Hanoi will have Vietnam's tallest building ever with 65 floors comprising offices, apartments, a shopping centre, supermarket, cinema, health care centre and car park. The complex is expected to be located at the corner of Lieu Giai and Dao Tan streets in Ba Dinh district in Hanoi. It will cover an area of 14,094 sq m, and will be 195 m high. The total investment capital is US$114 million and it will be finished after 3 years meaning it will be in use before 2010 to celebrate Hanoi's 1000 years anniversary. Is it a good idea?
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
I bought a stamp with Misa's name on it, hoping that I could get a story from the shop which I can share with you guys. I think getting your own name on a stamp is a good idea so that you can stamp it on a letter or postcard( maybe it's a silly idea for you). This is one of the traditional businesses in Vietnam. It would be a pity if the craft didn't survive as this particular man started his business after his father in1990. There are two shops with the same name because they are family, the staff are very young and as the owner said to me " this is not difficult to learn and make but you need to be patient and creative." The boy in his shop is doing well even though he only just started a year ago." They also make wooden moulds for making cakes which are really popular for Chinese and Vietnamese.
His shop has been reviewed by many magazines in and out of Viet Nam, and I think this kinf of craft is popular with the Japanese because I saw many Japanese coming to his shop for their own stamps and he also has so many samples available in Japanese. I asked him about his customers and he told me more Asian people are interested than western people.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
longest cable car. Please, please remove this ugly thing and give back Nha Trang as it used to be.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Le Pub but Mark and I went to Solace Bar to meet our Belgium friends, Sarah and Bart for a weekend dance. The bar is nothing special, it also can be called a hole :) but they hired a quite good DJ and very friendly staff which is the most important. This bar used to be Titanic Bar which was also very popular as a late bar for both locals and westerners.
Red River, one of the most quiet parts of Hanoi at night. They have a small area as a dance floor which is packed from around 1 am to 4 am. Amazingly there's no police coming to check like the other bars in the old quarter, they must have a really good relationship.
BBQ... She told me that I shouldn't take any photos of the menu because her writing's awful then she laughed out loud. She's a really friendly woman. Check out her food after you've had a few beers.
Phuc Tan area
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Finally, I went to a small shop which looked quite clean and there were lots of choices for food. I chose some eggs, some tiny shrimp paste, some stir fried vegetables, some stir fried spare ribs with sesame and some broth. I actually enjoyed my meal which cost only 20,000Vnd while speaking a few words with an old man from the countryside who drank a whole bottle of rice wine during his meal. He was hilarious with his strange accent and he invited me to drink wine with him, too. Oh my gosh, how can I keep up with him.
If you get lost in the Old Quarter at lunch time, go to 40 Cau Go street, cheap and good. Good luck!
Sunday, March 18, 2007
102 Mai Hac De
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
If you ever come to Hanoi, I think you should walk in and put a stick of insense on the altar to wish your family, your friends and whoever you love good health, success and wealth in life.
Monday, March 12, 2007
I also went to the Sunway hotel looking for a receptionist job, and I got the funniest result ever. I came in with my friends who also used to work at the Emperor. Her English is fine and she's from Bac Giang, north of Hanoi. We had interviews and they called her to offer her a job and I failed. She asked the human resources manager about me, and he said: "my Vietnamese accent is bad and my English accent is so wierd." It made me laugh. I didn't think it was important for foreign customers in a 5 star hotel to understand my Vietnamese accent. I decided I would have to speak in Hanoian accent from then on if I wanted to have a job, I joked with her.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Gaylene, Eric, Mark and I went to the Louisianna bar right on the beach to sunbath for the whole day and pay 20,000Vnd for each beach chair. This bar has the same owner as the Sailing club but it has a swimming pool and they make their own beer which is good and much cheaper than at Sailing club. Sailing club isn't as good as it used to be as they now force people to buy entrance tickets that include one drink but it's so expensive compared to other bars, even in Hanoi, 35,000Vn. People still come here as there is a really great Dj.
Thanks to Gaylene and Eric for nice photos
Eric and Gaylene, bloggers from New Zealand currently living in Hanoi were celebrating their 30 year anniversary in Nha Trang and they chose Bao Dai's Villas for their special treat. They also went to Da Lat by motorbike and they loved it so much. They were also really impressed about beautiful Da Lat and the Dream hotel which was only $15 per night with breakfast included(all you can eat and drink including fresh juice).
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The guy was so brave (or silly?)that he didn't wear anything to cover his face even though I offered him a mask which he refused. I don't know how he is going to be after 10 years working in these conditions? I also don't think he gets health insurance or anything from his company to protect his health? I think I should call and ask the company tomorrow. I will think about it. But I am sure they will tell me that they give him all the safety wear but he may have forgotten them.
I was surprised that he came in with only a pump and two bottles, I thought they would have sent at least three people to do the job. Anyway, it took him 40 minutes to finished our four floor house and I only paid 200,000Vnd. If you live in Hanoi, call his company. The number is on the back of his shirt in the photo at the top.
Monday, March 05, 2007
holiday in Nha Trang and how much we enjoyed it there. Also Eric had a new haircut and I said that I also wanted to cut my hair. Eric invited me to come over to his house to give me a special treat. Today, I went to his house and I had a No1.
What do you think about my new look? I'm really happy with it and also I don't need any gel or a comb. My friends told me that I look like a monk. Hooray, yahooooooo.
Hoa Vien Restaurant
8 Doc Ngoc Ha - Ha Noi
Sunday, March 04, 2007
After a long day relaxing on the beach, we decided to go to my friend's restaurant called Gio(Wind) for another seafood night. We ordered lots of different dishes to try and we all filled up and the bill was only 550,000Vnd for six people. Another relaxing day in paradise!
To be continued.