How did I become an overnight alcoholic?

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I salvaged leftover Beer Lao from my project mate after our Southeast asian history presentation!

Our project theme is on foreign influences on Southeast Asian food. We conveniently excluded Thailand from our presentation on the basis that it wasn’t colonised. Both of us did the area on Indochina because the artificial entity is too big and diverse. And as discussed as a group we have to bring some local food together with foreigner-introduced cuisines, so I bought banh mi and rice vermicelli from Wrap and Roll which was conveniently located at Kent Ridge Mrt while she got the beer and unopened coffee lol.

Back to the main story. Technically we weren’t supposed to consume alcohol on school premises, but since this was done behind closed doors and no one drank a whole can/bottle (One of our group mate brought Myanmar beer)… so no one gets hurt yeah? And I only drank the rest (3/4 of the bottle) once I got home so I wasn’t drinking on campus. I mean come on… this photo was taken at home before consumption. Why would I bring back an empty bottle just to take a photo of it?

Anyway I found the aftertaste of Lao Beer quite bitter, as compared to Myanmar beer which was sweeter.

WAIT WHY AM I TALKING ABOUT BEER AND COMPARING BEER TASTES?

Oh no. From some one who hated drinking… I have became an alcoholic, quite overnight too! How on earth did it start? I did pick up a San Miguel during the orientation party (around 1st week of the project) at Pinoyland, but I don’t recall drinking more than that. Then during the 3rd week (If my memory didn’t fail me) I was drinking Red Horse at Palawan. And when we came back it escalated to more Red Horse, Asahi, Sapporo and Tequila shots. And when we came back to Singapore…hahaha more beers and cocktails.

Observing our module mates’ reactions to Laos Beer was quite intriguing, from the perspective of an alcoholic. We served the beers using the sample size cups for foods like yoghurt/icecream. Some came back for more and jokingly volunteered to finish the bottle. Some drank a sip and got turned off maybe because they don’t drink, and asked others to help them finish. Some said they don’t drink so they totally abstained from trying the beer. Some just tried for the taste.

At the end of the day I think I am the most alcoholic of them all because I bottled the remaining beer home and consumed it with the banh mi (after heating the baguette up of course). Don’t waste food you know. Okay I could have given it to someone else to finish but the inner alcoholic in me said no.

My my my. Oh dear.

My AIESEC Journey (Week 1.5)

Wow it has been a shit-ton of ages since I last updated.

There is currently a typhoon (typhoon Melor) in Philippines but fortunately it didn’t affect the area where we are staying. For the whole of yesterday and today morning it was raining almost the entire day with some breaks in between. Initially there was a road trip scheduled for us but it got cancelled as the typhoon warning signal has been raised.

And so it’s a free day today arugh.

But from the bottom of my heart I feel as though I haven’t been doing anything constructive for the past 1.5 weeks. Well maybe it’s because I am a workaholic who can’t stop working. But up whatever it is, we really haven’t been doing much for the community engagement.

Anyway here’s an update of my extended vacation, and some details potential EPs would like to take note of, should they decide to take up any project in Philippines. It is not fully comprehensive since I am only typing this off my mind, and giving a day-by-day account would be too long (since I have been procrastinating in blogging only until now). Will add in more input in time to come.

Airport pick-up

There was no AISECer airport pick-up for some of the EPs and I happened to be one of lucky ones. So they arranged for an Uber to take me to the accommodation after I bought a sim card and contacted one of the local AISECers about my arrival. Sim cards can bought at the airport terminal and also street side vendors, but I would say airports are a safer option. Fortunately the Uber came rather fast (after clearing immigration stuff it was about 5 plus) but the traffic was horrendous.

Reached Project 7 (our lodging area) at 7 plus. Wanted to ask for a receipt from the cabbie for the reimbursement but was told that it was electronic and will be sent to the AISECer in charge instead. The sun sets really fast in Philippines too, at about 6pm.

Accommodation and Near-by amenities 

The lodging is a 2 floor house, with 6 bedrooms in total and 2 toilets wtf. 19 of us people are staying in the house and one of the sinks went bust and the toilet became flooded with dirty water. Just imagine the queue for the bathroom everyday.

Other facilities include an old school washing machine (luckily, because I thought we would have to handwash our clothes), rice cooker, induction cooker and tiny (by my standards) fridge. The lighting in the house is quite dim and there are freaking mozzies. The wifi is surprisingly fast though.

