Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Take Hold Of Every Moment!

Another month is almost gone! July is here to come. So I would just like to make a brief reflection about holding each moment of our lives.

Do we treat each day in our lives as a special occasion? Do we keep our special perfume for a special day? Do we keep our best dress in our closet and wait for a special moment to wear it? Are we saving our best dinner wares for a special event? Well...if you are doing this, it's normal as majority of people do. I myself was guilty of doing this before. I always stack up things in my closet and save them for future use. My Mom used to have this habit as well. Whenever I buy something for the house, she would straight away keep them until that we cannot find it! (lol). But as I go along with life, I discovered so many things. I just realized that I should not delay or postpone anything that could bring joy and laughter to my life.

Now...whenever I feel like want to eat a particular kind of food, if I have the means to get it, I straight away take it. If I want to visit or dine in at a particular place, I will certainly go for it! Each day should be a special day! But don't get me wrong, I also save for the future. I am just trying to balance things in my life. I take time out to do things that I like after I have saved a little something for future needs. They say that too much of anything is bad. We should always strike a balance in everything that we do. Moderation is the key!

Enough of this, I just wish to reflect on something today before we finally say good bye to June and welcome July. Sometimes, our busy schedule makes us forget some thoughts in life and it is always nice to be reminded. Well...that's what blogging is all about!

Have a nice day everyone!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Today's Morning Reflection!

Time flies so fast! I'm still having some good thoughts about my recent vacation to the Philippines and at Hoh Chih Min City with the kids and before I knew it, one day more and it's going to be July!

We have to face another month of life's challenges and hopes for a better future! With this in mind, I would just like to share an inspiring quote:

"God has made life so good that even if we don't enumerate all that we need everyday, we realize that He continues to give what's best for us!"

In my case, it's very true! For the past one and a half month since I came back to my work here, so many things had already happened! Some days are good, some days are bad. Some moments I'm feeling high, some moments I'm feeling so low. I guess, it's normal! This is what life is all about. When God gave us this life, He never promised a smooth road all the way but He did promise to be around when we need Him for guidance. I'm also thinking if our life is all the way smooth, then there wouldn't be challenges and lessons learned. So probably, this is really how life was made.....colorful! :)

I guess...we just have to be ready to face whatever consequences that we're going to have each day of our lives. We just have to grab any possible opportunity that would make us happy even if it's so simple and plain. Guess what? Same what i did yesterday! I asked one local staff in our company to buy me a pot of flowering plant in the market. I wanted to have a touch of "nature" inside my room. You see, most days I'm staying inside my room only, so most of the time I missed seeing nature. So I just thought of...why don't I bring nature inside my room? It's possible and not so difficult, so why not? If this would give me a happy feeling, then by all means! I'm happy to see plants, flowers and every part of nature. So I guess, this is my alternative in case of I cannot find a time to go out of my room. So there you go, I just had a pot of purple orchids which I placed on the table beside my bed. So when I woke up this morning, the first thing that I saw was my orchids! It's cool! Better than seeing a piece of bare table everyday!

I'm sharing this not for anything else, but just to show that we should never postpone happiness! After all, our years on earth is numbered, so we should have to make the most of our years..... happy, contented and at peace!

Happy Wednesday! Thanks for the visit!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Day After The Storm!

Oh well....I was able to breathe properly after hearing from my daughter in the Philippines that raining already subsides. Well..there's still occasional rains but not as strong as the previous days. But our pet "Kafi" is still sick. My daughter had decided to bring her to the Veterinarian tomorrow for the necessary treatment.

I am actually feeling low today, having head ache and not enough sleep as I jump to afternoon shift. After work, as usual, I spent sometime watching a Korean series on my DVD. But of course, blogging will never be neglected.

Feeling a bit hungry as I skipped dinner at work, I've decided to cook some soup as this would be the fastest to prepare at this hour.



