I think if I am not wrong, our last trip together was when I insisted that he bring me to a trip before we went over to Dubai... and it was to Lijiang... (Lijiang Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 |Day 4 | Day 5) And that was in 2011!
I still remember that Ace was so impressed with our trip, when he was planning to marry his "love", Xu Ai, he even planned for a honeymoon to Vietnam! LOL!
When our Lions Club was organizing a charity trip over to Vietnam, I jumped at the chance to have some time alone with Max and told him that I wanted to go too.
It meant though, Ace has to go live in Popo or Nainai's house and he chose to live in nainai's house cos he says it is closer to his school and easier to get to and fro shool..
This trip, we were going to Hanoi and HCM.... Both places we have been to before. I had very fond memories of our Hanoi trip which we did alone to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary.
Here are the photos we took the last time!:)
HCM we went during Shushu and Shenshen's wedding...
Reached the airport and saw so many Pokemons! MUST TAKE PICTURE!!!!!
We even took a goodbye video to send to Ace:) hahahahaa...
Then after checking in, still had some time... so went to find things to eat lah.. went to to foodcourt and had to try order our food from a machine... first time.. karang kabok.. hahahaha
After a short flight, finally arrived in Hanoi! Woohoo!
We were greeted in Hanoi by our Lions counterparts and it was time to head to our hotel.... Many thanks to our big brother, Lion Sunny for arranging everything lor...
Then we met up again for lunch. Because our Taiwanese counterparts are vegetarian, everyone thought better to find a vegetarian restaurant and turns out, we found one near our hotel!:)
As we walked over, we were exploring the streets of Hanoi.. it is a different feel this time cos the weather is cold at 16 degrees.... the last time I came, it was summer and somewhat warm like Singapore.
I joked that this time in Hanoi, everyday take picture also same outfit one.... cos we were perpetually wearing our jackets and scarfs:) LOL
We walked past this and wondered if it is the Tamarind Cafe we loved and visited again and again the last time we were here.. after walking around.. We think this IS the place and that the cafe must have closed down..
I just did a quick google search and I think I am right... cos they share the same address and Tamarind has closed down...
So one ticked off our to do list while there....
Next, Max's tick off list consisted of some craft beer time... and we finally found this place with craft beer and sat down for a drink....
But cold day.. I think will be quite nice to drink a hot drink too.. too bad i dun drink coffee one..
After tat, went to jalan jalan somemore..
The whole world there is in those light puffy coats... and the reason is the whole street is selling those jackets lor:) hahahaha
Night time, we decided to go out for dinner and head out to pasar malam to see see look look...
But leh, after so many years, chef different liao.. food also diff.. food no longer as tasty..
After dinner we realized that they have closed the roads... and so you can walk freely on the roads and there is alot of performances going on...
All the aunty uncle wear nice nice come and dance.. BUT... I dunno why this kind of dance is play this kind of music... like tak match.. BUT they look happy and I guess that is most important:)
This group was performing outside the cultural association... so they are some cultural group.. and it turned out they were performing a song that I had just heard called Katyusha... It is a russian military type of song... But it is a sad love story type of song about forlorn love.... And interestingly, I heard it in some chinese singing program :)
I asked Max to guess what country this song is from and he guessed correctly:)
Then Ina said she wanted to go toilet so we went to the nearest hotel to find toilet.. wah.. the toilet sibeh nice!
While walking over.. saw this cute little boy...
Asked for a photo with Pikachu..
Oh, we were also told the Pizza 4P is very good and the best pizza in Hanoi.. too bad no stomach to try:) Even my SIL who is vietnamese tells me it is very good!:)
THis guy came out.. and then so many pple cheering.. and i suddenly realized there are more women than men in the group.. and all the cameras come out lah... I was like.. so popular meh?
Found a video of him singing taken by the cafe on that day..... you be the judge..
Anyway, I think though he did not sing very well.. he did not sing too badly also lah.. I just wonder how hard he has to work to maintain himself and why he chose to sing here instead of venture further...
And that put an end to our first day in Hanoi ;)
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