Word of the Day: Cake
Notable / Highlight of the Day: we had another slow day and the family was going to head off to see grandma so I spent the morning catching up on my blog and watching some bad movies.
It’s strange, I never turn the TV on, but if it’s on I’m totally sucked in (maybe that’s why I don’t turn it on). The same thing normally happens with books, but I’ve been reading the same one for more than a month now and it’s just not gripping me. I’m almost done, so if anyone has any good book recommendations, let me know! I have some blistful beach time ahead of me.
The family got back around 12:30 and I hadn’t moved from my nest. I threw on something and rushed to the lobby to meet up for lunch. Afterwards, we came back and napped a bit more until it was time to meet up with Cho. We both put on our elephant pants to lounge in but decided theycwere pretty great streetwear too.
We started at a shoe shop because I needed aome hiking boots, but since we were dressed like backpackers, the woman wanted us out of the store and had no interest in helping us. I’m sure Cho didn’t translate to shield me, but she quoted me more than $100 for a pair of shoes…normally would have started around $40 – $50.
We left and went to Ginkgo to buy a super cute Saigon tshirt for Jade. Ginkgo is a concept by a Vietnamese guy that Vietnam can produce quality goods made with fair labor. The clothes a slightly cheaper than US prices, but really well made and of very soft cotton. The stores feel posh and the staff is friendly.
They also had these tempting chocolate bars made by a company called Marou. Turns out, they had a shop right around the corner so we stopped by for some hot chocolate and cake to celebrate the first half of Jason’s birthday.
The chocolate shop was a wonderful, sugar-filled treat. We sat so we could watch them making the chocolate bars, and embarrased ourselves maybe once or twice. Jade touched the glass as one of the chocolate makers was turning around and he made a silly face, throwing us all into a fit of giggles.
We were talking about how we needed to thank the owners and had looked them up to hear their story, only to discover they were sitting right behind us having a business meeting with an American guy. I kind of wanted to hug them all for the good work they were doing :).
We enjoyed our hot cocoas and picked up cake for Jason and or course one for Jackie too as he has a sweet tooth that competes with mine!
We got back and enjoyed the cake before meeting up with Bobby and Huey for one last dinner at Taka Plaza. We all said goodbye and headed back to finish packing up and get a good night of sleep.
Current Location: Saigon
Cost of Coffee: included
Miles Traveled: 0
Dollars Spent Today: $30 on sneakers, $3 on an amazing hot cocoa
Mood Emoji: 🍫🍰