Well...this has been my life as an OFW, I have to take care of all my personal needs. Luckily, I discovered blogging. This has been a great outlet for me to entertain myself and to meet some online friends. The truth is, I always resort to blogging whenever I'm feeling blue. It' such a relief knowing that you have the whole world to listen when things aren't going your way. :)

Now...I'm feeling better knowing that the storm is over and my kids will get back to their usual routine after the week end. It's great to know that your family and loved ones are always safe and comfortable. This will somehow relieved you from all the stress.

All is well that ends well!

Happy Sunday!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Typhoon In The Philippines!

I've been constantly following the news from CNN particularly the weather update as I'm totally aware that Philippines was again hit by strong typhoons, one after the other. I've been hearing news from my kids that our hometown was also affected as classes had been suspended for a couple of days already on all levels. in situations like this, I cannot help but to worry. My house is situated in the village which is a flood prone area and although I'm quite confident that my house is completely secured, I can't help but to worry. If those streets outside our house were flooded, it would be difficult for the kids to go to school and attend to some errands like buying stuff for the house, etc.

I just wish that situation will improve by tomorrow. Also because of this typhoon, we might lose our dear pet, "Kafi" whom I heard is currently very sick. My daughter was so sad when she told me that her favorite pet is getting weaker and weaker as this had not eaten anything for the past 3 days. I just hope that "Kafi" will survive from this sickness. I'm sure my daughter will be very sad if she would lose her pet again. Hopefully not!

Well...I just hope and pray that the typhoon will leave the country soon and our "Kafi" gets well, too. I just hope better things will come up to welcome the week end.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Nature Trip 03 - Lotus Plants

Amazing sight of lotus plants floating in the mud of shallow ponds of Dam Sen Theme Park at HCMC! I've seen a lot of Lotus plants here in Cambodia and in Vietnam. I remembered the first time I cross the river through a ferry on my way to Phnom Penh from Svay Rieng province, I've seen a lot of lotus flowers and seeds being sold on side streets. Lotus seeds are known as the longest viable seeds and these are being eaten in Cambodia. The first time I saw it, I never knew it was lotus. The flowers of lotus are wide and attractive. It has lots of petals and mostly pink in color. In some countries like India, both the leaves and stems can be eaten. I also happened to buy some lotus tea bags at Hoh Chih Min. I guess Lotus plants are sacred in Buddhist religions as these are mostly a part of their arts and culture.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Day At The Ice Palace!


I just wish to recall how difficult it is to take photos inside the Ice Palace at Hoh Chi Min's Dam Sen Theme Park but since my two children are both addicted to picture taking, we still manage to take so many shots inside, amidst the very cold temperature :)

We've been to the same attraction at Star City in Manila but my kids said, the ice structures featured at Damsen is far better. The area is also quite huge and before you can finish exploring it, you will feel that you can't hardly move your fingers anymore and your jaw seems to be locked (lol). In fact, I ran out since I cannot stand to stay inside any longer :) Hahaha!!

At any rate, going there was a good experience and we all had a great time!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Patience Is A Virtue!

If there's one thing that I would like to adopt into my system, I would say, it's "patience". Sad to say, I'm not that patient enough. I easily get annoyed with something and I had difficulty controlling my temper, at times. But now, as I mature, I'm able to improve it a bit, although not exactly how I wanted to but...I'm getting there!

I think "patience" is a virtue. Without it, we cannot endure life's challenges and hardships. There are times that things are not going "our way", and more often, it will take you a long time before things happen as how you expect them to be. I've been through a lot of difficulties because I'm not patient enough. If I only know how to wait, things will get a lot better, I supposed. Now, I'm sounding like a bit melancholic because things are not going "my way". But at the back of my mind, I'm trying to convince myself that if I'm really up into something, then I must know how to wait. Time is a factor and patience is the key! We cannot build a house overnight nor we can cook a delectable dish in a minute. Good things come with a price! Everything requires patience and time. Whether it comes to our finances, dreams, goals, aspirations and even our desires. We simply can't get away with time! If we want things to happen...then, we must patiently wait!

