[PHOTOBLOG] The International 2013, Group Stage Day 1

I must apologise, I spent most of the day glued to my com watching games, or glued to the screens watching more than 1 game at a time to actually do proper footage.

I do have some pics, of the Champions’ Rings and some random team pics. But nothing spectacular, I’m afraid.

I’ll just post them up today, rather than combine them for tomorrow cos I think some people might be looking forward to updates! Hope that yesterday’s mass info is enough to make up for today’s sparse pics.

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The RING on ChuaN’s finger. There’s even an iG logo on the side (you can see it on the left side of the ring in this pic)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

On the way down to “Clockwork”.

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In case you didn’t know, Valve employees collect one set of equipment to keep for the duration of the competition. They then set up the room with all the players’ equipment before the players are allowed in. So all they have to do is sit down and start playing.
Even the harddrives of each PC “belong” to the player, and will be loaded in when the player is using the com, and taken out after the game is done.
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Individual shots of the players at their PCs :

 

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The evening view, at 830pm.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A nearby park I found earlier this evening! Looks like a pretty nice place to hang out and reflect after games. But I don’t think many of the gamers have discovered it. Needed a walk to chillax after the games today -.-OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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And… That’s about it for today. Wish I had more to tell you, but mood is a little low, and day was tense and long.

Maybe you can drop me some questions, or requests, and I’ll see if I can fulfill them tomorrow!

[PHOTOBLOG] The International 2013, Day 3 – BootCamp day 2, Wild Card match, player’s dinner, 1v1 part 1

Today was one of those days that felt like 2 instead of 1. With things heating up for the group stages, Valve tried to give the players a breath of air before the storm by having the player’s dinner.

After a day of training and watching RattleSnake vs Quantic, the night time 1v1’s were quite tiring for the players. But it probably got the excitement going for all the viewers at home and set the tone for the next few days.

Since you’ve already seen what the bootcamp is like, let’s jump straight to the wildcard matches :

It’s awesome watching live, with a hall-full of DotA2 gamers. The energy and excitement is palpable, and everyone is gearing up for the groupstage games which start tomorrow.

How many of the people here can you name?
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Obviously NOT iceiceice’s favourite pokemon…

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Seems like I’m interrupting something…

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So this is what I was interrupting…
A Dendi kiss anyone?

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Yamateh and Chuan warming up for the Player’s dinner by practising drinking games.

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3 teams, 1 picture.

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iceiceice joining in the drinking games.

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The Chinese speaking side of the hall. There are 4 screens, and 2 are playing the English broadcast, whilst 2 are playing the Chinese broadcast. Which, I guess, accounts for the segregation.

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Alliance and Na`Vi

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The Captain Boxers of 2013.

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This photo preceeded the video below it.

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RattleSnake after their win

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The view from iG’s suite!

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Here’s a video to show you how the iG room is like… perks of being the defending champion!

 

And just a random dramatic shot out of my room window. Quite an overcast day, was raining quite a bit.

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Player’s Dinner and 1v1 Part 1 :

 

Us, at the lift lobby, leaving our room late because SOMEONE was napping.

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The rather hard to find entrance to the restaurant/pub
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The view from the front door! Amazing 2 storey layout, with buffet points all over the place!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

The Zenith table, complete with a sign to mark territory.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Gamers, gamers, and more gamers!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

XBOCT dropping by the Zenith table and drinking “ROT”.
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The full list of beverages available to us. According to iceiceice, ROT tastes like a fillet o fish.

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XBOCT joining us at our table for a short while.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Clustered around the screens which show the 1v1 games.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The 1v1 area on the second floor. I’d imagine that’s a DJ station on other normal nights…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Watching Mushi vs xiao8, Obsidian Destroyer.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Self Shots!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ice with ex teammate XTiNCT.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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More selfshots… (honestly, I was trying to get the ISO settings right on my camera. I think this is max ISO, it was REALLY DARK, and you can see that it’s a little noisy. Sorry for the camera speak. I’m still trying to master my OMD EM5…)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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s4 with a serious face!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

The 40minute before a first blood game between ferrari and Mu.

