Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Hanoi Diaries


Photos by Leon and Yours Truly

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So, finally we get our first travel diary. Hanoi was not so much the plan, as Halong Bay was. We got into Noi Bai International Airport at 8AM in the morning, after a one-hour trip a little too early from Danang. We had no plans, no hotel booked, nothing. We just wanted to go to Halong Bay and stay the night at the cruise. But...that didn't happen. We realized that we needed to book a tour to do that, and all the tours headed out only once at the same time each morning. We took an airport bus into the city center and proceeded to find out all the fast-paced chaos that was Hanoi, booking a room while we were in the bus.

After a trying, super tiring morning, in which we basically skipped breakfast in exchange of finding the cheapest tour operator possible, finally we made our way to our hotel, which was the biggest relief of our trip up until that point, where, seriously, nothing went right. They took one look at our haggard, sweaty selves, no baggages to speak of, and upgraded our room for free to a large suite around 2 hours before the actual check-in time. We were asleep before you knew it.

Three hours later, we were out again, finally getting some food, and cramming in as much of the place as possible. Hanoi is definitely not for the faint of heart. It is fast, confusing, and takes a lot of getting used to. Scooters just race in and out of the streets at the same time people cross. And there are a lot of people. Just after we took some obligatory outfit shots along the beautiful St. Joseph's Cathedral, we found out just how busy the streets were, with it being the time children left school. It got too much so we had to leave and go to another place, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which was more peaceful. The locals at once seem like they have somewhere to go and all the time in the world at the same time.

I can't say Hanoi is one of my favorite cities, but it was a different thing entirely, and yeah, I would go back again someday. Or I could go to Ho Chi Minh next time, book another five-hour trip, this time to Mui Ne, or take a five-hour bus to Vientiane. Haha. We generally don't plan anything. So, do you like my Hanoi Diaries? Let me know as always darlings - Che



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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Cherry Blossom Girl


Jacket and chokers: Stradivarius// Top: Forever 21// Skirt: New Look// Boots: Truffle Collection// Sunnies: Yuyuan Market, Shanghai

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Let's take another short reprieve from Vietnam, shall we? For the sake of variety. Right after we got back from Vietnam, actually, Leon had to go back to his hometown again, while I remained in Macau for work. It was a very long, very trying two weeks since I last saw him, but finally, the long weekend came around, and we celebrated the reunion like how only a married couple can, by catching up on TV shows we are supposed to watch together. In this case a mini-series called 'Night Manager'. I also finally got around to wearing this bomber. It's been a long time coming I should say, though this outfit has been on my mind the whole two weeks. I just had no photographer. Haha. I paired the outfit with this pretty suedette skirt and tall, tall boots - this may very well be the last time you see them until next fall.

Anyways, this is in his hometown, which, surprisingly, is really growing on me now. China being China, there are so many places available for photo ops, and they are not very crowded. It's freakin' amazing, especially since Macau, in comparison, is so tiny and have so little space for pictures. 

Anyways, tomorrow is my last day here, and then it's back to hustling again on Tuesday. What do you think of today's outfit, darlings?

Stay tuned for my next travel diary of Hanoi! - Che
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Beachy Vibes


One-piece suit: Boohoo Clothing// Sunnies: Forever 21

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Blue skies, blue seas, and one peacock-printed swimsuit. That was the glut of our fourth day in Vietnam. After three extremely trying days filled with so much walking and one too many transport hours clocked in, all we wanted to do when we got back to Danang was chill. So at 8PM that morning, we had our usual breakfast at the hotel, rented out bikes (for free), and rode out to the beach. Now actually, the beach was only across the street, but we biked a few meters out to where the umbrellas and beach chairs were. Finally, no plans, nothing else much on our itinerary.

My Khe beach is, I think, very underrated. It's just as blue and clean as other beaches out there, but less crowded. When we were at the beach, there were more or less only six other people there. When we were swimming, we got a whole strip to ourselves to play around and pretend that I was a water-bender from that hit kids' show "Avatar: The Last Airbender". No I did not take pictures of those!

I wore my newly-bought, peacock-printed, lace-up, one-piece swimsuit from Boohoo. Isn't it cute? I've never felt comfortable in a bikini, so I am so pleased that one-pieces are making a comeback! I try to get the cutest ones possible, and this is up there on that cute-meter.

So, what do you think? Do you like my one-piece suit? Oh, and I changed my blog layout - what do you think about it? Yay or nay? Sound off in the comments darlings, I always love hearing from you.  - Che

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