So now, I'm working out on improving my patience. I know I could achieve more if I'm patient enough and knows how to wait and endure. For now, I knew .......

"Things do happen even when we sleep!"

Monday, June 20, 2011

Nature Trip 02 - Cactus Garden At Dam Sen!





These photos were taken from Damsen's Cactus Garden at HCMC! See the giant cactus around the area? I once was hooked in collecting cactus planted in various pots of small sizes but for unknown reasons, I lose my collection. Maybe because I'm not fully aware of how to take care of them. I just only know that cactus requires a little bit of water only and must be under direct sunlight.

Hmmm.. maybe this is not for me, so now I actually shifted to collecting orchids and I've just started with it! Hope I will be successful, this time. :)

Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Get Well Soon Mom!

A couple of days ago, my Mom was brought back to her Ortho to remove her arm cast. This arm cast was on for about three weeks and I knew exactly how much she is suffering because of this. She can't hardly move around the house and cannot do her daily routine. My daughter Mikz had to bathe her at times, when needed.

Now, her arm cast was already removed and she's just waiting for her full recovery at home. She still cannot close and open her right hand freely same like before and doctor advised her to do some hand exercises using a "stress ball".

I just hope that everything will get back to normal soon. I am praying for this.

This is the wooden rosary that I bought in front of Notre Dame Cathedral when we visited there last May.


I always hold this every night until I fall asleep with a sincere prayer that everything will turn out well for my Mom, soon.

Get well soon, Mom!

Friday, June 17, 2011

All In One Desk Top PC!

Today, I jumped to morning shift, thus having only about more than 4 hours of sleep. I've been sleeping late the past few days and now that I'm able to take a nap after work is such a relief.

Feeling lazy today and don't know exactly what I have to take for dinner so ended up with a plate of spaghetti and a piece of baguette. (lol)

I've been busy lately scouting for a PC to replace the laptop in my house which according to my kids was already beyond repair after it's screen was totally down. My son told me that the computer technician advised them not to use laptop in the house anymore and switched to desk top since they are heavy computer users and a laptop cannot withstand long hours of use. So my son now is urging me to get a desk top instead of laptop. But the problem is I no longer welcome the idea of having a desk top with all those space consuming peripherals.

So I begin to search for some new designs which are more light and compact. My online search led me to this "all in one desktop" from Villman Computer Center, a Lenovo C200.


It's actually an "all in one desktop". The tower, speakers, screen, web camera, microphone, and even the DVD player are all integrated into a one compact unit. Just ideal for my requirement!

But I'm also eyeing for this one:



These two are both all in one desk top but the second one has better specifications. Actually the price difference is only Php3,000.

Hmmm...well, I have to think first. Better be sure before spending money. I don't want to end up regretting!

Any suggestion?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Nature Trip 01 - Flowers In Bloom!







Just can't help but share these lovely photos of flowers in full bloom, taken from Dam Sen Theme Park Hoh Chi Min City. I love those vibrant colors! If you are there to see these nice views personally, you will feel that "nature tripping" is one good activity to relax your mind and soul.

From this post onwards, I would be happy to feature "nature trip photos" that I've personally taken. A nature lover myself, I would admit that every time I see these photos, it reminds me that I should take part in taking care of our environment. After all, this world is still a happy place to live in :)

Hope you too, will take your share in caring for the environment!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Soup On The Streets.... Vietnam Style!



I am just thinking and wondering if this kind of sight would be applicable in Philippines :). In Vietnam, this is very common! Soup and coffee vendors are almost on every corner of the streets. If Filipinos are very fond of selling "palamig" or "sago't gulaman", whatever way you want to call it, Vietnamese on the contrary, love to sell "iced coffee". And while Filipinos love to sell "banana-Q" and "goto", for the Vietnamese, PHO or noodle soup is such a hit! Whether it's rainy season or dry season, selling noodle soup on side streets will always be a part of the Vietnam culture.

