Life and Other Things

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Hi Everyone!

Life here in Vietnam is going swimmingly. I haven’t really been doing much lately because it’s just SO hot, but I’ve been doing a lot of blog work behind the scenes, and I finally started applying for jobs. I actually have an interview later today, so please send some good vibes my way!

The big yellow rubber duck has made its way to Saigon, and is actually a 3 minute motorbike ride away from my apartment. On Sunday, Johnny and I went to the mall/park where it’s located, to go to a coffee shop to get some work done. The duck’s been in the lake for a few days now, but I guess Sunday was the official grand opening.

When we tried to leave the mall, we encountered the most ridiculous traffic jam of all time. Imagine this. I’m sitting side saddle on our motorbike, because I was wearing a tiny mini skirt. I also had to carry a giant bag of groceries because we had just gone to the store. If you’ve ever been to Saigon, you know the traffic rules are basically non-existent and people just drive wherever the fuck, however the fuck they want. Need to turn left? Just go out into traffic and pray no one hits you. People making right turns don’t even look to see if cars or bikes are coming. Riding a motorbike here is the most intense brain workout ever, you’re literally having to constantly watch all sides. But usually in our neighborhood, traffic isn’t bad and it’s actually quite nice to ride on the motorbike. But this past Sunday was the definition of a hot mess.

Anyway, I’m riding side saddle with a giant bag of groceries, trying not to fall off/freak out about the hundreds of bikes coming from every way possible. After riding slowly through traffic, we finally broke away for a second, only to encounter an even BIGGER traffic jam. This time, a large semi-truck was completely blocking a major intersection, one we needed to cross to get home. There’s exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, it’s hot as hell, everyone is honking and yelling…it was just in general a hot mess. Johnny decided to take the bike around a long way to get to our apartment, and I opted to just get off and walk, since I’d had my fill of motorbikes for one day. But walking across the street proved to be even crazier since motorbikes were all trying to get through the traffic jam and just zooming through ….yeah. It was like playing a real live version of Frogger. A MESS. And that’s about as exciting as my life has been recently.

Also, I took a recommendation from a commenter and decided to sign up for a cooking class. I’m going on Thursday and I’m so ridiculously excited I can’t even deal. Let’s take a look at what I’ll be whipping up in the class:

-mustard leaf rolls with crunchy vegetables and prawns with a kumquat sweet and sour dipping sauce
-sticky rice fritter stuffed with pork and and carrots and soy sauce
-fresh rice noodles with marinated bbq pork, raw veggies and fresh herbs with kumquat and nuoc mam dressing
-surprise seasonal dessert

I’m hoping I’ll be able to take pictures. If not, I definitely plan on replicating the recipes at home and maybe even doing tutorials. Would that be something you’re interested in?

And remember the day before I moved, I participated in a panel discussion with SEOUL magazine? They shot some awesome footage and made a super cool video, featuring me and the other panel members. You can check it out here. And if you’re in Korea, make sure to check out the May issue of SEOUL magazine for the full article.

Hope you’re all doing well!

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