After we applied SPF50 uv lotion and uv spray, off we ordered a grab to the Hồ Chí Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square. The taxi dropped us at the east side of the square at Độc Lập street, near the government office. It was a super green square, but all was closed we couldn’t enter from there and we had to make a long way u-turn. (」＞＜)」
Everywhere was closed and even with tall-ugly-green wall where we couldn’t even peek what’s inside. We couldn’t see One Pillar Pagoda! But after walked about 1km made our u-turn we finally could see the way in to the Mausoleum where tourists were gathered and queuing to get in. We were told the queue was start even before 9AM. And since we both didn’t like queuing to get ourselves roasted in the sun, we gave it a pass and we countinued make our ways to the West Lake.
Landed in Nội Bài International Airport, my buddy trip, Ann, exchanged her money. I remember it was USD 1 = VND 23,300. From there she got enough money and we booked Grab to our hotel in Old Quarter Hà Nội for VND 254k, about 40 minutes.
Our itinerary for today was not too many for today – as it was almost sunset when we finally arrived in our hotel. Our official first stop was the famous Hoàn Kiếm Lake. But on our way to the lake we had our early dinner at the Highway4 Restaurant. The fine restaurant was located around the Old Quarter as well. We went up to the second floor and sat at the lower table – just like the locals do. <(￣︶￣)>
This restaurant was famous for their Nem Ca Xa Lo4 (Catfish Spring Rolls) so that was the first thing we ordered. As much as I wanted to try their Sun-dried Venison with Salt & Ant Dip, but I finally decided to order something else; Bu Niong La Chuoi (Strips of Beef grilled in Banana Leaves).
This is my very first review for a food, and this is NOT going to make some people happy, but this MIGHT helps you; INDOMIE SALTED EGG INSTANT NOODLE (from Indonesia) is THE WORST instant noodle ever!!!
And you should believe me – because I was born and raised in Indonesia with plenty of instant noodle choices. Some of my favorites are Sarimi Chicken Bawang, Mie Sedap Chicken Broth, Indomie Goreng Barbeque Chicken and Indomie Goreng Rendang. Most of them have standard taste, however they are cheap, easy to make and tasty.
Ok now – go back to this review.
Before I cooked Indomie Salted Egg Instant Noodle, I carefully read some comments and I followed the cooking instruction correctly as follow;
Boil the noodle (half boiled – not overcooked) dry it and put aside
Mix the pasta sauce and chili powder on a clean and dry plate
Put the half-boiled dry noodle to the plate and mix them with mixed sauce (number #2)
Sprinkle the salted egg dry powder on top of the noodle and mix carefully
What’s wrong with this instant noodle? The ingredients have a very strong and distinctive artificial smell – and they didn’t smell like salted egg at all! When I ate it – the chewy noodle was taste right however the artificial ingredients linger on my mouth and throat – they are the worst. I tried to drink coffee immediately to wash away the horrible taste but it didn’t work… I brushed the teeth and gargled still didn’t work. I literally don’t know how to clean this awful taste on my mouth so I decided to write this post to warn everyone.
If you’re a salted egg maniac – the one who enjoy everything from the real salted egg to salted egg crabs to irvin’s, I beg you please do NOT try this instant noodle – it was far worst from all salted egg food you have ever tasted! [ ± _ ± ]
PS: Pak Salim – saya tidak bermaksud menjelek2an produk Anda, akan tetapi seharusnya Anda memiliki standar yang lebih tinggi dari sekedar – perasa telur asin yang dipaksakan – ini! Saya hanyalah seorang pelanggan yang sangat-amat kecewa.
I did some projects follow up to some clients on the previous Thursday and Friday, but I did not expect their rush in expecting us to get to HCMC that fast! So when the clients finally replied my emails on Saturday which I did not go to work and never noticed their emails, only in Monday morning my boss told me that I might need to go to HCMC with him on that night – on the same day.
So off we went that Monday and took the night flight. By the time we arrived in HCMC it was already almost 10PM. I could see our taxi passed by a super tall and colorful building called Landmark 81. But before talking about that charming tall guy, here’s my best shot I took during my short business trip, Bitexco Financial Tower.
I was randomly walking around Holland Village where I found this beautiful colorful picture in a huge canvas panel. When I looked closer, it was apparently variety of peranakan windows photographed in their 60s or 80s edited into 1 huge picture. Unfortunately I don’t know who the artist behind this beautiful masterpiece. What do you think about this picture?
Like I said on my previous post, before my Tibet holiday I had zero idea about going to highland, what to expect and how serious high altitude sickness could be. Now. After that unforgettable holiday expedition to Tibet, I want to share what to prepare before going to places with higher altitude, based on my personal experience. But before that, to know what altitude sickness is, caused, symptoms, treatments and such, I trust this web. ⊂(´• ω •`⊂)
Fyi, for those who have not read my previous posts, my trip to Tibet was not for hiking. The only tough activity we did was climbing up 432 steps at Potala Palace – it was fun but with that thin air we were all panting like crazy! The rest of the activity we just sat in the bus and walked not too far from where the bus parked. ( ﾟｏ⌒)