When I told my mom that I’d be going to Ethiopian, she asked me with her eyes wide open, “Where is Ethiopia?”After being pointed out its location in Eastern Africa and bordered with Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, Sudan, etc., her concerns now shifted to safety and what is there to see. Let me first say, Ethiopia

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Not all passports are created equally, some possess more border-crossing power than others. This seems obvious but sometimes when you’re so used to not having to worry about visa application, you might forget how difficult it is for some of us. In that sense, the Vietnamese nationality doesn’t have good standing. More than 40 countries

[Bilingual English – Tiếng Việt] Shout out to Spain for making the (most likely) first Spanish movie about Vietnam up to date Thi Mai, rumbo a Vietnam (also known as Thi Mai, 99 minutes long). As a Vietnamese living abroad for a big chunk of my life, I don’t recall how many times I have responded “Where’s Vietnam?”. It’s only

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[Bilingual English – Tiếng Việt] It was in Venice, how romantic it is to break a bed. I wasn’t alone, I didn’t single-handedly break a bed. It was… collective effort. Unfortunately, it was not for the juicy reason you’re thinking. It was my second time in Venice, I came again to reunite with my Spanish

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This November marks my first anniversary living in Spain, or Spainiversary! There was one point I thought Spain would not happen because the visa complication was taking a toll on me, and then one year went by in the blink of an eye. One year is not a lot but enough to hold countless of

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MY CUBA TRAVEL DIARY 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 by

In 2013, one week before my flight to Cancún and eventually to Havana, I got so sick that ended up canceling my ticket and I’m glad I did. More than four years later, I finally made it and was actually happy I didn’t rush going in 2013 because I got to explore the country more in depth

Day 1: Arrive in Havana in the evening, money exchange, try sharing a cab to the city center, check in to accommodation; Day 2: Explore the Old Havana, take a walking tour around the historical center (The tour I took lasted 3,5 hours and packed with A LOT of great information.);  Day 3-4: Viñales: hike

“Fresh herbs, lots of vegetables and seafood, and cooking techniques that use water or broth instead of oils — these are some of the standout qualities of Vietnamese food,” described Annie Corapi as Vietnamese food lies among CNN’s top 10 healthiest cuisines in the world. And more importantly, it’s delicious! The combination of different flavors and textures is

Do Vietnamese eat dogs?

Thursday, 26 October 2017 by

We all have misconceptions about a culture we’re not familiar with. Like any country, Vietnam has a number of stereotypes and surely many of which are inaccurate. As a born & raised Saigonese, I find myself explaining the same misunderstandings multiple times about my imperfect lovable tiny densely-populated country Vietnam. Of course I cannot speak for more

My 3 amazing days in Porto

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 by

Porto, Portugal has got to be one of my favorite destinations for a weekend trip: stunning architect, chill vibe, lots of characters, beautiful landscape, affordable delicious food and friendly people, I don’t know what more can you possibly ask for. In fact, I’ve been questioning myself why am I not living here already! Day 1:

Are you having a long layover in Palma de Mallorca or just looking for ways to spend your first day on the island most efficiently? I got you covered, with a bit of help from a Spanish local who has spent some years living here. First off all, Palma de Mallorca is an awesome place to

Few foods have me hooked at the first bite and Takumi München got me hard!  This place is not far from the city center and well-communicated with public transportation. I was warned there would always be a long queue if come around lunch or dinner time, so it’s best to go during odd hours. I went at

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