HOW THE LACK OF ROUTINE AFFECTS MY LIFE

I'm actually a very consistent person.

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Top - Wephobia / Earrings, Hat - Zara

I've bee in Hanoi for a good two weeks, without schedule, without routine, with JUJU but that doesn't make it any better. The heat and humidity make me lazy, staying at boyfriends house which is not my home makes me feel alian and a little awkward, and working without my team is kind of lonely. Staying at home watching insta stories and getting fomo sucks, but going out and never quite knowing where to go kind of sucks as well. My Starbucks reward points have rocketed ever since I came here and so has my sugar level. Food options are limited to eating at boyfriend's home (because his mom is always home and always just finished cooking something), eating at grandma's (I try to avoid because I can never eat as much as she expects me to haha), streetfood that is not good for the baby or delicious restaurants at which I tend to overeat on carbs. I haven't really been able to get any work done because I'm always in between feeling too hot, feeling bloated, feeling sleepy or just plain lazy. I'm disappointed at myself for letting so many days pass by without doing the best for myself and the baby. No healthy food, no sleeping pattern, no exercise, not even 2l of water a day. I feel guilty for not taking JUJU on enough walks because Hanoi always feels hot and I'm hella scared of traffic here. Like when I go on the street with JUJU, I'm constantly afraid he might get hit by a motorbike. In Saigon we live at Vinhomes which is kind of an enclosed area with less traffic, higher safety and more walking space. 

I'm actually a very consistent person with a lot of routines. I wake up, I make breakfast, I bring Juju the the store, I work, I go home do house chores, then I go to sleep. Sometimes I have lunch, coffee, dinner dates. Busy days, less busy days. But in general most days have a pattern. And I like that. Right now I can't wait to be back in Saigon. That proves to me that at last, Saigon is home in my heart. But even that took me almost three years. And I'm somebody who needs the feeling of home and security. 

OOTD SEOUL VOL. I

Ok let's get the Seoul blog series started ! 
Location: Northern Palace (Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit 5)
Photos: Dong Hoai Nam

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PREGNANCY OUTFIT IN SEOUL

Jewelry & Bag - Floralpunk / Top & Pants - DDM Wholesale Market / Hat - Zara / Shoes - Vans / Bandana - borrowed

What you guys probably don't know, my pants were actually open. I bought them in size M and my belly was too big to zip them up. But because the top was wide, I just hid it and walked around with open pants all day : ))) I bought top and pants at the Dongdaemeun Wholesale market, because I already ran out of clothes after day 3 or so. The bag and jewelry are from Floralpunk and the bandana belongs to le boyfriend. The hat is still from Zara Mans. But I'm trying to make one for Floralpunk right now so stay tuned for that ! I still have tons of photos to edit from Seoul. I really wanna do something cool, layout-wise, but I guess I don't have the skillz, so I will stick to my usual blogging style haha. 

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MAD HOUSE THAO DIEN

New personal favourite in D2 ! 

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BEST BRUNCH IN SAIGON

Except that they don't have aircon inside. Or at least the aircon is very weak. So if you are not a heat-enjoying expat like me, go at 8am ! Otherwise it gets hot. But let's get to the serious matter here. The food. Brunch is 385K per person, minimum 2 people, including one fresh orange juice and one coffee of choice. That is a real good deal. The bread is homemade, food is plenty, actually even enough for three people. Order some more side dishes, and you will leave stuffed ! Seriously, I've had a lot of shitty brunches before, this one is really good ! Overcome your laziness and go to Thao Dien on a weekend trip, you won't regret it. They serve until 2pm, but we arrived at 3pm and after kindly asking the waiter, who asked the kitchen, we still got brunch at 3 ! So luckyyy. 

Here's a full list of everything we had:

  1. Brunch set for 2 comes with 2 fresh orange juices and 2 coffees (we had latte), so 4 drinks (I didn't like the egg potatoe chorizo thing so much though, I felt like there was something missing)
  2. A Mad Burger with fat chips (I like skinny fries) and a Choco Bomb (Chocolate Banana Shake)
  3. Potato Leek Soup (LOVE this one, and it's enough to share, really)
  4. Creamy Mushrooms (were niceeeeee) 
  5. Garden salad which came with very little dressing which was kind of odd but I already was in a food coma before I could ask for dressing

So yeah, give MAD house a try. I know it is popular among expats and in the Thao Dien area, but I never tried it because I had less good experience with MAD house in district 7. But apparently they are not run by the same people (read it in a FB group). Next brunch place I will try is Hotel des Arts ! I saw very promising impressions on Instagram today haha.

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MOOD

Feeling blue these days

These days I'm all between work, wanderlust, restaurant visits, boyfriend, Juju, aspirations and oh I don't know I just want way too many things.