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Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Cab and My Favourite Cocktail

Saturday- September 20th, 2014

Probably THE most amazing, stirring night in my four years here in Vietnam. I meant, I found people who are just perfect to be with, those who understand my being "inappropriate" sometimes, those who never judge me for "being" me, once strangers and turned into sincere friends. What could I ask more? Thank goodness, I should say am still one of the luckiest wanderers in town who thought that life must be a bitter-sweet birthday cake- all you have to do is to get a dramatically lit candles on it, blow them, make a wish and believe that the following day it would come true and enjoy the rest of the fancy flavoured baked wheat. 

Thanks to Kim, Heo and Jesper! You guys are awesome!!!

Panther's 271st song: Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day

I personally love the month of September, no valid reasons and no explanation, I just feel alive knowing that it's still September. Anyhow, the song is a good one and am sharing this to Panther and to my friends. Hugs!

Photo of the Day: Couples By The Lake
not perfect but still love this one (taken last Saturday while walking around the lake with my cotton candy)


Sunday- September 21st, 2014

Yeah, I had this feeling of not going back to the dorm, but what could I do? After church, I headed back to Hoan Kiem, had a Korean lunch which was "fine" as I was still feeling dumb from the previous night's cocktail. Hmnn... then hurried to My Dinh station to catch a bus to Hoa Lac. "I wish I had a yellow cab and a driver on "demented" Sundays like today," I muttered. "How about taking a taxi to the campus?" asking myself whilst contemplating on how much energy I could waste standing with my lousy and droopy soles for an hour on the extremely teeming box full of desperate souls. 

Well, I told you, "making" a wish is somehow helpful because Thang saw me at the station so we ended up taking a cab to Hoa Lac with his friends. "What a relief!", I giggled. 

Panther's 272nd song: See The Light by Green Day

"Each time I discover new places, culture or even a song, I always think about sharing it with you. Am glad you're just there to tolerate my being Susan, at the same time reminding me about life. You're always be Teddy and Susan's Panther! Hugs and Kisses to the campers, too."

Photo of the Day: WORTH Waiting
taken the previous night while waiting for the night (never mind whose feet are those)


Monday- September 22nd, 2014

"Am I back to reality yet?" LOL yes... sigh. Anyhow, I thank the Lord for giving me another day full of nonsense. Hehehe.

Panther's 273rd song: If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback

"I'd spend my last day with you just to laugh, gloat your homemade lasagna, cuddle the campers and Teddy, take more photos and take them with our dream for the never-ending future. Luv you, lots!" Be safe Always!

Photo of the Day: Better Learn How To Roll
Have you thought of "rolling" your way? :)) (VNmese way of doing it)


Tuesday- September 23rd, 2014

Getting up at 630am for work is a pain in the butt unless am on a trip. Have you ever been on a class full of  cold learners on their drowsy eyeballs? Haha.. alright am laughing but heck yeah it's not easy trying to talk to myself about grammar and vocabulary whilst seeing them falling off their wooden seats! Should I say they'r lucky I give them a chance to get some free air in the middle of slot one? Yeah... in short, "WE" hate SLOT 1! 

BTW, I had free lunch at Al Fresco's for being a valued customer. It was the best stuffed chicken coriander ever. Thank God, my day was saved.

Panther's 274th song: No Hurry by Zac Brown Band

"Can you do yourself a favour? Please take time to breathe fresh air and take more photos of the campers perhaps, or just watch how the stalks of those unwanted flowers grow in your garden." Hugs!!!

Photo of the Day:Cab For Thought 
the details of the shadows say it all (one night in the Old Quarter)


Wednesday- September 24th, 2014

"When will I get students who are at least good enough for their level?", I sighed. The thing is this block, I've been wondering how the heavens these young adults pass the previous level when they don't even know what "ant" is. Perhaps, they need "realia", I meant seriously! 

