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Back From Vietnam !!!

February 25th, 2010

I just got back from Vietnam a few days ago. I was so exhausted from the jet lag and have been sleeping 2 day straight after I got back. I really enjoyed my trip. Sometimes when we go abroad, finding new foods and exploring foreign cuisine can be an adventure unto itself. But on this trip, the food was another rewarding part of my ‘homecoming’ and because I had no language barrier, I was really able explore when it came to food.  One of the best things about the trip was the new foods we were able to discover for ourselves. We ate like 7 times a day!!! What a life: eat, nap, have a coffee, eat, nap again and eat when you wake up. I gained about 7 or 8 lbs from this trip just from eating. It was worth it. We had been working so hard for this time off and it was an amazing experience. I am so happy that Loc and I could share it.

We celebrated our New Year there. The New Year in Saigon is really quiet.  Most of the businesses are closed and many restaurants are not open either. Our culture is known for the “Hoa Mai” on New Years day. The color of Hoa Mai is yellow and it only blooms once a year, on New Years day. People sometimes pay a lot of money for Hoa Mai trees because they are  good luck charms. People believe that if your Hoa Mai fully blooms on the first day of the new year, you will have a successful year and if it only blooms partially, your year might be not as good. Some wealthy people there are willing to pay around $20,000 and up for their Hoa Mai trees and they only last a week or so. Here are some photos of me with Hoa Mai.

Hoa Mai

Drinking coconut

buying guava fruits

Meat market

Vegetable market

This is my favorite fruits called Chom Chom

At Nguyen Hue Orchids Garden during Lunar New Year.

Water storage called ” Lu”

Loc and his friends sliding down white sand dune in Phan Thiet, Mui Ne

Another silly picture of Loc and his friend 😉

This is what I worn to my friend’s wedding ceremony

back lace detail of the blouse

My friend, Kieu

Wearing: Fendi shoes, Alaia skirt, Robert Rodriguez blouse, biker short from F21, vintage clutch and Fallon necklace.

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  1. February 25th, 2010 at 00:47 | #1

    welcome back nini!

  2. February 25th, 2010 at 01:10 | #2

    Welcome home! You look gorgeous in these photos. And sliding down the dune looks like so much fun!!!

  3. February 25th, 2010 at 01:19 | #3

    That is the cutest hair.

  4. KEON
    February 25th, 2010 at 02:24 | #4



  5. February 25th, 2010 at 02:25 | #5

    i love your black dress!!

  6. February 25th, 2010 at 03:45 | #6

    Your Fallon necklace is SO SO gorgeous! Chom choms? I think I call them rambutans! :)

  7. February 25th, 2010 at 04:06 | #7

    Welcome back! Amazing pics!


  8. February 25th, 2010 at 07:29 | #8

    Glad you both had such a wonderful trip, all your photos are lovely its so nice to see other cutures, the chom chom fruit look fab!

  9. February 25th, 2010 at 07:43 | #9

    Looks like tons of fun!
    Love that black dress.

  10. February 25th, 2010 at 08:44 | #10

    It looks like you had a great trip. It’s nice when we take vacations, because it reminds us why we work so hard. :)

  11. Tania
    February 25th, 2010 at 09:06 | #11

    I love the way you share both your fashion and personal life with us. I’m so grateful to read it!

    7 or 8 pounds? They are invisible! :)

  12. February 25th, 2010 at 09:38 | #12

    Welcome back Nini!
    You look stunning in that black dress!


  13. February 25th, 2010 at 10:22 | #13

    hey Nini!

    Welcome back. You look amazing in the last five pictures. This lace top in soooo beutiful and Fendi shoes are just to die for.

    Tell Loc that the photo, where he is jumping over this friend, is hilarious because of the sand falling out of his sandals! 😀 hehe



  14. February 25th, 2010 at 11:27 | #14

    welcome home darling, i am so happy that your trip went so well.
    Beautiful photos and i love guavas!
    Big kiss xx

  15. February 25th, 2010 at 19:31 | #15

    Welcome back! Glad you had a great time at Vietnam and love your outfit to your friend’s wedding. =)

  16. February 26th, 2010 at 03:48 | #16

    Welcome back! It looks like you were having a great time there :)

    and your outfit is great on the last pic! like your biker shorts underneath, it’s great solution when it windy or your skirt is a lil bit shorter :)

  17. S. Gibson
    February 26th, 2010 at 14:52 | #17

    I’m so happy you’re back :)

  18. February 27th, 2010 at 09:18 | #18

    Welcome back. I think we call those spikey things Leeche here. Love the shoes, the lace back dress. Wonderful photos.

  19. February 27th, 2010 at 21:34 | #19

    Welcome home, Nini! I was just thinking about you and wondering how you & Loc were doing. The photos are gorgeous, I can picture being there. That one with Loc & his friend clowning around is fabulous! Did you take it? It’s incredible with the sand flying off his feet.

    You’re looking wonderful. And it sounds like a really incredible trip home.

    Sending much love from London xoxo

  20. February 28th, 2010 at 01:17 | #20

    Nini- wow- glad to hear you had a good time away… You look absolutely beautiful in these shots– from your casual street clothes to your tasteful wedding guest ensemble! I really loved my trip to Vietnam, and these pictures make me miss it! xx

  21. Ydna
    March 2nd, 2010 at 14:50 | #21

    Hi, yes, very nice style, what you wore to the wedding.

  22. March 2nd, 2010 at 21:33 | #22

    Sounds like your trip was amazing! I love your outfit in the last couple of photos… very chic!

  23. March 11th, 2010 at 04:36 | #23

    i love that black number. the lace is gorgeous. you look amazing as always:)

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