8 questions I heard about Vietnam as a Vietnamese

  1. Are you in war? Literally we are not. The last war we had was in 1979. 2. Do you eat cockcroaches? Nah. In Vietnam, we eat these. Pho Cuon Banh mi 3. Do you have Doraemon? I mean not the English translations on the Internet.. We had Doraemon in 1992. And yes it’s…

Marriage in Singapore – a guide for foreigners

As you might have known (or might not), I am a Vietnamese bride, who just got married to my Indonesian husband last week. We had our marriage solemnization ceremony in the Registry of Marriages (ROM) of Singapore. I could have obtained a marriage certificateĀ it in Vietnam, but I chose not to because my husband could…

Things you hear/see shoping around in Hanoi

How many of these actually hold true in your country? I’ve seen worse, but anyway here’s my list of the worst serviceĀ I’ve had recently. 1. The one that follows me on every of my footsteps as if I was going to shoplift. 2. Or the one that keeps checking on their phone and ignores me….

Things in Hanoi that have evolved

1. MAKE-UP AND FASHION TASTE The Hanoian 90s make-up and fashion style was nowhere far from the popular 80s style in the Western world. My mom wouldn’t go out for a date without her bluest eye shadow and her pinkest glowing cheeks, her glossiest and reddist lips, her biggest earrings, and her most sophisticated white…