101 things to love about Vietnam

Don’t know why phở and bun bo Hue are not in the list. It’s a signature! It’s a must to be in the list!

Link to Word Vietnam, one of my favourite magazine.

Therefore I’ll give phở as no. Zero which is higher than no. 1 😛

I’ll quickly list here few things that are my favourites

#0. Phở and Bun bo Hue

#31. Rice wine

Ruou de, ruou chuoi, ruou can, ruou nep, ruou thuoc, ruou mo qua, ruou go den… The list of ruou, or rice wine, peculiar to Vietnam goes on. And if you want to drink your ruou with style, the Son Tinh range out of Hanoi is the way to go — apricot, red plum, white ginseng, Minh Mang and passion fruit. They’ve even got their own selection of cocktail recipes. Devil’s fart, anyone?

I don’t like alcohol drinks honestly. I only want to drink with my best friends or people I’m close with. But I have to admit that some home-brewed wines from fruits are really impressive, including cocoa wine in Mekong Delta and red plum wine in North West Vietnam. They’re not too strong, not too sweet. OMG, try one shot then I dare you to resist the second one!

#33. Floating markets in Mekong Delta

Shiny purple eggplants, squat squash and furry zucchini bob on spindly poles far above the jumble of boats and people vying for river space in the Mekong Delta’s floating markets. In the cool dawn light, sellers and patrons jump skilfully from boat to boat — buying, selling and haggling over the day’s fresh produce.

#2. Coconuts

They drop on your head. Fortunately their contents can also drop in your mouth, although you need to open them first. In Vietnam coconuts are cheap, nutritious and very, very tasty.

from Word Vietnam

If you go to Mekong Delta, you should try coconut that has pandan flavor.

#3. Cafe

Yes, yes, yes and yes. I’m addicted to coffee. 1-2 cups everyday for over 11 years. I bring Vietnamese coffee whenever I go abroad.

Coffee shop in Sai Gon is fantastic in styles.

#40. Bia hoi

Street beer in Ha Noi.

#48. Ca phe phin

It’s a must for me every morning with daddy.

#52. Banh mi

My breakfast, quite often.

#72. The tones

Dau sac, dau huyen, dau nang, dau hoi, dau nga, khong dau… Master the tones, and you’re speaking what some linguists call one of the most difficult languages in the world. Fail to get your tones right and you’ll get smiles, laughter and just won’t be understood. Vietnamese is a melody, a set of melodies, and the tones are the notes. Understand that and you’ll be singing in no time.

Haha yes, Vietnamese language is crazy! But no worries, many of my good friends who are Canadian, American, French can master it.

#84. Phu Quoc

#91. Free wifi

Yeah! Everywhere!

#92. Very cheap 3G

And pretty bad signal!

Hope you enjoy the article.




Once upon the time

… I threw myself out of my comfort zone. For the first time in my life, I traveled alone – trekking to the jungle – completely escaped from the world. Then I soon realized that was the best choice ever I’ve made for myself.

I planned to make this trip nearly a year before departure date, and I planned to go with my almost-marry boyfriend who finally broke up with me for another girl.

With a broken heart, I decided to go alone because this is the thing I need to do for myself – the destination, the journey, the experience. If I keep looking for and waiting for the right companions, I can never make it at all. So that’s it, if you want to do something, move your butt!

Pick up my backpack, book the hostel, make friends, step out of the comfort zone, and enjoy the life!

My 3-day trip is trekking to the jungle, exploring the cave system which one of them is the second largest cave all over the world, climbing through the hills, swimming through the caves, staying away from the world with no phone signal for 3 days… And yet have you found that is the most exciting thing you want to do?

Let me show you

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Are you ready? Let’s rock the jungle!


First camp site. This is my bath tub! This first night we slept in the cave, on the hammocks!


Second camp site. This is my bath tub again! This time is way better, I even had a little-natural-water-fall spa. It seems small because it’s pretty far from the place I took this picture. The small water fall is approximately 7m height I guess. There is a huge cave on the left side on the water fall, I will show you below


This is the view when I stood on the rock at the entrance of the cave. The little blue and orange area on the right of the picture is our camp site.


Dinner in the jungle! Yum yum 🙂 We had prok ribs, fried eggs, stir fried vegetables and rice. We also had watermelon and mango as desserts, and home-brewed rice wine!!L1030528

Second night in the jungle – we slept under trees. No need electricity. You got the full moon and millions of fireflies like stars. Until now sometimes I am nostalgic about those nights.. Yes I miss them 🙂 no shampoo for 3 days, my hair was dry like straw. It was super hot all the way in and out. My skin was tanned so much more (love it). But despite all the tiredness, sweatness, mosquitoes and insects, etc, whenever swimming through the cave and enjoying the marvelous beauty of nature, I know it’s worth at all!L1030638

Entrance to the second largest cave in the world – En cave!


This is the exit way of En cave!

Then the next day I treated myself well by spending the whole morning at the 4-star resort with their $2 coffee with milk while waiting for my flight back home! Super cheap!!L1030829

That’s how I started traveling alone in order to make sure this world still has good people and to see the amazing world around me.

I’m sure I am the luckiest girl in the world. In the whole trip, I met the most kind-hearted people you ever wish for when traveling alone, from the tour guide to the porters and others. The day I spent in the city after the tour, I met the couple owners of the pub, and they showed me around the city, invited me their home-made lunch and even brought me to the airport!

You see, when this door closes, definitely another one will open and show you how beautiful this world is!



My mind is still somewhere on the beach

Back to work and pretty busy because Tet is right at the corner. Everything needs to be done before long holidays. But my mind is still floating somewhere on the beach,

somewhere at the busy harbor at the end of the day

somewhere underwater between corals, fishes, huge jellyfishes, and even scary urchins >.<

I miss the smell of fresh air at early morning

when I was on the boat going to diving spot and the sun was behind

I have been so lucky that I met super kind-hearted people when traveling alone, not just this trip, such as my very nice instructor Melodie, very cute Spanish dive-master Tino (who didn’t have to care about me but he did), very kind apartment owner Viet, very friendly strangers on my journey, all of them made my trip much much more remarkable…

I miss all and each of them, the awesome people, not just the journey. I do hope I could meet them again someday somewhere 🙂

P.S: I’m thinking of buying a Canon D30 or a GoPro 4 Silver. I want to have underwater pictures!!

First trip of the year – Phu Quoc island

I just had 4 peaceful days on a very nice island – Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

2/3 of daytime I joined the Open Water Course of scuba diving. And finally certified! Yay! Unfortunately I didn’t have any waterproof camera so no picture of diving 😦

The rest of the day I was just lazy :”)

Since I stayed on the West of the island, so just sunset pictures…

At the harbor, Ham Ninh market

Sunset at the habor
Sunset at the habor

The beach is simply amazing.


Dogs are everywhere, and so cute


Besides few accidents such as got bitten by jelly fishes and sea urchins while scuba diving (and also had seasick and threw up everything on first day of ocean dives, OMG so embarrassed >.<) , the whole trip was completely wonderful 🙂 new friends, new experiences..

Now back to work. Work hard, play hard.