For the locals, this is a cheaper way to gather, talk and relax. I've tried this several times. I just loved their soup but I like iced coffee more. If I have the chance, I would love to learn some of their delicious snacks cooked in their own unique style.

I'm actually scouting for a Vietnamese cooking class and would definitely be happy to have one in the near future :).


Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

First Day Jitters!

I made a quick phone call to my kids before checking in for work, asking them how is their feeling now that they will finally be back to school. My son said he's fine but just feeling a little bit excited. I had a good laugh with how my daughter replied me. She said, she's so nervous, excited and cannot sleep (lol).

Well...that's what we call "first day jitters". There are actually so many factors why students get this kind of feeling on the first day of school. Just the mere thought of meeting new friends, classmates and teachers, attending the flag ceremony every morning, going to a new classroom, having new schedule and daily routine, eating lunch with friends, cramming with school projects and the head breaking reviews and doing homework is more than enough to make you sigh. But apart from these things, the good side of it is the excitement of wearing new school uniforms, new shoes, bringing new bags, sporting a new hair style and all those bits and pieces of being a student. Meeting new friends is a good experience and getting re acquainted with some old classmates is overwhelming. This is a part of growing up and maturing and a good sign of entering a normal teenage life.

Well..I'm sure that my daughter is already excited to bring her "pasalubong" and distribute to her friends which she bought from her trip to Hoh Chih Min last month. I'm pretty sure that I will hear a lot of stories tomorrow after she gets back home from school. I'm equally excited to hear how she was during the "first day" in school. After all, I'm her best buddy!

So...with this I just want to wish both of them Good Luck!
Enjoy the first day of school! It's a good feeling that you shouldn't miss! :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Back To School!

June 13 marks the beginning of school year in the Philippines and just like any other kids, my two students in the house are both excited to go back to school. In fact, reading their emails and text messages to me, I cannot count exactly how many times they mention that they are fitting their new school uniforms. :)

In fact, since they were back to Philippines from their vacation at Hoh Chi Min last summer, They straight away bought all their school supplies and books. I'm so glad that both of them turned out to be disciplined and responsible children. I didn't remember any moment that they had given me any serious problem while I'm away for work. Though we're miles apart, they remained to be as disciplined and behaved as before when I'm staying with them in the Philippines. Nothing has changed and in fact, if there's something that changed, it's for the better. Why is that so? Because I could feel now that they become more independent compared to last time that they always relied on me for everything. I'm so glad that what most people say that children who are apart from their parents (their Dad is also an OFW), will turn out to be rebellious and delinquent did not seem to be true in our case. In fact, some of my colleagues who have either parent staying with their children were complaining how much stress and head ache they've been getting from their children especially those who are approaching the teenage years. Lucky enough, my case is totally different. My kids are still delivering me good grades in school and despite the fact that I'm giving them a hefty amount for their school allowance, they were never tempted to engage themselves on lavish spending with their friends. In fact, their savings account are continually growing from their own efforts.

Well, they never miss me that much though :)...because I always go back to visit them. Around 3 times a year and last Summer, I started to tag them along for a short vacation here. That is on top of our daily emails, texting and some online chatting. Well...if you really wanted to keep in touch, there's a lot of ways to do it.

As a parent, it's great to be blessed with such wonderful children! They are not only God's gift to me but my inspiration. It doesn't only makes me feel proud to have them but it makes me feel contented knowing that somehow, I was able to do my role as a mother. I know that I'm not perfect, as nobody is, but at least deep inside, I know I have done my best!

Enough to make me SMILE :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Book Review - "Ang Buhay Na Hindi Bitin"



Months ago, I've made a review on "Ang Pera na Hindi Bitin" by Ardy Roberto, Jr. More than the review itself, I find pleasure reading the book and I'm happy to say that it turned out to be my most popular post. That only proves one thing, that many people now are becoming more and more conscious about financial management. At the back cover of this book, I found another title almost similar to the first one, "Ang Buhay na Hindi Bitin" from the same author.

