Chero Chero!


No One Reads My Blog Anymore!

Hehe it’s true…I checked the traffic and it’s akin to Brisbane at 2am on a Wednesday night. Ahem.

Anyway…I am still alive! And the reason I haven’t blogged in ages is because I don’t have internet (am currently using Koo’s internet key hehe. Thanks Koo <3). Internet connection in UQ is awesome (we each have a download quota of 400mb per month) but I’m not the type of student who loves carrying my laptop everywhere I go and it’s just weird uploading photos and stuff using the comps in the various libraries hehe.

I desperately need our own broadband internet here, the landlord’s apparently in Japan so last week his employee came over and said that they will set up landline and internet..but no news yet so far. le sigh.

I am really having an awesome time here and I have so many pictures that I wanna post here but I guess Facebook serves the same purpose lol (Shen and Koo are very semangat in posting and tagging photos on Facebook hehe). The first 2 weeks that we were here we just basically went exploring around Brisbane. We went to Brisbane city which I absolutely adore by the way, Indooroopilly, Toowong, DFO etcetc and we took the City Cat so many times. There was even a time when Koo convinced Shen, Ong, Tkc, Danny, Kai Xiang, Gabriel and I to follow her to take the City Cat from the last stop (UQ…yes my uni has a ferry terminal!!! hehe) to the other end (Apollo Road) and the whole journey took 2 hours and 20 minutes to and fro lol.

We have since started classes this week which is interesting and all (ahem have to remind myself that my main purpose here is to study and not anything else ehe) but I really missed that laziness and spontaneity and fun and randomness of the first 2 weeks. Now everyone in the gang has different timetables and take different courses so it’s difficult to just meet up and hang out like we used to. Sigh. How I miss the time when we could just all meet at Our Tree at the Great Court and laze around, lie on the grass and talk crap. Le sigh.

The Veterinary Science program is so packed (but for this sem I get every Friday but one off! Yays to 3-day-weekends!) and I am oh-so-intimidated by my fellow coursemates, most who already have their first degrees or have done a year in Science or Vet Tech. In contrast, I am considered as ‘straight from school’..Ausmat or Year 12 is what Aussies do in the last year of high school. But the seniors (Guy! haha I have an immense admiration for this third year who I barely knows of my existance lol) constantly reminded us that ‘This is after all a medical degree, it would not be easy’. Oh well, it is what I have wanted to do for such a long time so Imma work my ass off to get this degree. We are dissecting a dog in May and it kinda freaks me out cos I love dogs so much =( Also, there is a place called the Pot Room which houses loads of animal specimens in jars of formaldehyde. Everything there is really cool..but also very disturbing at the same time. There is even a tiger’s paw! ehe

Oh I am over my fascination with Aussie guys lol. I met some QUT girls just now during the MASCA BBQ at UQ lakes and they told me that they always cuci mata cos there are so many hot guys in their course but for my vet science batch 85%  of  the students are female =((((( Boo

I have a new phone lol…Samsung f480. I bought it for $499. It’s a touch screen phone so I’m still getting used to it. I used to be able to text super fast and not look at the screen while I do it but not anymore ehe

I really miss char koay teow, hokkien mee and oh chien..oh what I would do to get authentic Penang hawker food here

I wonder if Pepper notices my absence and whether she misses me =(

I know I’m gonna sound like a bitch when I say this, but I don’t really miss home. I mean, I only cried at the airport…which is surprising for me cos I thought that for my track record I would be crying for at least two weeks lol (I cried for a week when I first went to Shah Alam btw). I think it’s because Brissy is so much more awesome that Shah Alam and I have such amazing friends here that I have lotsa sampat lame fun with hehe. ❤ Shen, Koo, Kai Xiang, Danny, Gabriel, Haziq and Chong Hao lol. I felt guilty at first, for being this way but when I told my parents they said that it was a good thing..at least I am adapting well here.

