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Reunification Palace (Dinh Thống Nhất)

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After our break in Cafe de la Poste, when we finally had our energy back, we then explored a historical landmark - the Reunification Palace/Independence Palace. It used to be the home and workplace of the president of South Vietnam. Vietnam was divided before into North and South. During the Fall of Saigon (where the communist government of North Vietnam successfully invaded Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam; also served as the transition period to the formal reunification of two Vietnams), significant events occured in the Reunification Palace - it was bombed twice, demolished, rebuilded. It's also the site where the Vietnam War ended.



























The interior consists of different chambers, which are well-preserved and -maintained.












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Note: All pictures were taken by me except for the last one which was taken by Shayne.

Cafe de la Poste

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Since I'm on a holiday and the internet connection is surprisingly fast here in the province, it's timely that I go back to posting some stuff during my Vietnam trip last October.
So after checking the Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office, my friend and I were already tired and hungry. We decided to try a nearby cafe, which is just beside the Central Post Office, the Cafe de la Poste.
I loved the look and feel of the place. They have an air-conditioned indoor area where you can eat and have a sip of a refreshing coffee but I think the outdoor area is much, much better. It's just perfect to sit there, do people watching, eat, drink, and just absorb the beauty of Vietnam. I felt like I'm in Europe or something, you know, the outdoor cafes with tables and chairs and big umbrellas covering them.


And when it comes to food, gosh I super love how healthy and delicious the food in Vietnam is! I ordered vegetable salad and iced coffee. My friend, Shayne, got some noodles…

Christmas 2015

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Sending some love from our family to yours this Christmas season!
Living in a place where family is of great importance, I have to say nothing beats the experience of spending Christmas with family and loved ones. I'm just so thankful I get to spend this wonderful season with them. I'm also grateful for all the blessings God has given our family and that my 94 year-old Lola (gradma) is still with us. And though my brother is currently in a different continent, thanks to technology, we got to see and talk to him as if he is just right at home.



Hello to this artsy fartsy shot of a native lantern made of capiz.
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Geez, time flies so fast! Even though we're already in the middle of December, let me just say, "Hello December!" For my greeting, well I guess it's better late than never. I've been MIA here in my blog for the past couple of weeks and I really feel sorry for not being able to post as frequent as I want to. I still have a lot to write about my Vietnam trip, then there was the conference I attended to on the first week of December, then the Christmas shopping I've been doing every weekend. There are just so many things going on but at the end of the day, when I'm supposed to write them down, I already feel tired I just wanted to sleep or I just wanted to de-stress by watching Youtube videos or movies. Another reason is this: Blogging used to be an enjoyable activity for me. It's an outlet to express my thoughts, to record moments in my life so that I can look back to it in the future, to share some fashion-related stuff, etc. but now, it feels like mo…

Note to self and to others who are in the same boat

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Reflections

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In just a month and two weeks time I'll be turning twenty nine. Seriously, why does time fly so fast? The end of the year, the start of a new one, and of course my birthday always bring me to reflect about my life and the year that was.

2015 has gone by without so much "fireworks" or major breakthroughs. I am still here, stuck in my plans to pursue graduate studies. Still searching for programs, for schools, for scholarships... I feel like I've already devoted so much time researching programs and universities but I'm still back to square one. Yes, I've already taken the TOEFL and GRE (this I will take again next year) but it's still a long way to go.

Sometimes it can be disappointing and depressing. Other times, I just feel completely exhausted. If there's one thing I learned, it's that looking for a graduate program is not as easy as ABC. Everyday I wake up with grad school application as the first thing in my mind. You'll never know that s…

Life These Days

In just a few days, it'll be the month of December. I know a lot of people are already excited about it but in my case, it's different. I am silently hoping that time would slow down because December would be the deadline for graduate school applications in the US (for the program that I want to take). I am looking at two universities but the sad thing is that the deadline for both is on the first week of December. I only have almost two weeks left. I really don't know if I can make it. Possibly not. But then again, there can be miracle. But with the situation I'm into right now, things just seem so bleak.

However, here's the good news. Remember the moment I was depressed with my unfortunate TOEFL experience (see post here)? Finally, I was able to take it last October 31. With the encouragement of my mom and with the looming application deadline, I finally took the courage and faced the exam. Results came and I have to say I'm happy with the scores that I got. …

HCMC Day 1 (Part 2)

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Been very busy these past few weeks but now, after such a long time, the continuation post is finally up! Writing this at this very moment brings back all the fond memories I had in Vietnam and helps brighten up an otherwise depressing Monday.

So let's go back that lovely day of 11th of October. Just across the Notre Dame Cathedral is the Central Post Office. You'll never miss it because it's a bright yellow-colored building. Aside from being a famous tourist destination, it still is a functioning post office. You can go there and mail some letters or post cards to your loved ones back home. But of course, me and my friend just took some pictures.



Inside, you can see the portrait of Ho Chi Minh, the Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader who became prime minister and president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.


One of the best things that I saw inside the building was this lovely couple sitting beside each other. The old lady seemed like writing something while the …

HCMC Day 1 (Part 1)

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Traveling has always been one of the things I enjoy doing. And this year, me and my travel buddy spent the second week of October in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Vietnam, like the Philippines, is a Southeast Asian country. So, it's pretty much the same when it comes to geographical location and climate (though the upper regions in Vietnam, such as Hanoi experiences four seasons). To be honest, I don't really have much expectation in this trip, except that I want to go there to de-stress and just forget about my problems even for just a few days. But Saigon has done more than that. Saigon has captivated my heart!
Note: The following will be full of details because when I go back to this post again in the future, I want to be able to read and remember as many details as I can.
We left Manila at 10:50 PM, October 10 and arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) at 12:30 AM, October 11. It's a two and a half-hour flight (Manila is one hour ahead of HCMC). We were in a promo flight and …