 

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Selfshot in the toilet, cos, I’m a girl, THAT’S WHY I CAN.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

A Monster holding a monster Monster. (whaaat?)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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What a long update. It’s midnight here now, and it’s time to SLEEP for tomorrow’s group stage matches!

Will be updating all my social media as usual, so follow me everywhere for live updates! fb fan page, twitter, instagram, youtube. and Zenith blog and Zenith fb fan page!!

 

GOOD NIGHT PEOPLE!!! <3

[PHOTOBLOG] The International 2013, Travelling there, Day 0, Day 1 (Media Day), Day 2 (Media Day/Bootcamp Day)

I guess nothing much says it better than pictures so let’s just… dive into it!

The flight this year was much smoother and quicker. We went the SIN-NRT-SEA route which is infinitely shorter than going through Dubai. The only sad part was that we couldn’t really get seats next to each other, we were scattered around the cabin and to sit together, we had to do some high level trading.

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taking turns to scrunch noses.
Also, his shirt is ironic????

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We even managed to buy some Japanese stuff and wolf down a bowl of ramen before the second leg of the journey.

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As usual, Valve has spared no expense in setting up this year’s TI. We’re all housed at The Westin Bellevue, and some people working at the nearby offices have popped by to say hi, and have been trying to talk to the teams they are a fan of.

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The weather’s been great, we saw a short spell of rain, but that quickly dried up.

We’ve visited our usual haunt (McCormick and Schmick’s) twice, and eaten a grand total of 42 raw oysters.

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Aside from that, we’ve already gone for Media Day, where they record the audio and video needed for production, dropped by GameClucks for a short training session, and had half a day of bootcamp.

Here are some pictures from Media Day

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Annnddd… a short video of NWP doing his audio/video recording.

It should be interesting for you all to see that behind the polished production, is a bunch of people who actually DO feel awkward recording it all!

 

Next up… Day 2 Bootcamp pics!

 

I had to harass puppey into doing some pics and autographs for MsJovial, but she’s really happy, so it was worth it!

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In the room “Kunkka”. It’s nice that the Singapore team is in the room named after the Singaporean graphic artist. (Yes, the hero was named after him. Google it!) Incidentally, this artist also did the artwork for the Zenith shirt.

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These 2 were just so tired from their delayed flight that they just had to sleep. Right away.

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iceiceice with ixmike. Fake-staching. haha. Mike looks SO happy. He even tweeted about taking the pic with iceiceice.

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Here’s a quick vid of a walk through the event venue that I managed to do today as well :

and… some other random pics.

like… a Hello Kitty airplane!
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The Hyatt Regency, where we were housed during TI2. It’s actually just a block away from the Westin Bellevue. And this, is the most windy junction EVER. I hate to think about how cold it must be 5 months from now at this junction, when standing here in the middle of summer makes me shiver.

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A Pom and a Bengal side by side in a basket. The Bengal is GORGEOUS.

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On the way to lunch, right after arriving. All of them are about to collapse cos they’re so jet lagged.

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And the gif of the selfshots iceiceice took that I found in my camera… GRR.

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[TRAVEL] Boracay 13-16 May 2013

After NCCL and PGF Summer Assembly in Quezon City, some of us headed over to Boracay to catch some sun and sea. I can safely say that I haven’t had such an enjoyable beach holiday in AGES.

I didn’t take as many pictures as I wish I could have because there’s no one to look after your belongings when you’re floundering in the ocean. After the first day or two, we chanced bringing our phones out, but we only really brought our cameras with us when we went to Ariel’s point.

I can’t say the food is any better than in Quezon/Manila, the lack of selection is one of the few things about the trip that was unenjoyable.

