It’s funny when I think about it… I guess I have this crazy love-hate relationship with early flights, and well… just so I thought I wouldn’t enjoy the next destination with just some few hours of sleep, we went to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam for my birthday! WEEEEEE ~
So yeah, Vietnam! SO WHY DID I ALMOST DIE… a few times???
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When some travel guides and vlogs say that it won’t be easy to cross the street in Vietnam, take that advice and seriously build your confidence to do so! I thought that maybe since I am well-trained to cross the freakin’ streets of Taft Avenue, Manila – where also things are possible when you’re chasing time… Nope, Viet streets are something else. And by something else, the first attempt made me break out in cold sweats!!!
The distance of walking to another street almost felt like you are playing with death. Hahaha! And with all honesty, thanks to my adrenaline rush, I felt better when I conquered it. Second attempt was successful, but my third attempt… I almost got side swept! Motor riders honk their horns outrageously so you will really feel either embarrassed or rattled! But things went great after a few days. I loved the idea of motorbikes, but I couldn’t ride one since most riders are in synced with their traffic, and how beautifully the cars are too, just swerving in and out of the lanes. It is beautiful, well for me. It is just as similar with how public utility drivers are too in Manila. So I think it is really just how welcoming you are with the extreme idea. Hahaha. (OKAY WAIT, I just had a good laugh here.)
Other than that experience, let me get the story I shared from my instagram:
This is the craziest boat ride of my life so far! 😂
At the beginning of this tour, we were suddenly given instructions to transfer to this smaller gondola-like boat and the rain just started pouring, like someone’s so mad and heavens started crying kind of rain… so, mom and I hesitated to push-through, and also well hello, it felt unsafe to just jump right in, and we couldn’t understand what’s happening next and knowing the reason why we should proceed. 😂 Just so until we convinced ourselves that we can do it, we jumped in and got our rain coats and wooden hats. At first, I really thought it was heck stupid that we’d enjoy the ride while the rain’s all mad pouring, but as we traverse further, the sun suddenly showed itself and the rain literally just stopped. It felt like someone played this huge prank and turned off the switch. 😂😂😂 ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
The whole ride was about 20-25 minutes long, we were just sitting there in this super thin wooden boat, and confused what the heck just happened while enjoying the sight of the ducks swimming around, and the probability that we can get eaten by crocodiles and going back to the fact of this unfamiliar place. We were really looking forward to what’s at the end of that place, but only to find out that it was really just that experience, and our tour guide waving at us from our tour boat…wow. WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED. 😂🙃
We had lunch after that, relaxed on a hammock, went home and tried to break down that experience. I don’t even know how to. But the end of the day, life is exactly what happened to me at that moment: we traverse our lives freely, and in every single waking day, we have so many things to conquer, and well eventually in the end, things are just surprisingly crazy, funny, and all sorts that we just have to be ready whatever it is. 😂 Phew, that is one huge pile of musing right there, huh? Hahaha.
I’m not saying that Vietnam is dangerous or whatever, ’cause it’s not! As an adventurer /slash/ traveler of all sorts, there are really some things that we are not accustomed of, and that it doesn’t mean that we should be afraid of doing. GET. YOUR. ASS. EXPLORING. But with actual care too. Haha. Just try to do things differently once in a while. I’ll support you in whatever I can!
So yeah, I hope you guys tune in for more of Vietnam around here soon!
Conquered Vietnam and
in transit with you always,