Friday, September 18, 2015

Guitar Street In Saigon

During one of our trips abroad, I've remembered my daughter Mika to be very insistent about buying a guitar jack.  I think that was in Saigon where we had the chance to visit a lot of shopping malls and local stores within the city.  She was just starting with her guitar lessons that time and one of her objectives back then is to have a complete set of accessories for her guitar.  Of course, I am supportive to her when it comes to cultivating her talents, thus I went out f my way to accompany her to find all what she needs for her chosen hobby.  

Checking out local music stores as well as visiting clubs and restos with live bands playing had been a part of our every trip.  As I am quite familiar with Saigon having worked in the Cambodia-Vietnam border, I brought her and his brother to Nguyen Thien Thuat Street which is normally called as guitar street in Ho Chi Minh City as this is full of guitar shops.  This is usually the destination of music fans.  Shops here sell ready made musical instruments and accessories but also accept custom made as per customers specifications.  True enough, Mika got fascinated with all the musical instruments she had seen here.  Had it not been for the fact that our luggage were already full, probably Mika would also insist to buy another guitar for her.  Anyhow, it was a pleasant experience and I could see how she enjoyed our trip to Nguyen Thien Thuat Street in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.  I recommend this place if you happen to be at Saigon.  


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Buddha's Bowl At Harbor Point Subic

photo from their FB Page

I was introduced to this restaurant by my daughter as she always dine in here with her classmates. Hearing the name, it seemed like I suddenly got the idea of what foods they served here.  Living and working in Cambodia for 7 years, I've been to a lot of restaurants serving similar kinds of dishes.  I had tasted the best Thai dishes too in Bangkok and this small restaurant at the second level of Harbor Point at Subic suddenly reunited me with these foods which I truly missed.

The ambiance is good, simple and not crowded.  I love the art displays on the wall which really made reminisced my life abroad.

Those monks in orange colored monastic robes remind me of the usual sight I see from Cambodia and Thailand.  We ordered Buddha's Best and Hang Over.

photo taken from BUddhas Bowl FB Page

I wasn't able to have a shot of my order so I just grabbed this photo from their FB page.  My daughter was able to have a shot of her Buddha's Best though which according to her is her favorite.  This is actually a serving of fried rice with pineapple, chicken and some flavorful spices.  Hang Over is also chicken that comes with their special sauce and a sunny side up egg.  I really love the way these dishes were cooked,  so simple and yet tasty.  I am also a lover of spicy foods and this is one of the reasons why I love to dine here.  I told my daughter once, that the dishes served in this resto taste somewhat similar with Kung Fu kitchen which is my other favorite restaurant.

I actually came back to this restaurant a number of times already and as usual, I always get delighted every time I dine here.  Their Monk's Special and Fish and Basil Stir Fry are equally amazing.  I am yet to try their Pad Thai which is one of their best sellers and of course, their Laksa which really looks delicious and spicy.  Their drinks are priced from Php50 (soda) and Php65 (milk tea).  They also serve deep fried ice cream but I'm not a big fan of fried ice cream, so probably, I will still settle for DQ. (lol)

Anyway, I am recommending this restaurant for those who prefer spicy foods but they also can serve the dish according to your preference.  This is definitely a must try in Subic.

Address: Promenade, L2 Harbor Point , Rizal Highway Corner Magsaysay Drive , Subic Bay Freeport Zone , 2222 Olongapo City , Zambales

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