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Friday, 29 August 2014

Weird Dreams


Recently, I've had this weird, subtle day spring dreams which might be the repercussions of my movie marathons. They say that dreams are nothing, thus, they don't determine how much luck we get in the next few seconds or days or weeks; they're simply our frustrations, fears, extreme emotions, desires, passions and or suppressed anger and so on.

The other night, I had my movie marathon which  started with "Fading Gigolo", followed by "Perfume the Story of a Murderer", "Anne Frank the Wiki Story", "The Book Thief", "The Grand Budapest Hotel", "The Boy in Striped Pajamas", then last night had a great time watching, "The Gran Torino" (for the second time), together with "The Perks of a Wallflower", "Midnight in Paris" and  "Miss PettiGrew Lives For A Day"


Went to bed at 5am only to find out that I'd be on a crazy world of "life" and "death". 

This is how it goes: "I was on a village party where I saw some of my neighbors from my little town, some relatives and of course strangers. Had no idea what the party was for, but all I could remember was that a pale lady in green shirt asked me to take care of a baby. Before I could hold him, his head hit the armchair and I was scared. "I'm sorry," I told her. I took the baby by the beach for fresh air. 

With my loving arms, I held the baby while sitting on the sea wall trying to make him sleep. Suddenly, he slipped out my arms and fell to the raging waves. Right there and then, I jumped into the waves, and was able to take him off the water, but to my surprise, he became a tiny "octopus" and it was dead. I ran to his mom and told her the sad truth... everyone couldn't believe what happened. My heart and muscles were numb that I wanted to cry but tears couldn't flow. I felt guilty and horrible...

I was still holding the dead octopus while standing still shameful for being irresponsible. "I killed him, Yes, I did!", I sobbed. The mom left and after a few minutes the octopus slowly turned into a very healthy baby in white and blue polka dot, cotton jumper. "He is alive! He is alive!", I shouted with joy and everyone was happy. 

I woke up feeling relieved because at least I know that there's  life even in my dreams! Yes, sometimes I thought of stupid things about what's gonna happen to me when I die or if someone I love passes away. These are I bet normal..."fears" can rule our dreams. But I make sure that it won't ruin my day once I'm awake. 


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Note: The Photos were taken one rainy morning in November 2012 when I had my first few shots with my 60D and also my first ever village tour  at a wet market nearby the campus. #tbt 

They aren't the perfect snaps and most of them break the rules in basic photography but I still love them because they're mine. LOL #noedit #nofilter



Wednesday- August 27th, 2014

Panther's 239th song: Hall of Fame by The Script feat Will.i.Am

Photo of the Day: #tbt banana vendors
Lang Van Hoa vendors

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Thursday- August 28th, 2014

Panther's 239th song: Feel This Moment by Pitbull Feat. Christina Aguilera

Photo of the Day: #tbt the merchant
the old village by the market

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Friday-August 29th, 2014

Panther's 240th song: Train by Drive By

Photo of the Day: #tbt Granny
life is #good 


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Ken Got Granny Mail

Before showing you what I got from my grandson today, lemme sing a song for Panther first. LOL!

(The mailed photos from Ken are on the bottom section of the photos of the day.)


Sunday- August 24th, 2014

Panther's 236th song: Lovers on the Sun by David Guetta feat Sam Martin

"See those monster clouds "escorted" by the fierce wind? They aren't forever and they are good for nothing but a few minutes of screwing up your mornings." 

What I was saying was, those "stinky heads" out there won't tip your strength over because you're a winner! Hugs to you our awesome Panther from Teddy...Kisses to the campers from Susan. 


                         Photo of the Day:  8-26-2014 Photo (Grumpy Morning LOL)
harsh duh!

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Monday- August 25th, 2014

Panther's 237th song: Good Time by Owl City Feat. Carla Rae Jepsen


Photo of the Day: (Foot Pampered) Haha!
this is far from luxury...this only means I love myself more... that am taking care of my feet hahaha

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Tuesday- August 26th, 2014

Panther's 238th song: Titanium by David Guetta Feat. Sia

"This song is for you to remember that no matter what people do to pull you down, you won't get crushed because you're more than a conqueror!"

