A Day in HCMC/Saigon

Last weekend, we went to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to see Hardwell. Can't believe his I AM Hardwell tours are still going on! I must say that Hardwell's hardworking-ness is pretty admirable.
 I still remember my first I AM Hardwell in Singapore last year. Well, Vietnam and Singapore are on two different ends of  a scale so it's going to be a different experience! Besides, they're one year apart so the mixes definitely won't be the same too. 

Took an Uber X to KLIA2 and guess who's the driver! Thank you Huilyn for driving us there in this awesome Mini Countryman.

First time at KLIA2 and yes the place is rather posh, as compared to the previous LCCT.

Leon and I decided to travel while we're there because fuck you we can Siem Reap is nearby and it's somewhere we've been wanting to visit. We had to take the bus to Siem Reap on Monday morning itself (Hardwell is playing on Sunday night) because the one on Tuesday was fully booked. In other words, we only had half a day to explore the city before the rave. 

Casual stroll down the streets. We were food hunting and looking for a chill spot.

Pho! Die die must eat Pho in Vietnam. It's like a spicy and flavorful Hakka mee soup. We also had lots of Vietnamese coffee and sandwiches. I love them sandwiches and coffee so much that if I were to choose to live with just a single food/beverage for the rest of my life it'd be Vietnamese.

If I were to describe the traffic in HCMC in two words.... Organized chaos. These people have an unspoken code of conduct and I really admire them for it. As chaotic as the traffic may look, one can always cross the road without getting hit and I didn't see any accidents the whole time there. I can guarantee that if we have this system in Malaysia, everyone no need go home already.

Here's an example of a usual day in HCMC from a pedestrian's point of view. The trick is to walk as if there were no vehicles on the road:

Night came and it was time for Hardwell! Fortunately for us, it rained earlier so it didn't rain during the rave. Unfortunately, there were only 4 or 5 counters to serve the entire crowd so it took us at least an hour just to get in.


The stage was rather small as compared to other raves.. but hey this is one of the cheapest rave around! (GA tickets at only RM100)

The energy was sufficient (much better than I AM Hardwell Singapore but I'm pretty sure a Malaysian rave can top that) and it was interesting to see a different culture's take on a rave. Dressing, for one. The people there must be so confused because many walked in with elegant clubbing-wear complete with heels, some wore button-up shirts, others all wrapped up and what's worse was that there were aunties lingering around at the back with their kids!

We basically just kept to our group most of the time. Fortunately, the Viets were generous in terms of personal space. We managed to have a large area to ourselves. None of that sardine can and cigarette burns nonsense.

Leon managed to take some footage and we'll be editing the aftermovie soon. Meanwhile, here's a snippet of what went down during the rave:


Night stroll.

We walked back to our hotel after the rave (10 minutes walk), grabbed a Banh Mi (sandwich) takeaway while we were at it, packed our stuff, and took a quick nap before we travel to the bus station. (Grabbed another Banh Mi and coffee at the bus station hurhurhur I wasn't kidding when I said I love those)

Cabbie ride to bus station.

We took the bus to Phnom Penh where we had to change to the one that takes us to Siem Reap. The entire journey was 15 hours long. Not fun but worth the experience. 

Crossed the Mekong river on a barge. I'm not in the picture because I chose to remain in the air-conditioned bus. I let the Leon do the photo-taking under the hot hot sun.

Next stop, Siem Reap!

Travel diary to be continued...

06 October 2014 Leave a comment

Food Panda Review

The other day, the boyfriend and I were too lazy to go out for food (one of those days). Since going out for food is out of the question, here are the options we had at that time:

- Cook? Knowing us, it'll take hours and we might have to make a run to the grocer to get missing ingredients anyway (the whole point of this is to not go out at all!).
- Instant noodles. And feel guilty for the rest of the night.
-Starve and be angry at each other.

or we could

- Have restaurants come to us.

It was the perfect situation for Food Panda, a food delivery service. So I went online to check out our options (can be accessed via mobile app too). There were 29 restaurants in SS2 that we could order from through Food Panda.

I like how we can easily filter the results (on the left) and how the important details are clearly stated in the preview (delivery fee, payment method etc.).

Looked through the selections and decided to try Puzzini Swedish Pizza for the first time, partly motivated by its high ratings. Order process was straightforward, just select the items that you want (you can keep track using the shopping cart on the upper right) and checkout when you're done.

Shortly after the order was confirmed, I received an e-mail and an SMS to inform me of the expected delivery time and also to recap the order details.

(1 hour later...)

Food is here and we made the payment.

YAAAAAS!!!! Food is served!

After digging in, we returned to our hermit mode of watching series under the blankets. Perfect night! It's okay to not go out if you don't want too but you don't have to compromise taste. So whether you're feeling lazy, have no mode of transportation, or too busy with work in the office... Food Panda will always be there to help!

You can try the service at http://www.foodpanda.my/ or download the app! 

03 September 2014 Leave a comment

American Apparel - Back to Basics!

Just doing my usual online shopping (because I'm too lazy to drive and walk) and stumbled upon American Apparel which is a well known brand especially in the States but not so much here, glad they finally made it convenient for us to purchase locally! Here are some of my top picks.

I like how basic the pieces are which makes them perfect for the fashion mix and match thing! Looks really comfy too! American Apparel is synonymous to basic clothing with great quality that is a must-have in your wardrobe. 

That's not the only thing they are famous for though, if you would just Google some American Apparel images you would find that their advertising campaigns are highly provocative and quite controversial. Their clothing, on the other hand, are anything but provocative :p

Can shop for the boyfie too while I'm at it because American Apparel not only caters to men and women but has recently expanded to kids wear as well. They have everything! Leggings, tank tops, leotards, dresses, pants, denim, nail polish and accessories in various prints and colours, everything you need all in one brand! That makes life easier, phew.

I know how most of us enjoy online shopping for its convenience and there really are too many choices on the Internet lately. However, for myself, I find myself to fall back to the reliable ones like Zalora, the best online fashion destination. Yes, ladies and gents, American Apparel is now available on Zalora Malaysia so go check it out!

29 May 2014 Leave a comment

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