Oh yeah, I am addicted to Pods! I blame this on Su Ann who doesn’t even know me lol. I occasionally read her blog and once she mentioned Pods while in Singapore. I happened to see them in Coles the other day and taught ‘hmm I’ll try these’ and bought the Twix one. I finished the packet in a few days and I have since finished another Mars one. Argh heavenly gooey caramel encased in chocolate on a pod-shaped-biscuit….ahhhh


Clouds Are Fluffy Cotton Candy-Like Things

Random title hehe

My parents organised a farewell party last Saturday. It was an on-off-on again-off again-on again thingy (sorta like Meredith and Derek’s relationship in Grey’s Anatomy lol). There were so many factors ie who to invite; what to order; should we cater or barbeque etcetc. In the end my parents just invited my family members from the paternal and maternal side and also my Dad’s PFS gang haha.

We had barbeque, nasi kandar, cakes and konnyaku jelly etcetc.

Blah I didn’t have any mood to snap pictures. I’m weird like that. I hate farewells boo. I guess part of me was scared that I’d see me trying to act oh-so-happy in all the pictures and failing to do so =(

I did get loads of ang paos though heh heh heh and also a Puma jacket, a Swatch watch and a cuddly furry soft toy. I am super duper appreciative of everything and so touched that people love me like that but when I unwrapped the presents I felt and strange sense of -I can’t put a word on it- Is is reluctance? I mean, I didn’t feel OMG MUAHAHAHA I GOT SO MANY AWESOME STUFF! LALALA I AM SOOOOO HAPPY AND EXCITED TO BE LEAVING FOR BRISBANE MUAHAHA. I WILL FIND HOT SURFER GUYS THERE MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Nah, instead I felt homesick already. And veryveryvery reluctant to leave everything that matters behind. All the gifts made everything feel so real.

I find it difficult to sleep lately.

I toss and turn. My heart palpitates. It feels so full it gets heavy. I second-guess my decision. Should I have taken the safe route and go to Form 6 after SPM then proceed to USM which is a 15-minutes-ride from home? Then I think..nah hell no! I’ve always wanted this. I’ve always wanted to study overseas. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity so suck it up and act like an adult. But I can’t suck it up. I worry about everything from the possibility of my luggage being overweight and whether our application for accomodation will be approved or not and why do other students get 30kg baggage allowance but we only get 20?

My heart. It is heavy.

The darkness consumes me as I lie awake at night.

I am starting to miss my family already. When my Mum tells me to be careful and study hard and always always ALWAYS wear sunblock and don’t smoke don’t drink look out for nice guys lol or when Bro tells me that he loves me then proceed to bully me or when I cuddle with Pepper I hold back tears. I do it so vehemently. So determinedly because I don’t want them to see me break down. Not yet.

The clouds. They are fluffy cotton candy-like things.

On another note, today’s a public holiday (Thaipusam) so the Dad’s PFS gang went for a morning walk at Sin Hock mountain (hehehe) and then for dim sum (Julia kept pronouncing the ‘dim’ like how you would pronounce it in this sentence: OMG how can he be so dim? and everyone kept laughing and she said ‘Then why is it spelled as ‘dim’ and not ‘tim’ ar?hehehehehe). And then everyone met again at 12.15 for a seafood lunch at Batu Maung. Super full today foo. Oh yeah, today’s Chap Goh Meh so Ah Ma cooked bubur chacha nomnomnom.

Ah this is the photo of the day! Presenting Lee Wey Lyn ❤

We were at Forever 21 and she was on the phone and I started piling the bag and the necklace and the hat on her hehe

p/s You know that you are over someone when you think of him and all you want for him is to be happy. And when your friends talk about him your facial expression doesn’t change. And when you hear that he is in love in your heart you wish him good luck =) hehe


Niu Nian Kuai Le!

[Disclaimer: UUUURRRGH I was almost done with this post and suddenly everything went blank! TWICE! WTF is wrong with wordpress???]

