7 days before Tet*

* Vietnamese Lunar New Year* 23rd of lunar December, it was the day of the Kitchen God. 7 days before Tet, all celebratory traditions started from here. In the Vietnamese culture, people believe that the kitchen is one of the most important parts of the house,  where the fire should always be kept on burning…

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Breakfast at the KAfe

I got back to Hanoi after Bangkok to warm weather and a fresh breakfast date with my friend visiting from Ho Chi Minh city. It was a beautiful Sunday morning and I was driving slowly as what that hot guy Adam Levine from Maroon 5 told me to. Today we are heading to the KAfe.…

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Dear Eating off The Map

Oh my, where shall I begin? First of all, sorry for being MIA for sooo long. Second, how do you do it? Keeping up with the virtual world of so many beautiful and touching stories, so many inspirations that thrill you to do the same, places to go, those pennies you gotta save, self-pondering, work…

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the freshness of things

After a night bus from chaotic Saigon (where I got back from the Mekong), we found ourselves in Cam Ranh. 45 minutes on the boat we stepped foot on the island of Binh Ba. 15 minutes after pick-up this is our front view: And so it began! Our endless hours and days spent on the…

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My Mekong vibe

Call me crazy but yesterday I partied hard on a Thursday night, had way a little too much of drinking and screaming, got back home at 4a.m and managed to get to work at normal hours, been hanging in decently at work, and at the end of day have the mood to drag my lazy…

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colors of Hanoi – pt.2

SEN- lotus… Lotus season spotted in Hanoi with baskets of flowers transferred in town by street vendors on their bicycles. That is when I look forward to freshly infused lotus tea. They normally pour a little tea in a dried fresh lotus flower, cover it with a big lotus leave, wrap it and soak the…

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Rain, rain, this time you can stay!

Today is a rainy day, while running errands over lunch time I was wondering between buying something quick to eat back in the office and then continue with my long to-do list, or braving the rain to La Place for a little cozy time alone. After much thought (I mean 2 minutes), I opted for…

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colors of hanoi – pt. 1

– TROPICAL– Everyone, welcome to this tropical city of mine – where it gets steamy hot in the summer, where traffic gets chaotic and you hear nonstop honking from the main streets (as lively as what I am hearing right now sitting in my new office), where you see fascinating things (by that I can…

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Oh those tipsy nights…

Lately I’ve had more than a couple of tipsy nights. I will share with you some pictures of a night I remembered to have some photos for blogging, and tonight is one night that I am high enough to swing my mood into writing about it: It was a night of random little joy. I…

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Thai by a Thai

We have a Thai friend in Hanoi – Sarawut. But he has a Vietnamese name so we all like to call him Minh. Today Minh spent all his morning preparing and cooking for us. It was all original Thai cuisine and from yesterday I was really looking forward to tasting it. And if you’re a…

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