Photo of the Day: (A Gift for Myself...)
sth comfie hehe

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Ken is my grandson who has been very sweet... I could say that he's not only a blessing to his dad and mom but also an angel to his younger sibling. His mom never forgets to share his childhood with lovely photos and videos. They make me feel better esp when am quite stressed at work or after dealing with crazy people around me. If I could only fly to Nagoya now I would, so I could still hug him while he's still a "baby". Anyhow, am sure I'd be able to hug him tight one day...  

Thanks Ken for the birthday card, and I couldn't thank your mom more for the mail...made my day, really!  

God bless you, daddy, mommy, and baby! You always make grandma smile and look forward to the future.

Here are the photos:

this has Kiamoy haha and of course cats!
       
Ken (not even 2 yrs old) can color my birthday card  (sweet)

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Thanks nak.. (Barbie) made my day... !






Saturday, 23 August 2014

The Start Button

Monday-August  18th, 2014

"Missing someone is the best feeling especially if the person you miss never ceases to make you feel that you're a huge part of his life." Lots of luv, hugs and kisses to our Panther from Teddy and Susan. :) 

Panther's 230th song: I Always Get Lucky With You by George Jones

Photo of the day: Today But For The Other Day
got me a new coffee press

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Tuesday- August 19th, 2014

Oatmeal cookies, some cinnamon-sprinkled mixed fruits and a cup of coffee were too much for a reward from a 240-second plank for Day 27 of the 30-day plank challenge. I should be proud of myself because each time I press the start button my muscles start counting really slowly while my mind is telling me to ignore them. HAHAHA! 

Panther's 231st song: I Believe in You by Don Williams

Photo of the day: Might Be Useless
that plastic bag sealed my cam while picking up some grocery items 

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Wednesday- August 20th, 2014

"Thank God, it's my last lesson for PC0923", I murmured with excitement. "Teacher, what are you going to do today?", asked Son looking curious at the same time "wimpy" in my future whereabouts. "Oh well, I'd go to Ha Noi as the weather looks nice though it's a bit drizzling, " I answered pulling up the shutter of the tiny glass window on the left corner of the teacher's table. 

As soon as I got my hazelnut freeze, mean raindrops started to fall like there weren't people walking without umbrellas. LOL! Anyhow, I couldn't care because I was wickedly taking a chunk out of the sweet and sour pork ribs on my plate. AND for now...I'd say: "Envy me for this precious time being by myself!" 


Panther's 232nd song: A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash

Photo of the Day: HE Wants a Ride
but dad isn't taking him 

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Thursday- August 21st, 2014

Panther's 233rd song: You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis


Photo of the Day: Wash it Away

my forte


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Friday- August 22nd, 2014


It was by the grace of strength that I was able to stand on a jam-packed bus without any complaints, yet could still smile each time the driver hits the brake because I saw how people get carried away like a sea shell gently pushed by the morning waves to the rough seashore.  LOL


Panther's 234th song: At Last by Etta James


Photo of the Day: Ideal Brunch
each day is photo of the day 

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Saturday- August 23rd, 2014


"Home alone... but am fine as this is one of the best days of my life." 

Panther's 235th song: A Time For Us by Andy Williams


Photo of the Day: The Incident
"Non La" a Vietnamese hat 






Sunday, 17 August 2014

Wonderfully Made


What I do in front of my mirror or in the shower every morning:  

It has been at least 5 years that I've been giving myself the power of "I am". This has kept me on the right track because I believe that words are powerful, thus, we should be careful with what we say. Thank goodness I found a church in my country which unselfishly taught me these affirmations.  


"I'm strong, I'm amazing, I'm beautiful, I'm young,I'm a warrior, I'm a great teacher, I'm patient, I'm successful, I'm blessed, I'm talented, I'm prosperous, I'm healthy, I'm fearfully and wonderfully made, I'm more attractive, I'm surrounded with God's favor, I can do everything thru Christ who gives me Strength!"

