Happy Birthday from Chiang Mai
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I know you miss this
As your birthday present, you can have it, but only if you come to Chiang Mai.
I am a kind person, so you'll have this, too
and this for dessert
as well as this
So there, I already give you your birthday presents, so come and take it yeah!
Hehe just wanna wish you all the best, my best eating mate!!! xDDD
Hope we can rock the eating world again soon as a duo ;)
Happy Birthday! <3
Labels: My Linh, RuaM
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I meant to send you an sms last night but for some weird reason it kept on failing T_T
anyway, on your 21st birthday I wish you happiness throughout your life and wisdom (BPL wisdom - haha kidding) : )
looking forward to seeing you here!! ^^
Big Pink Monster
Studio Ghibli Museum
Saturday, May 15, 2010
As promised, here is my account of my visit to 三鷹の森ジブリ美術館 or literally translated as "Ghibli Museum of the Mitaka Forest". For those who don't know, Ghibli Museum is a studio that produces animation movies created by founder Miyazaki Hayao. If you have ever watched a Ghibli movie before, you will find that it is different from other Japanese animation movies. The stories have a beautiful plot, with superb animation and soothing songs, as well as a hidden message behind each movie. One of my personal favourite is one called "Spirited Away" : )
(note: i am in LOVE with the mouse from "Spirited Away". Its name is Boo ^^)
Off we go to Studio Ghibli Museum! FYI, you can't buy tickets on the spot. You have to go to Lawson (a convenience store) and purchase your tickets there. My friends and I booked one week before; each ticket costs 1000 yen (around SGD 15).
700 metres away...
300 metres away..
At the main entrance, you will be greeted by Totoro, from the movie となりのトトロ(Tonari no Totoro/My Neighbour Totoro).
First we went to visit a room where there is a Hall of Fame of all previous Studio Ghibli productions. Absolutely no photography inside, but I managed to capture a few! It is really hard to do so with all guards watching.
These are all miniature sized! Looks like a real office right?
The interior of the museum. So pretty, I'd love a house like this!
Stained glass windows with Ponyo characters on them (from the movie "Ponyo on the Sea by the Cliff"
Next we walked outside and climbed a long flight of stairs. It was worth it, because outdoors there was a giant Laputa statue! This is a character from another Ghibli movie called "Laputa in the Sky".
Tan Da Spa: A trip back to a Vietnamese generation's childhood.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Place: Tan Da Spa Resort
Location: Tan Linh - Ba Vi - Ha Tay
for more details and pictures of the pool - which I failed to capture, being afraid people may think I am a pervert -.-" Anyway, there is English version there but it's not working for me. There is also online booking for room and certain sevices]
Located 2 hour drive away from the center of Hanoi - in good traffic (which never happens -.-"), Tan Da Spa is truly one good place for a family breakaway from the crowded and busy city life. Offering a wholesome experience, suitable for every single member of the family (from great grandparents to great grandchild) Tan Da Spa is becoming a hot sot for Hanoi families who seeks for tranquility during the weekend.
I went to Tan Da Spa with my extended family <3 last April (don't hate me for only posting it up now). The two beautiful girls in my pictures are Hanan and Rima (with Rima in a full dress and Hanan wearing a top and a denim skirt), my extended cousins. With my camera robbed, I apologized for taking only some of the pictures - taking credit for only editing though ;)
Tan Da Spa was inspired by the lost childhood of our parents' generation. My parents were both born in Hanoi. However, during the last Vietnamese war, at the age of 6,7 my parents, their brothers and sister, friends and neighborhood friends all had to leave Hanoi for the villages due to safety reason - avoiding American bombs in the middle of the night. One thing for sure, memories of the war were still somewhat bittersweet in their once innocent minds. There will always be fear of the war, fear of loosing and separation, fear of starvation and the longing for Hanoi, still those wooden houses behind the bamboo trees were the most tranquil moments of the war. There they were protected, brought up, their they learned the love for a city, a few hundred miles apart.
In my generation, most of us were born and grew up in Hanoi. As of me who origin from this capital, never truly experience a life like this: a childhood with the pigs the chickens, with the water buffalo and the well behind yard. Tan Da Spa is almost a perfect place for reminiscing the beautiful memories. So here I come, here I come to know more about my parents' my aunts' uncles' childhood, and stories under the cooling shadow of the trees
A model of a typical well-off Vietnamese house in the countryside.
In Tan Spa, it is offered to the guest in the hotel structure. There are 4 rooms inside, a parents room, next to a children room, a living room and a nice bathroom. There is a yard in front, an outdoor stone table.
