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WanderWoman: Getting around Hanoi

Hello everyone! This is my third WanderWoman post about my Hanoi trip. I am very much excited to show you fragments of Hanoi through local transport. Vietnamese people have several ways to roam around and they’re not just about cabs and buses. Let me show you different ways to explore the country (some in three wheels or less).

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CYCLOS

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Above is a photo of cyclos famous among tourists in Hanoi. It is a three-wheeled vehicle that can carry up to two people. This kind of transportation is endemic in Asian countries like Vietnam. In China, they call this rickshaw. Unlike the typical bicycle with sidecar, the cyclos have a seat at the front for passengers and the driver at the back.

XE OM

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Xe om (say ohm) is known as motorbike taxi in Vietnam. But what I like about it more is the real translation of the word which means “motorbike hug”. Since Vietnam is filled with two-wheeled vehicles, it is expected that local transport like xe om are used by tourists for sightseeing. Even though xe om is faster and more affordable majority still prefer cabs not just for the safe option for transportation but because English speaking driver can be a great guide as well.

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CITY BUSES

Buses are currently the only means of public transportation around Hanoi. Each buses have different numbers that corresponds to different towns and bus stops. Although few travelers deal with buses to the evident language barrier, I find this convenient, safe and cheaper than xe om.

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift.

Hi everyone!

I think Valentine’s Day is awesome because it’s just another day to show people that you love that you care about them. So today I’m coming at you with a new blog post for Valentine’s Day which I am so excited about. (But tbh, since I am a bit of a procrastinator and I kind of save everything for the last minute since it’s less than a week from now). I have here simple and inexpensive DIY gifts that you can share to your family, friends and special someone.

  • Scrabbled Frame

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Materials needed:

  • Old frame with glass
  • Scrabble letters (depending on the words you want to create)
  • Glue Gun and Glue stick

Procedures:

  • Position the letter blocks depending the structure of the words you want to create.
  • Adhere the letters on the frame by using a glue gun.
  • Place the glass on top of the frame.

 

  • Gem Soaps

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Materials needed:

  • Clear glycerin soap base
  • Soap colorants
  • Optional: Silicone mold
  • Knife

Procedures:

  • Chop a handful of the glycerin base cubes into small pieces.
  • In a microwave-safe container heat the glycerin pieces in the microwave on high, stirring every 15-seconds until it’s completely melted. (If you don’t have a microwave, just melt in a pot on lo-med heat.)
  • Add 1-2 drops of the liquid coloring into the bowl and gently swirl the container with your hands to mix the color into the glycerin.
  • Pour the melted glycerin into your mold and let it set.

(Repeat Steps 1-4 for each color of soap. Once you have at least 4 or 5 colored molds to choose from, you’re ready to continue on.)

  • Use a knife to cut chunks out of each of your colored molds. (Vary the angles of your cuts and the size of the pieces. )
  • Repeat Steps 1-2 and pour the clear melted glycerin into the mold.
  • Let your final mold set for a while.
  • Once the brick of cool-looking soap is nice and hard, start chopping it into gem shapes.

 

  • DIY Gumball Machine – inspired Candy Jar.

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Materials needed:

  • 1  4″ Terra Cotta Pot
  • 1 4″ Terra Cotta Saucers
  • 1 Bubble Bowl / Fish Ball
  • 1 Wooden knob
  • 1 Tube E6000 Adhesive
  • 1 Spray Can Clear Gloss
  • Acrylic Paint

Procedures:

  • Add Wooden Ball to the saucer with the E6000 and let it dry overnight.
  • Place Terra Cotta Pot upside down
  • Add Bubble Bowl on top of the inverted Terra Cotta Pot and let it dry overnight
  • Once dry, spray the lid and the Terra Cotta pot with the clear gloss and the color of your choice.
  • Put the two pieces together.
  • Add candies.

 

  • Adventure Fund Jar

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Materials needed:

  • Old Mason jar with lid.
  • Black Sharpie.
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Cutter

Procedures:

  • Cut a small rectangle on the center of the jar’s lid. (must fit a folded bill).
  • Paint the jar lid with the color of your choice.
  • Lastly, with a sharpie, design the jar with anything you want.

 

  • Drinks in a Jar

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Materials needed:

  • Mason Jar
  • Decorative straw
  • Small Jack Daniels
  • Coca Cola in can
  • Decorative rope
  • Labels

Procedures:

  • Place the Coca- Cola,  Jack and straw inside the Mason jar.
  • Make a label for the jar.
  • Tie the rope around the jar for decoration.

 

  • Marble-Dipped Mugs

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Materials needed:

  • Basic white ceramic mugs
  • Nail polish (the dollar stuff is fine)
  • Wooden skewers or toothpicks
  • Warm water
  • Disposable pan or bucket (it will get ruined)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls or cotton pads

Procedures:

  • Fill a disposable pan by 2 – 3″ full with warm water and nail polish of your choice.
  • Use a toothpick or skewer to swirl the nail polish across the surface of the water to help create the marble effect.
  • Dunk your mug into the nail polish water.
  • Move the mug to a protected surface to dry completely, avoiding rubbing the surface of the mug until completely dry.
  • For each mug you’ll need to dump the water and start over, regardless of whether or not you’re changing color.
  • Once dry,apply a super light and thin coat of dishwasher safe ModPodge.

PIG OUT: Rice & Dough

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Who would have thought that sushi and pizza look good together?

Rice and Dough is a fusion of Italian and Japanese inspired cuisines served in a modern bar setting. The concept of the restaurant seems unusual to the Filipino setting but across the globe, combining cuisines isn’t really new in the business.

The design of the place is sleek, contemporary with a blend of wood and metal. Also, the industrial light fixtures complimented the white walls with the copper finish.

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Usually, the menu begins with an appetizer. However, since we were so famished that time, the group decided to jump in the main the course. We ordered a variety of Italian and Japanese dishes: pasta, pizza and sushi.

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                                                     World War Roll

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                                                               Molten Lava

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                                                  Crispy Nori Chicken Wings

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                                                     Chili Shrimp Aglio y Olio

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                                                             Tartufata

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My overall experience with the food is great. With the outstanding food selections and great presentation, I am giving this place a thumbs up! The sushi platters were spicy but manageable. I love how thin the pizza was but some of the slices were unevenly toasted. Nevertheless, they were delicious. However, I just wish that they served a generous amount per order since most of them was a bit pricey for me.

When it comes to customer satisfaction, the service was great. Plus points for the servers because they were all knowledgeable about their menu. I like how they describe every dish and what goes into it. The place was cozy with different kinds of seating. The view from the Grand Canal is also relaxing. This was an additional feature of the place.

More about Rice & Dough

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Rice & Dough Sushi and Pizza Bar
Ground Floor, Venice Grand Canal Mall,
McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Store Hours: Monday to Sunday; 11:00am to 11:00pm
Contact Number: (02) 6569212
Facebook: http://facebook.com/RiceAndDoughPH
Instagram: @RiceAndDoughPH