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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Food @ Ho Chi Minh City

One of the MUST-DOs in Vietnam is to taste its local cuisine. Vietnamese rice noodles in soup (Phở in Vietnamese) is an excellent choice. The popularity of "Pho" can be represented by a T-shirt I saw in Ben Thanh Market that reads "iPho" (as in brother of iPhone).

Vietnamese rice noodles Phở

They are not to be confused with the Chinese egg noodles that you might have tasted before. Vietnamese noodles are made with rice and can easily be distinguished by its pure white colour. Furthermore, their texture are tender yet soft.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Motorcycles @ Ho Chi Minh

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side of the road, of course. How did the chicken cross the road in Ho Chi Minh? Probably by pure luck.

One of the notable and obvious phenomenon in Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam is the overwhelming number of motorcycles on the road! They are everywhere! According to the locals I have talked to, almost everyone in Ho Chi Minh have a motorbike. Motorcycling has GOT to be the favourite mode of transportation in town.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

An Evening at Ho Chi Minh

Yet another random reason brought me to Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam. Once called Saigon, the largest city of Vietnam (but not its capital) is now named after its "father" Mr. Ho Chi-Minh.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Before this brief visit to Vietnam, my impression of this fascinating country mainly came from video footage of farmers growing rice by river banks. Perhaps you can still find similar scenes in Vietnam, but they are certainly rare at the town center of Ho Chi Minh City.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Food @ New Delhi

There is a saying: you have never been to a place without tasting its local food. That's why no matter how short my stay was in New Delhi, I made an effort to attempt local food. In India, one must have curry!

A taste of Lamb Curry in New Delhi

I have always been a BIG fan of spicy curry! Until this visit, I have never had a taste of Indian curry in India. I couldn't help to wonder whether the curry I had all these years were "genuine" or have been "modified" to suit local's taste? I aimed to find an answer in this visit.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Two Worlds @ New Delhi

During my short stay at New Delhi of India, the difference in lifestyles that the rich and the poor live was evident. With money, one could easily enjoy life at or above the living standards of most Western countries. Without or with not enough money, one might need to seek ways to survive.

I was fortunate enough to live in an extremely decent hotel during my stay. The living conditions inside and outside of the hotel were very different. It almost felt like hotel guests were entering into different worlds as they walked in and out of the hotel.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

New Delhi in a Flash

As a Simple Dreamer, I LOVED to travel and observe small things. It's a rare coincidence that I recently landed in New Delhi of India for a few days. I must admit that during my short stay, I have not been to Taj Mahal, Qutab Minar nor Elephanta Caves. I however had enough time to have an impression on one of the world's fastest growing countries.

Transport in New Delhi, India

The setup in New Delhi somehow reminded me a typical industrial city of China. As key members of BRIC, India and China are rather similar in some regard...