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Life in Vietnam 4

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I haven’t posted a Life in Vietnam photo essay in ages, so I thought now is a good of a time as any to show what I’ve been up to. Can you believe I’ve been in Vietnam over a year now? Time is FLYING!

I’ve been working a lot, but I’ve been trying to document my life here as much as possible. As always, there’s lots of food snaps, pictures that I just love, and random photos of HCMC. All photos were taken with my iPhone 6, and edited on my MacBook using CameraBag2. 

Hope you enjoy!

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Life Lately: Shopping, Shopping, and More Shopping

Hi everyone!

I only have 3 more days of summer school and then I’m FREEEEEE! I’m so excited that I’ll be able to start posting on a normal schedule again. I can finally start taking product photos in the morning, start going back to yoga/the gym, and focus on what I want to do. I’ve had a blast teaching summer school, and I’m definitely going to miss my kids, but I’ll be so happy when I have free time again.

To celebrate finishing summer school (Johnny actually worked 10 weeks of summer school!), we’re jetting off to Bangkok next week for 5 days. I’m SO excited! I can’t wait to eat lots of food, see some new sights, and most importantly, GO SHOPPING! There’s a Sephora in Bangkok and I’ve already made a wish list.

I mentioned previously that sometimes the shopping in Ho Chi Minh City can be a bit blah, but I’ve found out that all the action is actually on Instagram! I met up with a friend last week and she showed me all of the cool, independent retailers that are making their way online. There are people that sell everything from clothes, to shoes, to authentic cosmetics, typically much cheaper than what you can find in the stores. My favorite shops are popbirdy, where I ordered this AWESOME see-though jacket, linhlipstick for authentic, high-end lipsticks, lookbook saigon for edgy street wear (I totally bought the Bitch, Please t-shirt), and yenshop_vnxk for awesome shorts and jumpsuits.

helloweekendmarketBesides working, I’ve been hitting up flea markets in Saigon. It’s my new favorite thing to do. This past weekend, I went to the Hello Weekend Market in District 1. It was pretty bad ass! It was bigger than the Saigon Flea Market, and featured more local, independent designers. I bought some perfume, some gorgeous kimonos, a new pair of shoes, and a new makeup bag. If you’re interested in seeing a haul post, let me know!

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Once I get back from Thailand, posting will resume as normal. I’ve just ordered another package (sent this time via express mail) from w2beauty.com, so I hope to get that soon so I can post what I bought. My skin has finally returned to sort of normal (although I have a TON of acne scarring leftover, sniff sniff), and I feel more confident about testing out products again. I also plan on exploring much more in Ho Chi Minh City, as there are so many cool cafes, shops, and restaurants that I haven’t been to yet.

And now, I’m going to get in my bed and watch Broad City because my little ones were all sniffly on Sunday and I feel a bit under the weather. I refuse to be sick for my trip!

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Saigon Flea Market

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Yes, I know it’s been like a century since I’ve last posted. Truth is, I’m burnt out. I went through a phase a few weeks ago where I was getting my life together (sort of), and now. Blah. I only have 2 more weeks of summer school left though, then it’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Last weekend, I was at work when I received a notification from one of my Instagram followers that the Saigon Flea Market was happening right around the corner. I ran over to the Crescent Mall in Phu Mu Hung in between classes, and sure enough, right outside of Boomerang Bistro, was a super cool flea market.

It was full of vendors selling all sorts of wares, from vintage clothing, original designs by local designers, sunglasses, jewelry, homeware, the works. There was even a woman there selling a ton of imported cosmetics from the US, but she was charging like $10 for a stick of Dove Deodorant. Girl. The sad part is, I almost bought it. The buying deodorant in Asia struggle is real!

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I ended up buying a pair of new sunglasses (because one can never have enough sunglasses), some gorgeous handmade rings that you can see on my Instagram page, a clutch from local designer Ric’s Culture Handmade, and a gorgeous dress from local designer Bii Youngi.

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If you’re living in Saigon, make sure to add the Saigon Flea Market to your Facebook groups so you can see when the next one is. There’s actually one this Sunday, and I totally think I’m going to go! I was in a rush last time and didn’t get a chance to really, REALLY see everything. If anyone is interested, maybe we can meet up! Let me know in the comments if you’re interested. I’d love to meet some new friends! 🙂

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The Coffee Lady

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I shared this story on my tumblr page, but it’s so awesome that I wanted to share it with all of you.

I love my apartment building. It’s conveniently located,  it’s safe, there’s a taxi stand for easy access around the city, and there’s always a multitude of street vendors selling everything from snacks to coffees right outside.

For the past three weeks, I’ve had the same routine every morning. I wake up at 7, shower, makeup, eat breakfast, check e-mails, yadda yadda. Everyday around 8:15 I head out for work. And every morning, without fail, for the past 3 weeks, there’s been a woman outside with her drink cart on her bicycle, selling drinks to all of the commuters. She always wears leopard print, and a huge floppy hat. Every morning, I order a ca phe sua da from her (a traditional Vietnamese iced coffee). She’s always smiling, and always super friendly. After I grab my coffee, the taxi lady calls me a cab, and bam. I’m off to work.

A few mornings ago, I strolled out of my apartment, eagerly anticipating my morning coffee (totally addicted to Vietnamese coffees, and I’m not ashamed). But much to my surprise, the coffee lady wasn’t there! The taxi lady saw the panic come over my face and rushed over to me.

“Ca phe?! Ca phe?!” She asked, while making the phone call gesture.

Before I could even answer, she was on her phone. And in less than a minute, the coffee lady sped up to my apartment, hopped off her bike, made me a coffee, and pushed me in the cab. As I tried to pay her, she shooed me away, laughing and smiling, and saying something in Vietnamese.

It was just the kindest gesture! From the taxi lady actually calling the coffee lady, to the coffee lady giving me the coffee for free….I’ve just been smiling about the situation all week. The people in Vietnam are so genuinely kind. It makes me happy to live here.

 

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Mui Ne

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This past weekend, Johnny and I took a little trip to Mui Ne. It’s the closest beach town to Ho Chi Minh City, and trust, we definitely needed the break. After work on Friday, we hopped on a bus, and in about 6 hours (was supposed to be 5 but traffic was crazy), we were in beach heaven. Mui Ne is also an extremely popular tourist spot for Russians, so in a few of my pictures you’ll see a lot of Russian written on the signs and stuff.

Per Lauren’s recommendation, we stayed at the Ananda Resort, which was AMAZING. We rented one of the beach bungalows, and from our door to the ocean was about a 30 second walk. Best of all, it was only $50 bucks a night! A light breakfast was also included, and the staff and service was phenomenal. If you go to Mui Ne, you definitely need to check them out.

We were only there 2 days, so we didn’t have much time to explore. We basically just ate and lounged around on the beach. Perfection. We both came back with tans and a little more pep in our step. Well….we did have one minor mishap. Our bus on the way back broke down, so for about 2 hours we were stuck in some roadside restaurant in the middle of nowhere. It wasn’t pleasant, but I’m thankful Johnny was with me to keep me sane.

And while I was there, I had the chance to pull out my trusty ol’ camera. I’ve really been neglecting taking photos here in Vietnam, and that’s gotta change. But for now, I have about 20 photos from our little weekend getaway. Hope you enjoy!

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