This prayer and declaration also go to Panther- He's strong, He's a winner, He's energetic, He's successful, He's very healthy, He's amazing, He's wealthy, He's a victorious warrior, He's more than a conqueror, He's surrounded with God's favor,and He can do everything through Christ who gives Him strength." In Jesus' Name, Amen.

We're crowned with favor and we're excited about our future! No weapon formed against me, my family, my friends, and Panther shall prosper, In His Name! 



Wednesday- August 13th, 2014

Panther's 225th song: Revelation Song by Phillips, Craig and Dean


Photo of the Day: Looks Gloomy Yet Windy
yesterday
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Thursday- August 14th, 2014

Panther's 226th song: Promise of a Lifetime by Kutless


Photo of the Day: Busy Day 
the Old Quarter

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Friday- August 15th, 2014

Finally got the main post office in the Old quarter after almost 2 hours of keeping my shoulders and bones held the 9kg  box for mom. So, I thought I deserved a "treat"... went to the same place on the 5th floor by the lake. The day won't be complete without my tall hazelnut coffee freeze in Highlands... though the bartenders weren't so attentive, I thought waiting for a forgotten order was a rare chance for my shutter to get a life on a warm afternoon. 

At 430pm, I walked to Hang Manh street to get a hostel because my feet and back were numb that it was impossible for me to catch a bus back to my dorm. The Holidays Gold was full and I was referred to Charming which was oh, well, fine because it was clean and had friendly staff, too. 

In the evening, I gloated some cheap fast food at Gecko (tripadvisor winner) and was happy with my "Americana" mock-tail, spicy mackerel, fresh spring rolls and mango crepe with vanilla ice cream. "Life is good", I thought. Since I didn't have the energy to take some night photos, I slowly walked back to the hotel at the small, dark corner of the street but a spa caught my attention. My back and my neck pushed me to get inside for an Indian Back Massage for 300k vnd which I thought wasn't that bad.  This additional treat gave me a wonderful sleep! 


Panther's 227th song: Bless the Broken Road by Selah


Photo of the Day: Midday
midday blessings
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Saturday- August 16th, 2014

Woke up at 9am and had Omelet, some fruits and Vietnamese milk coffee downstairs which made me think that my day would start well. While waiting for my platter, I picked up a yellow paperback, "The Backpacker" from the small bookshelf . I was able to read a few pages until I checked out the hostel. I've been looking for this "controversial" novel but haven't found any. 

At 1pm, I started to tirelessly scrutinize every bookstore in the area hoping I'd bump into John Harris' masterpiece, but it seemed like he hadn't been to any bookshelves in the Old Quarter. Was quite disappointed, yet kept walking and on the way, sipped an avocado smoothie with vanilla ice cream at a Vietnamese cafe along Trang Tien Street. Of course, my tummy wanted something to munch, and since the cafe's kitchen was closed, a young, bubbly, perky waiter on his bloody red striped top and apron, happily made me a tiny  American breakfast. 

The day was over and arrived at my dorm safely with "again" sore muscles from the weight of my backpack. 

Panther's 228th song: Hold My Heart by Tenth Avenue North


Photo of the Day: The Grey Cycle
the same place, the same street, the same culture, the same cafe...

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Sunday-August 17th, 2014

"This a woman's life, pretty exciting and interesting," I murmured as I stretched my back  forcing it to get off bed. "Oh, it's almost 1pm,"  sighed. But before anything else, I made sure I'd plank first  so Day 25 for 210 seconds was done. 

"Make do with what you have, Sue," convincing myself to eat the wrinkled green bell peppers, pickles, and cherry tomatoes. A sprinkle of pink salt and olive oil made it taste fresh though...then opened a canned tuna flakes in vegetable oil and poured a teaspoon of lime. AND for coffee, I honestly don't like any 3-in-1 sachet because it has too much sugar, but didn't have  choice because it was there waiting to be in hot water. LOL! Hmnn... I mixed it with my soluble coffee grain and put a bit of honey. "Yayyy..I could be the happiest kid this morning!" I giggled. 

Though I wasn't able to go to church this morning, Joel Osteen gave me powerful sermons to ponder followed by my favourite Christian songs in Youtube.


