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Only night in Saigon, Vietnam

If you only had one night in Saigon or for any reason you went on a diet during vacation and had an intake quota, this is the place you have to be. 

Amazing food at an amazingly cheap price (I know food in Vietnam in general are cheap but tell me what ‘cheap’ is after you have been there). Unlike any of those places where they rip off the tourists, people there were very friendly and helpful. They kept reminding us to take good care of our phones and cameras while we were overjoyed by the free internet (Oh yes they have free wifi, the last thing you would expect from a place like this) and snapchat-ing our friends to make sure jealousy was all over.

So how does it work? Choose your seafood and the way you would like it to be prepared. As recommended by the locals, we had our scallops and abalones grilled and clams boiled with garlic and green onion. They were heavenly good. I in particular liked the clams, they were just so fresh that you basically do not need any additional flavours. 

After all, the place is pretty close to the backpacker district if you fancy a red chair beer and a wild night out. 

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imageThe neighbouring stalls offer different appetisers and desserts (I like the way they operate so its more like a cooperation instead of competition)
We ordered the shrimp spring rice rolls from the lady opposite. 

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imageSide note: Electricity went out at some point but as you could see, no one seems to give a damn. 

Right, so how much we paid? Less than 5 euros per head.
Thank you very much.

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Got home from work and dinner and were watching the Hong Kong Film Awards yesterday night. Seeing Cheung got rewarded the best actor has reminded me a small piece of childhood memory. 
My family isn’t a big cinema fan, we love watching movies at home with pyjamas and cushions and chips all over us. It’s about being in the moment, syncing with the movie characters and thats why we usually get so into the movie scenes where all our caved emotional expressions find their way to freedom. Unbeatable, is not one of the usual cases .
I could still remember how all my friends talk about Cheung’s physcial when it first came out, I didn’t know what was going on since the movie came out a week after my return from Europe. So the other day we passed by the cinema on our way to the supermarket, I told my mum about his road to fitness (yes that was the focus) and my mum brought up this little piece from the past. We used to live in Clear Water Bay so did Cheung and his wife. There was one evening my brother and I were returning home and because the village we stayed were inside Lobster Bay so we had to exercise for about 15 to 20 minutes before we could reach our dining table. On our way home, Cheung offered us a lift. (Yes thats the story and it pretty much all of it, as plain as it has been told) My mum told me how nice and friendly they were and I sort of remember small fragments of it (after all we were still pretty young, maybe 7/8?) but I don’t know if its the memory imagination or the real memory reflection. Anyhow, I can still kind of remember the texture of the seat and how much faith my brother and I had in humanity (I don’t think I know who he is by that time and we could have easily been kidnapped with our lovely and adorable faces but yea its Hong Kong come on and its actually a very common practice in those days, especially among the neighbouring villages). That’s why we visited the cinema, joking by saying its a way to return the past, the almost forgotten favour with our great and sincere appreciation in hearts. Today, seeing him on stage has given me some touching thoughts. Well, first with the boring one: hard work does pay off.  And then it makes me believe that nice people would eventually get recognised and respected. I don’t know what Cheung appears to you but he is a very fatherly figure to me and it is so easy for me to project it to my own dad. I genuinely think my dad is a nice person, so nice that he could easily get bullied and taken advantage of in this aggressive business world or to put in a more friendly way, sometimes people get unlucky. By taking us home, its a physical reunion but by getting on the stage, Cheung reunited my family in soul. Congratulation again.

Got home from work and dinner and were watching the Hong Kong Film Awards yesterday night. Seeing Cheung got rewarded the best actor has reminded me a small piece of childhood memory. 

My family isn’t a big cinema fan, we love watching movies at home with pyjamas and cushions and chips all over us. It’s about being in the moment, syncing with the movie characters and thats why we usually get so into the movie scenes where all our caved emotional expressions find their way to freedom. Unbeatable, is not one of the usual cases .

I could still remember how all my friends talk about Cheung’s physcial when it first came out, I didn’t know what was going on since the movie came out a week after my return from Europe. So the other day we passed by the cinema on our way to the supermarket, I told my mum about his road to fitness (yes that was the focus) and my mum brought up this little piece from the past. 

We used to live in Clear Water Bay so did Cheung and his wife. There was one evening my brother and I were returning home and because the village we stayed were inside Lobster Bay so we had to exercise for about 15 to 20 minutes before we could reach our dining table. On our way home, Cheung offered us a lift. (Yes thats the story and it pretty much all of it, as plain as it has been told) 

My mum told me how nice and friendly they were and I sort of remember small fragments of it (after all we were still pretty young, maybe 7/8?) but I don’t know if its the memory imagination or the real memory reflection. Anyhow, I can still kind of remember the texture of the seat and how much faith my brother and I had in humanity (I don’t think I know who he is by that time and we could have easily been kidnapped with our lovely and adorable faces but yea its Hong Kong come on and its actually a very common practice in those days, especially among the neighbouring villages).

