Archive for June 11th, 2009

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) aka Saigon

When I informed my colleagues and some friends that I will be going on a short trip in Vietnam last February, most were surprised and thought on what the hell am I thinking. They told me it’s not a safe place to visit and Vietnamese are not nice people to deal with. Maybe, they still have in their minds the wars that left that country. Hehehe! 


On one site I read, it says that it’s better to visit Vietnam now before it becomes very industrialized. And it’s indeed true. Seeing Ho Chi Minh’s very laid back atmosphere is like being in the Philippines years back which I actually miss. Although this city has de luxe hotels and expensive shops, most of its streets display the unhurried lives of Vietnamese people.
Here are some pictures of Ho Chi Minh taken last February 2009.
Vietnam Dong – value was 1 peso is about 367 dongs w/c made me and my friend feel crazy getting our Peso value when we had to eat and shop. I became a millionaire in this country!
Notre Dame Cathedral
Vietnam’s famous bags and shoes in Ben Thanh market
cute Vietnamese girl and her father
Eels and frogs (like our version of poison frogs) are famous among hawker’s display of live food to be ordered for cooking.
enticing food inside the Ben Thanh market
mamang sorbetero (dirty ice cream)
Motorcycle craziness – even those on formal dresses are up to be on back seats of this vehicle. We witnessed them attending functions in some hotels.


Hawkers at night in Ben Thanh market – taken on Valentine’s day where a number of couples were out to celebrate the event
Other side of Ho Chi Minh where the deluxe hotels and expensive boutiques are located
They have LV! 😉




Vietnamese Food

When I travel, I know I will gain pounds for I don’t limit myself on the food I eat during the trip.

Prior to going to Vietnam, my experience of Vietnamese food was only in a restaurant in Glorietta where I sampled a dish of fresh salad years back.

Imagine my excitement when I laid foot in Ben Thanh market. I saw a number of hawkers inside the market which reminded me of our own San Nicholas market in Angeles City before it was reconstucted. I had difficulty choosing which among the hawkers my tummy will approve of. Unfortunately, my excitement eventually gave me disappointment on the meal I chose and the money I paid for it. Overall though, the other foods I sampled enticed me to go back to Vietnam.

Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls.
Vietnamese coffee that is sweetened with condensed milk. I love it! I tried the coffee in Pho 24 at Powerplant and it doesn’t taste an inch of the one in Vietnam.

Phở with cilantro,basil, lime and bean sprouts

Coffee Ice Cream in coffee sauce. Redundant, huh? Coffee is one of their most sought after products.

Vietnamese vendor selling waffles. So far, her waffles are the best ones I have ever tasted. I guess it’s one of the good things they got from French colonization.

Their version of barbecue.

Fresh Spring Rolls with dip. Even if the herbs inside the rolls are too strong, a distinction of their cuisine, that didn’t stop me to finish all three of these.

Vietnamese Halo-halo with a compliment iced tea. Just like the ones in Singapore and Thailand, they use coconut milk instead of evaporated milk.

Another Pho bought in Ben Thanh market

My first Vietnamese meal – the worst I have ever tasted. It was too oily and spent me almost 300 pesos! What a shame I was fooled and didnt’ get value for my money.

Single Ladies

I have in my mind a number of writings I wanted to publish – happenings from the previous months, I promised myself to write about so those people close to my heart have something to read about on what’s in and out of my life. I’ll open this with how I celebrated Vday this year.

When you’re single and Valentine’s day is coming, what comes into your mind? I am a hopelessly romantic person and even being single would not discourage me of thinking about flowers, chocolates, love letters and men seranading those they love even at this time and age. But that’s not what I’ll talk about.

I am glad that I had one remaining single friend, Carel who joined me last Valentine’s Day. She’s now in a relationship status and I am glad that she is. I was supposedly be flying by myself to Singapore last February but she decided to join me so we went to Vietnam as well. Here are some pictures of us together.

Dinner at Pho 24 in Vietnam
War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh
At the Esplanade waiting for dusk to come
Infront of Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon

Blogging again?

December 11th of 2008, I decided for the nth time to blog again and as expected, I did not post regularly. This is my last try that I hope would record my experiences and feelings at the moment. Let’s get started!

Btw, here’s a link of my old blog –