Panther's 229th song: Draw Me Close by The Katinas


Photo of the Day: Pic-in-Pic
the other side of the glass 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Phượt is Better than Booked Tours


I still remember that grumpy, stormy day I left my country for Vietnam with a tourist visa...that feeling when you didn't wanna call your parents to say goodbye, nor didn't wanna hear your best friend say, "I'll miss you, big time Kapatid." That was in October 2010 when I decided to work abroad and never thought of gambling my first trip to a country where all I knew were the famous cone hats, "Vietcong" and the Vietnamese-American War. 

Da Nang was the first city to give me an infinite impression of staying in the country to earn and save up and explore its beauty. Then my first motorbike ride happened on a slippery road on the way to Hoi An. We were in the middle of our destination to the ancient city at the central part when we had an accident. "Lord, I don't wanna die in Vietnam, I uttered."  In a few minutes,I found myself on the tiny bridge a few meters away from my student and his red bike. No harm done, just painful bruises on my legs that until now I can still see the scars it brought me. Right there and then, I told myself, "Riding on a motorbike won't kill you, Susan!" So, definitely on that day my Vietnamese ventures began....

Vietnam has fascinated me with its wonders and treasures from its landscapes, rich culture, all-embracing traditions from different walks of life, and of course to its unique, healthy and affordable food on the go by the gutters of  peaceful villages, dim, narrow streets of the Old Quarter to its dazzling cities. 

"Phượt" or travelling by motorbike with a backpack of  your favourite camera gears and glasses, and a small  tent perhaps would complete your  highland escapades. After a few months, I was asked to teach in the campus in the North.  I couldn't stop crying and even hated that colleague who "sold" me to that rector and send me to the cold and unfamiliar place in Vietnam. But since then,  it dawned on me that it was a blessing for a real shot in the dark in Ha Noi. This city is a fortress to many backpackers for Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Moc Chau, Mu Cang Chai, the famous Ha Long Bay, the Old Quarter, Ninh Binh, Trang An River, Perfume Pagoda, Bavi Mountains, Hai Phong, Thanh Hoa, and many more. It has also brought me to some trips from the north down south, though I still prefer spending my vacations in the city of bridges, Da Nang.  

Should I say I've traveled almost 85% of the country's towns, cities and villages not to mention the visits to my students' families. Am not a stranger to this part of the Asian map anymore. Those good and bad travel experiences  taught me lessons including motorbike accidents, awful behaviour of the strangers on the way, being an innocent victim of overpricing from the shop owners to the local cops, and so on. 

The most amazing part of my escapdes is that I never book any tours as I have honest, happy and loving "Phượt" companions in Vietnam whom I'd always be thankful for giving me wonderful memories here despite the 4 years of cultural shock I have been through. 

BUT last Saturday, August 9th, 2014, I was quite excited with my first booked tour to a Pagoda in Ha Noi. I thought being on a tour was safer and more convenient not until the agency made a mistake in trusting a rude, unprofessional tour guide.  

Since, I didn't want them to bother pick me up at my hotel, I volunteered to wait for the van and the tour guide at their office. They were a bit late but it didn't matter because I'm used to this punctuality issue among Vietnamese. Then the girl at the reception called the guide and he came in a few minutes. What I expected for a tour guide is a friendly greeting to his guest, but it didn't happen. I let it pass, and with his blank facial expression, all I could hear from him was, "Come here, follow me, the bus is there." Then we kept walking that far and I realized that it was at least a five to six-minute walk. It also dawned on me that the van was parked in the place close to the hotel of his Spanish guests. OK fine...didn't matter because I thought it was what it had to be. 

After picking more people up on the way, the van was full enough, so  the driver started his drive on the way to Ha Tay. On our way, the guide introduce himself in a very informal way, I thought. When I asked him who would accompany me while I trek up the mountain he said, "No. Because other people will take the cable car and I will take the cable car too." Then he added, "If you want to take a cable you can buy tickets, but you're not forced to do it," in a very rude tone. I thought, "OMG what the heck, are you trying to piss me off?" So I asked, "Are you gonna wait for me in the Pagoda?" He said, "No. Maybe. But you walk it's up to you!" He wasn't aware with his tone and I just wondered why. He was supposed to act professionally...

