I am experiencing a case of cabin fever here in Hanoi, Viet Nam. I'm here to attend a meeting and have only been here two days but it feels much longer, probably because I haven't been out of the hotel since I arrived and Hafidz will tell you how restless (read: crazy) I get when I don't get some fresh air.
Actually I lied. I did get out of the hotel yesterday! Out of pure necessity, I might add! I needed to get something very essential, something I absolutely cannot survive another day without. Nope, not water; I brought that. Nope, not toothbrush; I have that too. Nope, not Pop Mie; I brought six of those.
I forgot to bring my breast pump. Haha! I was so desperate, I asked the Bruneian attache here where I could get a breast pump and she told me it's available in this place called Bibo Mart in Son Tay. I don't even know the street where I'm staying let alone some place called Son Tay.
So I decided to take a taxi and of course they don't speak a word of English but the kind lady at the lobby helped me tell the driver where to go. In the taxi, however, the driver kept looking back at me all funny and I was so creeped out by him. I was already crafting out in my head my exit strategy in case of emergency - I was spotting out where the door handle was, what weak points I would go for should he attack me. I'm such a paranoid freak! You have no idea how many times I read the Surah Al-Ikhlas during the whole journey but Alhamdulillah he delivered me to my destination safe and sound despite the creepy looks and insane traffic! (You think Brunei drivers are bad, you should try driving in Hanoi!)
Anyway, after performing that brave stunt of going out on my own (I know, I'm such a drama queen), I haven't gone out since. And thus the cabin fever. But if I'm honest, there isn't much fresh air outside anyways. Heehee. So on to some pictures!
Transit in Singapore before Hanoi and they had this setup in the spirit of the Brasil World Cup 2014. I'm so bummed Neymar is out of the tournament and Silva will not be playing against Germany! Good luck Brazil but please go through to the finals!
Obligatory cloud picture en route to Hanoi
Obligatory hotel room picture! Hahaha
Nice little reading corner here
Before I came I was so worried about not having anything to eat so I brought some pop mee (I'm not even a fan). I've had pop mee for iftar two days in a row now and I'm kind of sick of it =/
But the ramadhan breakfast menu is big enough to sustain me throughout the day. First night I had the nasi goreng Indonesia and soto!
And my friends asked me for some nice pictures of Hanoi and I couldn't give them much. Just had this which is the view from my hotel room. Pretty hazy (read: polluted) and crowded.
Right in front of the hotel is a dilapidated building
Actually, two dilapidated buildings
The breast pump I faced my fear for! Also known as my life saver!
Second night sahur - hummus, omelet and wonton soup
Today for sungkai I didn't have pop mee because baus sudah, so I ordered the ramadhan menu for dinner which means it's not included in my hotel room charge so I had to pay for it. Most expensive meal I've ever had I think. I'm also drinking the most expensive Evian (because who knows where the 7/11 is around here?) at BND 10 a pop!
But anyways, aside from the living situation and severe lack of sightseeing, I'm learning loads from the meeting. I have much to learn from seeing officials from different economies sit down for a meeting - so civilised and polite.
I miss home though. Mum-in-law just sent me a picture of Zaira and I want to cry because I miss her so much. And my boys too. Sigh. Nevermind, two more days..
Anyways, I have a meeting early in the morning so I better log off and go to bed. Till next time!