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Thursday, January 31, 2013

HANOI - Ancient Village Day Trip

My first day trip in Hanoi is a visit to Duong Lam Ancient Village.
I hate day trip by the way.
I prefer walk on my own freely explore the place.
No choice, Hanoi don't have the infrastructure like Seoul or Beijing.
 
 
Rise and shine......at my french style buffet breakfast place


 
anxiously waiting for my tour leader to come pick me up at 8am.
It was a small group.
Me and another senior citizen couple from Taiwan.
They are so loving couple by the way.

 
on the way ...this is my first sight of Hanoi City...OMO!!!! so dirty ar???
Aiyo!!! I have too high expectation for a developing country like Vietnam.

 
people busy eating breakfast.
our place have 'mamak style' coffee shop...here???
Just sit on that lowered kindergarden style stool and they can just enjoy their breakfast there...
mmmmm.... how am I going to adapt to this culture????
worryyyyyyy!!!!

 
everywhere about motor motor motor....so headache seeing them all over the street.
All my photos seem like blur...
OH! thats not because my photo skill so 'bloody' suck!
No!!!1
My tour guide said it is fog....but to me it smells haze...
Very bad haze...due to open burning...

 
our first stop is a place where all those carving small scales industry..
 
 
boy as young as 6 years old sent by their parent here to learn this skill.
They only graduate when age reach 18 years old.
If you see all the woods here is yellowish in color.
No...not the paint but the natural color from jackfruit tree woods.
Yup! they use jackfruit tree wood.

 
 
gosh!!! never imagine me visiting this place.
me...temporarily amnesia and book this tour...anyway good experience though!


 
see see... who have more forehead lines????

 
God of mercy

 
Do you know why they did small hole in every statue???
They need to add in small amount of gold inside to bring life to the statue.
Whoa!!!!
Learn something new today,huh?
 
 
What is this???
hehehehehe.... this one also don't know ar???
Turtle!!!!
Turtle is a symbol of longevity!
How come yello turtle suddenly become black???
Not because that fella angry or upset...but this is the effect if you polish the jackfruit tree woods.

 
Everyone!!! introduce to you......jeng jeng jeng...
Hanoi Chicks!!!!
I mean Hanoi Chicken...kekekekeke

 
what is this???
This call..... 'baby jackfruit'.
first time hear and see this???
me too!!!

 
I saw one Hanoi Ajumma...carrying this in plastic bag...I thought got giant strawberry here...but then when I pointed this at my tour guide...she then google this using her samsung note 2..... repeat again samsung note 2 and found out this is baby jackfruit.
She is only 22 years old.
Me?
Dare not take out my phone at all....shy liao!!!1
So cham!!!!
Nokia X5 which people always thought mini blackberry of mine and which I always reply back no no not blackberry but tuttiberry.
OMO!

 
ish ish ish.... if my mum saw this my mum will ask me to go back my home town and explore there...cheaper!!!
no need to take flight all the way....

 
Introducing to you .... the first Hanoi dog!!!!
Whoa!! this fella famous huh????

 
local sundry shop

 
local kindergarden kids...
meal time!!!
That Taiwanese couple ...love kids so much...waving and waving to these kids from outside the gate.
Kiddies??? whatelse.... jumping up and down like 'kiddo hanoi style'!
Me???
Ah! whatever!!!
NEXT!!!!

 
Finally reached this Duong Lam village.
At the gate people already talked to me in Vietnamese language...damn!!! here too????
One thing about this village...two of vietnam's kings were born here.
Famous heh?

 
So ...hanoi look meh???



 
This village has been well - know for its te brick house, built three to four centuries ago.
Laterite is red clay formed from weathered basalt found in norther vietnam.
This place is also important place for scientists to study resident communities and ancient agriculture.
I was told there buddist and Christian Katholic live in this ancient village.

