It’s been almost a week that I’ve moved to Vietnam, and it weirdly feels like I’ve been out of Korea for ages now. I am so incredibly happy here. Ho Chi Minh City is freaking fantastic. The weather is gorgeous. It’s hot and humid, but it’s not the ridiculously stifling heat of Korea. The nights are particularly wonderful, with a great breezes and tons of outdoor cafes, wine bars, and restaurants to hang out in and people watch. Our apartment is freaking fantastic too! It’s actually Johnny and I’s first apartment together. We’ve always had roommates or lived separately. It feels so nice to have a place we can call our own (for now).
Johnny and I live in District 7 in Saigon, in an area called Phu My Hung. This area is a favorite for expats, as there are a lot of schools, restaurants, cafes, malls, bars, grocery stores, spas, massage parlors, nail salons, all within at least a 10 to 15 minute walking distance. This is particularly helpful for me, as I’m not even toying with the idea of riding my own motorbike (although I’ve rode with Johnny and it’s pretty fun/completely insane). Literally everything I could ever want or need is within walking distance. The food options are limitless, with options including Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, Chinese, Western, you name it. It’s such a stark difference for me because for 2 years I lived in areas where my dining options were pretty limited. It’s like a whole new world for me! And the area is so gorgeous, featuring really wide tree lined streets and gorgeous villas that look like they belong in Beverly Hills…swoon. Apparently each little neighborhood in Phu My Hung was assigned to a different designer, so every little area has it’s own flavor. And there isn’t nearly as much traffic here as in other districts like D1…where I swear that I was going to get murdered by a giant crowd of people on motorbikes.
And everything is just SO CHEAP. No one was exaggerating the costs here. There’s a fresh fruit juice stand on my corner that has juice for basically a dollar. I got a world class pedicure (with ADORABLE nail art) for about 12 dollars. I even got a facial randomly the other night for about 15 dollars. And I don’t even want to get started on the food. THE FOOD. Sigh. It’s amazing. So cheap, so delicious. I think I’m officially addicted to pho.
I’m giving myself a 2 week vacation to just sort of relax after my time in Korea, to learn my new neighborhood, to polish my resumes and media kit, and work on my pitches for freelance work. I’m so much more productive here. I don’t know if it’s the endless sunshine, the great weather, or the fact that I’m eating so many fruits and veggies now, but I just feel great. I’ve been waking up early (without an alarm!), making myself breakfast, and working on my blog/writing work until the afternoon. After that, Johnny and I usually go and have lunch, walk around, then hang out and grab a drink somewhere before coming home and relaxing, where I usually end up doing more blog work.
All in all, I was a bit worried that I was making a wrong decision by leaving Korea, but I can say with 940534985% certainty that I made the right decision. I just feel like there’s been this huge weight lifted off my shoulders. Once I start going to the gym, and hopefully doing yoga, I’m going to be unstoppable!
Before I go, I wanted to show you all some photos of my new neighborhood. I hope you like them!