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year! Gong xi fa cai =D

Some pictures taken before and during CNY:

Ingredients for fruit cake that Mum made. I know fruit cakes are more Christmassy instead of Chinese New Year-ish but who cares as long as it’s good, right? In previous years we (and by ‘we’ I mean Mum doing almost everything while I occasionally beat the batter and wash up lol) baked chocolate chip cookies, butter cookies and minty chocolate moist cake..but not anymore =/

Leaving them on a rack to cool down

Sa Chap Meh (Chinese New Year Eve)

The Choong family’s reunion dinner is always ALWAYS steamboat. I know some people eat normal stuff like kiam chai ak etc but this is already like a tradition for us hehe. Nothing like ‘eh who took my abalone???’ to bond a family, eh? Reunion dinners for this side of the family is not thattt big a deal cos everyone’s in Penang (I won’t be in 13-days-time!!!) and our family’s not that big so we still meet quite often. The picture above shows what was left AFTER we had had our share…the BEFORE would be like 3 times that haha.

With Mum and cousins Gene and Ray

Nomnomnom

Ah Kong and Ah Ma. Ah Kong always scoops the food for Ah Ma awww =)

Everyone adjourned to the living room after that. Last time us grandchildren used to play firecrackers but not anymore (maybe when we pai tee kong?). Seems like the CNY atmosphere ain’t what it used to be, huh? =(

I’m the eldest grandchild..bet that’s kinda hard to believe..ahem

Cousins Jacyn, Carmen and Cassandra ❤

Chay It (First day of the Lunar month)

Cheng ang ang! Haha Dad looks angry cos he was getting impatient ‘Wanna go Ah Ma’s house already some more take pictures! Don’t sio!’ hehe

‘SPM liao ai kut lat’ =DD

Back to Ah Kong and Ah Ma’s house we went. Breakfast is always the leftover steamboat stuff with either cintan mee/ mee sua/ koay teow.

The oldest member of the family and the youngest..hehe

Ah Kong’s the eldest son in his family so every year all his siblings plus their children plus their grandchildren will come to Ah Kong’s house on the first day of CNY.

=.=

‘Huh? Really?’ hehehe nah I made that up.

Kuih kapit is my favourite-testtesttesttest New Year cookie everrr. I finished 3 quaters of a bottle of it even before CNY lol

All the grandchildren ❤

After lunch at paternal grandparents’ house we went back for a rest but we were soon called back cos another sibling of Ah Kong was there. Tres tired lol

After that we went to maternal grandma’s house in town

‘All mineee!!!’

Woot me love pineapple jam tarts…uh after kuih kapit that is..hehe. These ones were made by Ah Ma and Tua Ee…awesomely yummy

Li Yang, Bro and Li Tatt. Heh heh heh Li Tatt got Mr Good Looking for Penang Inti’s HSC program. Heh heh heh

Liyin! Remember her from my Hanoi post? Which reminds me…I still haven’t posted about the second part of the trip hehe. God she’s so pretty and photogenic..go check out her blog and you will know what I mean XD

That evening we went to Suk suk (Dad’s younger Bro)’s place cos his birthday was coincidentally on Chay It so there was a birthday cum CNY celebration

Barbequeing before the other guests arrived. I ateateate so much >.<

After that (omg yea we went to so many places and spent almost the whole day outside) we went to Uncle Kah Beng’s house (also a tradition!). My childhood friends lol..we’ve known each other the moment we were born (is it possible?) cos our dads have been friends since their PFS days..hehe.

The wives..haha

The uncles with their canggih super expensive cameras =O

Loads of food..nomnomnom. I ate again..seriously I have zero self-control..even though I was already very full I couldn’t stop myself from eating the cakes and cookies etcetc. The whole day was full of eating lol

Chay Ji (Second day of the Lunar Month)

Every year on Chay Ji we will all congregate at maternal grandma’s house and she would single-handedly prepare loads of food to feed her sons and daughters, wife (new addition to the family!) and husbands  and their children lol. So this year Mum and all the ees decided to have a pot luck instead, so that all the burden would not be on Ah Ma’s shoulders alone.

Tua Ee preparing the batter for roti jala

Heh heh heh me preparing spaghetti sauce (not 100% my work lar but hehe). I look funny lol

We had sate, roti jala with curry chicken, KFC, pizza, Vietnamese poh piah, spaghetti, roast chicken and home made yee sang (the box of store-brought yee sang in the picture constituted like 10% of the total amount of yee sang we ate haha).

nomnomnom ate loads again ehe.