Before I took my vacation last April, I did ask my son to get me a copy of the second book. Why not? If we are conscious enough to know how to manage our financial difficulties, then how much more our life's difficulties? I was actually expecting the book to be somewhat identical in size with the first one but to my surprise, my son texted me and told me that the book is only less than 30 pages and it only costs P10.00 per copy. That time, PCBS is even having a book sale, so my son got the book for a discounted price of P8.50. I asked myself, "what? A book for P8.50?

When I get back home, my son handed to me the book. It's true it's less than 30 pages. It's a kind of book that you can finish in one seating!

The book was written in a very simple but very direct approach. When you read the book, you will feel that the author was talking to you personally. It's very light content will make you feel at ease to continue reading the book until the end. Sometimes, I encounter books which are written in a very complicated manner, terms used are hard to digest and the way ideas were presented is quite complicated that you need to read between the lines for you to understand. This book is simple and direct. It will enable you to reflect about your life... your worries, problems and fears. It will point you the reason why you are feeling the emptiness within yourselves despite your financial success. Best of all, it will teach you how to fill those emptiness. The ideas presented are supported by quotes from the Bible. The book will walk you through and take you by the hand until you discover how to be a new creation in very simple steps.

I would admit,I hate reading thick books. I feel bored going through the same thing over and over again. We must admit, it's such a bore to read books on religions especially if the explanation is done in a complicated manner. The greatest challenge confronting the religious authors now is how to engage their audience to read their books and finish it until the last page.

I recommend this book for everyone to read! In fact, it doesn't choose a particular age group. The explanation was so simple that even the young audience can very well relate to. Moreover, it is an "eye opener" for those who want to seek the truth about life and as a Christian.

Because the book is priced very reasonably, it can be bought in batches of 10 or more and would be a perfect give away for your friends and relatives. A gift of love and concern for them to reach that "Life That Is Not Bitin" :)


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Trying New Facial Masks!

It was a long fine day! Today, I was able to have 12 hrs of sleep (lol). I did try to recover from the past days that I'm not able to have enough sleep. After I wake up, I took a light meal and coffee and do my usual facial which I normally do every other week. I'm not so rigid with this but I'm also thinking that women really need to take care of their skin. As what the saying goes, "you cannot stop yourself from getting old but you can delay the signs of aging." (lol!)

Kidding aside, I really believe in this. We really can delay the signs of aging and one important step is to take care of our skin. I'm not so particular about which brand to use and oftentimes, I just make use of what is available. If I don't have the facial masks and other facial cleansing creams at home, then I make use of the natural ones like fruits, olive oil, oatmeal, sea salt, lemons, etc. I just make my own mixture based from the recipes that I got from online researches. We have to be flexible, at times, right? :)

But this time, I tried the new facial mask that I bought from our recent trip to Saigon. These facial masks are so affordable and the ingredients are mostly the natural ones. I just bought 3 varieties. I'm not sure if it's compatible with my skin so I need to try first.




Before I apply this mask, I exfoliate first using milk salt. Facial mask was on for about 30 minutes, thereafter, I rinse my face with warm water and cleanse using PONDS facial foam. My last step would be the moisturizer.

That's it! I'm done with my routine facial! It's a good thing to take care of ourselves and our skin once in a while. It's a great feeling!

Ciao!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

My Own Version Of Maja Blanca!

Today, I want to get away a bit from my normal routine of watching DVD and surfing online after work. So, I've checked on my pantry cabinet and found these:


So, I've decided to cook Maja Blanca. I'm also thinking that I will be on night shift already so having a readily available food from my ref would be a great idea. You see, I normally starve to death the moment I wake up and I should be having a little something to fill my stomach while I'm preparing for my "actual meal" :).

This is my own version of Maja Blanca. I never use coconut milk, instead I use only milk. It's a combination of condensed and evaporated milk or sterilized milk. Sometimes, I also use fresh milk, whatever is available in my cup board.


