The Bittersweet Taste Of Home
Saigon is always so crowed, noisy, and the city never sleeps. The people there seem to party all day and night. But if you drive to the South there is a beautiful beach called Nha Trang. It’s 7 hours away from Saigon. We are staying in NhaTrang for a few days before we go to visit Loc’s family and my family again. Then we will be headed back home. The Nha Trang beach is beautiful, and unlike Saigon, the people here keep the streets really clean.
One of the best things about the trip is getting to try all of the exotic foods that I have never eaten before. Yesterday I tried snail. It’s the best! Believe it or not, Vietnam is known for dishes that are made of dog! I’m so against it, but there is nothing I can do. Dogs in Vietnam are not valued like they are in other countries. Most of them seem to be living as strays, sleeping outside and they barely have food to eat. What you have to understand is that some, if not many, people who live here barely have food to eat themselves so how could they afford dog food? I know it’s sad for me because of my Americanized values so I try to remember the difference in our cultures when I see the dogs as a meal: for others it is a matter of survival.
Vietnam is not just a return to my roots; it is also an adventure for me. There is so much to see here, so much to take in! I will be honest with you: it is SO hard to see the poverty in this country. Seeing this different view of life, seeing how other people live and how little others have to live on has made me so much more appreciative of what I have.
I hope you all are well. I know that the fashion world has been shaky since the passing of Alexander McQueen and my heart goes out to his family and loved ones.
City view from our hotel room
We rented a boat and travel out to some of the islands in Nha Trang.
One of the places we went to is the Fishing Village, where they sell live seafood. We selected some of the live fishes and restaurant cooked different type of dishes for us.
A local lady selling coconut juice using basket weave boat as her transportation
After a long day traveling around different islands, we ended at a beautiful island to swim and relax
Wearing Pucci scarf as head wrap and cover up, F21 sunnies, cuff by Virgin, Saint and Angles