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Sightseeing in Saigon

The Tourist

Wortel sightseeing around Binh Tay Market. The market, not to be confused by the famous Ben Tanh Market, is located in the Chinatown area of Hi Chi Minh City (Saigon), which is locally known as .Chợ Lớn.

Here are a couple of shots of the market.

A Day in The Market



Life in the old days

Life in the old days

A scene from the roof of Thien Hau Temple (Chùa Bà Thiên Hậu), Cho Lon, Ho Chi Minh City.

The Thien Hau Temple is a Chinese style temple dedicated to the the Lady of The Sea. It is said that migrants from China built this temple to thank Lady Thien Hau for their safe journey through sea.

My Breakfast: Jacob’s with Tomato and Cheese

Jacob's with Tomato and Cheese

A simple and tasty breakfast.

How to: Take on piece of Jacob’s cracker and top it with one slice of cheese and tomato. Heat in the microwave for 15 seconds, just enough to melt the cheese. Sprinkle with some Italian herbs (I use Masterfood’s, seen in the background). Close it with another piece of cracker. Enjoy!

Fish & Co.

So here are two photos from Fish & Co. For the main dish, head to my Flickr page.

Fish & Co Flag

This one is a bit out of focus :(

Salt and Pepper

Salt and Pepper, or should I call this Pepper and Salt. I have to admit at first I thought the salt was shredded cheese. Haha.

Singapore Merlion at Night

Singapore Merlion at Night

Photo taken around 1 am. Having a tripod does help a lot. For more photos from Singapore, please visit my Singapore Set in Flickr.

Go! Go! Curry!

Pork Katsu Curry

I was interested with Go! Go! Curry! when I first saw it in Ion Orchard some time ago. However, the price range is a bit unnerving. While walking around 313@Somerset yesterday, I finally decided to try them. They divided the each item into four classes: healthy, economy, business and first class. Each referring to the amount of rice served and not the meat.

I ordered the #1 recommended item, an economy class Pork Katsu Curry (S$ 12.50). The economy class is big enough for me, just see the photo above. The rice is buried under a generous serving of their special thick black curry sauce. And this is topped with tender pork katsu slices. Overall its great but I think it could be hotter. Guess I had too much Indian food lately.

By the way, If you’re really hungry you might want to check their grand slam menu (S$18.50). What to know what’s inside, check their website ;)

Would I go back? Oh yes. Next time I’ll try the curry with cheese topping. Mm, cheese, what could go wrong…

Go! Go! Curry! Stall in 313@Somerset

Now about my Fish & Co. photos…

Rainbow Roll

Rainbow Roll

Me and Wortel went to Sushi Tei two weeks ago and had this colorful Rainbow Roll sushi (~S$ 13.00). It tasted wonderful and I definitely would have that again sometime.

The photos are taken using Wortel’s Lumix LX3 camera, didn’t even touch my FZ28. Don’t let the size fool you, its one kick-ass pocket camera. The wide aperture of the LX3 really helps in making close-up food photos. What I really like from the LX3 are the hardware switches. Switching from auto-focus to macro mode to manual-focus can be done in an instant, as well as switching the aspect ratio (4:3, 3:2, 16:9). I wish my FZ28 had those as well.

Rainbow Roll

For more more Sushi pr0n, head on to my Flickr Sushi Set.

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer (late evening)

The Singapore Flyer is the world’s tallest observation wheel (read: ferris wheel). A normal ride costs S$29.50/person, which lasts a little over 30 minutes. The half an hour feels very fast. I think that’s because I was busy with the camera settings instead of marveling the scenery. Luckily I got a 20% off the price (I paid around S$23/person), not really sure what promo that was.

Anyway, we started the ride at around 7 pm in the evening, hoping to catch the sunset and city lights during the flight. The sunset was there, but unfortunately the flight was over before the sky could get dark enough. Oh well, that means I could snap this photo from the ground side instead. Special thanks to wortel’s PL filter and tripod.

Now I want a tripod and a PL filter.

Hint for tourists: The closest MRT station to the Flyer is the newly opened Promenade station (Circle Line). Now you won’t accidentally hop on the wrong bus like we did, (and I’m not even considered a tourist anymore!).

If you’re feeling rich, they also have “special” rides such as the Full Butler Sky Dining (S$249/couple) and the Champagne Flight (S$69).

Django Links of The Week

So that’s the top right space is for…

Interesting idea, would like to see how it is implemented in Meerkat.