September 27, 2011
After chicken rice, we walked around the area. We found a mosque, and there, a guy from Turkey made a tour for me (my sister was waiting outside). I was worried first when he told me that they wanted to show me the mosque because I thought they were gonna charge me. However, I didn't have to worry about that. There were many Muslims coming from abroad for training, and making a tour to let people know their history and religious view. I'm personally totally not interested in following any religious seriously, however, it's interesting to know about religions as knowledge. After one hour tour (it took much more than I expected!), we headed to the Portuguese Square...and of course we didn't forget to grab some sweets before it :P
September 8, 2011
You know beautiful Indian traditional clothes Saree, right? I've been interested in it very much especially since I bought Ao dai in Vietnam. The Indian store handles lots of Sally...cheap ones and also very expensive ones for bridal. My sister and I were taking a look of the ones at ground floor first, but once we noticed there are much prettier ones upstairs, we started taking a look of them seriously. Yes, they were expensive, but not that expensive. We were sure that if we wanted to buy the same thing in Japan or Singapore, it would cost much more. We tried them on...took pictures (they actually told us to take pictures in every Sally that we tried), and finally picked up one. We noticed that we were there for 1.5 hours after all, lol. Do you think that's crazy? Girls are always very serious when they go shopping ;) We know we don't look as good as Indian women in it, but actually, we were very satisfied with the stuff that we got...which is the most important part :P From the store, we directly went back to the hostel. It was good time for dinner, and we didn't want to carry our pretty clothes that we got.
When we got to the hostel, the owner were sitting outside of the back door where the river is right in front and was talking to a neighbor. My sister and I had dinner at a restaurant which is 2 or 3 blocks from our hostel because the owner recommended. But the food was not so good. Then we thought that he it was because the restaurant owner and the hostel owner are friends, so maybe they recommend each other. Actually, the customers were only tourists. You should note that; Go to stalls that are crowded with locals if you want to get yummy food. I reconfirmed it that time.
Our hostel was in a location that is not so far from the park, and also near from Chinatown. I wanted to take a look of the night market in Chinatown, so as soon as we left our things in the room, we headed back to the park. Most of the things to see is very packed around there, and it was very convenient :) However, there is always "What is common" in the park...whenever I go to South East Asian countries; something like "Bike taxi" in Vietnam and Cambodia and "Tuktuk" in Thailand. There was no wonder that we were tried to picked up by "Trishaw" drivers. I've never taken a cruising Bike taxi nor Tuktuk, and didn't tried Trishaw as well, but it was fun to look at them especially at night because they were loudly decorated with flowers and lights, and sometimes even played music.
We were peacefully sightseeing till evening. However, it changed all of a sudden once we entered an Indian clothes store.