Monday, June 28, 2010

Day 1: Vibrant Ho Chi Minh City

As i have mentioned in an earlier post, I still have 3 travels that I haven't posted yet. I'll start with the most recent tour, the Vibrant City of Ho Chi Minh.


We left Philippines at 1140am for our Saigon flight, transiting in KL. I know its a long route (to take) and time consuming but how can I complain my ticket is free! well, except for airport taxes, but still its a huge savings.

Arrived 9pm at Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon; exchanged our USD's to Vietnamese Dongs and grabbed a cab to bring us to our hotel in District 1, the backpacker's area. After check-in we booked our tours for the next 2 days through the hotel's travel agent. Then proceeded to walk along the streets of District 1 in search for a place to eat.

The streets are packed with tourists, mostly Caucasians backpackers. It's like I'm back in Clark again. Restaurants, convenience stores are lined up across each other so you'll never have to worry about getting hungry during your stay. With our stomachs full we went back to the hotel and call it a night. We need to get ready for a very tiring Day 2 the next day!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


how can a simple assessment test change my life?!
i took a simple assessment test and it changed everything. suddenly, i'm more qualified than my sister. which means i'd be the first one to leave. if everything goes well, i'd be the first one to leave my life, my friends, my  dream job, my everything... a first step away from the life i've known...

what does it take to give up your dreams (temporarily, i hope)?
family's future? a father's secret wish to see her mom before its too late? your mother's health issues? once i take that first step, there's no turning back (unless the consul decides otherwise). i know it wont be smooth sailing but i just wish it would be worth it, for everyone's sake.

when everyone is pinning their hopes on you, would you have the heart to let them down?
nothing's final yet. talked to my mom, she said if i don't wanna go, they understand. whatever the outcome they'll respect my decision. but there's a nagging feeling that i might miss this opportunity and at the same time scared to leave everything behind. oh well, i still have a month or two to think things over. 

Lord, give me the wisdom to discern your will, strength to carry on. Thy will be done. Amen.