Monday, December 1, 2014

Phu Quoc 2014

Welcome to Phu Quoc! This is my  partners hometown, his family (the Dang family) owns a few businesses here.
The sunset from 1000 star Hotel (Ngan Sao Hotel) is magnificent. This hotel is owned by the Dang family and currently is ran by the next generation. My partner told me it was built by grandpa Dang  in 1997 (who passed away 3 yrs ago) as a three star hotel. Due to unorganised, outdated management's it's not doing very well, hence there's a lot of bad reviews. People still choose to come here because it's very cheap (some rooms are only $50 a night). 
Grandpa Dang loved his zodiac sculptures and statues hence I've read reviews describing it as "strange, scruffy, populated by plastic animals", hehehehe I agree cause it is now 2014 and it does look outdated... that's just to give you some insight to this "strange" old looking hotel. 
The food I had were all delicious from this hotel. Some People are sceptical because they are unsure of the hygiene here
Fried fresh prawns
Chicken coleslaw
Shaken beef with fries
sweet bun with marinated chicken
beef dipped in hotpot rice paper roll
Seafood hot pot
This is a working kitchen at a house I visited, best food are made with wood

Below is Phu Quoc's Night Market - seafood Galore
flan cake with ice
sugar cane juice and seaweed drink
grilled banana, corn and sweet potato... this makes you very flatulent but it's delicious, can't resist
can you guess the fruit?

This is where the Dang make and distribute their home brand Fish sauce... all interational orders welcome! They are one out of two companies in Vietnam that are authorised to ship to Japan (fact I discovered). They have over 170 of these wooden barrel baskets, each one contains over 2 tones of fish... yep do the maths! crazy amounts of fish go into one drop of fish sauce. It takes about a yr or two of fermentation to get the first drop
Curry seeds growing in the Dang's front yard
Dang's peper farm

Friday, November 28, 2014

Prints on White

White Lace Top | Midi Skirt | Zara Two Toned Sandal Heels | Black Ferragamo Belt | Ralph Lauren Sunglasses

Travelling and playing dressy dressy isn't my forte, but here goes... I am at a resort which includes a large theme park, we walked around a little then returned to the beach at the hotel (Vinpearl Resort). The midi keeps it conservative and cool in this heated weather, the mid sandal heels were comfy and I love white :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vinpearl Resort Phu Quoc

According to the locals, the investors are super powerful and filthy rich, hence Vinpearl Resort Phu Quoc was built within a year! Money talk, no money no talk, therefore other projects I've seen started over 10 yrs ago, has gone astray and left alone. People swallow the allowance and leave the job incomplete, having reasons to blame until things just phase out.

I've enjoyed the overall stay in the original Vinpearl Nha Trang; the service, food and activities provided were cheap for five star quality. So I didn't expect nothing less here at Vinpearl Resort Phu Quoc, and I'm pleasantly pleased. A lot of locals holiday here, this is proof its affordability is appreciated.

Breakfast, Lunch and dinner are all inclusive in the room price. If you want to travel to their Vinpearl Land (also inclusive), there's a golf buggy that'll take you there all day. As you'll see below, Vinpearl Land is a small theme park, with arcade, water-park, aquarium, and shows that are organised on a daily bases.
welcomed by these ladies at the airport
the view from our room!
If you want to be gifted at a hotel, and you are travelling with the opposite sex, tell them it's your honeymoon, you'll get free cake or special treatments or wine bottles as a welcoming gift. 

Breakfast & Lunch:
 pork rice noodle soup
stir fried ostrich meat
 frog meat satay + lemon grass, OMG this was delicious!!!
 Bolognese made on the spot
these Vietnamese ladies made me laugh, they took selfies with this Caucasian boy, they were certain his mother was neglecting him. They took this opportunity to spoon feed him and photograph him... this boys got a fan base hehehe. 
freshly made pancakes, with heaps of toppings and spreads

Vinpearl Land
Welcome to Vinpearl land, still under construction, but majority is complete
There are three buffet locations at night, this is the outdoor "Pepper" restaurant where they BBQ seafood and anything related with the beach resting ashore. Food again was great but mosquitos and insects at night time here is unbearable.
 night view
these little huts part of Vincharm, therapeutic place, I was disappointed I had no time to chill here