30.11.14

The Art of Crossing the road.....in Vietnam


So, i made it out alive! That is why i am still typing right here. On my first try in Saigon, i was in for the shock of my life. Yeah, coming from a very organized city with strict traffic rules and what not. Jaywalking over in Saigon is the norm, heck, there is no traffic light!! Even if there is, its situated in smaller parts inside the city but i don't think people actually bother to stop though.

Do you actually think crossing the road in 20 minutes is normal for first timers? Yes! It includes going back and forth thinking if you are going to die, planning out shorter road crossing to your destination, checking out how heavy the traffic flow is, your panic attack etc. Well, done that and SCRAP that! Because i am about to give you some pro tips.

23.11.14

Mekong River and the Python

The Mekong river is the 7th longest river in Asia, it runs through from China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam. That's how the beautiful tributaries are form and you can see it on top of the plane! So in each country it passes through, its called a different name. In Vietnam, its the Mekong river also known as the Nine Dragons river. The ones i visited is of course the lower part of the river. Visiting this river is a definite must when you are in Asia!

9.11.14

Experience Cu Chi Tunnel

"I am so excited to take a picture in that tunnel!" And that, readers, was what the voice in my head keep telling me even before i landed in Saigon. Its crazy isn't it when you are actually there. I was soaking up really well to the history of Cu Chi Tunnels. We (the tour group & my friends), were seated inside an underground space makeshift into sort of a movie theatre, There were some exhibits and models of the tunnel system and a projector showing the history of the war.

2.11.14

Streets in Saigon

Here are some street collective photos that i took the on my first 2 days/nights in Ho Chi Minh City. I'm just obsessed with random streets because they can capture an essence that is hard to explain for me in words. Most of these photos were located in Bui Vien also known as the Backpacker's mecca. 

10.10.14

Dai Nam 616 Death Adventures

After much talking to the locals on where to get the bus to Dai Nam Themepark. And by talking, i meant 'Chicken and Duck' sign language and repeated words that i know kind of conversation. Bus 616 gave us such a luck.

We are up in the bus, no one came to us. I meant the bus conductor. The 3 of us sitting on the left hand side of the bus. I am the odd one out. Suddenly, a lady covered in body socks started to shout and point her fingers at us. She was babbling in Vietnamese to the bus conductor and as i hand my money to him, the lady kept staring at my pouch. Apparently, she is trying to informed the bus conductor whom totally forget about us to make us pay up. Chill woman, we know we have to pay!

I thought that was the end of it all....a few distances later, a couple with a baby entered the bus. The husband tap on my shoulder, told me to get up and sit in front of the "Scary woman". I had to move to give them the seat. The whole time, i was feeling really paranoid as i could hear the sounds of penknife at the back of my seat. This 'Scary woman' is accompanied with an elderly man whom kept leaning to the front as if looking at me. Well, if you are paranoid all sorts of things came to mind right? The bus to bloody Dai Nam was not half an hr, 1 hour or 2 hours...its almost 3hours! Its so far out of the city and the lady only get down at the last few distances. Imagined me trying to act cool and wanting to pee while thinking about my death on the hands of this woman?!