Panther's 275th song: Take a Little Ride by Jason Aldean

"Get up, grab your car keys and fool around the city, turn your stereo on as loud as you could, scream your heart out and feel good with your favourite song." Do take care of yourself, always our dear Panther. 

Photo of the Day: Joma Cafe
Joma is my convenient way of crossing the streets in Hoan Kiem (my comfort zone)


Thursday- September 25th, 2014

Thought Highlands Coffee had to upgrade their blender because my coffee freeze was kinda rough that all I could feel was ice. "I didn't come here to chew ice," I smiled. No more hard feelings about my order because it dawned on me that it was my choice to get there. Haizz...

AND oh, had fun at the party with my kids at school, and then ended up having Jesper with Duong and his friends on the 4th floor of Dorm A for some shots of Tao Meo. 

Panther's 276th song: Loving You is Fun by Easton Corbin

"You thought so???" Hehehe.. hugs n kisses! 

Photo of the Day: Just a Map 
no I said not Joma but its Map (Hmnnn...)


Friday- September 26th, 2014

"Stuck again at the campus, Susan?", asking myself while taking a "selfie" for Instagram. Hehe... until Giang called so we walked around the campus for a few minutes, and finally helped him mess up with his local sandwich for sale. It was not a bad idea learning how to peel a cucumber on the layman's way. Haha! 

Panther's 277th song: 5-1-5-0 by Dierks Bentley

"I know that am always in your thoughts and I couldn't thank you more for doing so. Missing you much...get well soon!"

Photo of the Day: From Landmark 72 (9F)
take it or leave it (what's the use of  the camera settings when i got my own  :) )

Saturday- September 27th, 2014

It's another weekend, I meant a typical Saturday when my brain cells are dead and numb. No way, I would survive the campus knowing that the place has consumed my patience already. "I'm outta here," I screamed from the floor where I quite comfortably sleep with those thick, weird, colourful winter blankets. LOL! Well, I'm not complaining about this but sometimes, I'd say that something must be wrong with my choice-not realizing that "human nature" would one day hit my itchy feet as hard as it could until I feel helpless. 

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Now I know why "coincidence" had become a word to say that the world is too small and it's too easy to run into an acquaintance. Yeah, it was Bjorn at make it short he shared his travels,and I learned a lot from him, too. Then we decided to get a nice Vietnamese dinner and Avalon was the last stop before I headed back to Holidays Gold. 

Panther's 278th song: You Gonna Fly by Keith Urban

"Isn't this song wonderful? Hope you'd be able to read some of my posts as I know that you've been so tied up at work." Hugssssssssssssss!!!

Photo of the Day: Avalon
sometimes u don't have to look at the screen nor care about the ISO or focus (clicked the shutter randomly)


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Mrs. Susan ^^

Friday- September 12th, 2014

Panther's 263rd song: Aint No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrill

"Believe me, there wouldn't be any mountain so high for you. See, you're on your way soaring up above towards your success! "

Photo of the Day: Mrs Panther Sounds Awesome (Shhhh)

photo credits: Jet (b/w edit by me) 

Saturday- September 13th, 2014

Finished the errands for mom early so I had much time for myself in the afternoon. But first, I had to make it a fat Saturday. Then checked in at my favourite hotel getting my shutter ready for the night. It was another awesome stroll at the night market as well as watching how the crowd held hands at the blurry pedestrian lanes on the streets of the Old Quarter. 

Panther's 264th song: Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley

"Alright, think about waking in the morning with your heart beating for the ones you love and care the most. Let's say Cleo and Misty or Teddy... or Susan!" Hahaha.. wuv u! 

Photo of the Day: I Wasn't Born A Model (LOL)

photo credits: Jet (poor color edits by me) HAHA


Sunday- September 14th, 2014

After a heavy breakfast at the Holidays Gold, got a cab to HIF fof the Sunday worship. I was really happy...I felt awesome deep inside. Couldn't thank the Lord more for having been to faithful to me, my friends and my family and of course Panther.

