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What I’ve Been Up To Lately

One of my friends sent me a screen shot of the last time I posted a blog. The date was in January.

I feel absolutely awful. Life has just been life-ing away over here in Vietnam. The beginning of the year started with a huge bang, and hasn’t really let up since. Here’s a little run-down of what I’ve been up to:

  1. I’ve started writing about skincare over at xoNecole.com. You can find my posts over in the Skin and Nails section!
  2. One of my best friends from college came to visit me for a month and I had such a great time. It’s so nice seeing the city you live in through fresh eyes. We went to Phuket together, the Mekong Delta, a Saigon Heat game, and ate lots of amazing food.
  3. I’ve also done some traveling in the new year -to Phuket with my best friend and Johnny, (and where I also met my HS bestie), Hoi An, Vietnam for Johnny and I’s 10 year anniversary, and I’m going to Bangkok on Sunday.
  4. I’m also working like crazy. Workworkworkworkworkwork (Like Rihanna).

And for the big news. I’m sad to be saying this, but I’ll be leaving Ho Chi Minh City in May. As much as I wanted to start the IFA program in Paris, the dates just didn’t add up for me. So, instead, Johnny and I are moving to Phuket, Thailand for the next 3 to 6 months.

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Life in Vietnam 3

Hi hi! Here’s another round of photos from life here in Vietnam. As with the rest of the photos in this series, all were taken with my iPhone 6 and edited on my MacBook Pro using the CameraBag 2 app.

The past few weeks have been busy, but I’ve been making time to have dinner and coffee dates with friends, and of course, play with my new puppy, Sophia Loren-Petrillo. She’s pretty much the best puppy of all time and I AM OBSESSED. I held back on posting the 94535 photos I’ve taken of her so far but just know that anytime you want to see a photo, I have them.

Hope you enjoy!

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Life in Vietnam 2

Life’s been going swell lately. I’m full force into my new job, and I’m really liking it a lot. I’m busy, but in a good way. I’ve finally established a routine and am managing my time better. I also just found out I’ll most likely be teaching summer school again and I’m going to start again at a gym next month…so YAY. That’s about as exciting as my life has been in the past few weeks, haha!

I also recently made another amazing order from w2beauty, so of course you’ll be the first to know when I get it. Also, a reader asked when I’ll be posting my nighttime routine, and I’m in the process of testing out a bunch of new stuff so I wanted to get some time in there first to see how it all works out before I post. Unless you just want to know what I’m currently testing, then let me know!

Without further ado, here are some photos I’ve snapped with my iPhone of my life here in Vietnam. Hope you enjoy!

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Life in Vietnam – iPhone Edition

I don’t share nearly enough photos of my life in Vietnam on the blog. Now that I have a fancy-pants new iPhone 6, I take pictures constantly, but I don’t want to flood Instagram. I’ve decided to start a little photo series here each week where I can share with you what I’ve been up to, where I’ve been eating, all the good stuff.

This week, I discovered a new cafe/restaurant in Phu My Hung called Eden Cafe. They have a delicious brunch and excellent coffee. They even have a mini library of English books that you can read while you’re there!

brunchateden2 tiles dinnerswithfriendstaco night with friends in D2

pretetflowers notredame operahouse babaskitchenYummy Indian food at Baba’s Kitchen down Bui Vien

saigonstreets apartmentliving beerclub prembistroLunch date at Prem Vegetarian Bistro

buddha saigonviews brunchatedenBrunch at Eden Cafe

valentinesday2Valentine’s Day Dinner at Cobalt Restaurant

lusine notredamesaigon 40years notredameflowers sherylljohnnysaigon quanututThe BEST pulled pork sandwiches at Quan Ut Ut

favoritecafeMy favorite Korean coffee shop in Phu My Hung

fruitsandveg afternoonlight pinkcatholicchurch refineryLate night drinks at The Refinery

I love sharing my photos, so let me know if you like this sort of thing!

xoxo

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Cakes and Ale Cafe – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A few weeks ago, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone in Phu My Hung and try a new cafe to work out of. A quick Google search for ‘cool cafes in D1, Ho Chi Minh City’ yielded a bunch of results, but none of them intrigued me like Cakes and Ale did.

Cakes and Ale is located at Room 9, Level 1, 23 Ly Tu Trong, District 1. It’s quite hidden in the apartment building, and I actually had to stop into a super cute boutique (more on that soon) to ask where it was. Once inside, I was mesmerized at how the owners transformed a small apartment into such a cute space. I almost felt like a VIP because I was the only person in the cafe…for nearly 4 hours.

cakes2 cakes5cakes3The stars of the cafe are the cakes and fresh roasted coffee. The owner sat and talked with me for about 20 minutes about their cakes and how much work they put into making their cakes the best. I’d have to agree. I ordered the flan gateau cake and first, the slice was HUGE. Benefits of a small cafe = bigger portions for customers. WIN! Second, it was amazingly delicious. I didn’t think that flan and chocolate cake could work together, but they do.

cakes cakes4All cakes are baked fresh daily, and the menu changes each day as well. The owner told me if you get there very early in the morning, you can eat the cake right out of the oven. They actually make their cakes right in the middle of the cafe, so you can smell smell delicious baked goods while you work or chat with friends. I don’t know about you, but smelling cakes baking all day is the ultimate productivity booster.

And coffee lovers, never fear. The owner also told me his dad wakes up early each morning to roast fresh coffee beans. The coffee was delicious, with just enough condensed milk to make it sweet, and not overwhelm the coffee flavor.

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Is it a good cafe to work in? Well, I got lucky since I was the only person there, but there is only one table to sit at. The rest of the seating is couches and small tables, made more for conversations between friends and not bloggers. Either way, I’d go back because the atmosphere was so calming and inviting. It really felt like I was at a friend’s cozy apartment.

Part of my New Year’s Resolutions was to step out of my comfort zone and try new things, so I’m glad to say that my little experiment paid off! Sometimes, it is worth it to leave the house!

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