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The location is quite convenient (by Filipino standards) as it is about 10 minutes walk away to Walter Mart- a giant supermarket, and the MTR station, and 15 minutes to SM North Edsa. For an even bigger mall, there is also Trinoma which takes about 20-30 minutes by foot.  Along the way there are also sari-sari stores (ie convenience stores). Other than that there is also water delivery service, at 90 pesos for 3 large gallons, just a phone call away.

 

Walking along the road can be a nightmare simply because of the noise and air pollution but it is the only way to get there. We are broke students anyway.

Food and such

Meals are relatively expensive since the shopping malls are located in prime districts. A regular meal (as a gauge) costs about 190 pesos at the foodcourt. And they are either very fried, very salty or very sweet. There is also Jollibee everywhere, which is the staple fast food for Filipinos. But seriously, there is no way people can survive on meals prepared outside for 6 weeks. Not only it burdens on the pocket, but also on health.

It will be a big bonus if you can cook, because you can just buy groceries from the hypermart and they can last you for a few days. Initially we set up a house fund to buy breakfast supplies like cereal, milk and bananas, but currently now we have split up into smaller groups to share the grocery cost for dinner and lunch because everyone has different dietary preferences.

And being someone who doesn’t even cook at all, I had to learn the life skill lol. Yesterday 3 of us tried cooking fried rice, but it turned into fried porridge instead because we poured in 1 cup of water at the last minute as the rice was sticking together.

This morning was a free day and so I made a salad for breakfast. For lunch I cooked the remaining chicken and veggies. Was quite happy with how the chicken turned out. *pats myself on the back*

Tried balut as well! Sadly mine was too hard-boiled. There will be a street vendor shouting Balut and you reply with the same response.

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Transportation 

We mostly commuted by jeepney because uber/grab car and taxis are money sucking. Jeepneys have start/stop locations printed on the car bodies. Rides range from 7.5 to 12 pesos depending on distance. You board them at jeepney stops or terminals. Sometimes street artisans will hop onto the jeep and start performing (and obviously asking for money). Quite amusing actually.

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There are also motobikes with cabins attached as a mode of transport. Usually it takes only 3-4 people, but there was once the driver allowed the 6 of us onto 1 vehicle while we were travelling to Uni of Philippines. It was maddness. He was going full speed on the road and I was one of those sitting at the driver seat. Fares are slightly cheaper than the jeepneys.

Other than that there is also the MTR. A single trip ticket using 6 stops as a gauge cost 30 pesos. The rush hour is way worse than Singapore’s. When you try to get out, you get pushed in by the crowd instead!

For buses, they have locations postered on the bus windows. They come with TV screens showing movies and shows like just for laughs gags (Filipino version) to kill time while being stuck in a jam. A bus conductor comes to collect the fares and hands you paper tickets as receipts. Kinda old school haha.

The Project

So far we haven’t been doing much related to our project. The first week was mostly familiarizing ourselves with the location, transportation, prices etc. And nope, there is no AIESECer to bring us around. We figured out the directions and everything else as a house.

For one day there was a 30 minute crash course related to the theory of urban farming by one of the Ateno students who is a horiculture(?) major. After which, everyone went drinking with him and his friends. WTF. Anyway, some of the EPs can really drink.

A day after that we went to an organic farm for yet another crash course, called “Joy of Urban Farming”. Learnt the ingredients for organic fertilizers, different ways of farming, healthy drink recipes etc. What I found insightful was how one of the staff related farming to the narrative of human creation (like how humans were created from soil and dust) and nature.

Then yesterday was a visit to the wet market. I can’t figure out the exact locations because we kept changing jeepneys here and there, but the trip gave me a closer glimpse of the local communities and the kind of food that is available. Tasted their street food like rice cakes as well. The locals really love sweet mates.

Other AIESEC Activities

So far there was a causal welcome party at one of the AIESECer’s house on the first friday. He is filthy rich. It was mostly eating, talking, playing some icebreaker games and taking care of those who got drunk.

Then there was AIESEC Global Village where we displayed items of our own nationalities. It felt like a welcome party part 2, or a family affair basically. Some projects got to work half day but for REAP we got a full day off. The event starts at 6pm and we were already there in the morning. So after setting up the booth and all… it was all free and easy basically. Fortunately it was held at UP town centre so there were some shops to check out.