I kept observing his attitude on the way, and I realized that those Spanish guests as well as the Singaporeans had booked more than one trips with him that's why his "marketing" time was with them all the way to Ha Tay. Then we stopped at a station on the way because some of them were going to Ninh Binh. He said it was only a 20-minute stop  so I thought I'd rather stay in the van. I tried to stay but,  I asked them to just open the car door because the air-conditioner was off, and I could die from heat if they shut the door because it was very humid and warm inside.  But he insisted to shut it  because he was worried about the baggage inside the car.  That was my first time to meet a tour guide who was more concerned with the baggage than his guest. 

So I told him, "I'm here so how can those bags be stolen?" But he shouted and said, "I didn't say you steal the bags!" Then he forced me out of the car because of the fact that he didn't want to give up on shutting the door. I was shivering from anger and I told him off. Then he said, "You're the most rude and difficult I've met." I was pretty ticked off because I felt discriminated. Was it because I was Filipino and he thought I was cheap and couldn't book more trips? Was it because I wasn't important because I wasn't his main guest? 


When we arrived at the port in Ha Tay, I asked him to ask the lady at a shop for a big plastic bag, then he wasn't that helpful enough which was very ill-mannered for a tour guide. If you're a tour guide it's a part of your job to help and assist every guest as much as possible, instead of just using your chin to direct the guest to where he or she can get what he or she needs.  I let it pass and didn't bother think about it anymore. 

But after lunch, it rained, so I thought of taking the cable car because my camera would get wet. So I asked him, "How much is the cable car again?, Where could I get a ticket?" HE AGAIN pointed me to the man in white with his index finger while saying, "There you ask him..." . OMG wasn't he suppose to assist me with that? It was supposed to be his job to negotiate and provide me stuff like those! I almost lost my temper and really wanted to kick his ugly face! Whenever I ask him questions, he would just say, "I'll tell you later, or I'll show you later." Alright, another strike was when we were getting ready up. Some guests and him were preparing for the cable car ride so, I asked him the way up for the trek. He replied in a very awful way, "I'll show you later." Then he said, "Here follow the two people (from another guide) they will walk." I was surprised... was that for real? I wondered whether I was on a paid tour or not. What if I fell off the cliffs on the way up? Would he even bother tell the agency that I had an accident and died? 

Finally, I reached the top and saw him with some guests, but he didn't even bother say "Hi" how was your trek? And he didn't even tell me any history about the pagoda nor showed me around just like what he did to his main guests!!! That was UNFAIR because I paid for the trip for safety and to discover the place with a tour guide. I thought I went there to discover the place by myself...I SHOULDN'T have booked a tour if I knew it would happen. 

That trip was a total NIGHTMARE and made me feel highly singled out and discriminated plus the thought that the male tour guide didn't have any respect to his guest. How could he even argue with a woman and call her names? 

First, booking a tour is for safety, getting a clear and accurate information about the place. Second, the purpose of local tours  esp for foreigners isn't only to earn money from them but also to make these people embrace your country and culture, thus, would be a great marketing strategy to bring them back one day and recommend you or the agency or the country itself to others. 

Never neglect nor underestimate one guest who looks poor because he or she can be a potential customer who would bring you millions one day. 


Hope this could be a lesson to other travelers...make sure that you fight for your right  once you aren't satisfied with the tour guide. 

For the travel agencies, please provide licensed, professional tour guides and make sure that each guest is given a feedback form at the end of the trips so that you'd know what to improve on your next tours.

didn't want to post his face here...but just to make sure he learns how to respect first then i promise to remove this photo (the guy in blue stripes was the  ill-mannered tour guide)



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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Secret Self


"God works in mysterious ways, He loves and saves everyone. He will never give up on us because He is good all the time." 

NOTE: I chose Christian songs for my Panther as a part of my everyday prayers that he'd be blessed with wisdom to face his enemies with courage and confidence. I declare that he is a winner and no one can pull him down because God is with him, In Jesus' Name, Amen. 