Some quick tips before I begin, if you’re planning to visit Boracay –
1. Don’t bother with the other beaches other than white beach. Puka shell beach has coarse sand and strong currents, the boats also pass by very near. So it’s not suitable for paddling and floating around.
2. To enjoy white beach best, get a beach side apartment. But expect it to be noisy because all the partying happens there. At night.
3. Make sure your connecting flight is a LARGE number of hours after the landing time. Our flight from Boracay to Manila was delayed by about 2 hours.
4. Make sure you’re prepared to tip the porters on the boat, OR just don’t hand over your bags to them.
5. Don’t bring a suitcase, if possible. Best would be a backpacker’s bag. Also, we practically lived in our swim wear all day. So pack light!

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Our flight tickets from Manila NAIA to Caticlan. We booked a later flight, but the counter allowed us to change it for a flight that was an hour earlier. Which was absolutely fantastic, cos that meant we didn’t need to hang around NAIA longer than we had to. Philippines Airlines also has check-in baggage included in the ticket price. We would have taken Cebu Pacific, but this was somehow cheaper. Look out for promo fares on Cebu Pacific though, I’ve heard they can go as low as 99Pesos.

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The little propeller plane! This is your ticket to happiness and sunshine.

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Trotting to the terminal from the tarmac. It’s a really small no frills airport.
From the airport, cross the street and get a tricycle. REMEMBER. TRICYCLES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND FROM HERE ON. There will be people who will try to scam you into paying more than you should for transport to the ferry terminal + ferry ticket. Just do it yourself, you’ll save a lot.

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3 things that you’ll need to pay for at the ferry terminal : the Boarding pass, Terminal Fee, and Envorinmental Fee.
It won’t cost much… a couple hundred pesos if I remember correctly.
By the way, you need to take the ferry from Caticlan airport to Boracay island, because there’s no airport that you can fly to on Boracay! (at least, none that I noticed)

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Peeping out from the ferry terminal. That’s the boat we took to Boracay. They all have skiffs.

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A RORO ferry. This one was going to Cebu I think. You can drive your vehicles onto it.

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And that is my suitcase making it’s way across the gangplank to the top of the boat. This is why I said it’s better to just bring a backpack you can handle yourself. This means you don’t need to tip people to carry it for you. It’s also more convenient to carry it on your back than roll it around here.
And yes, we all trooped across that plank to the boat.

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Hotel Soffia. It’s a really nice hotel, with a small pool out front. This is the reception where we were all presented with a necklace of shells and a drink. Clean and modern decor and furnishings. It’s a good, quiet hotel, if you’re ok with being about 10 minutes by tricycle to the beach. The do provide an hourly shuttle bus service to the department store and back, but if you miss it, you’ll have to wait for the next one. I think we only managed to catch one back from the department store… throughout the entire trip. Which is why tricycles are your best friend. They’re cheap and efficient. And they can take 7 passengers, if you’re not too large.

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The room. Spacious and well lit. Also with parquet floor. Which i really liked. The king bed is actually 2 single beds shoved together, and there are 2 separate comforters.
The toilet has a bath tub as well as a shower stand, if anyone is interested in this detail.

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The streets of Boracay, around Ariel’s House. Eliza and I were trotting around looking for sunblock to buy.

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Willy’s Rock. I think. That’s what I was told. I wouldnt be surprised if I was being trolled. There’s a catholic (I think) altar of some sorts on it, with steps leading up from the water. We preferred to admire it from a distance, but you can trot around on it.

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A typical day there. The reclining beach chairs belong to Obama’s, where we ate on the final day. They serve seafood, and shakes. In general, these beach front shops restrict the beachside seating to their customers. So, further down at Boat station 1(I think) we just bought some Haagen Daaz drinks and put all our towels, shirts, slippers etc at their chairs.

