Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Thank you..

To my family...

Thank you for your love, your support and every laughter you've brought into my life.. Thank you for moulding me to who I am today.

To my beep...

Thank you for being understanding, being considerate, and being there when I needed you. And thank you for loving me.. ;)

To my nephews and niece..

Thank you for bringing the laughter and happiness to the family. I love you all..

To Dada and Kii...

Thank you for accompanying me every night and be there for me anytime when the rest fails.

To all my friends...

Thank you for all these years of friendship and thank you for putting up with me.

To my collegues...

Thank you for your guidance and friendship, I've grown so much since I joined this company.

To all my blog readers...
Thank you for frequenting my blog and reading my rambles, cos I'm such a loner at times..

To all Baboobeep customers...
Thank you for your continuous support and making me a happy girl ;) Keep supporting!

Year 2008 is coming to an end in 10 minutes time and yeah, I'm sitting at home blogging T_T

No new year resolution, 'cause I know they never work. 2008 had been OK to me, I'm not saying it's a very satisfying year or an unlucky year but I'm definately looking forward for a more fruitful new year..


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas...

(just a reason to camwhore)
This is the 200th post by the way ;)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

DAY 2, and I was still in Hanoi..

I hope I don't really bore you with these touristy pics. Being in the foreign land I guess it's a MUST to visit all the famous touristy places like the museum wtf, the park and all.. And moreover these 2 lost souls were wandering around without a proper map.

So off we went to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on the 2nd day!

Ho Chi Minh City has the name, but Hanoi has the man himself. No photos are permitted inside the building itself. No short pants , no hats and no other signs of disrespect are allowed while viewing. It's a permanent memorial for the respected Uncle Ho (and oh well, if you don't know who, you better google for it now -_-)

And I read from a website that every year the embalmed corpse returns to Russia for maintenance, so the complex will be closed for a few months.


Vietnam has a lot of nice hats, really. This one cost like USD3, I think.


Basically a few main attractions of Hanoi are situated at the same area, like the HCM Museum, HCM residence, One Pillar Pagoda, etc.. So the lost souls were wandering around again and we ended up in HCM Museum next!

It was very windy that day = my shawl to prove! Many locals were staring when this shot was taken -_-"

And oh!! Look! I have a new bag! :D Screw that robber who made me bag-less and ended up with toileterries bag the whole morning :( But I damn love my new bag. Love the suede material and that bunch of lovely flower petals! And it's BIG and SPACEYYYYYY!

I'm a happy girl once more!

Hello Uncle Ho!

The museum displays personal items and photos from HCM's life..

.. but I'm more attracted to this.

One Pillar Pagoda.

I forgot the story behind, but it has something to do with Goddess of Mercy and this pagoda resembles a lotus. Go google for yourself if you wanna know more. My knowledge in history isn't very good ;(

I tell you Vietnamese are damn romantic. Everywhere I go, I see couples sitting in the park and they can really sit for hours! Luckily the weather was cold.. -_-"

Random vintage bicycle with no historical value. Enough said.

Cawhored with the only policemen that looked friendly to us. The rest looked like they gonna shoot us anytime. But oh! Are they policemen? Or just security guards?? I don't know..

Back to Old Quarter during lunch time and check out the lady at the left hand side. It's quite a common sight in Vietnam people being seated by the roadside having their hair 'cleaned'.

When I passed by them I kept wondering if those fleas will fly to me T___T EwwWW!!

I had over dosage of caffeine everyday in Vietnam, like 3-4 cups daily. And I think because of this, I have constipation till today T______T

Communication breakdown and we have no idea what to order from those roadside stalls that seemed to have a lot of locals patronizing. If the locals like it, it must be good.. but too bad.

We ended up in this cafe full of gweilos.. and they have menu in English! :D

Bun bo nam bo
- a popular dish from the south of Vietnam. Stir fried beef, bean sprouts and fresh rice noodles, served with sweet sauce and peanuts.

Damn good I tell you.

