Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ho Chi Minh City Part 1


Tiket ke Vietnam ni beli dah lama. Rasa sejak hujung tahun lepas kot. Bila AirAsia wat promosi. So i booked tickets for my family and some of the staff. Masa tu promotion price is around 200 per person. We went to Vietnam on Friday. All 10 of us. My parents went a day earlier. Our flight is around 9am. At 6am dah pegi LCCT. Mr. S was sending me to airport ;)

Around 11 reached our destination. Dad already at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport to pick us. We go straight to the hotel. The journey took around 30 minutes only. We chartered a van for all 12 of us.


The location of our hotel is really awesome. Just opposite of the Famous Ben Tanh Market. We just have to cross the road and dang! Here we go shopping lah what else kan? The Ben Tanh Market is opening as early as 8am till 7pm. After 7 jalan kat situ pulak tutup as the night market will begin. From the view of our hotel room pun dah boleh nampak Ben Tanh and nite market tu.

Pose in front of our hotel. This is on our 2nd day.


After lunch kat hotel (mum prepared some food for us) without wasting any more time terusss zass lari ke pasar Ben Tanh (over plak pakai word lari tuh hikkss). Even it just our first day, takde nak survey2 dulu ke hape terus memborong okeh. Dalam penatnya masing2 tetaplah excited membeli. And you know i didnt bring lots of money to Vietnam actually. Because i didnt know what to expect here plus i just want to shop for myself so i thought takkan lahh tak cukup duit aku bawak ni. Just after spent few minutes at the Ben Tanh Market, I KNOW. I know that my money wont be enough like this okeh! I want to spend MORE! hahaha. Giler tamak kan. And after went to the nite market that nite i knew i have to ask my mum some cash advance.




What you can find in Ben Tanh Market?

Kain baju

Sangat2 la berlambak jual kain pasang kat sini. And they also sell in bulk here. Macam nak beli 1 kayu gitu. Kain sulam, cotton, vietnam silk.  And owh the price is superrrr cheap. Pasal tu 3 hari berturut duk ulang-alik pegi Ben Tanh..hahah..sulam vietnam sangat la sweet. Later i'll snap some photos and share it here ok. And another interesting thing here is we can choose our kain pasang and terus tempah jahit. Can be done in one day only! so that evening i pun rasa nak cuba i tempah 1 kurung moden. The next day they sent it to my hotel and i must say im very satisfied with the result. Seriously, patut boleh tempah banyak2 lagi.

Souvenir

Trust me, u'll be soo rambang mata nak pilih untuk bawak balik. Not just things like key chain and fridge magnet, tapi ada macam2 design beg sulam dengan macam2 size. Sangat cantik and murah also. Ada jugak beg kecik2 yang org buat souvenir majlis kahwin. But if u insist to buy in a large quantity like 500 and above maybe boleh cari kat tempat lain and get cheaper price. At this market u can find t-shirt vietnam untuk bagi souvenir also. But maybe u can just get it at the night market. Cheaper ok.

Kasut

Banyak jugak nih. Bukan kasut biasa lah. Kasut sulam or manik yang comel2. I didnt buy any pun. Takde masa dah nak memilihnya lagi.

Food

Kat pasar ni ada section untuk food jugak. Tapi sure memang tak halal lah. Cuma kalau nak cari kopi vietnam boleh beli kat sini. Banyak kedai jual. Vietnam is also famous for their coffee actually. Would be nice to give as souvenir also.

Any other things that i missed out? Surely there are lots to find in the market. Just that i didnt have much time to explore. The truth is, i just went back and forth to this one particular shop that sells kain pasang. hihihi. I prefer Ben Tanh compare to Chatuchak Market in Bangkok. But Pasar Baru (Bandung) and Tanah Abang (Jakarta) will always be in my favourite list.

Halal food is not very easy to find. They serve pork everywhere, yuckss. But there is one area here yang ada few kedai makan halal. Forgot the place's name. But then, u could always survive with maggie and snacks kan.

We had our lunch at this restaurant owned by a Malaysian.

So there goes story on our first day and third day as well. Spent most of the time shopping. Tu pun tak puas lagi. Unfortunately all of us have space issues when we packing to go back home! Terpaksa stop membeli coz tak tau nak pack kat mane dah. hahaha. 