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Ariel’s Point, a MUST go for all travellers to Boracay. Just tell the tricycle to go to Ariel’s House, and be there around 10-11 am. They don’t take advanced bookings, so you have to be there early to pay and register to ensure you have a slot. Registrations close around 1130-noon if I remember correctly, and everyone will then troop off to board a boat there. Ariel’s point is about an hour’s boat journey out.

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That’s our boat!

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And that’s us and everyone wading out to the boat, which is parked a way out from the beach because it can’t come in to shallow waters. The water goes about chest high for me, so whatever bag and stuff that you’re carrying (slippers too) has to be kept on your shoulder or on your head, unless it’s waterproofed. IF you slip… well I don’t know. We didn’t slip.

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Our boat mates, ordering drinks from the boat guy. They offer free flow of drinks, lunch at Ariel’s point, and snacks. And yes, that’s my bag, and my pink slippers right in front of the camera.

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Our first look at Ariel’s point from the sea.

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And this is Ariel’s Point, once you’ve made it up from the landing cave. The cliff side has been carved into numerous little nooks and made to look really nice. Each clique settles into a nook of their choice, some forming larger ones as they socialise and get to know each other.

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A one man cosy corner..

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This is where we set up. There’s lots of insects and stuff around, so if you’re squeamish, I can’t help you. I spent my childhood catching creepy crawlies, so they didn’t bother me.

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And this is the 6 metre plank (high, not long) which is right below our cosy corner. Very few poeple took this jump, because the hand rail is broken off, so you sorta just have to walk out into the blue without holding anything. Also, it’s a long way to swim to the stairs back up, or the kayaking station. About 40metres maybe? I was cheated into doing this jump… The person who cheated me chickened out and left me to swim to the kayak station on my own.

From here on, I didn’t take that many pictures of the jumping etc, because I was too busy jumping and I didn’t want to be laden with my camera etc.

Basically, there are a few platforms you can jump from, 15m, 8m, 6m, 5m and the stairs platforms which are about 2-3m and 4m. I did the 5, 6 and stairs platform jumps. Keeping the 15 and 8 for the next time I go there. =)

There will ALWAYS be someone who will walk to the edge then be too scared to take that final step down. The worst thing that could happen though, is that you get salt water into your nose. Which is quite unpleasant, but you’ll get a good nasal irrigation. There were quite a few people who went in flat on their stomach, on their backs, head first etc. And none of them were injured. They did sqwak and exclaim, but other than some discomfort, they were fine. There are life guards in the water as well as on the platforms to watch over you.

After I got cheated into the jump, I went to the kayak station and a lifeguard there came along with me for a short paddling session. We paddled round the other side of Ariel’s Point, where the water was about 2 metres deep, and so crystal clear I could count the number of Sea Urchins and Starfish on the ocean bed.
Another tip here, be friendly with the locals! Especially the lifeguards. I struck up a conversation with him and he offered to bring up some Sea Urchin for us to eat. FRESH. (and yes, RAW.) Sea Urchin roe is one of the Japanese dishes I enjoy, so I was only too pleased to accept.

He delivered me back to shore, and told me to return after lunch. They suspend all activities during lunch time.

And yet another tip : If you want to rent snorkeling gear, do it IMMEDIATELY upon arriving at Ariel’s point, or there will be none left for you. If you do rent it, make sure you don’t lose it, or you’ll be fined. I brought goggles, so I was ok without the gear, even though a breathing pipe would have been welcome.

So, we returned after lunch and he brought us to a secluded corner with a raffia gunny sack, a long pair of tongs and a spoon. He dove down and plucked the Sea Urchins up with the tongs and placed them all in the gunny sack. After he brought them up, we boated off to a platform where he proceeded to roll them around in the gunny sack. This made all their spines snap off to more manageable lengths, since the sharp points got stuck in the fabric and snapped off as they were forcibly rolled.