I would love to recommend it for a family stay, approximately 2 nights max
Tan Da Spa attempts to live up to their "spa" title. There is a swimming pool (which you have to buy the ticket for entrance), a sauna (ticket comes with the swimming pool, so it's for free once you purchase a swimming ticket). I praise the pool for its cleanness - truly the best I have seen in the North of Vietnam. When you walk along the side of the pool, you really don't experience this "yuck" feeling underneath your feet. Even the common bathroom is constantly cleaned by the staff. Towels are given for free, just like hotel service. :)
Foot massage service is actually separated from the swimming ticket, so you will have to pay extra for it. I did, and it was 3 star, if rated. Certainly it was over priced, almost doubt what a foot massage usually cost in Hanoi. Still, the business is doing well. I guess, this is due to convenience. Guests come here with open minds and open pockets
Pix of Hanan:
We were playing with the ingredients, the herbs for the food massage. I saw ginger, lemon grass, hot oil... Your feet kinda smell really great after the massage - u you don't mind smelling your feet, i assume ;)
Pictures of Rima outside the Treatment rooms
There is a beauty salon here, well equipped with modern machines. These room are pretty private, with one side facing a beautiful lake.
a FAMILY experience
Grand parents can take a walk around the "village road", breathing in fresh country air. Parents can go for a good massage, sauna. Mothers to spa, and Fathers can hit the tennis court. Children at teenage will surely enjoy the swimming pool, or they can accompany their younger siblings to a "couple" bicycle ride around the compound (bicycles are for rent, single or couple, all available in good condition) Little babies may want to join Tan Da Spa's kindergarten, vibrantly decorated with babysitter service offers. After a good day relaxing, families can gather for a good wholehearted meal in either one of Tanda Spa's Restaurant. The food is mediocre, nothing remarkable apart from the freshness of the ingredient. Once bored, we can all meet each other in the Karaoke room, though I am sad to say, there isn't much Korean music available :P There are also 2 business meeting room for rent, 2 coffee shops and other services attended to you 24/7
Overall, Tan Da Spa brings you back to a true Vietnamese village life, with the countryside concept. You will come across a green banana tree, a beautiful wild flower falling unappreciated on the ground, a fishing pond, many traditional Vietnamese houses. I would love to recommend it to a family of three different generations to come together and share some bonding time. One thing I highly praise this Spa for is the security and the pleasant staff service. My cousin forgot her bag in one of the dining room and only returned after almost 4 hours. It wasn't there anymore but was kept safe in the reception area for us to retrieve. I did have wonderful experience with my family and would love to return in the next 3 months or 6 - you know, I am not really a "countryside" and "nature" person, indeed
and this is for you, thx for reading my review, dear wonderful readers
The pix I love the most, taken by me, retouched : ME ALSO
Labels: My Linh
Happy BirthDay RUMMY!!! - 9May, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
9May 1990 till now
I don't have chocolates..
So all I can do is sing you a song.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Tell us how your camp went : ) Stay being the RUAM that you are!!
RUAM is -.-"
someone who's willing to share, even her food ;)
someone who's lovely, eps.when she eats
maybe 'cuz she knows that- that's why she eats a lot
introducing Rachel's collection of Ruam's foodmania :D
and of course, a girl of thousands smile<3
that's why we love you, that's why you are a wonderful gift to this life.
have a wonderful birthday, darling.
from your wonderful best friend - and her miraculous BPM
Labels: Ferina, My Linh
Vieng Joom On: Pretty Teahouse by the River
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Place: Vieng Joom On (in Northern Thai dialect, meaning 'pink city')
Location: 53 Charoenraj Rd. T.Watgate A.Muang Chiangmai 50000
[visit http://www.vjoteahouse.com for more information]
[more pics at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=169667&id=643712934&ref=mf]
I went there for the first time with my darling friend as a model (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=162222&id=643712934&ref=nf), then I went with my mom, my sister and my brother-in-law for the second visit. The place is gorgeous with deep, vibrant colours (mainly pink) and is exquisitely decorated in every corners. The fact that it's just right by the Ping river, the main river of the Northern Thai region, is absolutely a plus point as you can enjoy the scenic view in fresh air while sipping your favourite cup of tea. The main market of Chiang Mai is just across the river, too. So speaking in terms of decoration and location, the place definitely deserves a 5-star rating.
Nonetheless, speaking in terms of edible stuffs, I am not hugely impressed. Maybe it's due to the fact that I have never been a tea-lover, and the selling point of the place is tea. Vieng Joom On sells a wide variety of tea, and merchandises like tea pot and tea leaves for bringing home too. All I ever tasted so far was smoothies, blended tea, and assorted cake. They are okay, but the prices will only be reasonable after you adjust your perception to seeing that you're actually paying for the atmosphere.
Overall, I think it's a good place to hang out with a small group of friends or to spend your lazy sunday afternoon chilling. There are also vintage coffee shops and old houses around Vieng Joom On since the street that it's located on is a heritage road, so you can park your car there and take a quick look around or take nice photos. Recommended for those who want to explore Chiang Mai just a little bit more :)