Yee sang! Ji Ku and Ji Kim in the background hehe.

Everyone getting their chopsticks ready

Lou Hei!!!

Us cousins =) that’s not everyone though. Reunion dinners at the Chew side of the family are bigger deals cos of the large number of people..also, many of us are scattered everywhere haha. Missing was Ji Ee and family who are in Singapore, Limin and husband in New Zealand, Lijia in Japan, Wee Lyn in Singapore and Say Han Ee and family in Kuching.

Gong Hei Fatt Choy!

woot need to eat less liao haha


Pink..

..is the colour of my new camera =D

Yupyupyup, finally got a camera of my own. Dad bought a Canon Digital Ixus 80-IS for me. Jusco had a sale: RM 799 for the camera, case, 2GB SD card and mini tripod. At first I was contemplating getting it from Fan Di who was getting it from his cousin who in turn was getting it from her friend. Phew. RM 699 for camera, case, 4GB SD card and mini tripod. But in the end Dad said no need lar cos very mahuan. Plus if got anything wrong have to go through so many channels hehe. Thank you Fan Di though..for the trouble hehe. Good luck in getting your pink one too =P

Random shots taken using my camera (it deserves a name, no?)

Lol a picture of my camera. Believe me lar it’s pink..though it looks silver here. And wow my mirror is dirty, I just realised that hehe. All hail pinkness! \^.^/

First official picture taken using my pink camera hehe. I wish you could see me wearing the plaited MNG shortshort skirt that you gave me, Pinky.

Mum with the Kryptonite-eyes alien beagle hehe

Our living room lol…Mum has brought out the Chinese New Year decorations. Dad was watching football =D

Testing macro shot. Lol the apples are fake la XD

Macro shot testing again. This is the Snoopy ear digger (believe it or not) we bought from Universal Studios Japan XD

More conventional souvenirs haha. The gigantic mugs belonging to Bro and I from Disneyland Japan.

My messy (eh I spring cleaned liao ok) table in my room =)

Bro sleeping (fakely) and posing with my Queensland guide book that I bought for RM 49.90 haha.

PWM wondering how Baby Gloria is? She’s doing fine hehe and I plan to bring her to Aussie with me =)

Lol of course I HAVE TO camwhore using my new camera. I hate pimples wtf.

My Pepper’s daily night-time activity: Bully the resident frog in the garden XD so cute lar when she concentrates so hard

The neighbours’ smiley dalmation =)

My Escada Sunset Heat and F by Ferragamo <3. MNG bag in the background lol.

My CLEO collection haha.

*sniff sniff*

I love my baby ❤

I love my yet-to-be-named camera hehe

Awwwwww Pepper don’t worry I still love you the most XD


Hanoi Trip (Day 1-2)

Long overdue I know, but I was collecting photos from Liyin hehe and trust me, I think I sorted through close to 2000 pictures >.<

I usually love reading other people’s posts about travelling so I’m going to put in more effort in writing this one =) Hopefully Image Shack won’t fail me again. Prepare for the onslaught of photos!!!

We took Air Asia there and the lack of more comfortable seats, free (but sneakily accounted for in your airfare anyway) food etc was more than compensated  by the price. Around RM500 per person for return ticket! And this included the flight from Penang to LCCT as well. Oh well, when you travel budget that’s just the way it is..hehe.

Kesian betul. We had to spend a few sleepless hours at LCCT while we waited for our 6 am flight to Hanoi.

We reached 3 hours later and the first thing that hit me coming out of the airport (I love the first view walking out of airports whenever I’m overseas) was how extremely polluted Hanoi was. The air pollution was really really bad that even when I’m tried to see the landscape from the plane it was all dusty. Also, after coming back from Hanoi many of us got sick =/

2 cars were sent to bring us to our hotel cos the hotel people were scared about scams operated by the Vietnamese Mafia, whereby they’d bring tourists to sub-standard hotels that would give these people commisions.You know what was scary…like 5 minutes after the drivers came to fetch us, the car me, Dad, 1st and 3rd aunt was in was stopped by the police. Wtf we were shocked =O Frankly though, the country is oh-so-corrupted. They driver and one of the policemen went to ‘settle’ it behind the police car =/ Bad first impression.

