so here’s the story about my short holiday in Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam, on 8 – 11 August 2015.
since singapore will be on holiday for a 50 years national day, it will be very crowded to stay in this small country. so i decided to flee and have a short holiday to Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam, on 8 – 11 August 2015. ヽ(>∀<☆)ノ
i arrived night time at Hồ Chí Minh on saturday, 8 Aug, and decided not to go too far from my friend’s apartment, because i need to save my energy for the next 3 days. <(￣︶￣)>
on Sunday morning, 9 Aug, the driver took me and my friend and her husband for breakfast on the district 3. the place name is Bánh Mì Hòa Mã. it’s a super small restaurant and they don’t have enough seats, so we allowed to sit just next to the street. and yes, just next to the street which means, we literally had to pray a lot so the cars and motorbikes wouldn’t hit us while we’re having meal. haha. we ordered the famous op la here. the egg and pork was superb! they serve with bread (bánh mì), mayonnaise and liver pate. and the tea was mysteriously delicious and smell great as well. this one is highly recommended if you don’t mind with hygiene. (o˘◡˘o)
after the breakfast, we went for a Mass in Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saïgon) or officially known as Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception. Following the French conquest of Cochinchina and Saigon, the Roman Catholic Church established a community and religious services for French colonialists. All the original building materials were imported from France. Tiles have been carved with the words Guichard Carvin, Marseille St André France (perhaps stating the locality where the tiles were produced). Some tiles are carved with the words “Wang-Tai Saigon”. Many tiles have been made in Ho Chi Minh City to replace the tiles that were damaged by the war. There are 56 glass squares supplied by the Lorin firm of Chartres province in France. The cathedral foundation was designed to bear ten times the weight of the cathedral. ( ´ ▽ ` )
after the cathedral, me and my friend went to the Saigon Central Post Office (Bưu điện Trung tâm Sài Gòn) which located just next to the cathedral. it’s another old and classic building, and it’s worth to go for a philatelist like me. other than post stamp collection and post cards, they also sell many kind of souvenirs. but what most captivated my eyes was the interior, especially the unique ceiling design. ☆ ～(‘▽^人)
after roaming around and took some pictures of the cathedral and post office, we decided to go for a lunch at the local restaurant. but before reaching the restaurant, my friend’s personal driver dropped us at the Church of Saint Jeanne D’Arc (Nhà thờ Ngã Sáu) or locally known as Thánh Nữ Jeanne D’Arc. the church is located in the Chinatown district of Saigon. Built from 1922 to 1928, this Ho Chi Minh City landmark is almost always photographed straight-on with a wide-angle lens in travel brochures. a statue of the brave lady saint can be seen above the entrance. but too bad the church was closed so we couldn’t get inside the building. (´-ω-`)
soon after pictures taking, we continued to go to Thuận Kiều restaurant. we had the famous broken rice with some porks. and had a bowl of sweet and tasty soup after that. it was a nice lunch.
after the engine fulled, we told to the driver that our next stop was Chợ Bình Tây market. but the driver refused, “no, i will drop you to another church first.” oh okay. obviously this driver really wanted to impress me with their beautiful local church! but i don’t mind. the more places i visit the more pictures i can post on my blog! haha. ♡＼(￣▽￣)／♡
so the next church we stopped by was a Saint Francis Xavie Church or locally known as Father Tam Church – Nhà thờ Cha Tam. a little bit history about this church, in 1898 the Chinese priest Father Francis Xavier Tam Assou was sent to Cholon by the local bishop to take care of the city’s Chinese Christians. His first act was to build a church for them, and ground breaking for the church was held on December 3, 1900. The gothic-style building was inaugurated in January 10, 1902 and dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, whom Father Assou was named after. The church boasts a 38 meter bell tower with a statue of St. Francis Xavier built inside. Father Tam’s grave can be viewed as you enter the church.
it was sunny and super hot when we were at the FX Church, but along the way to our next stop, the sky turned grey. we arrived at Chợ Bình Tây Market but we finally just took pictures and decided to move. the market was so busy, wet and stinky. my friend called the driver soon after few pictures she took. when the car arrived, it was drizzling. we quickly run and jumped in to the car. within seconds it was stormy rain. thanks God! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
next stop is Metro, one of the biggest grocer supermarket. i bought the yummy instant noodle i tried from my ex housemate last year. it was something different for my tounge, and tasty. i bought one box of the noodle, some snacks and teabits for my friends and colleagues. (see my recommended noodle on the day-3)
next stop is Cantavil Mall. the ‘house of the death iv’ at the game center was tempting as always. but i didn’t think i want to spend my đồng for a game i could find in my country. so we decided to bought the jeju ice cream and chill, watching people bowling from the window. after the so-so ice cream, we checked out the supermarket downstair and went for our dinner.
my friend and her husband brought me to Quán ăn Ngon 138 Restaurant, with a very local architecture and interior design. i love the design. we had seat at the second floor. it reminds me of the traditional houses and restaurants in my home country. we ordered some local food here, and i think this was the time i realized i had too much food even before my holiday started! and you know what’s the worst part of gaining weight? it’s “making excuses”! HA! anyway, i didn’t want to skip dinner and trigger the gastric. so i had it anyway. and beer! beer–because strangling people is illegal and there’s no netflix in the prison! lol. (/▽＼*)｡o○♡
after the dinner three of us stopped at a shopping mall nearby the apartment, then walked back to the apartment. and so i called it a night! see you on the day-2! ヽ(*⌒▽⌒*)ﾉ
some of the pics above are credit to ciMeL. hugsss and big thanks to 姐姐!!!!! (*≧◡≦) ♡