IVY STRAP BAG

My new favourite Bag.

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#JJSTUFF: Ball Pit

I’m overly ambitious with my blog right now so I will additionally share some JJ things in here haha. I personally find it hard to find and buy things in Vietnam and I’m sure there are other people who feel the same so I want to do more to to help others.

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We got this Ball Pit a while ago from Park & Lam. It’s a Facebook shop from Hanoi run by a Vietnamese-Korean couple and I was soo surprised because the pit also had JJ stitched on it. Like so so cute ! I discovered Park & Lam after I already bought everything for JJ, otherwise I could have gotten everything from there. I even bothered to fly all the way to Seoul to get one of those UV bottler sterilizers because I like those better than the usual steam ones. At Park & Lam, they even have stock, so I could have saved myself so much money and effort haha. Everything they sell is imported from Korea and for now I just wish they’d have a shop on Shoppee or Lazada. I’m not a fan of ordering and browsing on Facebook to be honest. But if you don’t mind, check out their Facebook here.

I think the biggest question for any mom would be, do I need this ? No you don’t. That for sure. But it’s so nice to have. JJ still plays in it and with it every day. She is standing now so she uses it to pull herself up, to throw balls for Juju to catch and sometimes she just lays in there chilling. It takes up quite some space but luckily our new living room is big enough. It is fun to have and I think kids enjoy ball pits until they are much older. I still loved them when I was like 6 or so. Thanks again so much to the Park & Lam team for sending this over. I was so surprised because I didn’t know that they know JJ and me haha.

MY FAVOURITE PHOTO STUDIOS IN SAIGON

I want to share more about our work, things that would be interesting to other people as well, that’s why I’m starting this business insights series. If you like it, gimme a like so I know : D

REVONS STUDIO & D ROCK’S STUDIO

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REVONS STUDIO
This is our go-to place for any kind of shoot actually. It’s a fairly big studio with two daylight rooms, white walls, basic flooring and a lot of natural daylight in the mornings and a great mood around afternoon. We mostly come here for basic flatlay and outfit detail photos. We love this place because it’s close to our shop, service is decent, nobody bothers you and it’s pricing is pretty good at 250K/hour. There is also always an available spot somehow when we need it, that’s why we always come back. For first-timers it can be a little hard to find. It’s opposite 166A Ton That Thuyet and it’s like a warehouse. You just walk in, it will be the last studio on the right. (The last studio because there are two others.)

Location: Opposite 166A Ton That Thuyet, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Price: 250K/Hour
Website: http://revonsstudio.com/

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D ROCK’s STUDIO
We love this place even though we have shot there only once. This place is huge, last time we had two shootings at the same time together with my boyfriend. It’s the top floor of an old apartment building with super high ceilings and a very strong industrial feeling due to its rawness. If you just need a couple flatlay shots this is not going to be very your most profitable choice, as one hour is 700K. And you need to book well in advance, this is not a place you can just drop by due to its popularity. Service is really friendly and helpful, they speak English as well. Since its on the top floor one sessions comes along with free usage of the rooftop as well.

Location: A2-25, 341 Cao Dat, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Price: 700,000VND/1 hour, 2,500,000VND/4 hours, 3,800,000VND/1 day = 8 hours
Website: https://www.drocksstudio.com/

Sustainability & Anti-plastic Movement - Just a Hype ?

JJ changed my life and view on things in many different ways.

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“Oh, we can’t change anything about it anyway. How can we not use plastic anymore ?” It’s the same as wanting to live healthy and then still shoving that big cup of The Alley Tra sua duong den into your belly. I’m not going to be a preacher here. I’m not going to tell you to stop using single-use plastic. I just urge you, to be more aware. To avoid it, if you can. And no, this is not me doing PR for Helly Tong’s LaiDay Refill Station, but me sharing my real opinion on things. I know what people say. But what people say doesn’t matter. What matters is this one girl, taking action, and trying to change things. SHE matters. She is fucking trying to save this planet. To change things. To make our country a better place. For our sake. But she can’t do that by herself. Without other people’s support.

If you’ve been to Phu Quoc and there was no plastic, it’s because somebody cleaned the beach that morning. Because when I went, and it was stormy, it was impossible to keep the plastic from coming ashore. All kind of instant noodle packaging, straws, plastic bags. Everybody knows it’s really hard to recycle plastic. A lot of the plastic thrown into nature will take dozens and hundreds of years to decompose. And it’s just going to get more and more.

I mean I didn’t really care until I had JJ. The future didn’t matter so much. I was drunk every night, how could I. I was too busy caring about myself, and how to get my life on track, and my own cause of empowerment. Nature wasn’t too much of a deal to me. Plastic wasn’t much of a deal. But now I have a baby. And I have the opportunity to raise that baby to be a responsible citizen of this world. And in order to do so, I have to lead by example somehow.

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Helly’s Ambitions with her efforts and LaiDay Refill station inspire me to do better. Besides educating the public, at Laiday you can purchase more sustainable products, and reduce your own plastic usage by refilling household products such as shampoo, shower geld, laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, etc. Lai Day is a great concept store and a mile stone for Vietnam’s sustainability movement. It shouldn’t be just a hype or something people condemn as hypocritical. Because it’s people, such as Helly Tong, and their ambitions that change the world we live in, for the better of all of us.


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Facebook: Lại Đây Refill Station
Website: https://www.laidayrefill.com
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Address: 83 Xuan Thuy Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City