Our hotel was the Hanoi Queen 2 Plaza located at the Old Quarter.

Day 1

The first day was mostly spent exploring the Old Quarter cos everything was just within walking distance.

Random building at the Old Quarter, which is huggeee. Dad got lost the first few hours that we were at Hanoi and he wandered around for 2 hours =/ Also, he couldn’t call any of us. As everyone knows, roaming charges are evil and serve no purpose other than to make lives miserable.

Liyinism!!! My cousin hehe.

Vietnamese eating at the roadside. Methinks they are as food-conscious as we are cos outlets that sell food are opened until late at night (Ohhh I think I just have to cook for myself when I’m feeling peckish late at night in Aussie…no more late night char koay teow or roti =/)

With 3rd aunt hehe. The Old Quarter has shops selling everything from clothes to food stuff and crockery etc and it’s planned in a way that 1 street sells the same variety of products. For example, the one in the picture above had shops selling toys. Yup, ALL toys.

Ah Ma, 1st aunt and 6th aunt =) Ah Ma was very sporting through out the whole trip and she never complained about anything, which is really rare among the older generation, innit?

Hoan Kiem lake! My favourite spot in the whole city. Hoan Kiem lake to Hanoi is Central Park to New York City- an oasis of calm in a bustling, hectic city. ‘Hoan’ means ‘return’ and Kiem means ‘sword’, which actually sounds very Chinese-like. Legend has it that a fisherman was fishing when he found a sword in the lake. He then presented the sword to a general who fas fighting the Chinese army from the Ming Dynasty. The sword proved to be a good one and he used it for 10 years, before defeating the Chinese Army. After the war, the general went back to the lake. Suddenly, a tortoise emerged from the lake and took the sword away, returning it to where it belonged. Pheww…know how I remember the story in detail? I was the only one paying attention to the tour guide during the city tour on the 2nd day and everyone in the family kept asking me to repeat the story >.<

The lake in ginormous and it’s like a park. You can actually see loads of young people there, which is wayyy different in Malaysia. It’s like the ‘it-place’ to hang out or something…many couples actually date there (hehe very low cost…I won’t get broke if I pak thor there lol) and Vietnamese are surprisingly very PDA..kissing there and stuff (I swear, I wasn’t staring! *ahem*). Try kissing in Youth Park and see, sure kena tangkap or thrown dirty looks, at the very least lol.

The Vietnamese in the background were looking at some tortoises so we kaypo-ed too =D

I love this picture..the lake’s like a mirror =D

Say hi to the bridge beauty haha

Hanoi has Nine West! Do we have Nine West? Penang doesn’t lol…not that I can afford anyway.

The traffic in Hanoi is absurdly scary @.@ Seriously though, motorbikes zoom around everywhere and people drive as if they have their foot perpetually on the pedal and hand on the horn. The honking gets really annoying after a while. Forget about traffic lights- even when it’s green for pedestrians, cars, buses and motorbikes still cross. Bro got so irritated with me cos apparently I unconsciously say ‘It’s ok, just walk straight without stopping, the motorbikes will weave around you.’ everytime we walk across roads. Every. Single. Time.

Dinner was at Cat Ca (Sorry I don’t know how to make those hats on alphabets hehe), which has been around for over a century and is apparently highly recommended in many travel guides. They only serve one item- fish in grease. 90 000 dong (around Rm 22.5) per person. Not worth it, methinks but yea, we should always try new things what hehe.

It’s eaten with a Vietnamese bihun-like thingy and fish sauce. I supposed it’s a acquired taste, cos it’s really greasy, grease being the main component and all..hehe.