That's not a wrap yet. Will update on our visit to Chu chi Tunnel in the next entry. After im done with my Vietnam trip i'll share about my Europe trip okeh. Sorry for such a long delay. Kerja banyakkk. 

Bubbye :)


Saturday, October 30, 2010

bola

Tonite is the final.

Negeri Sembilan vs Kelantan

I'm betting with Mr S

He's with the Kelantan team of course.  For obvious reason *rolled eyes*

So i pick Negeri Sembilan to win tonite

The bet is quite interesting

So let's hope!

:)

ps: owh im not a football fan anyway. never watch a match.

pss: to Kelantan supporter, in case ur team lost tonite, would u guys mind leave the stadium in peace???

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

happy



Sorry for the lack of updates.


I know. I owe my own blog lots of entries.


It didnt help that i've been quiet busy right now.


My workload is giving me a headache.


But other than that, i'm happy.


Yes, i would like to confess that.


I'm very very much happy now.


So happy that i wouldnt mind neglecting my blog (i always love writing!)


Sorry peeps. 


Just let me be in my dreamland for a while before i start writing again ok! (just knock my head if u feel u need to)


Bye2. Till i wake up!


;)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Some news from Ho Chi Minh City

1. Im broke. Totally broke. Shopping in Vietnam is sooo exciting. Plus my hotel location is just in front of the Ben Tanh Market (thanks dad!). And every nite dekat jalan depan hotel ni ada night market that open till 1am. So that's my main activity in Vietnam, shop till broke. It's double broke actually. Because i just came back from Milan last week, remember? Checking my bank account balance will be a disaster for now. Like, where all the money's gone???

2. Mum lost her purse at night market yesterday! So sad. Masa tengah pilih2 barang, tiba2 ada sorang old lady datang menyelit in our group and buat2 sibuk memilih. We suspect her. Coz gaya dia memang tak macam nak membeli sibuk langgar barang sana sini. Tiba2 dia blah camtu jek. And when we about to pay baru my mum sedar purse dah takde. I pegi round jugak kot2 boleh kejar. But to no avail. Ada few hundreds USD dlm tu and credit card lah yang banyak. Send report malam tu jugak. After that terus kitorang yang lain berjaga pegang handbag masing2.

3. Shopping with girls are so much fun. I went holiday with some of my colleagues as well. We go crazy at Ben Tanh Market. Masing2 kecoh and sibuk nak carik kain paling cantik. Hahaha. Sorang beli ni yang lain pun ikutt jugak. Kitorang siap tempah jahit baju lagi. I tempah 1 kurung moden dan jubah. The charge is reasonable lah. Quite cheap pun compare to Malaysia. And jahitannya pun cantik. I didnt believe at first bila kedai tu cakap boleh amik upah jahit. Baju kurung, moden, dress, jubah. Boleh siap dalam masa sehari!

Ok, im leaving now. nak check out, lunch and going to airport.  Cant wait to be at home.

P/s: I MISS YOU :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

going away


Im going to KL today. 
Dad nak pegi tgk perhimpunan agung UMNO @ PWTC 
*politics mode on*
Then on Friday will fly to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

I really really travel light this time.
Bwk selai dua baju jer. 
Coz i read sana shopping murah.
Betul kah?
Well, let's see.
Kalau tak mmg mati lah takde baju nk pakai.

Bubbye!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Take a Break


Mood yang sangat menyenangkan sekarang. Mostly because rasa sangat legaaaa dah siap satu tugasan yang penting semalam (im working on weekend, mind you). And did u actually believe after 5 days back from oversea baru hari ni i dapat check out all the photos taken. Sadly, its not that much. Souvenir masih belum mampu nak distribute lagi. Tengok pun tidak. Bag masih belum berkemas. Tapi rasa macam tak payah unpack jerrrr. Because this Friday im going to fly again to a not so far away destination (dalam Asia). So guess that all the holiday updates kena hold dulu yeah. But of course i cant wait to write about my travel log especially MILAN. OMG the city was so great. What's not to love about the city btw?? 

Owh, a snapshot from Milan

 Via Montenapoleone, Milan, Italy


 

 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Home!!

