Experience · Ho Chi Minh City

Salon de Sunny – Korean Hairdresser in Ho Chi Minh City

I think I have found my favorite hair salon in Saigon! Salon de Sunny in District 3. I knew this salon from FB group Female Expats when someone posted about how her damaged hair was restored by Sunny, owner and hairdresser of this salon, who is a Korean. Japanese or Korean hairdresser is always on my top list for a hair salon since several years ago, especially after coming back from living in the Netherlands.

My previous hairdresser was the one recommended by expats in Saigon. They are located in District 2 and very expensive. Last experience with them was not pleasant for me so I’ve been wanting a new hair salon as well. So when I saw that post about Salon de Sunny, I was so excited and decided to check them out.

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They were just opened recently, around August 2017 if I’m not mistaken. The staffs and Sunny herself are very friendly and helpful to the customer. I did my hair perm there and she also gave me tips on how to maintain the perm. She knows the condition of my hair and therefore forbids me from coloring my hair right after perming.

I came back couple days ago to do hair treatment. She checked my hair first then decided which treatment to give. I had a very good time there, especially the head massage. The guy who did the head massage is really good at his job. Simply the best head massage I’ve ever had.

Sunny, the owner and hairdresser, is a Korean but she speaks English very well, so you don’t have to worry about having a hard time to communicate and explain what you want. She also hired a Vietnamese hairdresser to help with local customers who have a limited English.

They offer various services, such as female and male haircut, hair coloring (highlight/lowlight, all over color, with or without bleach), hair perm/straightening, and hair treatment (milbon product and olaplex product). Their price is very affordable. So I recommend this salon to my friends as well. Noone visited it yet though lol, because most of my friends live in District 2 😦

Address : 5A Ky Dong, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Ciao.

 

Food · singapore

Lutong Pinoy – Authentic Filipino Food in Singapore

Filipino food is one kind of food that I’ve never tried before. On my last visit to Singapore, my friend invited me to this restaurant in Lucky Plaza Food Court. Since I didn’t know anything about it, I let her ordered for us while I and another friend were sitting on empty seats. It is hard to find a place to sit during peak hour and we were lucky enough to get it close to the food stall.

Lutong Pinoy Filipino Food in Singapore

The stall called Lutong Pinoy. There were many Filipinos around enjoying the food from this stall. That is why I called it Authentic Filipino Food 😀 My friend also knew it from her Filipino friend. After waiting for a short time, she came back with a big bowl of bone soup! We have similar dish in Indonesia, called oxtail soup. This one called Bulalo. It was tasty, especially if you added lime before. But it was a bit beefy for my taste. The strong smell of beef was still there, so if you don’t like the smell better do not order this dish. Although I must say, you should try it at least. The portion was big! It was enough for the 3 of us.

Bulalo Filipino Food

Another dish she ordered was Sisig. It came with a raw egg on top and she had to mix it immediately while the plate still hot. This dish didn’t look interesting at all but the taste was to die for! It was very delicious. I asked my friend what’s in there, and when she mentioned it halfway I asked her to stop. I don’t care what’s in there anymore! It is good and that is the only one you need to know 😀 In case you’re wondering, it’s a part of pork, not beef or chicken.

Sisig Filipino Food

The total cost for 2 dishes and 3 steamed rice were SGD 26. It was quite cheap for a full happy tummy.

Address : 304, Orchard Rd, #B1-16, Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863

Food · Travel

SABAR Toro 38 Singapore – (Not) All About Saba Fish

Have you known about Japan Food Town in Wisma Atria? I’ve heard it before but never been inside and look around. Last Wednesday I met my friend in Singapore and we walked to Food Republic in Wisma Atria to get a drink and have a seat. When it was time for dinner, we chose Japanese Food since it was there already. Japan Food Town is located at the same floor as Food Republic, which is on the 4th floor of Wisma Atria.

Japan Food Town

There are some restaurants inside the area, selling all different kind of Japanese cuisine. We got hooked at one of the menu there. My friend wanted to eat warm meal, me as well. Also the price mentioned was reasonable enough. It was a Saba Fish Restaurant called SaBar. The place is hidden at the corner. We almost went to wrong restaurant! lol.

Toro38 Sabar Singapore menu

Toro38 Sabar Singapore entrance

At first we sat in front area, but as more people were coming over we had to move to bigger table inside. The two of us started to order first because we were so hungry suddenly! I was interested in Fried Squid. My friend wanted to try Toro Saba Hitsumabushi and also shared jelly fish and green salad. Then another friend came and ordered a fried chicken (tori karaage). It took a while for them to prepare our food but it was worth it.

I LOVE the Fried Squid. Crispy on the outside (thin batter) and soft inside, cooked perfectly. The jelly fish was fresh and yummy. Even the green salad tasted delicious, especially the dressing. Toro Saba Hitsumabushi can be eaten in 2 ways, dry or wet. Both were delicious! I prefer the dry one but it got too salty at one point because of the sauce. Still delicious though! The fried chicken was also crunchy and tasty, but a little too salty. Another 2 friends came and ordered Unagi Hitsumabushi and it was delicious as well! All of the food were cooked really well.

I will definitely come back here to try another dishes, and will recommend this place to all my friends as well. They are quite new restaurant which was established in 2014. So I want them to stay around for a very long time! I think they are able to do so, as long as they maintain their quality. Right now it is quite packed already on dinner time though.

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Have you tried their food? How was your experience there? Let me know in the comment below!

Ciao!

 

Bread · Food

Watanabe Coffee – Singapore

We walked out from our hotel and planned to have breakfast at one of cafe in wheelock place. When we passed by Shaw Center, we saw Watanabe Coffee has opened and they have breakfast as well. We went here instead 😀

It was around 9.20 am when we entered the coffee shop. There were not many people at that time. They only serving breakfast menu, until 10 am. They will have brunch menu at 10 am to 12 am, but in the morning they only serve breakfast menu.

There are several choice for breakfast. We tried their set menu, 1 toast, 1 egg and 1 drink (coffee / tea / juice). The price for set is around SGD 8 in average. Not bad eh?

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The coffee was okay. Vietnamese coffee still better haha!

It took so long to get our food even though not many customers at that time. There are only 2 waitress as well. Very efficient in human power. They both handle everything from order until payment, and cleaning up.

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Banana Cinnamon Toast

My husband ordered banana cinnamon toast with hard boiled egg. They gave him wrong egg. It was not hard boiled egg, so we complaint and they gave him a new egg. The toast was really good! Very tasty and the sweetness was perfect. A good choice! Definitely recommend this one.

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Pizza toast

I ordered pizza toast and onsen egg. This one was delicious as well, but really heavy. I couldn’t finished it, so I gave some to my husband 😀 Win win solution. Onsen egg also cooked well.

Overall the food is tasty. I like their taste in music as well. Very cozy feeling. Next time you look for a place to have breakfast, consider to give them a visit.

Ciao.

Food · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

Mam Bac – Vietnamese Restaurant

The other day I went to Bitexco Financial Tower to meet up with my husband, then we planned to have dinner. He brought me to a Vietnamese Restaurant near by. It is called Mam Bac. Located at 94 Ho Tung Mau street, very close from Bitexco.

He said the bun cha here is good, so we ordered one. Another dish we ordered was com tam suon nuong opla (broken rice with grilled ribs and fried egg). For the drink I ordered kumquat juice.

And he was right! Everything we ordered was delicious. The price also reasonable as well for prime location. Definitely a good choice to have lunch or dinner if you are in the area.