Wtf I’m very angry about this…I have to post about it. After dinner, we walked out of the restaurant and we were immediately accosted by this woman selling fruits. We politely declined and she quickly forced on her hat and the thingy they use to carry their wares on my brother. Bro tried to say no but she kept saying ‘Free! Free!’ so we just obliged and snapped a few pictures. After that we returned her her stuff and she stuffed a few bananas in a plastic bag and pushed it into my bro’s hands and demanded money. We said no but she got really angry at that point so Mum asked for the baby mandarin oranges and paid her half her offered valued…but it was still a total rip-off. Whatev…guess what, the following day, we were at another part of the Old Quarter (I forgot where, my sense of direction is atrociously awful) and the same lady approached me and tried to use the same tactic =/ Grrrr

Of course Mum and all the aunts HAVE to shop, it’s like a basic necessity or something XP. This shop sold really cool lacquer ware, silk etcetc but it did smell like my hamsters’ cage (rest in peace, Hammy, Kopi and Milo =))

Art Gallery. There are tons of shops selling imitated art pieces in Hanoi. Get you own Rembrant and Van Gogh here! Yes I sound like an ad haha.

Shopping tip: You absolutely, completely NEED to haggle, unless you are filthy rich and couldn’t care less whether you are being ripped-off or not. Sighh I miss Japan lol.

I love these dragonflies made from bamboo that can perch on any surface but this shop sold 1 for USD1 =(

It was a weekend so there was a night market.

This stall sold them for around RM1 each =DD

Mum and the aunts checking out chopsticks. That night, something terrible happened. The ladies were choosing rugs to buy when out of a sudden, many women started jostling about and acted as though they were choosing the rugs to buy too. Then when 6th aunt wanted to pay she could not find her wallet. It was when Mum noticed a huge, gaping slit on 6th aunt’s Guess handbag. Wtf so scary…she was actually afraid of snatch thefts, this being a pasar malam and all, so she held her bag tightly in front of her. Nobody expected bags to be slashed =( Good thing she didn’t carry all her money with her as most of it was with Ah Ma who was already resting in the hotel. We got really freaked-out after that and quickly rushed back to the hotel to call the banks to cancel all the credit cards.

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel before we departed for the Hanoi City Tour. We went free-and-easy, but it’s even easier sometimes if you follow a tour right? Seeing as we don’t understand a word of Vietnamese. Haha I know we’re not that adventurous. That’s a baguette in the picture…With the French influence, many roadside stalls actually sell the baguette and they’re unlike the stale, dry ones you buy in Tesco or Carrefour, these ones are oh-so-fresh and crispy. Just add butter and cheese and it’s totally yummylicious. The roadside equivalents have toppings like chicken, egg and char siew..hehe. Another option for breakfast provided by the hotel is pho. OMG I miss it!!! The pho in Vietnam is so freaking awesomely delicious omg. Even though Vietnamese restaurants in Malaysia sell them, you can actually taste the difference. For example, the soup tastes more subtle than the one here. Ah Ma calls them koay teow th’ng lol. No pictures cos I always immediately devour them hehe

This is the van we were in. 2nd and 6th aunt opted out cos they went to *jeng jeng jeng* shop, of course!

The first place we went to was a temple built on another lake. Honestly, Hanoi has quite a few of these lakes huh. Apparently John McCain’s plane crashed somewhere around here during the Vietnam War and he was subsequently taken as a POW.

Vietnam is very much influenced by the Chinese up north too and it’s sometimes mind-boggling that they don’t speak a word of Chinese and yet all these temples look like they could have come from Kuan Yim Teng in Penang or something.


The tourguide then took us to this shop that sells art pieces created using thread. The people who do this are actually victims of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The US troops used this herbicide to clear the dense foliage in the jungles so that the Communists had no where to hide. As a results, other than deaths and disabilities, many children were born with birth defects. Sigh..the atrocities of war =/

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. We didn’t go in cos it is closed on Mondays. Also, Uncle Ho was in Russia =O. Apparently the body is moved to Russia for a few months every year..sorta like a visit…it’s pretty morbid when you think about it that way

The headquarters of the French Governer-General in charged of Indochina.

Uncle Ho’s summer home. It’s really surprising how a man responsible for the welfare of the whole nation lived such a simple, spartan life- wooden bed, desk and that’s all! Oh yeah, couldn’t find any toilet too =O lol

One pillar pagoda built to resemble a lotus. Buddhism is very prevalent in Vietnam and this is apparently a must-see if you go to Hanoi.

