Amsterdam: An Unexpected Love Affair

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I had never considered visiting Amsterdam. I don’t know why, but it was never on my radar. It was my friend’s lifetime dream to go, so being the amazing friend that I am, I agreed to add it to our itinerary.

And I fell completely and utterly in love with the city – its diversity, its openness, the architecture, the canals, the waffles, the fries with mayo, the cheese…(gosh darn it, stop thinking about the food and focus Cindy!)  Continue reading

Sweden: Driving to the MAX(burger)

Over the winter, my friend and I went to see the Northern Lights. And succeeded! Unfortunately, the lights were not really active until the day after we left, so we couldn’t take a great photo. We did see the green dancing spirits for about half an hour after driving for a total of about 10 hours north of Stockholm.  Continue reading

Vietnam: “Do” and Pork Patty Noodles

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Side note: Writing really is food for my soul. Blogging again has brought back a joy and satisfaction that I kinda forgot is such an integral part of me. 

After Thailand and Cambodia, my friends and I traveled to Vietnam. I think of all the countries we visited, Vietnam somehow felt a little extra special to me. Vietnam is where my mom grew up, and by visiting there, I kinda felt like I got a little insight into her world. So without further ado, here’s Vietnam! Continue reading

Karaoke Parties with Drunk Vietnamese Uncles

Karaoke is an essential element of any good Vietnamese party. Karaoke and tons of alcohol. Growing up, after a few beers, my uncles without a doubt would bust out the karaoke machine. Every fun-loving Vietnamese/Vietnamese-American family has a karaoke machine. Even I have one, although ours is sadly no longer in commission.

*This song is a family favorite amongst my female cousins and I. Like most Vietnamese songs, it’s a heartbroken woman singing about her no-good, unfaithful lover. I honestly have no idea why we love this song so much, since we were all too young to relate to it…I hope. 

Karaoke has the power to bring people together like no other. Once you’ve seen that side of someone, you can no longer un-see it. What song did they choose? Did they go solo or partake in a duet? Who did they choose for their duet partner? How much did they drink before they dared to grab the mic? All of these questions bring deep insight into someone’s soul.  Continue reading