Monday, April 30, 2007
Hoi An is such a peaceful city and so quiet in the evening. The people are so sweet but I do have some trouble understanding their accent.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
1073 De La Thanh Street
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
hot pot was really delicious with lots of different ingredients. We chose a mixed hot pot which included prawns, squid, scallops, beef, lots of vegetables, three different kinds of noodles and a very popular ingredient for Hanoians, pig brains.
Nha Trang. There, they are well-cooked with porridge. We couldn't even eat the noodles because there was still too much meat and vegetables left on the table. If you want to have a nice hot pot, try out Lau Hao Hao at 6 Phung Hung Street .
Monday, April 16, 2007
You have to sit on the pavement, on low plastic chairs and tables right next to the railway bridge. The train goes through during the meal but that's adds to the atmosphere of this place.
33 Hang Giay Street
Friday, April 13, 2007
Opera House is such an amazing structure, built between 1857-74 and designed by Charles Garnier. This is one of the most popular places for wedding shots and tourist's stop also for some photos. In wedding season it's difficult to get a clear shot because there are so many grooms and brides waiting for their turn.
The building is really a great example of the French style of architecture.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Thanh Son Pagoda to take a fortune paper which told us what will happen this year. Luckily, there was a lady in our group who is more serious about praying and wishing for everyone and she is also a fortune teller who could explain the papers to everyone. Thank god that I'm going to have a great year this year haha
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Tam Coc with amazing scenery along the river. You sometimes can hear peoples' laughing echoing backwards and the sound of the lady who's paddling at the back. It's so peacful and so nice to be there and I realized why people visit as their first place to pray for luck and happiness in the New Year.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
We had two hot fish porridges, a few fish cakes and a coke for only 45,000Vnd. This place is quite narrow and long, owned by a really short family, the eldest funny short guy takes care of the restaurant. He reminds me so much about a waiter from Luang Prabang. I talked to him tonight about his business, and he said "his family opened the restaurant 10 years ago, the best season is summer time, not winter because in summer, there are more people hanging around, that's why we open until the morning". It seems strange to eat porridge in summer but it's very satisfying.
213 Hang Bong Street
24 hour service
Monday, April 02, 2007
As with many other weddings which I've attended in the countryside around Hanoi, they turned on loud dance music, it was very crowded and most of the neighborhood around came and helped to cook and decorate the house with lots of balloons and a hilarious picture on the stage which is common at these weddings. People prepared food very early in the morning because the meal started from 9am and went until 12am as we had our meal at 10.30am then we all followed Dan's family to pick up the bride. He told us it was only 9 kms away and took about 15 minutes but it seemed 30kms for all of us and it actually ended up taking one hour. The road was terrible and everyone joked that Dan's so brave to get to know her because of this long crappy road.
Finally, we arrived at the bride's house and watched a very long reception as family and friends of the bride gave her jewellery and money and they put incense on the altar, wishing they will stay together until all their teeth and hair falls out. I wanted to take some photos of the food, which some of the relatives thought was strange. One old lady said the food was ugly which made me laugh. A good thing about the food was that there was no cat meat and no dog meat, only chicken, beef, goat, pork, spring rolls, cakes and oranges for dessert. They sent us to a neighbour's house and we had a great place to sit right near the pig's house, where about twenty pigs were letting off a not very nice perfume smell. Nice!!!
One more thing about countryside weddings is the very nice atmosphere but do not walk out the back of the house where they cook and clean because you may laugh out loud or you may run away when you see the cleaning and cooking techniques.
Anyway, Congratulations Dan and Trang, all the best for your future life. I hope it's full of love and happiness!