Ho Chi Minh museum in which we spent like 15 minutes wtf cos it was closing time lol

I actually didn’t undestand much of the exhibits cos everything was in Vietnamese and French. However, in my humble opinion, the exhibits seem a tad…confusing. I couldn’t see the significance in many of the things shown there…for example, modern pieces of art and blah…maybe I’m just not intellectually-stimulated enough to get it or something. Lol but I can tell you that the broken chain in the picture above represented the freedom of Hanoi from the French colonists and the Chinese.

Another temple haha…3 temples in one day. Temple overload, seriously. This here is the Temple of Literature, which is the first university in Vietnam and over a thousand years old. Scholars used to have exams like the ones you see in period Chinese dramas. You know…pass the exam and be a Mandarin and if you’re lucky you can marry a princess hehe.

Pretty lotus pond =D

Loads of gigantic stone tortioses in the temple grounds with the names of scholars carved on them. The tortoise is actually one of the 4 heavenly beings for the Vietnamese (Are you reading this, Piglet?? =P) It it said that if you pat the tortoises you’ll get smart so Liyin, Bro and I went to pat every single tortoise we could get our hands on hehe. My, we must be super smart by now XP

After lunch we took a 2-hour-ride to a pottery village and I’ve actually forgotten the name. We expected it to be some kind of cultural village or something..based on what the person in the tour company said…But it turned out to be a ‘something’ instead of a cultural village

Worker molding the clay. Blah nothing special lar…can find loads of these kinda shops in Malaysia anyway, no? Not worth the 2-hour-ride here…we were sorely disappointed =/

Okay..to be fair the stuff sold there were actually quite nice, albeit sold at a very touristy price haha

*anxiously inching closer to the buffalo* “Mummy quickly take the picture lar!!!!” hehehe XP

Vietnamese countryside. Note all the tall, narrow buildings

That night before dinner, we went to check out a shopping mall. It was really surprising to find only a few young people there, as opposed to the number of people our age hanging out in malls in most other countries anyway. Like I said, the youngsters seem to enjoy parks more hehe.

Check out the perfume bottle! Teehee so unique…like a Vietnamese lady in traditional attire and the conical straw hat. But the price of 450000 dong (RM 112.50) seems kinda expensive..it’s even more expensive than my Escada from Japan lol.

Opera House

This ice-cream joint is really cool cos it’s a ride-in. People on motorbikes just ride in and buy their ice-creams there. Since 1958 haha…it’s an institution. For 6000 dong (RM 1.50) you get ice-cream in a kuih kapit kinda cone. I enjoyed it even though according to the rest of us it was not really special.

Vietnamese Idol wtf!!! At the roadside?? Haha didn’t understand….but it probably was like a preliminary thingy for anybody to try their luck at. This mini stage was located outside a supermarkat whre the parents were busily searching for the elusive nangka chips (Ok not elusive actually, but they were comparing prices haha cos they bought loads of these back)

This proves Sharon’s theory of only 3rd world countries selling Oreos muahaha just kidding

Not many trishaws left in Penang huh..but still plenty in Hanoi. Ah Ma and 2nd aunt meeting us at the French restaurant.

Guess what’s for dinner? French food! Lol we had duck in orange sauce, salmon etcetc. Nothing to shout about actually, but a nice change of atmosphere

Water puppet show. I initially imagined it would be an open-aired kinda thing where people sat on benches but it turned to be an auditoriam with cinema-like seats hehe.

It was really intriguing how the puppeteers actually made the puppets move in the water. There were even explosions and stuff =D But yeah, everything was in Vietnamese lol so many of the ang mohs behind us were asleep at the end of the show haha

And this concludes the first 2 days we spent in Hanoi. Bone-tired at the end of the day phew. But the good thing is the time difference..like for example. if you have to wake up at 7am Vietnamese time just set your alarm for 8am Malaysian time and you trick yourself into thinking that you’re getting an extra hour’s worth of sleep =D Or maybe I’m the only one this lame =.=

Stay tuned for days 3,4 and 5! Omg I spent so much time on this lol.