Definitely I'm grateful for He is Faithful, for giving me my Panther, for the loving family and friends who are "on up and up" especially when my head's under water, and to all the blessings and answered prayers. Though it had been a tough week to me, my feet walked me to a place where I could worship Him with His people, and that was last Sunday when I had to bow down and repent for my being a bad girl in the past few weeks. But see, He never condemns and He puts a new song into my heart...all I need is His grace. Truly, sometimes all we want are the most loving prayers and compliments from those who are close to our hearts. Thus, we don't need to hear empty praises from others...He is enough. 

By the way, the photos shared were taken last Saturday...but each day since the 7th is a brand new sun that shines towards my singing secret self! 


Wednesday- August 7th, 2014

Panther's 219th song: Oceans by Hillsong United (Live at Relevant)


Photo of the Day: Lotus for My Luv (preferred not to edit this as a respect for its beauty)
along Yen River on the way back from the pagoda (taken:  AUG 09, 2014)

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Thursday- August 8th, 2014

Panther's 220th song: Nothing Like Your Love by Hillsong United


Photo of the day: "all-embracing"
the lonely bridge (Yen River)

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Friday- August 9th, 2014

Panther's 221st song: Rooftops by Jesus Culture


Photo of the Day: "asymmetry"
taken: AUG 09, 2014
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Saturday- August 10th, 2014

Panther's 222nd song: Carry My Soul by Phil Wickham (Live at Relevant)

Photo of the Day: "summer twaddle"
taken: AUG 09, 2014

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Sunday-August 11th, 2014


Yesterday seemed to be one of the most horrible days of my life in Ha Noi because of that rude, disrespectful, big mouth, unprofessional tour guide. But I made sure that I wouldn't start a new week demented and frustrated. So, instead of wasting my time dropping by the travel agency to complain, I just waited for the manager to reply to my complaint letter I sent last night. Then I went to HIF to be with people who sincerely pray for me and so to worship God. 

Thank goodness... I listened to the Holy Spirit and His wisdom to have faith that what had happened would have a solution. 

Oh well, I'd still have to write a blog about what happened that day and send it to Sinh Travels. 

Panther's 223rd song:All The Poor And Powerless by The Digital Age


Photo of the day: "hardihood"


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Monday- August 12th, 2014


After slot 2, had to quickly pick up some stuff in the supermarket for Mama and for my little cutie pie Minh. I was exhausted, yet, I managed to have dinner with my son whom I haven't seen for a long time.  

When I got to my dorm, I couldn't help but to finish packing up so I could send them on Wednesday. There's one thing I've learned from isolating myself from the people around me here in VN, and that was to get closer to my family. Now, I prefer snail mails and boxes full of assorted packages such us body shower (LOL), sachets of shampoo, dog and cat food, scarves and other accessories as well as VS spray for Mama who just wants to smell herself with it as she never gets out far from the house because of her weak bones and muscles. 

My evening doesn't finish without bugging Panther in Viber no matter how busy he is. Hahaha..am lucky because he never thought of ignoring me! (sending lots of love, hugs and kisses)


Panther's 224th song: 10000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) by Matt Redman


Photo of the Day: "infinity"





Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Went Vegan

"Susan always keep in mind that you can stuff your face with too much veggies and it won't hurt you, really!"


These rainy days have been driving me crazy but they can never stop me from wandering around the city centre. Oh guess what, this morning was horrible that our cab had to swim on the flooded roads of Cau Giay. LOL!  Anyhow, I managed to get to Zenith Yoga and Cafe in the Old Quarter for the organic vegan lunch. It was indeed "heavenly" that I'd visit the place again in the next few days!


Photo of the Day: Green is Healthy (August 6th, 2014 Wed)

(Panther's 218th song: Am I Wrong by Nico and Vinz)

Green Monster Smoothie: Banana, Spinach, Organic Green Tea, Lemon, Vanilla Bean, Chia Seeds and Poppy seeds

And OHHH...there are bonus shots---street scene/s as well hehehe...coz I got lost and had to walk for at least 35-45mins from the cafe to the Sword Lake. ARGhhh!