When they were satisfactorily de-spiked, he tumbled them onto the hull of the kayak and started sorta.. pressing them open with his fingers. Apprarently, you don’t need to press very hard. And if you do get poked, it’ll only hurt for… oh… about 2 weeks. After washing away the unwanted stuff, he scooped out the orange roe and portioned it out for us to eat. Yum.

We gave him a tip of about 10 USD for his efforts.

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This was the other boat. It was full of ang mohs on alcohol, so they were dancing and singing on the roof merrily on the way back.

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We passed by some para-sailers on our way back. They are launched from boats which have a flat open back. As the boat picks up speed and catches more wind, the parachute is let out to fly, with 2 people dangling at the end. It’s quite expensive though.

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And… back to Manila on a delayed flight… with the same propeller plane.

Just some random pics which I took. None of the pictures here except the one of the 6m plank was edited at all.

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This is a shot as we were walking through this cave tunnel to reach white beach

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It was elections day when we arrived. So there was activity everywhere, and lots of traffic.

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An island I saw enroute from Manila to Boracay. I WANT IT!!

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Evening at White Beach. The activity picks up around 3pm in the afternoon. Before that, it’s pretty empty. There were passing showers when we were there, but nothing that spoilt an entire day.

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Some cool looking drinks. The green one looks like Eliza’s swimming costume. Didn’t try them though…

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Every day after swimming around in the sea for about 7 hours, we came back to the hotel and soaked the salt off in the pool and splashed around looking at the sun set for another few more hours. In total, we spent an average of 10 hours a day in water. My fingers were peeling when I got home. Also, this is where we spotted the Lizards. Capital L. The Lizards here are ginormous, they’re about the size of squirrels. NO KIDDING.

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I think this hotel is called Friday’s. Looked pretty upmarket. I intend to reseach a little more, because the next time I visit, I intend to stay in an apartment along the beach!

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The expanse of white sand, which is what gives the beach it’s name I guess. Thunder clouds passing by to reveal clear blue skies, much like what a good exfolliation does for your face.

All photos here were taken with my Panasonic Lumix LX 3 or LG Optimus G.

 

[TRAVEL] Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – PART II

If you do want to take a tour out to the nearby places, like beaches for scuba diving, or boat trips up the river, I’d suggest NOT going to the tour agency or booking through your hotel. These places charge a premium, and you’ll end up paying USD 60 when you could have paid around USD 9.

Drop by the backpackers street (that’s where we went for the SPA incidentally, if you read Part I of my HCMC post) and head into one of the travel agencies located there for a good price.

CU CHI TUNNELS

We decided on exploring the tunnels made by the Viet Cong, and it was after a pretty long bus ride that we finally reached them because the bus picks up many passengers on the way so for an hour or so it makes its way around town before finally hitting the road.

It was here, when faced with the decision of whether to crawl through a dark tunnel, through which I had to stoop and duckwalk, that I realised I’m sorta claustraphobic. The first few metres are lit, but after that it’s pitch dark and I had the irrational fear that I wouldn’t be able to breathe or start choking and throw up. I mean, if I had to, I would be able to creep through those tunnels, but since it wasn’t a matter of life and death, I decided to chicken out and stress myself a little less. It’s strange though, I didn’t feel this way cliff diving at Ariel’s Point in Boracay, so I guess I have more of an issue with small dark places than I do with heights.

The Rest Stop along the way is a sort of welfare house for those affected by Agent Orange.
Here you’ll find the natives hard at work, creating souvenirs and furniture.
There’s also a small coffeeshop with food and drinks for you to replenish your energy.

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a very skinny cow.

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Some of the weapons used during the Vietnam War.

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gun barrels

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the outside of the gun gallery.

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Cyn shooting an AK47 which is strapped to the railing. The recoil is minimised, but the sound can be FELT through out your body… all the way into your bones. This is probably the highlight of the excursion to Cu Chi tunnels.

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different bombs used during the Vietnam war

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American Tank that was left behind during the war.