Places Visited so Far 

For once I got kinda sick of shopping malls in Manila because they carry mostly international brands like Penshoppe.

A few of us ventured into Manila’s Chinatown on one weekend. It isn’t as touristy as Singapore’s one, so it was kinda nice to see something still authentic as it is (apart from Lucky Chinatown which is a shopping mall). The buildings are freaking rustic and there are plenty of goldsmith shops around. And there’s a grandiose catholic church open to public as well.

Then visited La Mesa Nature Park on Sunday. Again it was a refreshing break from all the shitty traffic on the road and breathe in some fresh air from the plants. There is a 60 php admission charge to enter the park, and even more charges for respective activities like bungee jumping and paintball.

Visited the butterfly garden which is another 60 php. Well the visit didn’t justify the fee though. According to the sign we can see caterpillars “voraciously feasting on the leaves” but mostly they look immobile, probably due to too much feasting. The number of breeds of butterflies were very limited as well. Some drowned in the water lol and they even flew out when we opened the enclosure gate to enter and exit.

Shopping

 

WTF I don’t think I shall talk about this when everyone is trying to scrimp and save. Will save it for a later topic.

Ok that’s about it. I took 1 entire free day to script this with all the distractions in between. Ciao.

Life goes on

2013- 8 of us celebrated at Manhattan Fish Market.  Nearing the end of the dinner a slice of chocolate cake with a lighted candle was brought out for the both September babies. 

2014- 7 of us celebrated at Food for Thought at National Museum. Conincidentally it was also where we did our first assignment for the summer semester. Went to Ji De Chi for Hong Kong style dessert after that.

2015- It’s the 2 of us this year. Everyone has gone on writing their own stories. We watched the match between Arsenal against Chelsea at Harry’s. It’s my first time watching a live telecast of Barclays Premier League and I don’t pledge allegiance to any football club. Apparently most of the customers there happened to be Arsenal fans. It was quite an “imagined community” experience.

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Happy 22nd to myself (6 days late).

Life still goes on.

P.S People like Diego Costa should vanish from the soccer field.

The South China Sea Holiday- Hong Kong and Back Home, Day 6

What the fudge I was supposed to schedule this post but it didn’t get published somehow.

Ahh the South China Sea journey is coming to and end!

Onto Day 6… Stared the day late, had dim sum brunch at Tao Heung 稻香. I liked the porridge in particular- smooth and very flavourful. Packed away the char siew and polo bun for our late lunch to eat at the airport. The char siew bun cheated my feelings because 1/3 of it is filled and the remaining is empty.

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We went to the branch at Nathan Road, within walking distance from our hotel.

While waiting for our food I went to the 7-11 just downstairs to buy snacks. This particular outlet happened to be big so lucky me!
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When overseas, of course you grab all the things you don’t see in your own country! Here’s my 7-11 snack haul!
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Got them at a slightly cheaper price. 2 Bourbon snacks cost HKD13.25, while 1 pack usually cost $2 in Singapore. And because HK is also home of Disneyland, there is disney Tsum bourbon.

Bought chewing gum back home as well. The sweet with ice-cream on it contains rum. I forgot the price but it was a steal.

Went back to the hotel to pack up and set off to the airport. Technically there should be a shuttle bus service to the airport, but the staff told us to take a taxi there lol. They kindly helped us flag a cab outside the hotel cos we have a lot of barang.

Total journey from Tai Kok Tsui to HK International Airport is about 30min, fare is 20 SGD.

Last minute shopping at the HK Airport’s Disney Store. The shop was damn crowded.

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Since disney items are more expensive, you gonna exercise your discretion to see which ones are more value for money. I paid HKD 88 for 16 pcs of chocolates, HKD75 for 18pcs of sesame biscuits and HKD95 for strawberry&chocolate biscuits. Some of the boxes are pretty but the quantity of snacks is really little.

The 2 paper clips were some sort of lucky dip. The staff handed me this ipad and asked me to spin the wheel lol.

And I gave a lot of my haul away okay. Dont start making comments like “Kids in Africa could have eaten the earrings”.
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Watched Solomon’s Perjury on the plane. Best movie ever. Was halfway into part 2 when the plane landed (Technically I could finish it but I slept a bit), and now I can’t find the movie anywhere online.