I also use cream style corn instead of kernel corn. For toppings, instead of "latik", I use cheese. This time I don't have the cheddar cheese, what I have is the soft cheese which is Vietnam made. It's quite soft so I wasn't able to shred the cheese to give a more appealing look. At any rate, it doesn't affect the taste. I also never measure the ingredients, I do it by estimation. Luckily, my estimation never failed me.


Actually, any style will do, it depends on your preference and what you're comfortable with. But I'm sure that Maja Blanca will always be yummy in whatever way it was cooked.

I love to have this with my favorite cup of coffee. :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Pinoy Recipe.Net is Giving Away T-shirts and P1,000 Cash!

Today, I received an email from Pinoy Recipe.Net from which I've been a subscriber for a couple of years already, that they are going to have a give away promo.

Yes! They are going to give away a pair of Pinoy Recipe T-shirts and P1,000 in cash courtesy of BacolodCityGuide.com

This contest is open to all Philippine residents only and to qualify, you must subscribe to PinoyRecipe.net newsletter and leave a comment on the original post about this contest.

It's so easy to join and you will also get some bonus points by following some special instructions provided on this link.


This give away promo ends on June 30, 2011 and winners will be announced the following day July 1, 2011.

What are you waiting for? Join now!

Monday, June 6, 2011

I Love this Dog House!

I've mentioned on my previous posts how my daughter Mikz is very fond of dogs. She really loves dogs. In fact, during our recent trip to Hoh Chih Min, she insisted to buy some dog shampoos and dog foods for her little "Kafi", even my son opposed so much as they are already having a lot of stuff to bring home. But she still won! She was able to bring home the said stuff which she claimed to be her "pasalubong" to her puppy (lol).

She had also been expressing her desire to own a shitzu puppy since last year and she's so persistent about it which I always reply, "later...anak".
Seriously, I'm delaying this not only because it's quite expensive to buy one, but also maintaining that dog is quite an arduous task. The grooming accessories and foods are also expensive. Another consideration is the place where to put that puppy.

I'm a person who loves to tidy the house and I just cannot imagine having a dog roaming around the house. But this kind of pet cannot be also placed outside the yard as this must always be clean at all times.

The solution? There should be an appropriate dog house for this kind of pet which can be situated somewhere in the house or perhaps in the dirty kitchen. That's why I feel delighted after seeing this dog house online. It's cute and stylish! The price? It's regular price is $169 but the sale price is $121 (free shipping). Not bad as I also have one fabricated before for our other pet, Luca which I also spend around $100. This is available at www.all-dog-houses.com.


Don't you think it's lovely?

Yummy Pancit Malabon

I'm thinking now of the ways and means to cook the Filipino foods that I truly missed. You see, some of the ingredients are not available in Cambodia and considering that I am not In Phnom Penh... so places to shop your needs is very limited. It's only fortunate that we have the Duty Free Shop at the Cambodia - Vietnam boarder so at least, we have an alternative. But what I like to cook is the traditional "Pancit Malabon".

Photo below is the "pancit malabon" that I cooked in the Philippines during my vacation. The problem is I cannot find the appropriate noodles for this and also I love to mix "tinapa flakes" in my own recipe but where can I get tinapa here? (lol). I think almost half of the ingredients are not available here in my place. So, I'm just wondering if any of the Filipino expats had already tried cooking this "pancit malabon" here. If there is any, please let me know :)


I know there is a way to cook this but I'm very particular with the noodles. I don't want to use bihon noodles. Maybe next time, I should bring the noodles from the Philippines, so in case that I crave for this food, at least I can satisfy my craving.

Pancit Malabon is really yummy! But for now, I have to endure. Hmmm...maybe I will just make some salads instead. :)

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Rain .... Rain Go Away!

Oh well...it's raining quite hard here in my place. I was planning to go to the market to buy some breads and some toiletries late in the afternoon as I wanted to take a nap after work. Hmmm...I just had 4 hrs of sleep and I really feel sleepy. I took a nap then and I was awakened by the sound of the strong rain. I woke up because of the sound of the water splattered through the glass window of my room.