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These are peep holes, not the actual tunnels themselves, from which the Viet Cong emerge to check location as they travel in the tunnels..

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A larger guy than the one above fitting himself inside.

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booby traps with sharpened bambo spikes at the bottom.

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They might look like motorbikes, but they actually aren’t. They’re some sort of tricycle wheelchair which is hand operated and the disabled workers get around in these.

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FRENCH FOOD
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293925-d2034882-Reviews-La_Villa_French_Restaurant-Ho_Chi_Minh_City.html

Vietnam being an ex-French colony and all, we decided to try out what their colonial masters added to the local Vietnamese culture, cuisine-wise.
And we weren’t disappointed.

For something like 40USD per head, we had a full course French dinner, complete with the Chef coming out to greet us. It’s a really good deal, and the quality of the food is pretty good. The presentation is lovingly done, and whilst the serving staff might not be very good with English, you can always speak to the maitre d instead.

La Villa is located slightly out of the main city area, but your cab fare will probably still be under 10USD.
It’s a bungalow in one of the housing estates, and it might look dark and uninhabited from the outside, but once your cab stops at the gate, someone will pop out to greet you.

All in all, the experience was good, but they do take their time to serve their courses, just like a proper French restaurant would, so be prepared to spend a good long relaxing evening there.

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Inside the restaurant

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Part of the menu

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Candied cherry tomatoes with vegetable mousse and some kind of mushroom paste on biscuits.

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I know some people don’t take Foie gras because they don’t approve of how the animals are treated. But… This was yummy.

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French Onion Soup

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Scallop Risotto.

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Salted Black Cod

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Lamb

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Steak, complete with a sprig of fresh peppercorns. And those roasted looking things are actually brussel sprouts, not potatoes.

 

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More Foie Gras, with Steak.

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The cheese tray!

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Mille feuille, which was a little too sweet for my liking.

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Dark Chocolate Mousse cake

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First look at the entrance.

 

NOTRE DAME, DIAMOND AND POST OFFICE

These 3 buildings are pretty close to each other – the post office and notre dame are right across the road from each other, and Diamond is across a road from Notre Dame.

Having visited the Notre Dame in Paris, I was having a sort of identity crisis seeing the architecture juxtaposed with tropical palm trees.

Also, if I was feeling more hardworking, I would have visited Notre Dame in the morning, because the sunlight would be hitting it from the direction of the 2 towers. However, I’m LAZY, so the earliest I managed to get there was 3pm. The first time I popped by, it was in the evening around 5pm and the sun was coming from behind the building. So my shots aren’t that fantastic.

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taken from the side opposite the post office

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taken from the side of Diamond.

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Evening sun from behind the 2 towers as I elaborated on earlier.
This shot taken with the statue of Mother Mary (I think), holding something that looks like a… bomb.

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Evening sun coming from the back of the building. Took the chance to photograph from the rear.

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The post office. This area seems to be some kind of hot spot for wedding photography. I took the picture in B/W because the colours of the building are, in my opinion a little… clashing. It has teal highlights against peach walls.

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You can see some of the colour scheme in this picture.
This is just inside the main entrance.

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Souvenir shops along both sides of the entrance.
Didn’t buy anything here, but you might want to pick up one of those pointy hats on the bottom left side of the picture.

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So colourful… so pretty… it’s like being in some alternate reality like… wonderland or something. I was terrified that my large unwieldy bag would knock something down.

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Diamond shopping centre

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The inside of Diamond, on the first floor. Pretty much is what you’d expect in any normal department store.
Korean stuff seems pretty hot here too, and they carry a premium brand of cosmetics and skin care http://www.whoo.co.kr/ which you might like to check out.

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They didn’t let me on to the roof. So this was taken from behind a glass door, with my zoom on max.

 

PARTING SHOTS

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The currency in HCMC!

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Ho Chi Minh himself. Well, his bust, at least.