Goodbye, Nanay!

Oct 23, 2014

We bade goodbye to my husband's mother last week when she joined our Creator.  She lived a full life, and was loved by many.  She will be remembered with love and fondness, and she will always be in our hearts forever! Goodbye, Nanay, and may you be resting in the loving arms of our Creator!

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Oct 8, 2014

Happiness is:
1. That Yakimix dinner with the BFF's last Friday.
2. Almost done with the semester after submission last Saturday. Just one more Saturday left! I can smell Freedom!
3. The two blouses I bought from Zalora.
4. My son took the entrance exam at Phil. Science last Saturday.  Hope he makes the cut, even though he is adamant he does not want it there.
5. The holiday last Monday.
6. Lost a total of (drumroll please) 1 lb! Hahahah!
7. Movies on my tablet
8. Done reading the Maze Runner.
9. Swamped with work, and still finding the time to blog!
10. Sugar-free Great Taste coffee.

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Angkor and Cambodia Beer

Oct 4, 2014

Part of any travel, aside from checking out the tourist sites and the local cuisines, include tasting their beer.  These are what locals drink and we did try them.  Hmm, they were different, a little bland for my taste, if I compare them with our local brands.  

I Want to Come Back Pho More!

Oct 3, 2014

Some of the Pho and noodles that we had during our Cambodia-Vietnam travel in February. A memorable trip indeed, a feast both for the eyes and the stomach!

The Love Affair with Bahn Mi

Oct 2, 2014

My husband fell in love, and had an affair with Bahn Mi or the Vietnames snadwich being sold on the street! The sandwich was made from a baguette, some cold cut meat depending on what you prefer, then some veggies of either carrot or cucumber and some leaves and then some sauce. He loves it spicy!
The prices of the Banh Mi are different too! We had them at VND40,000 (with water) or at VND15,000 on the street! 
The picture below was taken while we were walking and this lady had her basket laid out to assemble the sandwich.  Not for the faint of heart though as they assemble it with their bare hands! My husband didn't seem to mind, hahaha! 
That first bite, though! Hahahaha!

Two Bahn Mi in one night! One street after the other! We even bought one for take out to the airport. That's how much he loved the Bahn Mi! He bought it home to the Philippines, hahahah!

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Oct 1, 2014

Happiness is:
1. Dinner date with Hubby at Jollibee. Lakas maka #throwback.
2. Sold our old car and looking for a 'new' one.
3. Maria Leonora Theresa movie date.
4. Done with all my school requirements for this sem. Submission na lang, then I'm free!
5. Yellow Cab Pizza and Coke. Perfect combination.
6. Starting my no-meat diet for October (except on Friday, hehehe)
7. Movies on my Samsung tab. Para na akong Zombie, hehehe.
8. Those new blouses from Zalora.
9. Almost done blogging about the February trip to Cambodia and Vietnam.
10. Putok and peanut butter. Sarap!

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Food I Would Never Eat in Cambodia!

I am adventurous. But only up to a point. I can eat food on the sidewalk, bought on the streets.  But I just cant eat these delicacies we saw while walking around Pub Street! Even for a bet, I wont! There were signs that says no to picture taking but we managed to take some when there were so many people looking! We also some of these being sold during our stop overs going to Phnom Penh.
Are these cockroaches? I don't know and I couldn't ask out of disbelief, hahaha!
I think we have here in the country but I don't know what they are called. Some kind of crickets.  I think I could eat these if my life depended on it.
Scorpions in wine bottle. No, thanks! They are said to be aphrodisiac or medicinal or something, but no thanks!
Are these snakes? For real? Or some kind of eels?  Is this how they feel when they see our bituka ng manok, betamax, etc being sold on the street? Grossed-out? Hahaha!
Scorpions or some other spiders! I don't think they will ever go down my throat! This I will definitely never eat! As if the onion leaves will make it appetizing!

Well, we saw some groups of foreigners eating them in Pub Street for a dare, and when we asked one them how it tastes, he said he can't say as it didn't stay long in his mouth! He was still spluttering from drinking too much water just to make it go down, hahahah! But I would definitely not eat them!

Shopping Some More at Saigon Square

Sep 30, 2014

One of the reasons we wanted to go to Ho Chi Minh city was to buy bags, and we found all the bags that we wanted at Saigon Square.  The bags here are much better than the selections at Ben Thanh Market.  We actually didn't buy any bag at Ben Thanh, and we bought at least 5 bag each at Saigon Square.
Please do not ask me how we got here as I am so bad at directions, but we passed by Saigon Square during our City tour that day before and the boys were able to find it back the following day on foot (or you may check it here). Or you can just take a cab as it is just so cheap here but just remember to have VND with you.  The place looks like our Greenhills or St. Francis Square and they have everything! Too bad I wasn't able to take photos as I was busy with shopping, hahaha! Its so cheap here! But as a tip: I suggest you convert your US$ to VND so as not to lose money in conversion.