That’s why we visited the cinema, joking by saying its a way to return the past, the almost forgotten favour with our great and sincere appreciation in hearts. 

Today, seeing him on stage has given me some touching thoughts. Well, first with the boring one: hard work does pay off.  And then it makes me believe that nice people would eventually get recognised and respected. I don’t know what Cheung appears to you but he is a very fatherly figure to me and it is so easy for me to project it to my own dad. I genuinely think my dad is a nice person, so nice that he could easily get bullied and taken advantage of in this aggressive business world or to put in a more friendly way, sometimes people get unlucky.

By taking us home, its a physical reunion but by getting on the stage, Cheung reunited my family in soul. Congratulation again.

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theroadtofoodcoma:

I honestly think they have the best shrimp dumplings in town. 

Name: Lin Heung Lau (蓮香樓)
Address: G/F, 160-164 Wellington Street, Hong Kong
Cuisine: Chinese (Dim Sum serves until 3pm) 
Overall: 5/5 
(I understand the environment might seem chaotic but the staffs are actually incredibly friendly and always willing to help) 

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We hear

Given our high sensitivity towards sound-waves, isn’t it interesting how some sounds reach you and some do not. What determines our hearing preferences?

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Kuala Lumpur Travel - Food

So a couple of you have been asking me where to grab a bite in Kuala Lumpur and I might just do the sharing here. I did not really get to eat as much as I usually do since my stomach has been moody. Anyways, here are some of the really good ones that I had and shall leave you more than satisfied.  

RESTORAN SUPER KITCHEN 名廚辣椒板麵 / KINKIN 建記辣椒板麵
(JALAN DEWAN SULTAN SULAIMAN SATU) 
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Chili Pan Noodles (MYR 6.5), comes with a bowl of soup.image

We are told that the pan noodles are homemade and in fact, really chewy and doesn’t break easily. I like how they mix it with all those little crispy ingredients and of course the CHILI (comes separate) has won my heart all over. 

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Deep fried pork meat with five spices (Small, MYR 8) 

PETALING STREET, CHINA TOWN 巷仔
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Rice Noodles (Big, MYR 3; Small, MYR: 2)
Love the texture, its so smooth. It reminds me of the ones that I got in those local towns in China. Yes, it is as original as that. 

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LASKA (Big, MYR 7; Small, MYR 5)
I found the seafood a little bit stinky but overall the soup base is strong enough to cover it up. 

imageStuffed Tofu 釀豆腐 (MYR 1.2 per piece) 
There are different ingratiates, ranging from fish-balls, tofu and vegetables. Either come with soup or plain with sauce. The fish-ball was fresh and the tofu was too smooth that it slipped all the way into my stomach. 

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Soy bean drink (MYR 1.8) One word: GOOD, Two words: VERY GOOD

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Herb drink (MYR 1.8) It’s sweet, the natural kind.

RESTORAN VISHAL FOOD & CATERING 香蕉葉餐廳
(JALAN SCOTT, LITTLE INDIA) 
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Once you sat down, someone would come over and place you a standard banana leaf meal with different tastes.image

Apart from the standard meal, you get to add your own side dishes. The following two are my personal favourites. 

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Prawns 

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Lamb - Absolutely my favourite 

STREET FOOD STALL NEAR CHANGKAT BUKIT BINTANG  
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According to the locals, it opens from late night until around 3am.

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Wonton Noodles (MYR 5.5) The wonton are freshly made but the shinning stars here are the noodles and the sauce. You can tell the noodles are good when they don’t break into parts and the sauce was a mix of sweet and salty that stimulate your sensation to the max. 

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Cheese and Egg Burger (MYR 2.2) I love egg. I love cheese. Fullstop. 

There are some other places as well but I think the above ones are my favourite and in case you need more info just drop me a line? 

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Step or Back

'Every time you move a step forward, you take two steps back' 

Haven’t head this for so long, long enough to even remember that it once existed. It came out again from a person who I met randomly in KL and it hits because I thought I have changed after all this time. 

We actually grow less than we fantasise. We couldn’t fight against time, or actually why shall we if we weren’t ever to grow.  

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I have always liked boundaries, it keeps things original. I enjoyed globalization in a way that how people are connected and information flows but then places are losing their characters.

After watching this YouTube clip on North Korea, I wondered how would it be if the British didn’t come by back then. How would Hong Kong be like and what kind of life would we be having today.

I couldn’t decide on, extreme case whether having a city remained primitive or having all cities to be the same is better.

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Thoughts & Actions

We establish ourselves by acting out but what if we let the thoughts slip away, does it still count?

If a thought had no influence on one’s observable behaviour, is that still part of one’s identity. 

What happen when thoughts and actions become enemy.
Who would win the identity?

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KL Updates tmrw. Stay tuned xxx

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