I woke up the day that I’m set to leave for Cannes thinking, “Oh sh*t! I don’t want to go”. It’s not that I don’t want to go, it’s just that I’m sad to leave the kids behind. But my bags are packed and I have a plane to catch. I kissed the two rascals good bye, and off I went!
This is arguably one of my favorite things to eat in the world – Pho Bo – Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup. My love affair with it began in college and I’ve been hooked ever since. There’s something about slurping down a spoonful of rich, savory beef broth, paired with flat, soft rice noodles, and then add a mouthful of fragrant herbs like basil, spring onions, bean sprouts, mint, and cilantro to the mix. Oh! and who can forget the squeezed lime as the finishing touch. It’s heavenly. Even though I’ve been told that Danang is not a town famous for its pho but one MUST venture out and try how the locals like their pho when in Vietnam, right?
It was the trip that we have been planning for weeks – 8 families plus 17 kids. Never mind the kids, I was super excited and SO ready for some sun, fun, beach, pool and plenty of pho! Destination is Danang, a port city that sits on the South Central Coast of Vietnam. Flight time from Hong Kong to Danang is only 1 hour and 40 minutes. A short hop away and then this is what awaits – the perfect beach vacation.
Yesterday was MM’s first and only school interview and when i say school, I mean pre-nursery. This is the only school that I applied for her. I guess it’s because I’m pretty confident she’ll get in because her brother went there. Also if she doesn’t get in, I thought i’ll just keep her at home for another year. I’m sure the helpers would enjoy having her around…I think. MM picked out what she wanted the wear for the interview herself, and the shoes to go with. She’s usually pretty quiet in a new environment and didn’t say much. Yesterday was no different. The only word she said the whole time she was there was “Thank you”. It was more like a whisper but she did say it and I was relieved. She did, however, waved bye to the teachers as we walked out. We’ll find out the result next week. For some reason, it’s extra emotional for mommy to see her little girl all grown up and ready for school. I guess because she’s probably my last child. Sniff sniff…
If you’re a budget conscious shopper like me, I know you get quiet a thrill when you come across these small hidden gems, tucked away from the bustle and hustle of Hong Kong. On my way to get Vietnam visa for our upcoming vacation, I stumbled across this hole-in-the-wall pop up store on Wanchai street. I was ecstatic because A. I’ve been thinking about getting a new set of dinnerware, bowls, and serving plates, but didn’t want to go to Ikea because the selection there is really lacking. B. I didn’t want to pay over-the-top prices, because let’s face it, living in Hong Kong, what is NOT over-the-top $$$?
I remember buying from a similiar shop like this also in Wanchai a few years ago, but it disappeared a few days later. So I could hardly contain my excitement when I found this one. Let’s go and take a look, shall we? Continue reading →