moving soon but still island life

Time flies fast. I have been in Phuket for over 7 months. I’m still in tourist mode but somewhat get used to the life here.

On the boat, the Thai people including the cooking lady and boat boys get used to my face i think. They even make fun, joke sometimes even though we have no idea what each other was talking about. I guess the smile is more powerful than word sometimes? The cooking lady always saves bananas for me and my students on the way back to mainland. The boat boys now know my short-term memory, that i often forget to wear my dive watch or forget to take the Gopro with me, even few times i forgot my snorkel T_T (i think i need a new brain, is it on sale anywhere?). They know so they even remind me to get all my stuff before jumping into water.

The girl at the bubble tea store knows me too. She knows my favorite flavor of bubble tea and i always ask for extra bubbles. Yesterday she gave me more bubbles than normal that it made me feel like i had enough bubbles for few days (i literally drink bubble tea everyday haha).

Now i know quite many coffee shops that have affogato. I know some coffee shops that have really good coffee, strong and flavorful, like Vietnamese coffee.

And now i’m about to leave this island. I’m not going to talk about why i leave, because sooner or later it will become my past. I’m eager and a bit afraid of what future holds in Panglao, Philippines. When people heard i’m heading to Philippines, people said I’m brave. I am not.

I guess I am just curious and I don’t have anything to lose.

If there is any chance you stop by Panglao, the beautiful island in Philippines, please let me know, give me a hello, i’d love to show you around.

*from a Vietnamese girl, addicted to exploring the blue with a single breath*


Happy Lunar New Year!


It has been a while since my last post. I have lost my interest in writing, something I am not really good at.

Anyways, for over a year or so, I have become a freediving instructor. It was a tough decision to be made back then when I was sitting on my office chair, knowing that I would not have these nice stuff for a long time, such as air con, comfy couch, teabreak, promotion, etc. Instead, I have the sun, the sea, the wave and my proud mask-tanned line.

This is a tough life though, but I love what I am doing. In the early 30s, right now I still wonder what I am doing in this life. I have made way less money than before. I have had way more happiness at work than before. On the other hand, I am broke, financially.

Anyways, another year has started, a year of the dog. Here in Phuket, there is no sea dogs, aka lovely seals. Instead, I have these cuties, the nemo. I wish you all who passed by my blog a prosperous coming year, a coming year full of love and luck.

Do what you love. Love what you do.

No bubbles. No troubles.


And bonus, hello from Mr Turtle.


I have missed my baking kitchen so much. Here in Phuket, I am living in a small studio that is just enough for one person. I have few basic cooking tools, a pot, a non-stick pan, a small fridge, a microwave, some utensils. Recently I fancy myself bought a blender, and it also includes a food processor. It is not really strong but good enough to do more fun stuff in my tiny kitchen.

This situation makes me find the way to make healthy no-bake stuff. For example, once I made Microwave Apple Crumble in a healthy version.


  • 2 big Fuji apples
  • some dried fruits and nuts – walnut, almond, cashew, macadamia…
  • few slices of pineapple
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • a dash of salt
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 4 wholewheat biscuits/crackers


  • Peel apples and slice them.
  • Mix 1.5 apples with lemon juice.
  • Applesauce: use the food processor to blend these – half of an apple, pineapple, 1 tsp cinnamon, salt, honey, a bit of dried fruits (i used 1 tbsp of raisins and dates)
  • Mix the applesauce with the sliced apple and microwave in 3 mins, medium power. I am not sure about this point, but mine was not too hot.
  • Crumbles: use the food processor to chop nuts. My version of crumbles included chopped nuts, 1 tsp of cinnamon, biscuits that is broken into small pieces.

Now top the crumbles on the warm apple mixture and it is ready. You can fancy with a scoop of ice cream. But I had an affogato coffee (espresso with ice cream) earlier on the same day, so I tried to stay healthy. Maybe next time.

Happy holidays!

My friends and I made a short video to celebrate Xmas in freediver’s style. On the shooting day, it was 75F outside and the water was even colder. We were almost frozen mermaids. Anyway it was a really fun time tho.

<Please turn on your speaker for the fun music of the video 🙂 Thank you so much to the cameraman and the editor, who are super busy due to year-end season at work and still spared their time and put so lots of effort to finish this.>

People are worried too much about what they eat between Christmas and New Year. But they actually should be worried about what they eat between New Year and Christmas.

Let’s just eat, drink, and be merry!


Happy holidays to you and yours!

Nipa palm

140km on my bike on Sunday just for this 😛 New record for me! Yay!


One of my most favourite fruits! It’s served fresh with coconut water and ice. 50 cent for 1 cup. Super cheap!

On the ferry
On the ferry to cross the river

Then 40km more on open road to get to Can Gio beach. Such a nightmare for new cyclist like me!


I can’t say I like the road 😐 11143495_970903346294376_7157787872350578777_o

How a pro dealed with dirt 😀


I hate all the bridges, no matter it’s high or not!


Anyway, it’s not the destination, it’s the journey…


The beach is not nice and very crowded. Seafood is okay and not cheap. No picture for the beach!