Safely reached home. Arrived about 14 minutes ago. Terus blogging. Hehehe..i cant sleep anymore. Touchdown KLIA jam 9.15, my brothers fetched us at the airport pergi makan2 and then terus took midnight bus to JB. Mane ada flight dah malam2 ni to JB, the earliest pukul 7 pagi. So kena balik jugak naik bus since at 7 i have to go to Pahang. Pukul 4 pagi tadi sampai rumah pukul 7 dah nak kena keluar kerja. *sigh*. Jetlag? Forget it. I have work to do. Some responsibilities to be fulfilled. So that next year boleh pergi Italy lagi and get another Gucci. Oppssss...muahahaha..

The trip to Frankfurt, Milan and Qatar was sooo fantastic. I met awesome peoples, visited interesting places and..err..shops? The experience was priceless. Nantilah cerita panjang2. For now, let me get some rest yer.

Much loves.
Muah :)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Update From Frankfurt

Heloooo blog..heheh.. 
It's 5.30 am now in Frankfurt. Dah tak boleh tido dah. Been packing the bag and everything. Semalam 1 whole day morning till evening spend kat bookfair. OMG im so speechless upon seeing the bookfair. It's sooo BIG. The Frankfurt Messe (exhibition centre) sangat lah besar and to go from hall to hall pun ada shuttle bus. So sad i dont bring any flat sandal. Even pakai wedges pun not very comfy as i walk a lot. I dont have much time to explore Frankfurt as i spent most of the time working. Got few appointments yesterday with certain publishers. As for today, im going to separate with my dad as we got to go to different hall. Dad is more on searching for school's library books, dealing with packagers, choosing titles to import while me got to focus on higher education area, international academic publishers, make some contacts with them and so on. So im going to round the bookfair alone today.

We will be at the bookfair for another half day then at noon will be back to the hotel, pack our luggages and then have to take train to Frankfurt Hahn. We will be staying at the hotel nearby Hahn Airport as we got early morning flight to catch tomorrow to Milan. That will be saying, enough with works, now lets get some shoppingggg done. hahaha. I just manage to buy few fridge magnets and key chains at Frankfurt. Memang xde chance langsung nak masuk kedai shopping. Some more after balik bookfair of course we were tired and sleepy plus kaki sakit lagi nak jalan. But nevermind, i will just rely on 2 full days we are going to have in Milan and kat sana takde appointments dgn publisher ke hape..cuma..err..appointments dengan kedai2 jer..heheheh...

Ok, just a snapshot @ frankfurt. Will upload more photos later on maybe when im back home.



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Blogging from Doha Airport, Qatar

At Doha Airport right now. Transit for 9 hours before boarding to Frankfurt. We decided just to stay at the airport. Nanti transit balik Malaysia baru keluar town check in hotel and round town. Masuk Qatar kena ada Visa tapi on arrival pun boleh. Have to pay USD27 per pax for visa. For tonite mmg lepak kat airport jelah. Time kat Qatar now is about 2am but since Malaysia dah pukul 7 tak rasa ngantuk pun.

On previous flight i spent 7 hours tu tido most of the time. Try to watch some cartoons and play some games tapi terlelap jugak. And based on my current mood i tak rasa i akan ambil byk gmbr for this trip. Nak keluarkan camera pun malas okeh. Dad's DSLR mmg dlm beg jelah.

Im quite nervous pasal keje kat Frankfurt ni nanti. Pasal nak pegi jalan xde masalah. Pegi Milan lagiii la ditunggu2. hihih. Tapi yang lebih penting keje kena ada hasil. Baru hati senang dan tenang.

Owh, i met someone masa kat KLIA tadi. To you, thanks for coming all the way and spend your time. Walaupun cuma dapat jumpa sekejap je.

Ok till then :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Last update before leaving for Frankfurt


Booking hotel
Done yesterday. Both hotel in Frankfurt and Milan dah book! Hotel kat Milan is much expensive. I buat reservation through www.booking.com. The price there is cheaper than kalau book direct pun. Murah sikit jelah tapi. Booking ni pun based on review kat web je lah. And of course, free wi-fi connection in room adalah wajib.

Online check in
All flights dah buat check in which are MAS (JB-KL), Qatar Airways (KL-Doha-Frankfurt), RyanAir (Frankfurt-Milan). There will be one night stop over kat Doha and the next morning baru fly to Frankfurt.