Because of this, my plan was shelved. I need to stay in the room. I just cooked a light dinner and had some Chinese tea after. I wanted to chat with my kids through SKYPE but they informed me that the internet connection in our house is not working properly and they cannot connect. So, I was left with no choice but to just watch my second Korean Tele Novela titled, "Alone In Love". I'm doing this while I'm surfing the internet. I don't know but I was just used to multi tasking. I'm not contented doing only a single thing at a time. For me, time is gold. I wanted to do and accomplish more things.

This is how I normally spend my free time which is not so free (lol)!!

Tomorrow...I really have to go to market, so please rain ... rain, go away! :)

Happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Amazing Plant Art!


I love these lovely plant arts! These are some of the wonderful sight at the Botanical Garden in Saigon. My daughter Mikz had a great time having her picture taken with these lovely plants.

I wish I could do the same but for sure that these were done by the professionals! (lol) so it's quite impossible for me to make even a simple one. :) I have seen many of these at Saigon and I would say that Vietnamese people are really good in designing gardens. They love to decorate parks and there's plenty of this in Hoh Chi Min City alone.

How I wish to have a chance to visit the wonderful sceneries on other provinces particularly Halong Bay and Dalat.

I just love nature!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hong Vy Hotel And The Agoda Booking!




On our recent trip to Hoh Chi Minh City, I booked our hotel through Agoda. I've chosen Hong Vy Hotel located at the Central District near the Ben Thanh Market. Well...the deals at Agoda were good. You will get points which can be converted to the equivalent amount in USD which can be use to pay for your next booking with them. Since our flight was late at night...actually considered early morning already, I felt that there is really a need to have an advance booking and the best way to do it is online.

I had some unfavorable experiences, though. I was surprised at the time that we checked in that there's no room available for us and looks like the staff at the reception never expects us. To my dismay we were put in a smaller room which I rightfully rejected. I complained non stop and even called the Hotel Manager late at night. Because of that, they were forced to find and prepare another room for us. We were asked to transfer to a better room on the 3rd day only to find out after we transferred all our things that AC is not functioning well. As usual, I complained and we were put into another room, a better and bigger room but too late.

The only good thing about this hotel was that they "make up" the room everyday and change the linens and towels daily. The hotel is also ideally located, near to most major attractions in the city. Most of the places to visit are walking distance from the hotel. There was also a laundry shop about two blocks away so we've saved a lot on our laundry compared to having this done through the hotel. But I really hate it when the reception staff on night shift cannot speak English well and it's very hard to communicate with him your requests. They had a good internet connection though and wifi can be availed free of charge.

Our stay in this hotel was a mixture of "bad and good" experiences. I guess, specifying your "special requests" to the hotel through the Agoda proved to be useless as I didn't get any until I was the one who request this personally the moment I get into the hotel. I hope Agoda can take note of this complaint and correct this next time as I've actually made up my mind that I will be booking through them on my future trips.

Well...I'm not totally disappointed but maybe I'll be more careful next time in choosing the hotel through Agoda.

Just sharing! :)

Random Thoughts

Well...recently, I cannot find the mood to blog about anything. I used to experience this the last time. When I feel like blogging, I really blog everyday but when this "mood" strikes me, I just felt like I cannot find anything to talk about. Maybe I just needed a break for few days. I guess we have to relax sometimes.

And so...to get that much needed break, I just concentrate on watching a Korean Tele novela titled, "Shining Inheritance". I was hooked with the story that I never stopped watching this for almost a week until I finally completed it. Well... I just finished the entire series last night. Because of this, I slept at around 4 AM already :)

Well...it's worth it! The story is very interesting and you could get "real life's lessons". This is the first DVD that I watch since I get back to Cambodia on 20th last month. Hmmm...I still have more to go as I bought several during my vacation in the Philippines last April.

I'm already excited to start with the second one (lol)!

Happy week end!!

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