Okay onto the rest of my Day 1 shopping loot:

Haul from Sasa. Sasa is everywhere in HK, and prices are generally cheaper for most items. The Rosette facial cleanser cost HKD48, while I paid SGD23 on qoo10 and waited 2 weeks for it to be shipped from HK -_-

Trying Majolica Majora’s make up bases at the moment and realised that prices are retailing about the same as Watsons in Singapore.
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Didn’t know that students will receive discounts if they shop at Sasa. The cashier was asking me if I am a student, but I told her I am a tourist. Then she said that the discount also applies to foreign students as long as I present my student pass. But too bad I didn’t bring! Who brings their student pass overseas?

Haul from Argyle Centre, Mongkok. It’s the Bugis Street of Hongkong, if I have to make that comparison. Shops popping up here and there selling kpop inspired trends with narrow walkways, and there is this disorganised-environment-but-i-am-still-enjoying-my-shopping kind of feel.

Didn’t buy clothes cos I still have a lot of hand-me-downs so I settled for bling instead. The dangling earrings cost SGD3 (I forgot the shop name) while the studs are buy 2 get 1 free at HKD20 from Natural Island. Necklances also from Natural Island but they weren’t cheap in SGD.
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Also got this huge ass bag with musical notes printed upside down. I brought it to school to fit my entire semester’s worth of notes. It can also be folded from the sides to make it look smaller so that people wont feel annoyed with your huge ass bag blocking their way in the crowded MRT.

1 bag, 2 looks, HKD50 (about 10SGD)
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Last but not least… a review of our hotel. We stayed at Silka West Kowloon Hotel, which is nestled among old looking buildings. It is within walking distance to Mongkok if you walk along Nathan Road instead of confusing yourself by turning about in the small streets.
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The rooms are tiny! The distance from the bed to the washroom is only about 6 feet. The doorway is about the size of 1 and a half opened luggages. But it’s okay, we are in Hong Kong.
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The room also comes equipped with a handset which you can use to serve the net. Plain water is chargeable so be sure not to take. Their buffet breakfast cost about HKD60+ and selection is limited, but the main point of eating breakfast as a tourist in HK is to try their local food.

For some reason the toilet sink is super low, about a child’s height.

Overall I would say that the location and staff service is good. Personally I don’t mind the size of the room because I would be too tired to move about after a day of travelling.

I hate to say this, but that concludes the trip folks. Till next time!

The South China Sea Holiday- Hong Kong, Day 5

Making use of the last day of the long SG50 holiday to write this post! Still have work and school stuff to settle but my procrastination mode is turned on.

Went for yoga class again in the morning. After which heard from the family that the Chinese breakfast selection at Genting Palace was very limited. Moral of story: I would recommended Western food and International buffet for meals, but no harm trying Chinese food just for once.

Ate Western for lunch at Genting Palace. The main course fish took ages to come as the chef prepares the fish in batches, so the waiter kindly offered us another appetizer from the menu before the fish are served again.

The dessert is pretty! I couldn’t scoop up the chocolate that was plastered on the plate. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be eaten.

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After that went to look at the sea and the islands, indicating that we are reaching shore soon.

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Mum makes random appearance.

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The tugboat which pulls the cruise ship to the dock.

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Went to collect our passports at the theatre at 3.30pm. There are different disembarkation areas and timings for the various nationalities. For “other nationalities” it means everyone else on board excluding PRC, Indians and Hong Kongers. The process was very messy as the staff were short handed in locating the passports and there was a long queue jamming up the exit.

Bye Superstar Virgo! Till we meet again!

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From Harbour City we cabbed back to our hotel. Flagging a cab was quick for us as we happened to be in a dense pedestrian and traffic area. We just have to move and act quickly or else we would be obstructing the traffic flow. Our luggage couldn’t fit into the boot so the cabby did this. I was so afraid of our barang flying out if the hook becomes loose!

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HK cabs actually accommodate up to 5 passengers. You just have to look out for the sign.

Our relatives were waiting for us at the hotel lobby when we reached!
Took MTR to Sheung Wan and ate at  this restaurant called Quan Zhang Ju 泉章居 (Chuen Cheung Kui). It specializes in Hakka dishes and is famous for its Salt Baked Chicken 盐焗鸡 and Chicken with Onions 霸王鸡. Their wintermelon soup is good and savory in my opinion. It is served from the melon itself which was quite creative. The Salt Baked Chicken is too salty for my liking… or is it supposed to be that salty?

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Anyway their business is really good. All tables were filled so I guess they should be well known.

