Monthly Archives: February 2014

Banh Flan

Moving to Vietnam almost 5 years ago meant that not only were we leaving our family, but we’d also be cut of from comfort Filipino dishes that we have been used to. Well I know, we can cook that from … Continue reading

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30 Kilometers of Nguyen Van Linh

It was Saturday once again and it was time to explore new areas in Saigon. We ended up not going very far away. Strictly speaking, the whole length of Nguyen Van Linh is around 17 kilometers. From central District 7, … Continue reading

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Eating With Locals

Early in January, Martin Sleegers of With Locals introduced me to their site. With Locals is your go to site if you want to experience an immersion of sorts in your choice of destination. Right now, With Locals have hosts … Continue reading

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McDonald’s First Vietnam Store

Ho Chi Minh City has undergone such huge changes in the last 4 years we’ve been here. And I remember back in 2009, there was this rumor that McDonald’s will open it’s first Vietnam store. But that didn’t materialize until … Continue reading

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The Macs Have Landed!

Nope. Not the big macs from the golden arches. Nor those sleek machines from Apple. I’m talking about these delicate yummy creations by Shirley Yanga. Oh yes I am. ๐Ÿ™‚ Gave these for friends for yesterday’s Valentine’s celebration. Shirley is … Continue reading


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Off the Beaten Track

What started out as a 12 kilometer bike ride ballooned into 52 kilometers. Our group (8 adults and 2 kids) decided to head out early (read: 5:30 AM on a Saturday morning — troi oi!) to catch the ferry to … Continue reading

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Saigon Spring Flowers

I love South Vietnam’s spring flowers calledย Ochna integerrima according to Wikipedia. Or the hoa mai in Vietnamese or the English Mickey Mouse plant. Just found this odd bloom as it has white and yellow in one branch. During Tet, they’re … Continue reading

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7 Reasons Why I Liked Ho Tram Grand

For our Tet getaway, we decided to just go to the nearest beach — Vung Tau. The last time we were here was in 2009 for Christmas. And even then, we chose the less crowded spot in Long Hai Beach. … Continue reading

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Crescent Flower Display

Okay so we’ve missed the Flower Festival along Nguyen Hue St. in District 1. That’ll be ending today. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But sadly though, I’ve heard it’s not as grandiose compared to the past few years. So we decided to check out … Continue reading

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HCMC-Long Thanh โ€“ Dau Giay Expressway

Did you hear about the HCMC-Vung Tau hydrofoils suspension following an accident last January 20 when a hydrofoil caught fire? I personally haven’t been on a hydrofoil but have heard enough stories that most are not well-maintained. When travelling with … Continue reading

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