Vietnam wins over Qatar at AFC U-23 Championship

It was just your typical Tuesday afternoon at the office — everyone was busy working on deadlines — when a colleague on my left suddenly clapped loudly! Vietnam just made a goal, tying the match with Qatar to 1-1 in the AFC U-23 Championship.

That was the end of the work day for everyone. Nobody could hardly work. Those who were secretly watching the match came out in the open and throughout the office you’d hear shouts, claps, and gasps.

When I looked out into the street, the traffic was light — close to nil. And by 5:30 PM, people started pouring into the streets, flags waving, convening in popular spots making noise and just joining in the revelry as Vietnam won over Qatar via penalty.

I really thought I wouldn’t reach home that night. The police closed down Nguyen Hue St. and  Ham Nghi was filled with motorists using the entire area as parking space. Since I was stuck in traffic for 2 hours, all I could do was take photos. It was an amazing night and I absolutely didn’t mind getting home late as it was such a joy watching the locals and tourists celebrating the win.

Congratulations Vietnam! Can’t wait for Saturday to see the match with Uzbekistan!

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Smashing Day

Because it’s the start of the year, I make a long list of resolutions — at least in my mind. To make things simple and doable, I just promised myself I’d like to get back to some sport activities.

Today, my husband dragged me to badminton. Badminton was the farthest thing on my mind as I wanted to go biking. So anyway after frantically looking for our rackets (Ummm…yup, it’s been a while), we headed to the courts. It was a good day to smash something.

There’s not a whole lot of options for badminton courts in our area, so was pretty surprised a new one opened. And this one is so darn hard to find.

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Had we not joined our group to get here, we would have some trouble finding the place.

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The place has 10 courts and is open from Tuesday till Sunday from 8 am till 4 pm.

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We arrived past 9 am and half the place was filled. Good thing the place wasn’t filled up because it was quite warm.  I can’t imagine how it would be during summer months.

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The clincher? Players can only wear gum sole shoes. So we ended with:

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Yup, gum sole shoes being sold conveniently at the courts as well. 😛 For 160,000 VND (~8 USD), the fit wasn’t too bad.

Court rent is at 70,000 VND per hour.

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Looking forward to next week! Fingers and toes crossed.

CLB Cau Long T793
Hẻm 793 Trần Xuân Soạn, Tân Hưng, Quận 7, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
+84 91 841 06 09

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Homestay at Dalat

For our latest stay in Dalat, we decided to again book through Airbnb. We had a good experience with Cozy House a couple of years ago and wanted to stay there again but it was already fully booked for the holidays. So after some deliberation, we booked the whole place of Linh, The Experience Cafe Homestay. Linh’s place is 10 minutes away from the city center on a not so busy street.

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The place was spacious with 4 bedrooms and 3 toilets. 3 of the bedrooms have 2 double beds. The smaller bedroom has a double bed and Linh can even add more mattresses if needed.

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We took the 3 bedrooms on the second floor. Kids could safely play inside the bedroom and the steps on the staircase weren’t steep, so we weren’t too worried about our boys.

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Below is the bedroom facing the street.

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Below is the smallest bedroom which was the coziest I think as it was sandwiched between other rooms so it wasn’t too cold here.

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The kitchen is spacious as well. So even if we were all busy preparing food — especially on New Year’s Eve, we were all able to go about our business without bumping into each other.

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We could hangout on the rooftop but it was just too darn cold (below).

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It afforded us a view of Dalat. We could actually see the Statue of the Golden Buddha from this perch.

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The accommodations by the way was on top of Linh’s Cafe. Linh’s family owns a coffee farm 70 kms away from the center.

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We enjoyed our stay immensely as Linh was accommodating — looking after our needs, even preparing Pizza Dalat for our dinner one evening.
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On our first day of tour, he even came with us to bring us around to make sure we don’t get lost and get ripped off.

We can’t recommend Linh and his place enough.

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Where to eat on the way to Dalat?

We ended 2017 with a road trip to Dalat to celebrate the start of the year 2018. Kinda weird writing that sentence.

So anyhoo, it’s not our first trip to Dalat but we’ve always been clueless as to where we should stop by for lunch on our way up the mountain.

Before, we’d stop by Tam Chau Restaurant. But honestly, the food isn’t that good there. It’s just that it’s huge and can accommodate the influx of travelers, plus there are toilets.

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Fortunately, our driver stopped at Com Nieu Thuan Thanh. The food is good and affordable. We paid around 22 USD for a group of 6 adults and 4 kids.

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We had lunch around 11 am and the place wasn’t filled up yet. Thirty minutes later and the hungry crowd started trickling in.

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And their specialty? Heo Quay or Crispy Pork. One order costs 4 USD. Not bad.

There are 2 locations:

86 Ly Tu Trong, Phuong 2, TP Bao Loc, Lam Dong
971 Tran Phu, TP Bao Loc, Lam Dong

And yes, their toilets are clean too. 😉

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Be good 2018!

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Wishing you a happy Christmas!

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Food Trip: Kingscross

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A couple of weeks ago when I brought my son to American Eye Center in Crescent Plaza for check up, we saw that a new restaurant just opened, Kingscross.

Honestly, we’ve been really sad that NYDC has closed in this area that we’ve been in the search for a weekend breakfast place. We love the Crescent area coz it’s near enough for us to ride our bikes to with the kids.

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If you follow JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, you’d know that King’s Cross Station Platform 9 3/4 is where the train to Hogwarts departs.

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So it’s not at all surprising to see Gryffindor on their menu.

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The price is just as what you would expect in this area but the food is the up and up too.

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Food perfectly worthy of an Instagram post. Haha.

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Should you go? I know I would definitely come back.

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