Bun cha
- a traditional Hanoi dish. Marinated pork, rice noodles, fresh herbs and a light dipping sauce.

Also damn heavenly.

A lot of street vendors selling roses. It's a lovely sight. ;)

See! Another hat! Damn regret not getting it as it cost only USD3!!

In the evening, we went to the cafe overlooking Hoan Keim lake, just to be romantic-lah! LOL

The end of second day. Fullstop.

Because the same night itself, we took overnight train to Sapa where the real adventure to Vietnam just begun. I can't wait to blog about it already!!!!!

;) ;) ;) ;)

Lastly, Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday all!!!!!!
Christmas presents most welcomed!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

HANOI Day 1 - series of unfortunate events..

After about 3 hours flight, we arrived in Noi Bai International Airport Hanoi.

Hanoi is 1 hour behind, which means we gained 1 extra hour that day ;)

And it is unexpectedly COLD!! All these while I was expecting Vietnam's weather to be like in Malaysia, or at least slightly colder, but I've never expect to see people wearing sweater and winter jacket -__-"

And all I had in my luggage were 2 pair of shorts, a few sleeveless tees, a maxi dress and thank god I did bring along 2 jackets, just in case..

After checking out from the airport, we took another 45 minutes ride to Hanoi town by metered taxi which cost us USD15. Vietnam uses mixture of both USD and Dong.

I could see paddy fields and very poluted air along the journey. Most Vietnamese had mask on them and it further proved the air was critically polluted.

We checked into our hotel in Old Quarter and my ex-collegemate Nghiep came over with his wife and 3 year-old baby Phat and off we went for brunch. He brought us to a nice restaurant where another of my ex-collegemate Hung is working as a general manager there.

from left: Hung, moi and the bf, Nghiep's wife and baby Phat, Nghiep

It felt so good to see them again after 4-5 freaking years since we left college! ;)

And guess what, both the bf and I did something really stupid we should just slap each other -_-"

We both took taxi to the restaurant which was like less than 5 minutes away from our hotel and the meter showed "16". So the bf asked the driver, Dollar or Dong? It's either the driver really couldn't converse well in English or he's just acting stupid wtf. He just nodded and said ok! ok! And took USD20 from the bf. We both just arrived and still kinda blur with the situation and couldn't care to think much. The driver returned us 15,000 dong and kept saying ok! ok! and asked us to get down. We both never put much thought to that until much later I asked Nghiep about it and he laughed his lung off ;(

"C'mon Cryst!!! This is Vietnam!! It's 16,000 dong, which is like USD1 only!!! Cryst!!!"


I don't know to laugh or cry..

Our room in Indochina 1 Hotel! The room was exactly the same like what we saw from internet but we never expect it was just a small shoplot -_-" No wonder no photo of the hotel exterior.. but nevertheless, the room was pretty satisfying ;)

Later in the afternoon, we took a cyclo over for a ride around Old Quarter at around USD2 for half an hour. This part of town is just like a large maze of streets with shops selling souvenirs, footwear, bags, silks, clothings, and anything you could think of.. and even coffins!

The traffic in Hanoi is horrible. Each and every space is taken up by motorbikes where each and everyone kept honking non-stop. Got car they honk, no car they also wanna honk. But it's amazing that although there's no proper system, I've yet to witness any accident over my 5 days stay in Hanoi. Not even a minor one.

Pork satay was one of our favourite during the entire trip. How often can you get PORK satay in Malaysia? ;) Never.

And it tasted aweeeeeesommmmmmeeeeee~!!!! :D :D :D

Dogs and cats along the streets were either Pekingese, Chihuahua, Persian or Siamese. No ugly wounded strays like in Malaysia. And they were all damn lanci one..


Many selling balloons by the roadside. But not that kinda balloons where it burst easily. And I wonder how many balloons can they sell one night? 'Cause it seemed like everyone was selling the same thing.

As I was camwhoring along the way, a Vietnamese lady suddenly came over and put this freakingly heavy thing on me together with the ice-cream cone hat -__-" Shocked, but shiok ;) She asked the bf to take my picture and later asked me to take a picture of the bf.

