Hoi An postcards – after the heat subsided

Continuing my Hoi An photos from my DSLR camera, here are the photos we were able to capture after taking a long rest inside an air-conditioned cafe that we were able to find after feeling lost and helpless in the street with no refuge. I didn’t even know the name of the cafe we rested in because it really was just an escape from heat and the tiredness of my feet/legs (I was feeling so pregnant then but now that I’m in my 32 weeks, I feel like I probably was lighter then! haha).

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Rice paper painting

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The famous, historical Japanese bridge
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We finally saw the river after a whole day in Hoi An

Hoi An-124Hoi An-125What a joy it was to finally have the energy to explore the streets again without the burden of the heat. The walk reminded me a bit of Jonker walk in Melaka.Hoi An-126Pretty soon after crossing the Japanese bridge, we reached Mot, the little restaurant that we were looking for.Hoi An-127Hoi An-128Surprisingly, they seem to be famous for this herbal drink and people are queueing up for it in a long line. However, we didn’t have to queue since we were eating in. Win! The iced sweet herbal tea was so refreshing and was quite unique in taste. Hoi An-129Hoi An-130This was the star of the show: Cao Lau noodles as I’ve mentioned in my previous Hoi An post. It was crunchy, savoury, sweet, flavourful, refreshing, filling, and oh so yummy. We also tried the Com Ga (chicken rice) but wasn’t impressed by it. We ordered a second bowl of Cao Lau noodles. heehee. Hoi An-131After a satisfying dinner, we strolled the streets more and walked to the riverside.Hoi An-137Hoi An-138Hoi An-141I just couldn’t stop taking photos of my cutie explorer and the lanterns. Hoi An-140Hoi An-143The trishaws were everywhere by this time as it was nearing sunset and I guess the peak hour for trishaw traffic.Hoi An-144Hoi An-146Hoi An-151Hoi An-156Hoi An-157Hoi An-159Hoi An-161Hoi An-162Hoi An-163Hoi An-164Taking one last quick look of Hoi An because our driver was waiting already. Hoi An-165Goodbye, beautiful lantern town.


Hoi An postcards – morning walk

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These are photos from the DSLR while the previous post was photos from the iphone.

Hoi An-38Hoi An-37Hoi An-18The sky was so blue, which meant we were quickly scorched and had to find shade. ><Hoi An-43Hoi An-20Hoi An-46Hoi An-19Hoi An-47Hoi An-21Hoi An-23Hoi An-22Hoi An-24Hoi An-53Hoi An-76Hoi An-75Taking a rest at the Tourist Information centre. A pregnant lady needs to rest her feet quite a lot.Hoi An-74Hoi An-73Hoi An is famous for tailoring and in this market there are stalls where they can get your preferred outfit tailored in a couple of days’ time. We overheard the shop tailors’ conversations with other customers.Hoi An-72Looking up the way to get to Banh Mi (lunch) from the marketHoi An-71Hoi An-70Hoi An-69Hoi An-67Passing by some historical sitesHoi An-66Hoi An-65Hoi An-64and more cafesHoi An-62Hoi An-61Hoi An-59Hoi An-56Hoi An-55After what seemed like walking forever because of the immense noon heat, we finally made it to Madame Kahn Banh Mi and sat down for our banh mi’s. Phew. That was quite a morning.Hoi An-77.jpg

Singing tips from Don Moen:

*put some air behind the words, don’t pinch it, open it up, sing it out, sing the vowel

drink water

the importance of vocal warm up!