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VN Highlights: Hue

Hue, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, was another must-see for us culture-seekers. We just spent a night there/a full day, which was drastically short compared to our stay in Hoi An (2 nights and 2 full days).

The weather was already below 20 degrees, and we were still in Central Vietnam. The constant, but occasional rain didn't help at all. Thanks to hot and spicy pho, our weather woes were somewhat relieved.

We visited the emperor's Ancient Royal Tombs (for the emperors of the Nguyen Dysnasty) and the Forbidden Purple City. Along the way, we witnessed how they make incense and the trademark conical hats. =)

the coolest way to get around: by motorbike!
it's an experience itself.

Thien Mu Pagoda, the biggest in Hue

playing around in the courtyard of Emperor Tu Duc's tomb (the fourth emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty)

(yes, those are incense sticks)

incense and conical hat making

another rainy day. in the Forbidden Purple City.


bullying the koi fishes in the moat

Thanks Mom =)

On my way to work today, I smelled a very familiar scent along Dela Costa. Then seeing white petals on the street, I knew it had to be sampaguita.

Thanks Mom for reminding me you're always there. =)

See. Taste. Smell. Hear. Feel. LOVE.

Reblogged from I Wrote This For You

"Outside the station, she stands with her child on the side of the street, taking pictures of cars.

You think she's insane. Until, one day, you notice that she's taking pictures of the license plates of the cars her child gets into.

Because you look. But you do not see.

And she walks out the shop with bags full of cat food. You think she's some crazy cat lady until you find out, she has no cats.

Because you eat. But you do not taste.

It's been a while since their last album but he assures you, he's doing just fine these days, white flecks in his nostrils. Then he asks you if he can spend the night on your couch, even though it stinks.

Because you sniff. But you do not smell.

And they say "Just OK" when you ask them how school was. Then you wonder what they're hiding until you find their diary and the last entry reads "I wish you'd give me some privacy."

Because you listen. But you do not hear.

And they've got a bruise over their eye and you run the tips of your fingers over it and ask them how it happened. You believe them. Until it happens again.

Because you touch. But you do not feel.

And they walk past you everyday, one million stories, each waiting to be told. Waiting for you to ask.

Because you live. But very few, love."

VN Highlights: My Son

Dubbed as a mini Angkor Wat in Vietnam, My Son (Holy Land), was the site of religious activity for the kings during the Champa Kingdom. It was also a burial place for Cham royalty and heroes. My Son is one of the first Hindu temple complexes in South-East Asia, together with Borobudur in Java, Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Bagan in Myanmar, and Ayutthaya in Thailand.

VN Highlights: Hoi An Ancient Town

Suddenly became too busy with work. Anyway, here are some highlights of our recently concluded Vietnam trip. =D

I absolutely LOVE this place!! Hoi An Ancient Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient buildings and architecture are very well-preserved. While walking around, you get a feeling of being transported back to times when it was known as "Champa City".

Lots of tourists and backpackers go there for all the cheap finds and uniquely Vietnamese food, handicrafts, paintings, and what have you. The walking tour is also very interesting as you get to visit temples, old houses (really well-preserved), and conference halls.

messing around in one of the temples

dragons in the pond

i love the streets of the Old Town

one of our many food adventures: white rose

the alleys of Hoi An

Hoi An's popular lanterns