I think he was also shocked, but shiok-lah.

The next thing we knew, she kinda forced us to buy 2 packets of pineapple from her. I forgot how much it cost, but it wasn't cheap. We declined, and told her we will only take a packet.

"NO! 2 people, 2 photos, 2 packets!"

Damn. What a smart way to sell her stuff wtf.

Came across a stall selling noodle and we gave it a try. Not knowing what they serve and there was some communication breakdown, we just showed them 2 fingers and in less than 5 minutes, these were served.

It was ok, but I stopped eating halfway 'cause I couldn't be sure if I was eating dog's meat T__T

This cafe by the junction of a very busy corver served the BEST VIETNAMESE COFFEE! Much more better than Starbucks expresso and much more cheaper..

.. and much more OooOOmmPppPhhHhh~!!!!

Around evening time night market started and we just strolled around hopping to find great bargain for winter jacket. We'll be leaving to Sapa town the next day and was told it's really really cold.

After much digging and bargaining in the extremely crowded night market, things happened.

In less than 3 minutes, I couldn't find the small wallet containing some USD and Dong that I just stucked into my brand new Ms Selfridge bag. Its weird, but I thought probably my bag was just too big and deep it was hidden somewhere in an unreachable corner-lah. We moved to the side and I removed out everything.

2 passports. Check.
The bf's sis' camera. Check.
Wallet with all my IC, license, RM, ATM cards, credit card, discount cards.. Check.
My camera. Eh??.. oh, in my pocket. Check.
Handphone. Check.
Small medicine box. Check.

But the small wallet was nowhere to be found. It's really weird 'cause I've been holding my bag really tightly and it's almost impossible to dig into my deep big bag for that small wallet.

We finally decided to head back to hotel straight and I poured out everything from my bag right away. Flipping in and out again and again but it's really gone. Confirm sudah. I kept thinking how impossible to dig my bag!!! And I even thought if it was my own carelessness probably I dropped it somewhere.

Only after about half an hour, I noticed this.

Blady asshole son of bitch. I'm cursing you to death till today.

No wonder the rest never drop out, 'cause there's an inner lining which he only cut a small hole to get that tiny wallet. wtf.

And he took away another small bag too, containing new Kiehl lipbalm, Sally Hansen hand cream, Clarinase, Travisil and 2 ang kong hu (Buddhist thingy - for safety and protection) I've been keeping since the very first day I came to KL and I felt damn insecure without it now.. T_________T

However, looking at the brighter side, we were lucky enough that both passports did not go missing else I don't dare to think of the consequences. Illegal immigrant from Malaysia wtf. Worse if they suspect me getting into Vietnam for some business. Prostitution double wtf.

Feeling miserable, I decided to dress up the boy.

;) *hugs*

Later at night, we took a stroll around the infamous Hoan Keim Lake, right in the heart of Hanoi, walking distance from our hotel.

And treated myself with this alcohol over chocolate ice-cream thingy it is HEAVENLY ok!! though the bf said it sucks ;(

That pretty summarizes my not-very-lucky first day in Hanoi..

*sigh* This is the worse thing ever happen to me during a vacation. Don't be silly, I think I'll just opt for slingbag or backpack next time.

Nno more pretty pretty, but no money ;(

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Updating from Indochina 1 Hotel, Hanoi

2nd day in Hanoi and will be leaving to Sapa later at 9pm by train.

I was robbed yesterday, my first day, silently. That idiot cut my new Ms. Selfridge bag while I was doing my shopping in a very crowded night market wtf and I'm cursing the robber to death may he get food poisoning when he use my money to buy food or whatever shit I'm seriously this bad luck damn 7 tulan now :( Will blog more when I'm back.

Need to shit now hahaha bye bye..

Friday, December 12, 2008

Away for holiday..

The long awaited trip, finally.. ;)

Leaving tomorrow 6am for 5 days 4 nights trip to Vietnam!

... for our 4th anniversary ;)

Back blogging soon!