 
Bold phoenix is a symbol of intelligent and beauty
That pitiful turtle step by that phoenix is symbol of longevity.

 
visited Mong Phu communal house.
Jars of soy bean paste....hehehe not kimchi !!!

 
they selling rice wines, and bean paste too...

 
this is the ancient house.
Guess why that step is so high???
Because when gues walk in.... they have no choice to step in and bend down..this show respect to the houseowner...
Me ...trying to be bold...walk in with my head up...muahahaha almost knock down my head with that lowered roof...served me right huh???

 
dried corns

 
old way to get your rice processed

 
this house is from that ancient bricks I told you about earlier...

 
the communal I visited...serve me this tea.
Argggghhhh!!!!ngor be tahan arrrrr!!!
they really put in fresh tea leaves....lots of it in hot water then add in fresh jasmine flower...serious...can't stand the thick grass smells...


the photo of 3 generations of the communal visited.

 
I bought bag of this rice cakes from one of the local here.
love it.... it has ginger and peanut in it...so yummy!!!!

 
more local snacks...but lazy to buy!
 
This day trip not finish yet...I will continue in next post!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

HANOI - 1st Night Foodies

I decided to go on short trip 24th - 28th Jan 2013.
Yeay! for some people will think I just go on holiday and no working....
It look like that coz I just finish my post on Seoul trip which end on late Nov 2012.
After this no more trip for me.
I mean not so soon....
I will be saving up for my bunion feet treatment in HK.
 
At first, I wanted to visit Angkor Wat but the flight is so limited and not suitable for me.
Then I thought of going to Saigon.
But then read somewhere said Saigon is hot weather.
So I shifted my plan to Hanoi which is up North of Vietnam.
It was totally ad hoc plan.
Anyway, boarded the plane and off me go to Hanoi on 24th Jan 2013.

 
as usual happy face going for holiday :)


 
my hotel room... love the fresh flowers.
They even have fresh lilies near their small french deco lobby.

 
papaya salad
 
my first night dinner...again 'greedy woman' can't help her greediness...and ordered whatever she think good to eat.

 
seafood fried rice

 
fish..eat with viet rice paper and lots of veggies topping



there you go the spring roll...this one is from the demo. The waitress show me how to roll and eat their spring roll.

 
dip the spring roll with this sauce and eat it... mmmm fresh taste

 
this is what happen when I roll my own spring roll....all over the place....

 
i tried their local dessert too...
steamed hot glutinous rice with cold ice cream.... a lil bit like 'Katie Perry' hot n cold....
 
next I will write on my day trip in Hanoi.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SEOUL : MAROO CAFE

Dear Diary,

Early this week, I am so blur!
I drove to work Monday morning...when I was at Fraser roundabout suddenly I heard 'BANG!!!' then my car was shaking...then I realise some 'ARSEHOLE' just bang my car!!!
The blur me... can't even notice who bang my butt!!!
I end up driving all the way to work while my mind keep thinking... please please please don't make the damage that bad.
If not ... I have to start thinking to buy another car...isk isk isk... this mean trouble to my bank accounts.
For the person who just bang me and 'cabut lari'...GOD BLESS' you SEVERELY and I totally know and put my 100% faith to my GOD. GOD always fair to me lately.

For this bang... I treat this as my debts payment for my past wrong doings!!!!
Stay positive!!!1
Reached office....duk dak duk dak... try my best to stay calm to have a peep to my car 'ARSE'.... black mark and deep cut here and there and the dent too.
Can't help it...start cursing... WTF!!!
Then quickly repent again... and I told God.... not to punish me by getting others to bang my car or me for this.

I need to move forward and stop thinking about this 'eye sore' scene... so I am telling myself , I will try to bring my baby to see doctor only after CNY.
If go now...people will slaughter me wor!!!!

Dear Diary,

God give me bless.... Thank you!!!

I am flying to Hanoi today..... and will be back to Malaysia on 28th January 2013.
I will be visiting Halong Bay and there and there....hehehehe...

I am off for vacation........

Today, is my conclusion for my Seoul trip post.... so long hor!!!!
What to do so 'malas'!!!

Just to share ... if you go to Seoul don't forget to visit Cafe Maroo... I in love with this Cafe bacause the ambience and also the yummy 'Latte' they sell there....

I frequented this place because of their latte.

Here goes my ' GEDIKSSSSS SELCA' at Cafe Maroo, Seoul...

Seriously I am enjoying my last year of 30 something years old moment now.... because starting next year I am going to be in the group of 40 something..Ajumma!!!!
WTH!!!
I am this old???








gosh! that dark circle???


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