So, anyway we bought a lot of North Face bags from US$20-25, as well as Kipling, Crumpler and some more 'pabili' that I can't recall right now.  Though I bought 20 kilos for each of us for the trip back home, I am still afraid that we might need to pay for excess baggage!

We are actually very happy with our purchases as we researches the North Face bags and they seem to be original, or in great quality.  The stall where we bought most of the bags is actually flocked by Pinoy biyaheras so we know we were good.

My First Zalora Philippines Shopping Experience

Sep 29, 2014

Full disclosure: I received a P1,000 Zalora online voucher for a writing gig that I did last month (and I used it for this purchase but this blog post is purely my experience that I am sharing with you).  It was valid for one year and I can use it to purchase any item online ( except for no-sale brands and non-sale category).  I already signed up at Zalora some time back but haven't had a chance to check out the site so when I received the voucher, I started checking out the items. And oh boy, was I glad that I did!

I first checked out the Jansport bags, then the clothes, then the shoes.  I actually had a grand time putting items on My Bag when I liked something, and then I would go back and remove it when I changed my mind.  I did this for 2 weeks, hahaha.  I was actually about to check out with some flat shoes, umbrella and wallet, but decided against them at the last time.  I had fun "window" shopping, hahahaha! It was quiet easy to remove and add items and when I logged on again last week, I checked out their women's clothes section and fell in love with these basic women blouses and bought 2. Then I finalized my order. 

Its so easy I do not have to show you how to do it. Even easier than buying from Metrodeal, hehehe. So before finalizing my order, I entered my online voucher in the box where its says " gift certificate or promo code" and Voila! I just had to pay P98.  There were may payment options but I opted to pay cash upon delivery. Then, on September 24, my order was placed and on-process.  A minute after, I received an email that my order has been confirmed and delivery (which was Free by they way for purchases above P1,000) will be in 1-3 days. That was a Wednesday. 

And surprise, surprise! By the following morning, I received an email that my order has been shipped, and at around 9-ish, they have arrived in my office! I paid the courier the P98 that I still owe them, sign some papers and went to my cube to check my orders! I was so excited! I took photos and then ripped the packaging to get my stuff.  

Unfortunately, they were too big! I ordered L because I am a large.  But my friend said that I should have checked if the sizes are in US because I would be a size smaller then.  Good thing, they offer free return or exchange. So I immediately called their customer service and asked for a free pick-up of the items.  I was instructed to fill up the form inside the package and indicate the replacement or exchange details so I changed my items to a M.  Then the girl said that they will schedule the pick-up of the item. 
I again received a email that my request for pick-up has been acknowledged. And the items were picked up by Friday afternoon.And then lo, and behold, the new items were delivered at around 2pm today, Monday. The woven blouses were in M sized as requested, and they came in this nice resealable bag.

So I again went to try them on, and now the size is just perfect.  I was so happy with my purchase because the quality of the blouses were great and because I actually just paid P49 for each because of the voucher, and the even the shipping was free! I thought  I would have a hard time exchanging the items but they were delivered just the following work day (pick-up on Friday and delivery again on Monday morning!) 
So, yes I was very happy with my first Zalora shopping experience and I am sure to go shopping some more.  Their prices are actually competitive.  Their Fila rubber shoes on sale are the same with we have here at Robinsons Galleria.  The Jansport bag on sale is even cheaper at P1,700.  And my orders even came with another Fab P150 promo code that I can use in my next purchase! 

And you can get 15% discount on your first purchase if you use this voucher: ZBAPz9R

Eating and Shopping at Ben Thanh Market

Our full Day 5 and 6 were spent in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.  We had the whole of Day 5 doing the tour and the whole of Day 6 to shop.  Out flight was due to leave at 1am of Day 7 so we really had a full day of shopping.  But on our Day 4 and 5, we already visited the night market in Ben Thahn which is the largest marketplace in HCM.  There were just so many things to buy, and many places to eat!
I can't believe that I didn't have that much photos of the stuff that can be bought at Ben Thahn market.  I think because I have my hands full with shopping so my camera and phones were stuffed inside the bag! In Ben Thanh, we were able to buy North Face jackets and hoodies, blouses and shirts, wallets and coin purses, ref magnet, caps and a lot more! 
We also had our lunch here having some more (what else!) Noodles! It was a fun and tiring day, and we went back to our hotel for a little rest, then we went out again to Saigon Square for (what else again?) shopping!


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