(Heavenly Vegan Lunch at Zenith)   "Tasty Plate": Avocado Fresh Nem, Tofu Wrapped Mushroom Bites, Chickpea and Mung Bean Falafel, Caramelized Zucchini and Black Bean Bites, Marinated Grilled Eggplant Antipasto, Semi-Dried Herbed Tomatoes, Beetroot and Walnut Tabbouleh, Vegetable Sticks and Banh Da---with Assorted Dips and Yummy Pita.

Now sharing some snaps and don't forget to visit this place once you'd get a chance to drop by the Old Quarter.


August 3rd Photo of the Day though taken today... 


Tofu Wrapped Mushroom Bites (see those...?)

August 4th Photo of the DAY: crispy, yummy vegan pita (though pic was taken just today)

August 5th PHOTO of the DAY: vegan dark chocolate cake YUM! (though photo was taken today)

provided that there aren't too many customers, u can lie down on the couch



 bonus street scene - the product from getting lost
Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake)
the preparation is surely of high quality

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August 2nd, 2014  Saturday

Panther's 214th song: A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay

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August 3rd, 2014 Sunday

Panther's 215th song: She Looks So Perfect by 5 Seconds of Summer

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August 4th, 2014 Monday

Panther's 216th song: My House by Kacey Musgraves

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August 5th, 2014 Tuesday

Panther's 217th song: Nothing Compares To You by Sinéad O'Connor


"Hang in there... doesn't matter when as long we know how and the right time will come. Wuv you tots and lots!" 

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Nothing

August 2nd, 2014 Saturday


a gift from a friend 2 years ago


Each item doesn't talk about me being a fashion follower...just some sort of being MYSELF when the rest of the world is getting crazier about what's on the latest magazines. 

2 weeks ago i ran into this.. 70% off wahaha not that bad for its comfort



for 5$ in a local mall in Saigon 4 mos ago
                                                   

from a local shop (good quality) You won't expect the majority of the Vietnamese to buy clothes from their own shops...maybe they thought they look cheap LOL anyhow, to me???...nah who cares about which brand are you wearing...it's ABOUT how you wear it!
                                                    

Thailand 2012
                                                 

The thing is, I'm a "fashion" disaster....so, most likely I'd pick up something "safe" as long as it gives me the comfort that I need especially while walking too fast. AND...since, I get a budget for a particular dress, I go into cheap ones as am not into branded clothing or might be on "sale", and I make sure that I can use them at work as well as casually or at the beach.

more than 2 years old (my all-time fav)
     

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(open front) comfie enough


open back as well


But sometimes, I get to the point of not having anything to wear especially going to work. Sigh... yes most of these dresses are old that some of them are more than 5 years old yet still playing hide and seek in my closet. 
very soft and too casual HAHA

my first mango dress (2yo) LOL told ya not into expensive ones --this was on sale 50% off

had a chance to shop in the PHILS 2 yrs ago and this was one was also on SALE


Did I realize those shades of blue, red and pink and a garter on the waist on most of my dresses! HAHA thought I MUST change my taste in fashion. So should I go back to jeans, shirts and sneakers? OR should I keep my recent madness on loose chiffon tops and dresses? Let's see...

FORever 21 for 12$ in a small shop in the OLD Quarter HN (can't buy this in my country because it's way too expensive) 

a friend gave me a few mos ago

beach bummer

These are just some of those which have been trying to put up with me... sometimes they make me feel naked though! 

from a local mall in Saigon for 5$ hehe (4mos old?)

since 2006  :)) still fit me though

By the way, I've loved loose shirts, jeans and sneakers that I even wear them at work. Lately, I put on a bit of weight so I look silly when I wear some of them. Oh no...I've lost 5kg already LOL...no worries I only need to loose 2 KGS to get back to my usual fit. 

see the laundry lost one of it's buttons but still wear it to school (first dress ever bought when i came to Ha Noi in 2011)

one of my students' said this looks like a sleeping dress... HAHA but it's comfortable I said. (Thailand 2012)