Tuesday, 21st May 2019 >> Raining!!!
As expected it was raining on the last day! Our funny hotel does not have breakfast area, we had to walk about 25 meters to the other hotel behind it. <(￣ ﹌ ￣)>
But before that, me and Ann both had a very bad stomach upset! We suspect it was the egg coffee and egg cocoa we had yesterday. Remember I said it tasted as my mum’s batter? The raw eggs inside our coffee and cocoa had cause problem to us in the morning. Eating raw and undercooked eggs may contain Salmonella, a type of harmful bacteria. Symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, fever and headache. These symptoms usually appear 6 to 48 hours after eating and may last 3 to 7 days. (ಥ﹏ಥ)
20th May 2019, it was still hot but a bit cloudy.
We woke up quite early this morning because we had to arrived at the southern-east part of the Cát Bà island to enjoy bikin before it crowded by the tourists. We enjoyed our quick breakkie while the cruise making its way to stop at Lan Hạ bay area. (´｡• ᵕ •｡`) ♡
I had bread with a tasty passion fruit juice, sat myself on the decking area outdoor while admiring the morning beauty of the limestone mountains around me. Ann prefer to stay indoor with the aircon.
19th May 2019; another hot day!
And finally, today was the long-awaited day! We’re going for a cruiiiiise!!!
This was me and Ann’s main goal in taking this holiday. It took us quite long time to search and finally I found this UniCharm Cruise from the internet just few days before our flight to Hà Nội. And apparently this was the cruise recommended by Ann’s friend too! What a coincidence! I found their website and chat to their staff. And because we were recommended by Ann’s friend we got 20% discount. Because I chatted to the staff we got additional 10% discount. In total we paid USD310 for two, for an unforgettable 2D1N cruise day. ٩(｡•́‿•̀｡)۶
I could say this was the best cruise in Hạ Long Bay! Unicharm Cruise somehow has its own special route where there were no other cruise knows, not over-crowded by tourist, passed by gorgeous limestone mountains, interesting activities, 4-stars-hotel class, super clean and superb food – you definitely want to try their fresh prawns!! (っ˘ω˘ς )
18th May 2019; it’s Hot! HOT! HOTTT!!!!!
It was 39°C outside!!! ＼＼٩(๑`^´๑)۶／／
We applied my uv lotion SPF50 from Biore and uv spray SPF50 from Skin Aqua, and off we ordered a grab to the Hồ Chí Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square. The taxi dropped us at the east side of the square at street, near the government office. It was a super green square, but all was closed we couldn’t enter from there and we had to make a long way u-turn. (」＞＜)」
Everywhere was closed and even with tall-ugly-green wall where we couldn’t even peek what’s inside. We couldn’t see One Pillar Pagoda! But after walked about 1km made our u-turn we finally could see the way in to the Mausoleum where tourists were gathered and queuing to get in. We were told the queue was start even before 9AM. And since we both didn’t like queuing to get ourselves roasted, we gave it a pass and we countinued make our ways to the West Lake.
17th May 2019 ~ hot day!
Landed in Nội Bài International Airport, my buddy trip Ann, exchanged her money. I remember it was USD 1 = VND 23,300. From there she got enough money and we booked Grab to our hotel in Old Quarter Hà Nội for VND 254k, about 40 minutes.
Our itinerary for today was not too much – as it was almost sunset when we finally arrived in our hotel. Our official first stop was the famous Hoàn Kiếm Lake. But on our way to the lake we had our early dinner at the Highway4 Restaurant. The fine restaurant was located around the Old Quarter as well. We went up to the second floor and sat at the lower table – just like the locals do. <(￣︶￣)>
This restaurant was famous for their Nem Ca Xa Lo4 (Catfish Spring Rolls) so that was the first thing we ordered. As much as I wanted to try their Sun-dried Venison with Salt & Ant Dip, but I finally decided to order something else; Bu Niong La Chuoi (Strips of Beef grilled in Banana Leaves).
It’s time for me to review a random movie from YouTube again!
A teenager Vicki was kidnapped by a psychopath couple in Perth, Australia. As a smart teenager she did what she could do to survived any harm by the kidnapper: John, a serial killer man who always hunt young girls to rape and killed, and a Evelyn, submissive woman who would do anything to pleased him. Vicki’s parents took the case on themselves when the local policeman just thought it was a usual teenager’s run-away case.
Even though the plot was quite predictable but I found it very touching how the parents – especially Vicki’s mother’s – never gave up looking for her daughter. The mother’s instinct took her very close to where the daughter being kidnapped. It was a very tense scene on the last 10 minutes before the movie ends I couldn’t help crying with the mother.
This is 2016 movie with 88% score from rotten tomatoes and 6.5/10 from imdb. For me this movie deserves 🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸 out of 5.
Click “read more” below to watch the full movie. Happy watching!
This is my very first review for a food, and this is NOT going to make some people happy, but this MIGHT helps you; INDOMIE SALTED EGG INSTANT NOODLE (from Indonesia) is THE WORST instant noodle ever!!!
And you should believe me – because I was born and raised in Indonesia with plenty of instant noodle choices. Some of my favorites are Sarimi Chicken Bawang, Mie Sedap Chicken Broth, Indomie Goreng Barbeque Chicken and Indomie Goreng Rendang. Most of them have standard taste, however they are cheap, easy to make and tasty.
Ok now – go back to this review.
Before I cooked Indomie Salted Egg Instant Noodle, I carefully read some comments and I followed the cooking instruction correctly as follow;
- Boil the noodle (half boiled – not overcooked) dry it and put aside
- Mix the pasta sauce and chili powder on a clean and dry plate
- Put the half-boiled dry noodle to the plate and mix them with mixed sauce (number #2)
- Sprinkle the salted egg dry powder on top of the noodle and mix carefully
What’s wrong with this instant noodle? The ingredients have a very strong and distinctive artificial smell – and they didn’t smell like salted egg at all! When I ate it – the chewy noodle was taste right however the artificial ingredients linger on my mouth and throat – they are the worst. I tried to drink coffee immediately to wash away the horrible taste but it didn’t work… I brushed the teeth and gargled still didn’t work. I literally don’t know how to clean this awful taste on my mouth so I decided to write this post to warn everyone.
If you’re a salted egg maniac – the one who enjoy everything from the real salted egg to salted egg crabs to irvin’s, I beg you please do NOT try this instant noodle – it was far worst from all salted egg food you have ever tasted! [ ± _ ± ]
PS: Pak Salim – saya tidak bermaksud menjelek2an produk Anda, akan tetapi seharusnya Anda memiliki standar yang lebih tinggi dari sekedar – perasa telur asin yang dipaksakan – ini! Saya hanyalah seorang pelanggan yang sangat-amat kecewa.