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Lt. and Numi @ Pho Binh (Binh Soup Shop)

Ahh, the omnipresent pho. I never thought I would get sick and tired of it, but after a whole day of eating nothing but pho, I just couldn't (cannot) stomach it anymore. I guess the weeks of craving this awesome soup and eating at Pho Hoa didn't help. Still, I knew we had to go and visit the Binh Soup Shop, or Binh Pho. I read about it online, and the fact that it served as the secret HQ of the Viet Cong (VC) during the Vietnam War was more than enough to make me want to go. When Nikki's couch surfing friends mentioned it over beer, I just couldn't help but go with them. For someone who loved reading (and hearing) war stories as a child, the historical significance of the soup shop simply cannot be ignored. We found it easily enough in District 3, at 7 Ly Chinh Thang Street. From Pham Ngu Lao, the cab cost us about ... crap, I totally forgot how much we paid. I am pretty sure it was around 50,000 VND, though. Anyhow, by that time, I couldn't really eat pho

Blue River 2 Hotel (Saigon, Vietnam)

One of the things I was apprehensive about when this trip was still in the planning stages was the hotel. From what I saw and heard, hotels in Vietnam are not really like the hotels you "normally" see. Nikki chose the hotels, and when we first got there, it didn't look very promising. From the airport, a cab took us to Blue River near Pham Ngu Lao (the backpacker district). We had to go through this really dark and small alley at around 2 AM...nice! Apparently, the cab took us to Blue River ONE. We had to ring the doorbell several times as the hotel (a tall narrow building that looked more like a house) was all closed up. After a while, this nice lady gets up and tells us that we were at the original building; we were supposed to stay at the new one, about 10 minutes away. Since we were starving, we decided to eat some pho (beef noodle soup that's everywhere). I posted those pics in the previous entry. Finally, we got to Blue River 2. This is what we saw: T

LT and Numi Do Saigon Part 1

Our first day in Saigon is coming to a close, and I have to say that it's one of the most tiring days I have ever had! So far, so good. You wouldn't believe it, but our flight left 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time! We arrived in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) 30 minutes before the scheduled arrival time! According to the pilot, we had "a wind pushing us," hence the quick flight. The only complaint I had was my original seat didn't recline. Lucky me, there were rows of empty seats up front, so I was able to move. So we arrived at the hotel around 3 am. We were actually in the city center around 1 am, but we decided to go and eat at this all night pho place: All I can say is that it's the best pho I've ever had - not much experience except for Pho Hoa and Zao Cafe, though. Another thing that stands out is that the people are so friendly. They say that Thailand is the Land of Smiles, but the Vietnamese beat them hands down. I guess if you'r

Cerveza (Yummy) Negra

The year has been pretty tame for me in terms of going out as compared to the end of 2009. I think it's great because I get to sleep at least 10 hours a night - enough to make me feel rested at least. Last night, I kinda wanted to watch The Blue Rats at Handlebar, but decided on it for various reasons. I couldn't say no to Angelique when she asked me to go out for a round, though. As usual, what was supposed to be a round turned out to be two. I just realized, though, how yummy this drink is---> Cerveza Negra - a dark lager that doesn't taste like any other beer I've had (not that I have had a lot of different kinds of beer). It's made by San Miguel and tastes nothing like San Mig Light. I know I will have to pay for it on the treadmill but those two bottles were worth it! I wonder if this tastes anything like Guiness? I have some friends who will swear by Guinness, but I haven't had the chance to try it. What's your beer of the moment?

The Geeky Gangsta

Disclaimer: I am NOT describing myself. I don't think I have ever met a person I would describe as GG, but these photos just made me laugh. Anyway, a certain Kristin Verby had some free time on her hands and starting playing around with a camera and her computer. She came up with concepts for gadgets for the Geeky Gangsta. Here are my personal favorites. These shoes make the Nike + iPod combination look pathetic. Why would you need a standalone mp3 player when you can have THIS? LOL, I can probably run for miles on the treadmill if I had a pair of these. Then again, I might end up getting killed by the other people at the gym. One question: is the DVD player shockproof? You do recognize that for what it is, don't you? Someone once told me that the Glock is the best handgun in the world. Well, here's the chance to own the best handgun and use it on a daily basis, too. No need for permits! I seriously want one. Maybe that will entice me to turn the TV on mor