Bookfair registration
Already registered as a trade visitor. Had to pay 56 euro per pax for this. The bookfair will be held for 5 days but only the last 2 day will be open to public. The first 3 days is open to trade visitor only. Bookseller, publisher, author, distributor, etc. 

Pack barang
Headache. Tu je nk cakap. I have some respects for people who can really travel light and easy. Me? If it is possible to bring the whole wardrobe i'll probably do so. 

Tukar duit
Hari ni kot. Mesti hari ni, kalau tak bila lagi pulak kan.

Oklah. I really dont have much time to blog. Please pray that i gonna have a blast and safe holiday ye you all. Not a real holiday maybe as i still have to work..hahah..but still? Travel + work always makes me excited. Err..the farther the distance is lagi baik kot? heheh. InsyaAllah will post some updates IF possible. And owh, pls hope that im not gonna be totally broke after this trip. Since im going with my boss i could possibly ask for 3 months advance kat Milan kan?? heheheh.


 


Monday, October 4, 2010

The Trip :)



Hi..im back! heheheh.

Alhamdulillah open house hari Ahad hari tu berjalan lancar. Penat memanglah since everything in house punya kerja. Takde amik catering ke hape. Umi masak all the foods.  Gambar open house akan diupload nanti yer (bila tu??!!)

So now im still bz selesaikan kerja2 opis sebelum amik 1 week leave. Amik leave untuk pergi keje jugak sebenarnya. Cuma kat luar negara lah.
Ikutkan nak pegi berjalan and lupakan kerja yang tinggal adalah mustahil. When my dad 1st asked me about this trip to Frankfurt Bookfair pun 1st thing that crossed my mind was tak busy ke hujung2 tahun macam ni nak pegi oversea (in my area of job hujung tahun adalah waktu kerja biasanya adalah banyak). But like he said, kerja mmg takkan habis. And surely somebody else could handle the jobs while im away kan. I just have to delegate the jobs, and put some not so urgent matters on hold till im back.

So, we are going to spend 2 full days at the Frankfurt Book Fair. I dont have much time to prepare anything. In fact hotel pun baru semalam booking. One thing kat Frankfurt ni, during bookfair hotel semua jadi overprice. Average is 1k per night kalau nak yang betul-betul area exhibition centre. Imagine have to pay 1k per night just for accomodation. And no, its not even a luxury hotel. Just hotel with basic standard macam Seri Malaysia jek. My dad leave it to me to book a hotel for us (he provided the plastic card, of course). I'll tell more about the hotel and do some review after i experience it myself okey.

Frankfurter BuchMesse = Frankfurt Book Fair


And owh, about our next destination after Frankfurt. Remember it's between 3 choices which are Amsterdam, Zurich and Milan?

Okay.

So, on our 4th day, we are going to fly to Milan, Italy. 





Why Milan?


Because among the 3 of us, mum and i vote for Milan. Hahahaha.

I havent book hotel in Milan. But owh, if u're looking for hotels in Duomo area (the trademark of Milan) the price is around 1k and above!  Unless u decide to duduk jauh sikit then u can get hotel price around 400-700. I told dad and he just said, nevermind just book hotel yg dekat Duomo area if its more convenient to me and mum to go shopping around (and he staying in the hotel room, but i'll make sure they provide free wi-fi connection dad). Owh have i mentioned here how i love my dad so much? hiksss. And 1 more thing after i did some survey fly to Milan is much cheaper compare to others. I checked the alternative travel by train as well. We fly using budget airline Ryan Air. The cost? Around 100 euro for 3 persons! A real bargain kan.

Ok ok..so ape lagi nak taip ni. Part packing barang? No, i tak buat ape pun lagi. I hate last minute packing kalau nak pegi jalan jauh as i know, mestiiii ada je benda tertinggal. And if u're thousand miles away from home, it's so damn annoying kalau ada benda tertinggal and dah sampai baru teringat kenapa lah tak bawak tu tak bawak ni. But since im a bit busy for the past few days, and still kena masuk opis siapkan keje so pasrah je lah. Part tukar duit? err...maybe i just leave it to dad *ahem* (hoping tomorrow dad's gonna hand me some euros, hahah).

Okeyyy panjang pulak membebel ni. 

Hope i'll have some time to write again before i leave.

A snapshot during our open house:

me, mum and ifa