Panther's 265th song: You Gotta Be by Des Ree

"I promise to walk with you until this fire ends. That's how important you are to me and Teddy and the campers. Keep the faith and take care! Hugsss!"

Photo of the Day: Curiosity

taken the night before (curious kid)

Monday- September 15th, 2014

Kicking ass? Yes, oh yes!!! No, I never hate Mondays because of the fact that it's the day which gives me a chance to make things better. 

Panther's 266th  song: Lust for Life by Iggy Pop

"Hey, Panther, We miss you and wuv you lots and tots! Haha!"

Photo of the Day: Pet Lover

he was a faithful and loving dad to his two babies

Tuesday- September 16th, 2014

Panther's 267th song: Imagine by John Lennon

Photo of the Day: The Selfie Kings

a group selfie is a must in each travel hehe (Ha Noi Old Quarter)

Wednesday- September 17th, 2014

Typical day- get up late, go to my 1250n class, go back to my room, plank, eat, and wait for Panther and my friends in the chat room. HAHAHA!

Panther's 268th song: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Monty  Python

"One of the things I learned from you is to keep my chin up no matter what. You're more than being awesome, don't you know that?" Hugs! Teddy misses the campers, by the way.

Photo of the Day: Birthday Cake

Chung Le Dinh (my student-best friend) never forgets to bring me a cake on my birthdays (photo taken the other day)

Thursday- September 18th, 2014

Had the best pancake in town, gosh that feeling was beyond winning the lottery! Been looking for a "nice" pancake in Vietnam, and finally I found it. It might not be the best, yet I'd say, I'd be back. 

Panther's 269th song: My Guy by Mary Wells

"Who cares about what people say about us? They're just envious because we will always stick together. God bless us more and more!"

Photo of the Day: Ice Cream Puffs (oh divine)
love these heavenly puffs by Tokyo Dining Cafe (Landmark 72, Ha Noi)

Friday- September 19th, 2014

Hmnn... oops had to have my long hair trimmed at the university's cheap salon. Thank goodness, I was satisfied! 

Panther's 270th song: Reach Out, I'll Be There by The Four Tops

Photo of the Day: People Are Lonely Creatures
it's either u take a selfie or talk to your phone because whoever you are with, that person is "INVISIBLE" ... sad story 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Beyond the Crowd

September 6th, 2014- Saturday

Panther's 257th song: Sunshine and Whiskey by Frankie Ballard

After the monthly meeting quickly headed to Indochina Plaza for lunch and got a bus to Tuyen Quang with Kien for the "Tet Trung Thu". That was my second time on one of the most breath-taking mid-autumn festivals in Vietnam. It was fun and his family, as usual were very nice to us that we didn't feel like strangers in their cozy home. 

"Oops, you bet you're more than my sunshine and my whiskey!" Hugs! Hehehe...

Photo of the Day: By The Cathedral


Sunday- September 7th, 2014

Panther's 258th song: All Kinds of Kinds by Miranda Lambert

"I just simply love this song... and am sharing this with you!"

The family prepared a wonderful lunch  that I could hardly zip my denim shorts after a bowl of local dishes. 

In the afternoon, I decided to take the bus back to Ha Noi alone because I was scared of taking a motorbike. Thank goodness, I arrived the dorm safe as well as Kien and his friends. 

Photo of the day: In The Middle of the Crowd


Monday- September 8th, 2014

Panther's 259th song: Shotgun Rider by Tim Mcgraw

Hugs and Kisses go to our  Panther the real  shotgun rider! Haha.

Photo of the day: The Old Quarter Night Market


Tuesday- September 9th, 2014

Panther's 260th song:My Next Thirty Years by Tim McGraw

"The lines are enough to tell you that we still have a lot more to live, laugh, love, dream, travel, cuddle, watch the sunset fade its purple gleam and wait for the sunrise, take more photos, and sing our own songs together."

