Category Archives: art

Huế: The Imperial City

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The trip to the Imperial City in Huế
was highly recommended by our local friends.

It was an impressive fortified city of the Nguyen emperors
but these national treasures have been destroyed by the wars in Vietnam.Processed with VSCO with a6 presethue4hue5hue6hue1hue7
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Nonetheless, it was still very royal
and gave the impression of a grand palace
as it would’ve existed back in the day…hue12

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My Son Ruins

My Son (pronounced mi-son) is probably
the most unheard temple ruins in Southeast Asia.
It is not Angkor Wat
but these are Hindu temple ruins
after the fall of Champa kingdom.

To make matters worse,
we have the Vietnam war bombing
that wrecked the place.mysonmyson2myson6myson5myson7myson3myson4Today, it stands as a popular destination
for offbeat travellers curious to explore
since it has joined the elite club of
UNESCO World Heritage site.

đối sách/ 43 Phan Bội Châu

i keep running into interesting bookstores in Vietnam.
Last time around was Boa Bookstore in Saigon.
This time, it was đối sách in Hội An.bookshop0
This bookstore looked more like a private collection
that has been made open to the public.
Of course it’s a great place
where book lovers can read, relax, buy, exchange and sell books.
There are apparently 5000 books in this shop
and is run by a retired teacher who also looks out for poor students. bookshop5hoian18bookshop3bookshop4hoian19

mui ne beach

Kite Surfing is one of the main activities in Mui Ne beach
although my interest is actually on, surfing without the kite.
But no, I didn’t get to surf… just swam
in the wide open sea.
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muinebeach11As the waves greeted me with its soft touch
and that distinct rhythmic singing
Asking me to join
and dance to its tunes.
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the path to mui ne beach
is filled with beautiful
paintings on the wall

i liked that there was
a crane and a paper crane
next to each other
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with the quote,
“her life is her art”.

cambridge book depot

all those weekend outings
during boarding school life
never brought me here.
why?
because it was off bounds
(though only 100 yards further)
and i was that goody two shoes
who broke no rules 😉

but i finally made it.cbdepot5cbdepot2
this is the famed ruskin bond hangout.
on certain saturdays when he is in mussoorie
he actually comes here and chills with his fans
he came to our school once
I vaguely remember
but i realised I would not read his books twice
once is good enough…
cbdepot6cbdepotcbdepot3but this place is a must visit
if you want ruskin bond collection
all his books are housed neatly
i however collected
a ruskin bond selection instead.cbdepot7