While googling for the restaurant I found out that they have different branches. This is the address of the one we went to: Shop C & 1/F, Alliance Building, 133 Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan.

After which we head to The Peak for sightseeing. Took MTR to Central and cabbed up to The Peak Tower, which was located on the summit. Initially we wanted to take the tram but the queue was sibeh long even though it was already nightfall and it was a weekday!

On the way up I was trying damn hard not to puke cos the route was full of bends and the cabby was driving as though he was in a F1 race. Total fare from the bottom to the top was about HKD60. I would strongly recommend to take the tram if your itinerary isn’t of a rush.

Took the escalator to Sky Terrace 428. It gets its name because it is located 428m above sea level.  Admission is HKD48 for adults.

Presenting the HK skyline

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The Peak is also a residential area for the rich, since they would need a car to go downhill everytime. At least they won’t have to worry about air conditioner bills and such because the air is naturally cool!

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Our next stop is Causeway Bay. Side question: Why is every country in the world now building ferris wheels?

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Spotted a Mr Softee Ice Cream van!

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There is only vanilla flavour and 1 cone costs HKD9. The ice cream lives up to its brand name cos it is soft, and melts pretty fast cos of the hot weather.

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Took the Star Ferry (again!) across the river. Payment is made using Octopus card.

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Approaching our stop at Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry pier. This is the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock tower. It looks small from the photo but it towers at 44m and is built in 1915, a remnant of Hong Kong’s steam age. IMG_2251

Then went to walk along Avenue of Stars. Somehow I couldn’t get the wow factor from this attraction. When I was in HK in 2008 I remembered there were tons of celebrity names and handprints cemented on the floor and had to stop every few steps to snap photos! Now the floor isn’t worth to look at cos the handprints and names disappeared.

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Forgot what time we reached the hotel. Was so tired from all the walking that I just crashed on bed.

Day 6 coming up soon, combined with my HK loot and a review of our hotel!

The South China Sea Holiday – Halong Bay, Day 4

Hello world. Blogging this during National Day. Had a super long public holiday over the weekend but didn’t feel like going anywhere but to laze at home. Okay I did go out but not the whole day. Spent my entire Saturday afternoon in the school library printing a semester’s worth of notes. The last thing I ever want to do is to fight tooth and nail with the rest of the students over the printers when school reopens.

Ok onto Day 4 of the South China Sea Holiday!

We booked our shore excursion to Halong Bay at the last minute on Day 3 because most of the tour packages didn’t offer meals due to the short stopover time. The cruise is supposed to land at 7am and depart at 1.30pm. In the end we settled for a ferry around Halong Bay and land tour with lunch priced at 480 HKD. Other excursions include Thien Cung Grotto, Quang Ninh Museum (More of looking at the architecture) and another cultural show. Would love to visit Quang Ninh Museum in the future to see how they curate history.

Anyway we set off at around 7.45 in the morning with the sun already beating strongly. All visitors have to present the Vietnam Immigration Officers a passenger landing card which is issued to you when you embark the ship. Boarded the ferry to tour the rocks.

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Welcome to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam!

Halong Bay (Bay of the Dragon descendants) is a UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the “New Natural Wonders of the World”. Initially the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun producers wanted to shoot at this location, but the Vietnam authorities refused due to lingering anti-US sentiments and Hollywood movies don’t put Vietnam in good light. At that time of production it was the early 1970s so the Vietnam war has yet to end.  In the end they shot it at Phang Nga Province in Thailand.

Usually only about 10-12 people are allowed on the upper deck but all of us ended up there to take photos.

A lone rock, the sea, mum and I.

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A Vietnamese Hawker Boat. The hawker will pop his head into any ferry passing by and attempt to sell his wares to tourists, mostly fruits. Actually hawkers are banned in this area cos the authorities wanted to make Halong Bay more tourist friendly (and they didn’t want hawkers to harasses tourists) but I would say that it is intriguing to look at how the local folk coexist with tourist-friendly environments.

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The Halong Bay Rocks. Legend has it that the Jade Emperor sent Mother Dragon and family to help Vietnam fend off invaders. The dragons sank the enemy ships by throwing jade to form a defense wall, which then became islands of different shapes after thousands of years. The Mother Dragon and her family stayed behind to help the locals develop the country, so the locals named the area after the dragons. It’s kinda like using legends to claim to legitimacy as descendants of the dragon, similar to how mainland Chinese always call themselves 龙的传人. Not forgetting that Vietnam was part of China since the Han dynasty and both shared a conflicting relationship cos China invaded Vietnam every now and then during the Imperial period. Okay I have gone too far.

