So this entire post will sum up my October and I'll just be mentioning about my Vietnam Trip!
On the 29 Oct, I left Singapore for Vietnam (lmao i sound so ridiculous). I was on a school trip with my classmates. And we went to Ho Chih Minh City.
As soon as we reached and on our way to lunch, we could already see that there are a lot of motorcycles on the roads and it seems like a bustling city.
After lunch, we visited the Independence Palace. To be very honest, I was trying very hard to listen to what my tour guide was saying but the weather was seriously too warm for me and I was fanning myself non-stop. Well, I wasn't the only one but majority of us were really perspiring madly.
But still, the place is indeed very pretty but we kinda need more fans there. ><
The front view is really pretty because of the fountain :D
After the palace, we visited the War Remnants Museum. We were given some free time to look around the museum by ourselves. The museum showed a lot of information and photos about the war between Vietnam and America. And stuffs like Asian Orange. It was really sad back then and I felt really sorry for them. They were indeed treated very unfairly. It just occurred in my mind that how could one even be so cruel. Till now, the new-borns in Vietnam still suffer from the Asian Orange.
But sad things aside (omg was i too serious), luckily that place was air conditioned though. Most of us had some time to rest at least.
Next up was the Water Puppet show, I didn't manage to take pictures because I was really tired and most of the time I was yawning and dozing off. I felt quite bad though but I just couldn't help it xD
But when you have the great company of friends around you is still the best. But it was still fascinating that the actors were literally doing everything underwater. I was really impressed actually.
Its just very cool that everything is done underwater.
After the show it was dinner and we finally checked in to our hotel.
Since I partnered up with 2 other friends, my room was a LITTLE spacious but not really that spacious. It was enough for my luggage and me lol xD
Breakfast was buffet like typical hotels so nothing special. First off, we were headed to Cu Chi Tunnel. The bus ride was around 1h 30 min. Sort of fell asleep (no actually i didn't fall asleep I SLEPT).
The tunnel experience was really overwhelming for me. I never thought one could possibly live underground. It was also really smart for the Vietnamese to build a tunnel like this. It was quite some fun walking through the tunnel even though it was just 20m. I was really scared at first but once I entered, I felt the sudden excitement xD . So if you are going to visit Vietnam during the holidays, do check out Cu Chi Tunnel! ^^
Our next stop was an orphanage. We had a little tour around the orphanage, got to see how they were living and the conditions there.
It was hard not to feel upset and sympathy towards them because some of them have illness that might last their whole life..
After looking around, we went ahead to play with them and give them some sweets and chocolates.
I somehow can get along with kids as I always play with my baby cousins, I managed to hi-five a few times with them. They were really adorable.
Even though we had a language barrier, we still had a lot of fun with the kids. I really enjoyed myself there as well as playing with the them and seeing the smiles on their faces, that just made my day already. I wish them all the best in whatever they do. Missing them already.
After the orphanage, we visited the The Old Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Did some shopping at old post office. Its an interesting place actually, they show you the different time in different countries. For the cathedral, its obvious thats its a church. Its really a pretty building actually. I couldn't stop re-taking just to get a nice shot of it.
After eating our breakfast, we headed to Mekong Delta. It was a long bus ride again I couldn't sleep because something happened.
We were given the traditional Vietnamese straw hat to wear as we were going to the paddy field after lunch and the weather was hot too.
The boat ride was really nice, very windy and its super relaxing. We saw how coconut candy was made and had an early tea break before lunch.
So moving on, we took another boat. But this time. the boat was smaller. It was a super fun and nerve-wrecking experience. There were many other boats that were sailing by our sides and there were also plants. I never knew how to swim so I was afraid that something would happen xD
Well, it was still a very nice experience!
Later in the day, we carried on with our next activity which was paddy field.
Singapore doesn't have paddy fields and I believed that it was all our first time inside one. To be very honest, I was super scared to go in. I was screaming all the while when I was inside xD It was really slippery but I didn't fall though. What's gross its that there were black rice floating around your legs >.< But when we were planting though, I could feel how tired it is to plant rice under the scorching sun and bending your back. It is extremely tiring. It was really a great experience!
At around 5.20, we were stuck in the traffic but we were suppose to be shopping at Ben Thanh Market, we arrived pretty late and we didn't have much time to shop there and I felt like the chance was pretty wasted. But after dinner, we still managed to shop at this shopping mall. Bought quite a few pieces of clothes for myself hehe and I can't deny that some of them are really quite nice :D
It was finally time for us to go home.. To be very frank, I really felt like I was gonna miss Vietnam a lot.. Well, probably it was because it was the last memories before I separate classes with my classmates.. It was a nice flight back to SG. The food on the plane was yummy and not forgetting always getting another cup of apple/orange juice xD It was nice seeing my family again after 4 days. Really missed home and my beloved bed that was waiting for me <3
It felt so good when I saw my family waiting for me outside. I just really miss them I guess.
I definitely miss my tour leader, Utt, she's really humorous and she can make us laugh with the simplest jokes. Also missing my vietnam tour guide, Anh, she's really sweet and friendly and i miss her so damn muchhhh. Appreciated that she taught us a few vietnamese words so that we could at least say hello and thank you.
Hopefully if I ever go back to Vietnam I'll see her again :D
OMG. Its really another long post>< SO YOU KNOW I TRULY LOVE YOU IF YOU READ IT UP TILL HERE RIGHT :*
hehehe. thank you so much reading!
In the meantime, stay awesome and be happy always!
Hugs & Kisses !