two dirty looking buildings. On the edges of the wall there is a golden lion on each side and in the low morning sunlight they absolutely glitter. Dazzling golden glitter lions first thing in the morning – whizzing past on a motorbike – that’s what I like about Saigon!

  10. Gloria Chiam says:

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary, Hello Saigon! I have been following your posts and am now into Post crossing too! Thanks!

    What is my favourite thing about living in Saigon?
    Many expats gets a ‘hardship allowance’ for getting posted to Vietnam. But in actual fact, living in Vietnam is very heavenly. It’s not longer a ‘3rd world country’ as many may assume. All the perks of free deliveries, affordable household help, cheap cable TV, convenient taxis, cheap massages and manicures, etc. All the basic things we all need are available, and if you’re not sure where or how to get things, post it on AnPhuNeighbours! These are all my favourite things about living in Vietnam.

    But the best thing is.. this is where I met my husband. 🙂

  11. Chad says:

    Hi Lyra! I’m sending you my email add via this comment. Sorry about the oversight. Thanks! 🙂

  12. Serena says:

    I love going to local markets too and buying oh-so-fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood at very affordable prices! I can’t speak Vietnamese yet but it doesn’t deter me from going to the wet market. After all, sign language is not just for those who are deaf or mute. 🙂 The short trek from the house to the market also allows me to witness the daily life of the Vietnamese people —sleepy children on the motorbikes on their way to school, people having pho on the roadside, etc. It makes for an interesting walk to my destination.

  13. Kathleen says:

    Here’s another one…

    I also love that, although Saigon is a big and crowded, I feel safe going around the city. I can walk around District 1 even at night to browse shops and hang out in cafes. When it’s time to go home, it’s easy to get taxis and usually, I feel safe in them. Most of the time too, the taxis are clean and perfumed naturally with pandan, pineapple, etc. 🙂 It sure beats artificial air fresheners!

  14. Bec Love says:

    Walking around the city at 6am seeing Saigon wake up. Cocoon people still sleeping in hammocks and people starting their day 🙂

  15. Alaina says:

    I love all the food in HCMC. There is something around every corner. Favorites right now are banh mi thit nuong and mandarin oranges. Oh and a cafe every morning 🙂

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