A family portrait

And modern gender roles

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Everyone does whatever is necessary and needs to be done. There are no gender roles in our household. Nam takes care of the baby and house work along with me. Both of us have a stable income and a mutual account and both of us provide the same amount of money each month. I want everything to be equal in our household. In my past relationships I always let the guys take care of everything financial and that often led to frictions. I'm a modern woman, earn my own living, why do I need a guy to take care of me like a princess when I don't even want to be a princess. That's what I thought after my last relationship and adapted to this one and it works perfectly well and everybody is happy. The same goes for tasks. There are tasks that Nam prefers to do like washing clothes or bringing out the trash and then there are tasks I'm more likely to do like vacuum cleaning and ironing. But in general there is no slacking off. When he has time to do the dishes, he will. When I have time to do it, I will. When JJ is crying and needs to be fed, whoever has more time at hand at that moment will do it. There is no arguing over tasks because both of us feel responsible. 

OUR MINIMAL SAIGON APARTMENT

We moved about a month ago and so far we have... not a lot haha.

Saigon minimal apartment

BEDROOM
1. Mattress, pillows, blanket and covers from JYSK
(I also have pillow and blanket covers from Home Up 1988)
2. Mirror - I got mine made at a mirror place on Calmette street, near Nguyen Thai Binh intersection, but UMA and JYSK also have plain mirrors
(I get so many questions about my mirror, apparently it's hard to fine a simple black framed mirror haha)
3. Bedside table & lamp - IKEA CHINA
(I often order stuff from China, you can use a shipping agent for this)

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rubber plant minimal plant
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KITCHEN & LIVING AREA
1. Sideboard - from Mitssy.com
(they customise, I picked one and asked them to paint it black)
2. Ladder & Chair - IKEA CHINA
(Yeah we have only one chair so far lol)
3. Table - Square roots, bought from The Shed in Thao Dien
(Square Roots is produced in Vietnam, but not a lot of people know about it on the local market, I actually found it while browsing Taobao haha)
4. Speakers - B&O Beolit 17 through Techland
(they have pretty good prices compared to intl pricings)
5. TV - LG Oled 55" through Nguyen Kim

6. Fridge - also Nguyen Kim

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DECORATION
1. Plants - buy them on Thanh Thai Street, District 10 for really good prices !
(I bought my rubber plant a small one in D7 for 250K, on Thanh Thai I bought a huge one for the store at only 300K)
2. Scented candles - Peony Home (but the burning time is not very long)

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OTHER
1. Air purifyer - Xiaomi through Lazada
(I'm cannot tell whether it's good, useful or not, but it feels better to have one haha)
2. Almost all kitchen products are from Lock & Lock or WMF thanks to mom
(My mom sent me so many things from Germany, you know how they are... Nothing beats German quality blabla)
3. The crib is from IKEA China as well, but the baby bedroom is so so far from finished haha

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So yeah, every time I stories something in my apartment I get a couple questions about where I buy my furniture, where I got something from, etc. For furniture it's quite easy by now to get things that are not super colourful, but for other things, especially kitchen utility products, you really have to search, or do it like me. Buy everything on Amazon (in my case Amazon Germany), and have it shipped back here.

In a lot of cases I figured it's cheaper to buy already available products and ask them to customise for you, rather than getting your own furniture made. I got scammed so so so many times and in almost all cases received a shitty product which I had to resell for a lot cheaper. We are currently waiting for our sofa, which we ordered at He Studio, but sofacompany has nice products as well, just not exactly the style that I wanted and waiting times are way too long. A home takes time to build, so I'm not in a rush with anything. Right now I'm only looking for more chairs for our kitchen table and I want to get a couple frames made, because none of the ones available to purchase meet my quality expectations. 

One thing I'd like to point out, what a lot of people don't expect, Vietnam is NOT cheap when it comes to interior. If you want a decent quality product, you have to pay a lot more than what you'd pay at your furniture store in the US or Germany. It's especially hard if you are looking for minimal products that look right, like me. So yeah, I hope this post was helpful to some, gimme a like if you think it was : D 

SATURDAY

Spent by myself with myself

Today was one of those super super super rare days on which I stayed at home. Home means approximately 10 minutes walking distance from my apartment. I still had to walk my dog Juju, so I did leave the house. And I went to the gym downstairs. I also went to buy a loaf of bread at Tous Les Jours, which was a really bad idea. But the recipe in the SWEAT app by Kayla Itsines required bread. What the recipe did not require was me using the double amount of carbs and fat mentioned in the recipe. Well I'm only in week 1, I'll get there, I promise. Seriously eating one slice of bread does sound impossible, but nothing is impossible right ? And I only bought crappy Tous Les Jours bread (sorry if I'm offending anyone, but I like crispy and high quality bread. TLJ simply ain'ttt, don't argue with me on that one.) Imagine I had actual German Rye Bread... Oh god. I remember those times when I stayed home all day in Germany and was able to finish pretty much a whole loaf by myself. With nothing but butter. Bread and butter all day. Sounds pretty fucking amazing, but only if you have good bread and good butter. Ok where was I... I stayed home all day. It's 9pm. I woke up at 12pm. Was on the phone with far-distance relationship boyfriend until 4am last night. Can't blame me for that one huh, it wasn't because of Instagram or Pinterest ! I've been working on Floralpunk's new online shop for the past couple hours and we will launch it on June 1st ! We do have some problems, but I hope we can fix them. It's mostly language problems. I can't do the page in Vietnamese because I want that exact font, but it doesn't support Vietnamese. Check out is completely in Vietnamese because it's a Vietnamese e-commerce platform. Pretty shit for international customers. So right now the online shop is restricted to educated Vietnamese people who speak English and can do both. Great. Not. 

Anyway, this kind of day is rare these days because these days every day I have some sorts of meetings or have to go take photos, or I gotta run errands and whatever. So I'm really so much more than happy that I was able to stay home all day today. Introverts need their loner time I guess.