Photo of the Day: Kien's Family


Wednesday- September 10th, 2014

Panther's 261st song: Safe by Miranda Lambert

"Should I say am the happiest lady in town because I got Panther who always makes me feel a part of his today and the future. I also belong to his mini zoo with his two lovely kiddos who never forget to welcome him with bum kisses." Thanks luv!

Photo of the Day: Larva Float (in Tuyen Quang)
Tet Trung Thu festival Tuyen Quang September 6th, 2014


Thursday- September 11th 2014

Panther's 262nd song: Magic by Coldplay 

Photo of the Day: Tuyen Quang Crown

Friday, 5 September 2014

Here I Am to Bow Down

I always have this feeling of owning "September" maybe because I'm a Fall baby. LOL

Monday- September 1st, 2014

Photo of the Day: Band Aid
cute is cute

Panther's 252nd song: Power of Your Love by Various Worship Artists

Tuesday- September 2nd, 2014

Photo of the Day: Cheers
picked up Kahlua but forgot vodka and Irish cream :)) 

Panther's 253rd song: Strong Enough By Matthew West

Yes, this song has perhaps been given to you in the previous posts, but I want to tell you that God is always with you and that you're not only strong but a fighter and a conqueror.

Wednesday- September 3rd, 2014

Photo of the Day: Sober?

Panther's 254th song: I Give You My Heart by Hillsong

"My affirmation is for my loved ones healthier body and mind as well as longer life!"

Thursday- September 4th, 2014

Photo of the Day: Birthday
haha the celebration

Oh, spent my birthday sleeping in my dorm and the evening was a bit fun despite the missing Vodka and Irish Cream for the mix. Anyhow, my Filipino friends came and that was awesome! 

This has been the best birthday of my life... at 33 I feel like more blessings are on their way. I only have one last and stubborn wish: "God, Please keep Panther safe!" AND oh he made my day the most amazing day of my life... thank you my luv for the sweetest and most sincere words. Wuv u lots!

Panther's 255th song:  I Lift My Hands by Chris Tomlin

I'm sure I've already given you this song, but I wanna give this to you again as I declare your healing, safety, and success. Hugs and Kisses to the Campers and muffins to you! 

Friday- September 5th, 2014

Photo of the Day: the Bottle
random is fun

Panther's 256th song: You're My All in All by Various Worship Artists

"God bless you always, my luv!"

Monday, 1 September 2014

September 1st

I can't believe how time swifts like  an amnesia dominating an innocent soul without even sparing a bit of its silly memories. 

this one alone is more than a blessing

Nahhh, by this time last year, I was on a trip to Da Nang and spent most of my time in the ancient city, Hoi An for the photo tour. That was one of the best trips I've had at the central part of the country not because I made new friends, but because it made me complete as a dreamer, a woman, and a conqueror. 

Why am I saying all these? Guess what, it's my 33rd birthday in a few days and I thank God for another year of success, longer life, health, awesome family and friends and of course Panther. This year has been very good to me by the grace of the Lord that He has never left me empty-handed and I declare more blessings to come in the next few years. 

If I had a wish for my birthday, that would be longer and healthier life to all my loved ones- mom,dad, my siblings and their families, special friends and Panther. May we  finish and win our own battles with our feet on the ground.  This is also an affirmation on this very day of the Lord as the new month comes in with joy, content, trust, forgiveness and healing as this is the day that the Lord has come, we will rejoice and celebrate. And that He spare us from fear, evil, and temptation. 

Life wouldn't always give us smooth trails, but am sure each brave step forward means a brighter future. Hang in there and keep the "faith" that everything will fall into its perfect place and time, in His Name. Amen. 

August 30th, Saturday

Panther's 250th song: Blessings by Laura Story

"The song itself is my prayer for you! I know it's been tough but you're always in my mind, wishes and prayers."

Photo of the Day: Warmth of Dusk
whether its orange or purple...


Sunday- August 31st, 2014

Panther's 251st song: Forgiveness by Matthew West

Photo of the Day: Been a Year...
taken this time last year