Seafood Extravaganza at Quán Ốc Xuân Hón

Do you like to “nhậu” — aka do you like to drink beer and eat yummy food with friends and families? If that’s a yes, then gather up your chickas and fellas for a festive, adventurous, and cheap seafood meal. If you didn’t know already, Vietnamese people love love love their seafood! You won’t meet one Vietnamese person who doesn’t love at least one type of seafood like shrimp, crawfish, crabs, clams, lobsters — If you do, then they’re definitely the shunned outliers, haha. So are you ready to start popping beer bottles and to stuff your face with food?

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BBQ Pork Chop Rice Plate: Cơm Tấm Ba Ghiền

I know I picked a good place when our taxi driver also decided to have his lunch here. He even gave me a nod of approval and said I picked a great place to eat — Score! I also know it’s a winner when after Daniel took his first bite he couldn’t stop dropping the “F” bomb and this guy rarely curses, unlike me, but he kept saying, “F this is so F-ing good, FFF!” What the heck are y’all eating you might be wondering and, from the above image, we are devouring Cơm tấm bì sườn chả trứng chiên. What is that? Well come and let me explain more below.  Continue reading “BBQ Pork Chop Rice Plate: Cơm Tấm Ba Ghiền”

Ho Chi Minh City Airport Taxi Scam

It only took about 10 seconds after stepping out of Tan Son Nhat International Airport when we were almost scammed by a taxi driver! Don’t think because I’m half Vietnamese that I’m immune to these scammers — I’m as naïve and lost as the next person. I’ve always had my fierce mama by my side as my protector and negotiator when I visited Vietnam in the past, but this is the first time that I’m traveling here without her. So let the learning experience and adventure begin! Continue reading “Ho Chi Minh City Airport Taxi Scam”

RECAP: December to February

I have been M.I.A for the last 3 months from this blog so… let me reintroduce myself, my name Linh pronounced like Lynn — the “H’ in my name is silent, for those of you who are wondering. The reason why I stopped blogging for a while was because I started studying Mandarin at NTNU, National Taiwan Normal University, and I wanted to focus all of my attention to learning Chinese. Since school is over now, it’s time to get back on the grind. Continue reading “RECAP: December to February”

Mt. Kilimanjaro: The DO’s of Preparing For the Climb

How to bake your own perfect Kilimanjaro Trek cake:

First preheat yourself with excitement because you’re freaking about to climb Africa’s highest peak!


  • 4 cups of adventure
  • 1 cup of soul searching
  • 1/2 cup of preparation
  • 1 tbsp of fitness
  • A dash of adrenaline
  • And a sprinkle of luck!

Check out my list of Do’s and what to pack for your Kili climb. Why no “Don’ts”? Well if you follow the Do’s, there wouldn’t be a need for the Don’ts, right?

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