Favourite Ho Chi Minh drinking hubs

We went to a fair few bars in Ho Chi Minh but here are my 3 favourites! 

The view hotel bar A very cool 8th floor bar on the main strip with surprisingly inexpensive beer.

  333 beer at 20,000 dong? That’s traveller prices in a roof top bar which was highly unexpected. Or why not have a giant Tiger for a mere 50p extra. 

  
This place has a super relaxed atmosphere, pretty lights, lovely scenery and an OK view of the city. I’m sure you can find better views in sky bar or other rooftops but this is well worth a drink. 

   
 
Guess what, it even had a swing!

  
Donkey bar

  Although the prices here aren’t very traveller friendly (unless you buy 3 drinks for the price of 2 or again.. drink beer), it’s well worth a stop. The bar is situated over 3 floors and include foozeball, darts and pool tables making it a super fun place to hang out.   

Both of these bars are located on the very long ‘Bui Vien Street’ which is a strip of bars, hotels and restaurants 

Universal

 One for those with sports obsessed boyfriends.

This is a sports bar with the added luxury of a really good singer who performs there every other night, keeping us girls occupied while the boys shout at the tv. 

This ones around the other side.

What’s your favourite bar in Saigon – or which one of these looks like one you’d most enjoy?

LwL X 

Valentines look

So after 2 and a half months of no make up or hair styling, I thought it was about time I made some effort, especially as it was my first valentines with Liam!
Unfortunately, travelling is not the most glamorous and I am very limited, but I finally put the make up that I brought out here and have never used to good use! 

Here’s my natural valentines look..

 

before and after
 
Make up

I got a few cheap bits before I came out here or used make up I had already, just so that I could use/throw it away if need be. Some of it has really surprised me and I think I’ll be rebuying! 

 1. Seventeen CC cream in medium

2. Seventeen on the spot concealer

3/4 Seventeen contour kit: light and bronze

5. Revlon brow pencil

6. Benefit Dallas blush

7.strawberrt lip balm 

8. Maybelline volume X-press mascara

I started with CC cream. I absolutely love this one this everyday for work back home in England. It’s a factor 25, so great for protecting your skin. 

  It works as a great base/primer or you can wear it on its own. It evens out your complexion and gives a natural tan matte look. 

Next I applied the concealer. I’m not the biggest fan of this. It’s dewy and wet which I think affects it ability to cover, but hey it’s all I have for now.

  
Luckily I had the light contour powder to dust over the top of my eyes to lighten the eye bags. I love this kit! It’s the only mirror I own too which is really helpful. This one will be on my repurchase list. 

  
I then applied the light powder to my T zone, chin and upper lip

With the bronzing powder I dusted just under the cheekbone to my temples, the sides of my nose, the skin around my hairline and my jaw bones.   

With a final brush of Dallas blush under the cheekbones sweeping up to the temples 
   

After the face I did my eyebrows. 

 I will post an eyebrow tutorial separately when I return from travelling, so that I can use proper a proper brow kit. You are limited with a pencil, even though it’s still possible to achieve a relatively good look.

I finished the look with a coat of mascara and some lip balm

  
After throwing on my dress and some sparkly sandals, here’s the final product..

  
 I bought this dress for $3 from a stall near Bayon Temple. What do you think?

LwL x 

Happy Chinese New Year 2016!

Yay it’s the year of the monkey, that’s me!

“Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.
This year it’s the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.”

“The personality of the Monkey:

People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterised as lively, quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous, but it is also believed to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar.

The general image of people in this zodiac sign is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth.

In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life. Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others.

Strengths: sociable, innovative, enthusiastic, self-assured

Weaknesses: suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant, jealous”

.. Taken from thetelegraph.co.uk

This is all pretty spot on! It’s a shame I’m apparently unlucky though ha.

We will be celebrating the New Year at a few beach parties tonight in Sihoukanville.

Hope you all have a good’un

LwL x

100th post: Happy Australia Day!

Welcome to my 100th blog post, and a celebratory one at that!

Happy Australia Day to all my Ozzie pals and fellow bloggers.

I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating. I’ll be heading to the ‘Booze Cruise’ bar in Nha Trang tonight for their big celebratory event. Let’s hope they’ve baked some Anzac biscuits! 

  Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.

LwL X 

Koh Panghan: Christmas Full Moon Party

Thailands famous Full Moon party this month just happened to fall on Christmas Day. What a year to come travelling! 

    

It will go down in the book as a memory I’ll remember for years to come. I’ll probably even tell my grandkids about it one day, and I hope they will get to experience one too.
It lived up to all my expectations, those of which were very high. 

   
A long beach of thousands of party goers, a gleaming moon in the clear night sky, rows of stalls selling Thai buckets and UV hats and vest tops. UV face painting, night swimming, party music… Basically everything I love in life all in one place. One great big happy festival. 

  

  
   

  

  

   

  


 
  Down a random slide straight onto the sand (so dangerous but funny..they’d never allow it in England)

   

  

    

   

  

  

  

 We had a home time of around 6am, what a very merry Christmas it was. 

LwL x

Travel Packing: Test 1

18 days to go and I’m starting to get nervous! It’s coming around so quick.

It’s so funny how you read articles time after time on taking less of everything in your rucksack to do yourself a favour. Yet you try to beat the odds.. and fail.

I have a 65L backpack, with a detachable rucksack that you can zip off of the front. I am still yet to work out whether the 65L’s includes the day rucksack or just the main backpack?

Here’s a picture of Test 1. Continue reading “Travel Packing: Test 1”