Hanoi with *Ching (3)

Waking up with this kinda scenery!

Simple breakfast. 
And after breakfast, we had to take the small boat to kayaking place.
After kayaking, we had to check out from our Royal Cruise to get onto another boat that will be sending us to Cat Ba Island. 

But just before we get to Cat Ba Island, we stopped by this “Bangalow” (Huts-Looking Bangalow) for Lunch and most of the people are going to stay there for a night (without wifi and entertainment). 


After lunch, we took a mini boat to Cat Ba Island! 

That’s a similar bost that we are on excluding the all-round-protection which we don’t have. 

Along the way, there are many floating villages. 

Along the way, *Ching and I suffered quite a fair bit. From the cold air and splashing water that got us drenched! 

真是狼狈不堪!

A driver came to fetch us in his 7-seater to our Hotel. We were just glad that at least there are some shops and wifi in hotel! Powerful wifi! 

After some walking, we chilled at some cafe. 

Then we continued to walk aimlessly round the small small town (unable to roam too far on foot). 

Visited their local wet market and bought pineapple at just SGD1 for one whole small pineapple!!! ​


Happen to chance upon the transporting of chicken and duck on this super duper dusty bus, as tho it has not had a bath for thousand over years! 

Some “sight” seeing before we buy local products and back to hotel for dinner and rest! 

The food provided by the hotel for us is actually not bad! It is like a 8-course chinese banquet! Not forgetting the super fresh squid that we had. 

Hanoi with *Ching (2)

  We took some photos outside out hotel while waiting for the tour bus to come pick us up for our 3D2N Halong Bay + Cat Ba Island Trip! 
And soon after, our most uncomfortable bus ride to Halong Bay started. A 4 hours bus-ride! Being a short asian, my legs fit pretty well between seats. As for the westerners, it was the most unbearable ride ever.  

 Reached the harbour and was picked up by a small boat, bringing us to our royal palace cruise.  

   Roamed around the cruise before lunch was served.  
 We were served with a royal 5 courses lunch!  

    
    
    
 Sceneries while cruising into the unknown.  

   After lunch, we went to pearl farm!  

    
    
   And then we left and head towards the surprising cave.  
    
    
   Limestones and more limestones.  
    
 Pardon the poor quality. Photos not taken with proper camera 😆  

 Back to our cruise. They served us some small bites before dinner.  

 And we were being served with royal 5 course dinner. Similar to lunch but different ingredients used. And the best was the Bun Cha! Remember the bbq pork meat I was talking about yesterday???  

 After dinner, we did some squid fishing before they started the entertainment night.  

   Haha! Didn’t have nicer photo of him. This is the barman with the whitest and widest smile on board. Always smiling when our eyes meet. Feeling pai seh whenever I had to smile back😜😆😳 
He not photogenic 😏 Our cruise manager more charismatic woohoo! Photo of him will be posted 2 days later 😋

Hanoi with *Ching (1)

We have travelled together before – to Japan with PFM Gang and to Bangkok with HF & WC. And today, *Ching & I flew to Hanoi for our short getaway!  

 It is my first time with SIA – Singapore Airline! And we flew directly to Hanoi International Airport (Ok, I think it is called Noi Bai International Airport).  

 After picking up our luggage, we took a cab to our hotel – Hanoi Pearl Hotel! It looks pretty new and is located in the Old Quarter just beside their most famous lake – Ho Hoan Kiem. 

We rest awhile before heading out for lunch but before that…  

 Random walk lead us to the Ice Cream first. Do it like the local – and we bought an Ice Cream and sat on the tiny stool just right in front of the shop and by the road side.  

 And then some attractions – the cathedral and the most famous coffee chain – Cong Caphe!  

 Finally, we saw something that is pretty appetising. Roadside stall selling Pho. We each had a bowl of beef pho! The best that I ever had! Fresh beef slices and beef balls with kuay teow! Oh and I had a lot of chili (the cup filled with red bites). 

Ok, don’t expect it to be Super hygienic. I simple refuse to check out the condition of their “kitchen”. The wooden chopsticks and metal spoons were placed on the low plastic table. Wooden chopsticks look really dubious hahaha! But Just Eat!  

 And then, the famous lake – Ho Hoan Kiem!  

    
 Some shoots using my iphone6+  

 And after much walking, we decided to take a break and sat down in a theatre for water puppet show.  

 Still full, we sat down for a cuppa of coffee at Cong Caphe! We met fellow Singaporeans (who married a westerner lady) and they introduced a place to us for dinner! And so we went!!!!  

 Really a good place for dinner! I wouldn’t say the environment is good but the food was really good (except for that basket of disgusting vegetables). 

We had Bun Cha and fried spring rolls! Bun Cha refers to the bowl of bbq pork to be eaten with rice noodles. Their rice noodles look really dry but the moment it touches water, it turns really soft and springy! 

Why did I say the raw vegetables were disgusting – I was there observing the place and the people. Saw that they threw unfinished vegetables back into a bucket where they will scoop up new basket of vegetables for the next customers! Yucks! 

After dinner, we walked back to hotel. No happening night out 😜 

I am who I am

Elyna Ng Xiao Qian aka 小倩  Hi There!! I am a soon-to-be 29 yrs old lady. I am one who weren’t afraid of disclosing how old and how heavy I am. 

I pledged to be an independent and strong woman. However, deep down, I always wanted to be treated like a little girl. 😋

I love great companies but I also love to be by myself. 

I love awesome conversations but I also love silent moments. 

I love well planned schedules but I also love impromptu suprises. 

Life is full of contradictions and so, why be so hard on yourself? 

There’s always different sides of people; and that applies to me. I can be crazily playful and I can be nonchalantly serious. 

Whichever it is, it is for you to bring out a difference in me. Good Luck 😉

P.s: I am back dating this post such that it will be the first post of my new blog! 

Last but not least, welcome to my new blog! Stay tuned for more posts 😆