flight to ho chinh minh city.
took cab to an an 2 hotel.(yes there’s an an 1) and in a day i learnt many things.
.the road is dominated by motorcylces its isane
.the motorcyclists wear super thin helmets and masks
.and often tow along their entire families
.the zebra crossings mean nothing
even if there are 10 motorcyclists charging towards you , its ok, you cross the roaad. they’ll find a way to avoid you.
.their wiring is whacked
.take risks with food even if you dun understand what you’re ordering. and english standard doesnt equal to quality of food
.harden your heart against beggars and ppl that sell sunglasses, nick nacks,books
.never underestimate the joy that comes with celebrating with strangers, esp when its comes to celebrating 2010!
with help from special saigon red wine
.ppl swarm to music
we took a trip to cu chi tunnels.
on the way we were dropped at this place that sells vietnamese art made by the handicapped
cant help but feel there’s underlying exploitation
“welcome to cu chi tunnels where the brave cu chi fighters fought the americans during the vietnam war.”
the first hting i thought was cu chi=tickle.
so i imagined cu chi fighters must have tickled the americans into surrender. hahas
but no, they were very sneaky, resourceful almsot vicious.
here is one of their secret tunnels to conceal their positions
and when you least expect, the vietnamese pop up and gun you down. you wouln’t know what hit you
and there are these evil traps
one minute youre dancing to “i feel happy” on the grass
and the next moment, youre pierced by 20 sharp bamaboo sticks
the cuchi ppl had to give up all their comforts and channel all their efforts into the tunnels
they hadd just enough space to crawl on their backs, yet they gave birth , held weddings in those tunnels.
lunch: pho bo (beef noodle) loved it
went back, washed up, watched planet 51 for free at 3rd storey of bobby brown’s cafe that had this really comfy theatre, and they dun even make you buy their drinks
went for a neck back shoulder massage, felt molested, then dinner
took 7 hour bus ride to dalat
we arrived in the middle of hte flower festival, hence the crowds
dalats cold weather is awesome. if s’pore had their weather we would be perfect.
we stayed at binh yen hotel
their balcony is nice but the rest of their facilities are SHINGZ. TOTAL SHINGZ.
their bed is hard, their blanket is dusty, their shower water comes out in sprouts
and their buck toothed monkey ‘tour guides’ that scam your money
his name is po or hoe, or innni mini mo.cant rmb he sucks anyway
at least he got the cabbie to bring us on this tour to
.truc lam meditation
.tuyen lam lake
one of the naughty nuns that escaped classes at the truc lam meditation was there
and to this da lat historical village where i found this
” it is said that misery started on the world since adam ate a fruit of “knowledge tree:. In the bi ble, paradise is a place of silly happinness. this explanatio nis not right because paradise history…an original symbol for human fate. Meanwhile, knowledge is capable to stand on human fate and..distinguish between good and evil but not right and wrong.
frankly, we are facing 2 kinds of knowledge: objective reason contrary to distortional sub jective..by libertine and excessive imagiantion. thus, legend of Adam and Eve was not happened in the world around but in each of our souls.
the struggle between Adam and Snake represents the illogical power continuing inside of human with the embroidery artwork. “when reason sleeps, evil comes.”…
thus, we wish for an era that the Redeemer come with us, it is considered that human being ust be treated hte disease,’blind in knowledge’ causing humankind become dangerous for the fellow beings and themselves.”
dun get it but one day when im wiser i will decode this
we moved to bich dao this villa owned by a nice family
it was a really really cosy place.
their rooms are comfy and soft
and their lounges are nice to slack
(this pic was taken on the last night stay. we bought all the market roadside food and ate them tgt at the villa)
the following is dedicated to jane, the helpful landlady that made our stay there really enjoyable.
she’s strict, fierce and a total professional, but underneath she has a softer, motherly side that we love so much and cant get enough of
(photo at bich dao with jane and loco the flying genius,papa’s new best friend”)
“you know..motorcycle..is 8am to 12 am.”
“dont you mean 12pm?”
(jane stares at you, as if to look into your soul)
(she sighs, shakes her head and writes on paper :8am-12pm)
“why all of you call me su-san? i no su-san!”
“you’re not su-san?!”
“yes..my name jane”
lang biang! the huge mountainous region
we went to the top on a four wheeler (6000m)
where the view was fantastic.
my lucky aunt did paragliding with loco. the parachute later tore and i couldnt fly:(
the dry weather makes forest fires common
animals everywhere= shit everywhere.
my sis got altitude sickness. again im truely surprised i din get sick.
bun peeking on a chess game
ate at blue water restaraunt for 2 nights. good food, very reasonable.
really good restaraunt food plus drinks for 6 ppl only $40 plus
self guided tour to golden village valley
does look kinda golden
the flowers in dalat grow really well
and to crazy horse house
more like lame house
\tried embroidery there. super complicated.
went to their market at night.
looks rather similar to s’pore
except that they sell their strawberries
1kg for 25000dong. thats not even S$2
s’pore one tiny box alr $5.
best buy man.
4 hour ride to nha trang , beach area
the ride there was bumpy and sandy.
i used htis wet tissue to cover my mouth 30mins and it turned brown
but hte ride was worth it cos the beach is..
so different from the whitish blue waters you see in s’pore
the waters here are a deep deep blue
we ate lobster on the beach, literally
freshly caught, grilled
it tasted awesome and i din get diarhoea. fantastic
5 lobsters for 300,000 dong thats bout 4 bucks for each
so fresh i almost could drink the seawater
took cable car to vinpearl
i din take pics but vinpearl was really really alot of fun.
for entry fee of 300,000 dong=$20 plus you can have ‘free flow’ of all the ridea at the huge themepark
the thrilling waterpark
the 2 story arcade, complete with simullators
and the underwater world
dunno why i take pic the fish will open mouth one
awesome day at vinpearl, but we had to rush off for the train back to ho chinh minh
sleeper train. 12 hour ride
got off at 6 in the morning, cab to ariport, and back home:)
more pho bo!
and ridiculous menus
all in all, vietnam was really fun.
but i think the people there dun realise how impt it is to keep their natural beauty. alot of places like the beautiful nha trang beach is being overshadowed by concrete monsters like hotels and restaurants that overshadow the beach by lining so close to it, ruining the beach.
the excessive amount of motorbikes is also a prob. its super noisy cos they use their horns everytime they change lane. some cars even have blaring songs everytime they reverse their vehicles its ridiculous.
its also results in alot of pollution cos of the smoke and dust flying everywhere, its really bad for health
their road rules are also too loose. the entire 9 day trip i only saw 4 traffic lights. and 2 of them only had one red light star to indicate.
many roads dun have any white lines. and the roads in the mountanous area dun have any barriers
thaats why coming back to singapore, i feel so incredibly blessed 🙂
i can finally truly say i love singapore.