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It's been EXACTLY a year since Sianpei and I were on this crazy ass trip, and finally, finally ,...
|An overview of our journey.|
Pat on the back cos Microsoft Paint.
|Took a bus and arrived at Chiangrai!|
|White Temple too touristy but tourists still happy lol|
|Then Sianpei found the most amazing Jap-themed cafe ever - Ryokan Cafe|
|Interior design was beautiful|
|That's our beautiful scooter right there.|
|AND THE MOST AMAZING DOGGGGGGGG|
I guess you can't leave out a dog in a jap cafe.
|I LOVED HIM.|
I MARRIED HIM.
And Sianpei was our witness.
|That's ma dawgie dawgggg|
|A waterfall (tons of this around SEA)|
|A lil bit of trekking|
|And a lil bit of riding|
|WE CAME RIGHT BACK TO RYOKAN CAFE IN THE EVENING!!!!!|
|I just love their open-air concept. There was a big field right there.|
I loved everything about the cafe...
|Went on a bit of a Chiangmai tour the next day and had a look at a temple.|
|I must admit I was bought over by Buddhism after travelling all over these SEA countries.|
|Nice glasshouse concept|
|Whatchu reading Sianpei!|
|Double yum yum.|
|One helluva big erection|
|Lanterns drifting down and flying in the air...|
|Spirited Away much? It was simply magical!!|
|Us making our own wishes :)|
|Our very own lantern!!|
Crossed over from Thailand via Huay Xai and then to Pak Beng.
|Mountains on mountains on mountains...|
|Some crazy angmohs brought along their gigantic bikes... someday I wanna ride from the North to the South of Vietnam.|
|Kuang Si Waterfalls.|
Pretty magical blue waters~~
|That's Sianpei jumping off and into the pool ;-)|
after a lot of convincing
|Lol. Girl, are you lost?|
|Just let me indulge in some wildlife photography okay?|
|THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WATERFALL IN OUR ENTIRE TRIPPIN'|
|I just had to.|
With my john travolta hairdo after jumping into that pool
You're worth it.
|One in a series of Sianpei-is-eating photos.|
|One of our favourite morning breakfasts - porridge with youtiao.|
We're just all the same in SEA aren't we?
|You owe her money.|
|What's left of the French colony.|
|What I love about SEA...|
|You'd think this was Europe|
Until you see a stupa...
|Hehe that's me at the top!|
|There's them at the top TOO.|
Just look at the number of tourists with us... All there to try to catch the sunset. Seriously???!
And that's Sianpei judging them
|Laos has been colonised once again.|
| By this Singaporean too.|
God save us all.
|Was still a gorgeous sight though.....|
|Dinner at the market.|
|Doesn't this remind you of the Spirited Away scene when Chihiro and her parents were pigging out? Literally.|
And it was funny how when I had that thought, some dude actually talked about it in front of us.
|Luckily my companions were just as worried about completing the whole trail as me cos they're in their 50s hehe.|
I respect them for doing shit like that at this age though
|Came across a school too!|
|Reminded me so much of those Laos kids we taught during OCIP :')|
Knowing a bit of Lao was helpful.
|"Something's wrong with this lady's mouth"|
|You show em boys what you're made of.|
Girl Powah in those Laotian skirts!!
|What a fantastic crew : )|
I still keep in contact with this German couple through email.
|Common sightings in Laos.|
|Once again, our fav breakfast food bahaha|
It was really cool, the whole thing was literally made of bamboo.
|Our really nice hostel host. She was from Vietnam.|
|Our banana with nutella pancake fix,|
|(look at that face!!)|
|Damn awesome sandwiches as well,|
|and to have made a new friend.|
|Planning our next stops - Vietnam and Cambodia|
|Just to keep you up to speed on where we are.|
Heading to Ban Na'phong!
|This girl here, we recognised her in the three different years we were at Naphong village.|
from a tweedly dum to a big girl
Believe me, that was her 4 years ago riding that bike with me, and 3 years on, that's the same girl.
|Joy, our Laotian guard for the few days we were there.|
Previously just like any ordinary young'un.
Now, a father.
|Laotian homecooked meals.|
Always too filling.
|The hordes came,|
|She's my favourite.|
|2012: when she was a wee dumpling and cried whenever girls like us swoop to find her and then swoon at her|
|2013: when she was a toddler and decided that I was okay becos I looked like a boy|
|2015: we best friends yo?!?!?|
I won her heart after 3 years HEHE.
|Monkeyed around with them|
|Honestly, it's real tiring being a parent ya know|
|But sometimes, you enjoy a head massage or two hahahahahahahahahah|
someone's obviously enjoying it.
|It was with this boy when I discovered something...|
|And then in 2015,|
|I must say it's a friendship worth a million stars and wishes!|
|Big general map of our SEA trip to get you organised.|
So we're at the third stop: Vientiane - Hanoi.