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Vietnam is also home to the world’s largest cave that cost USD 3K for a week’s tour. Only 10 tourists are allowed and 25-30 locals have to accompany them. Apparently it is booked till 2017.

Saw Vietnam Ocean Park which is still under construction from the distance. It is quite symbolic since it represents how Vietnam is in the process of opening up to tourists and developing its economy/infrastructure and such. And passed by Bãi Cháy suspension bridge in Vietnam. It’s dark history is that it is also a well-known place for suicides.

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The floating village while we are approaching the shore. People still live there making an honest living (maybe illegal from government perspective lol) fishing and selling their wares to tourists.

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And here is one of the Vietnamese Sailing Junk, without the sails put up. The government actually decreed that all junks have to paint their hulls white as they want to portray a clean image of Halong bay. And just like the Singapore government they also launched clean up programmes of the bay.

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Another side of the shore shows Vincom Centre, with its striking, very clean European architecture. It is a shopping mall and is home to international fashion and culinary brands. Talk about Vietnam entering modernity (as defined by the world) lol. The dingy hawker boats in the foreground offer the very stark contrast.

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Went to the local market for souvenir shopping once the ferry touched the port. The cruise doesn’t exchange for Dong, but fortunately USD, HKD, RMB and Dong are accepted in Vietnam. Just be prepared to headache over the exchange rate conversion. Most of the stuff are typical souvenirs like the Vietnam doll figurine which you get from everyone who visits Vietnam, tons of other knick-knacks and made-in-China looking products.

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The hawkers are really pushy salespeople since the bulk of their customer base are tourists who “will definitely spend money to buy something related to Vietnam back home”. Get ready to bargain and be discerning.

Got an Uncle Ho T-shirt because I have a thing for cult-of-personality souvenirs. I forgot how much I paid for it though.

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Our tour guide’s parents own a shop that distributes premium cashew nuts, which is one of Vietnam’s popular local products. They are come with a shell, and are bigger and crisper than those salty cashew nuts we eat during Chinese New Year. We paid about RMB 32 for a box. Here’s the empty box to show that we finished all the cashews.

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On our way to the hotel for lunch and passing by the streets of Vietnam. They look deserted and the buildings are sparse. It costs a lot to own a car in Vietnam so that’s probably one of the reasons why, and maybe the area we are at has many hotels.

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After that we waited at the lobby for 20mins cos the bus had to ferry other passengers to the “Tender store”, according to the tour guide. At first I couldn’t figure out the word and my parents thought it was “Thunderstorm”, so it was weird cos one part of Halong Bay is experiencing a storm while it was damn hot outside the hotel! Got back to the cruise and then realized he meant “Tender Stop”, which is the Old Ferry Station where Tender Boats are docked -_-lll

En route to the Tender Stop- the more rural, messy part of the Halong Bay area. We took the ferry back to the cruise cos the waters are too shallow for the cruise to dock directly there, and omg the weather was terrible.

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I was too tired to go anywhere else on the cruise so I napped for a few hours while the rest of the family went for tea break and settled bills (with the worst travelling partner making a lot of noise but I missed out the drama). Had dinner at the Mediterranean buffet area.

Then went to look at the seaview at Deck 12 and 13. We took the illegal route to Deck 13 by using the outdoor staircases, because we couldn’t be bothered to figure out how to access the deck through the lift.

The trail left behind by the ship and the sunset.

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The wind was goddamn strong as well! Was so worried that my phone will get blown away.

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Last activity of the day. Watched a dance cum magic illusion performance. The dancers were great while the illusionist was meh.The tricks were predictable. Didn’t take any photos though.

Day 5 coming soon- back to Hong Kong!

Happy Birthday Singapore!

Whenever I go overseas and people ask me where I am from, I would proudly say “I am from Singapore”.

I know there are times where I feel disgruntled living here- like the stressful exam system and the competition.

But from the bottom of my heart I feel blessed to grow up in a safe nation which has braved through many odds to achieve what it is today.

Happy 50th Birthday Singapore, and here’s to more 50 years to come!

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P.S Let me complain a little here: Seriously this SG50 rhetoric has been grossly misused since people now turn it into a profit-making opportunity. Omg just stop those SG50 shopping promotions already!