Started from the north at Hanoi, went further up north to Sapa before going all the way to the South.
|Sleeper bus to go from Laos to Vietnam overnight|
|Border between Laos and Vietnam.|
Always exciting to cross borders - cheap thrill
where we also had to pay 20 dong or something for "entry"
I found the pipe intriguing and the man saw us staring at him (who later became our bestfriend)
|He introduced to us our first Vietnamese meal|
|He was super helpful lah.|
That's just one of those things you encounter overseas - kindness of strangers.
|We weren't there at a very good time... mostly gloomy.|
By the time we reached Hanoi, it was dark.
|LOVED THESE!!! OMG They're snails that you could suck out and wow, glorious....|
Doubt Singapore'd ever dare have these on the streets
|We were freakin happy!!|
Hanoi, you were magical.
You so fancy we ready to eat all of your glorious cuisines.
|Bun Bo - different from Pho, which is kway teow|
this is the thick bee hoon
|PHO!!! HELL YEAH|
|a funny sweet dessert thingy that looks like porridge but more of a paste with youtiao on top|
|Ho Chi Minh Museum|
|All hail the great commander in chief of all of Vietnam's history.|
But I must say I got suspicious of Uncle Ho.
I mean... not married. Loves kids? Hmm.. what is up?
|Fun fact: First country he ever visited was Singapore in the Year 1911|
|THEN WE VISITED THE MAN HIMSELF in the mausoleum|
It felt eerily like the time LKY passed away and people paid their respects inside.
Only this time, HCM's body's been there for like years and years and years.......
And he looked completely the same.
Sweet and crispy on the outside with this small ball of yam inside if im not wrong.
|Glee with red porridge|
|OH THIS ONE.|
This is something everybody tries when they're in Hanoi.
|They're pork noodles wooooo.|
And what I absolutely love is what's served alongside the main dishes.
THAT PILE OF HERBS - mint, coriander - amazing. I miss it.
|Chattin up strangers|
|Hanoi's pretty too with a huge lake at the city centre...|
Really romantic I must say Hanoi.
We just had to send postcards from Vietnam cuz cool like that.
|.... ain't yer bay-yoo-tifulll|
i tried. applaud.
|Still woke up early to see the gorgeous bay|
|I was amazed people lived on boats at Halong Bay|
|Kayaking or canoeing?|
Dunno the diff.
|We were there at a bad time, no blue skies.|
|There was a haunting effect about it though...|
which was in itself quite charming actually
|Our friends - the Chinese and Spanish man|
|Ciao ciao Halong Bay.|
Probably never coming back lol.
We weren't impressed.
|Mochi... the closest thing to home. Love anything steamy|
|These shopkeepers are extremely... i can't find the word for it.|
Scheming? Cunning? Resourceful?
they're really good at persuading you to buy their stuff.
|a lot of imitation goods here, which i daresay are almost as good as the real deal.|
|Don't be fooled by its rusty exterior...|
|here's from the outside|
|at the railway station|
|No tourists, check.|
Just kidding. Isn't she adorbs?
|We found these two with long hair inseparable.|
One blonde (which really intrigues me) and the other Brunette,
They need to start an American show
|Couldn't resist getting a snap!|
The blondie looks like Sianpei's sister. The other two are mine.
|Shopping for H&M and Zara|
|A glimpse of that astonishing headpiece|
|Lucky to have had good weather~|
struck lottery cos the past days were raining and just real shitty weather
|It was a walk in the park|
|Hipster photo of Sianpei haha|
|It really was quite beautiful|
But not as beautiful as I had imagined. We were there during winter time so it wasn't at all rice harvesting season
|Still cool for city kids to see some rice being grown|
|Lucky day in Sapa|
|The local tribal women are impressive.|
|Christmas trees on fire|
|Favourite sleeper bus again!|
|Moving to Hue, middle of Vietnam|
|Train was quite clean and comfortable|
|What was outside|
|One in the many Sianpei in shot photos|
|Finally, HUE Bun Bo|
Original beef noodles from the city of Hue.
|Vietnamese Hue delicacies!|
We were honestly really full but we just... had to try haha.
|I would like to think that it would've looked really majestic inside|
But we decided against going inside since we had to pay a fee and well, it was dreadful weather anyways.
|Huge ass brolly.|
|I took this photo to remember that I was impressed with the Vietnamese and their handwriting back in the day.|
French influence perhaps? Romanticism as well. Because in the museums we went to, there were a lot of love letters written by Vietnamese prisoners to their lovers that had beautifully crafted handwriting!
|BY TRAIN OF COURSE!!|
|It was here at the train station when we met a funky China man who talked to us....|
|Yes all of us normal citizens waiting to board a train.|
|Everyone facing one another.|
I took this photo because everyone - tourists and locals were all sharing a moment watching Just for Laughs on that television screen. Laughter is universal.
|Gorgeous sea view :-)|
Sianpei was reading a book about a man who travelled round the world and he took this train route to get to Danang too.
|The top! With the ocean behind us :D|
(with torn jeans from motorbike fall in myanmar heh)
|are we outta the woods?|
|Steamboat for dinner!!!!!|
DAMN SHIOK. THIS WAS... I dunno if it was the best but steamboat in cold weather always works fine and dandy with me
|That's Dragon Bridge.|
|As you can tell, I'm very amazed by the bridge|
|Food first of course. This was their version of chee cheong fun|
|Lovin these markets|
|Sianpei leading you round the bend to a mystical place....|
When people knew we were heading to Hoi An, they said THIS was a must-try.
|And try we did.....|