September 4, 2013 §
After the morning ceremony we went to the hotel to get some rest and get ready for the evening part.
The evening part was a mix of Vietnamese and Finnish traditions. The Vietnamese part involved ceremony on the stage with fireworks, champagne pyramid and traditional Vietnamese greetings at the entrance whilst the Finnish part involved Duyen wearing a white dress, serving some Finnish food and celebrating the wedding with an after party & dancing*.
What a lovely and happy day it was! I can’t help but keep smiling every time I look at the pictures!
*Did you know that Vietnamese don’t dance? It’s simply too hot!
August 31, 2013 §
The first part of the ceremony was held in Vietnamese tradition where 6 men carried boxes full of presents and 6 girls received the presents. We were all dressed in traditional Ao Dai dresses and the ceremony couldn’t be any better!
July 20, 2013 §
After few days in Saigon we all felt very tired from the city so we decided to go to Vung Tau one day early. Vung Tau was just incredible! Very beautiful, peaceful and clean. We had few days before the wedding so we just enjoyed our time by the pool and explored the city.
My home for one week
We rented bikes. In total it cost us 400k Vietnamese Dong (approx. £13) to rent 2 bikes for 24hours
Full tank for 2 bikes cost us 50k VN dong (£1.60).
Street barber shop
Boys checking bikes
Locals were parading through the streets with these odd cars to mark Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death.
Local bus #NoJoke
In the evening Lasse kindly tried to teach me how to ride a bike. After failing miserably he said I must be the worst driver in the world :)
July 12, 2013 §
Good morning Saigon
Some of you may know that I’m a big food lover. I find it hard to eat the same food every day therefore I desperately seek diversity in my meals. And there really isn’t better place for trying different food than Saigon. So eating is what we did the most in Saigon. We tried duck embryo soup, frogs, ostrich, jelly fish, snails and lots more.
And of course some sight seeing in between – just to be sure we have some pictures for the family album.
Street seller selling freshly squeezed juice
Japanese tourists posing
This pop up restaurant is built in between two demolished buildings.
These clay grills are served on tables. Eat ‘n’ grill at the same time.
Snails for dinner
Duck embryo soup
Local zoo in Saigon
After hours of wandering around the zoo we went for some Pho
Reunification Palace in Saigon
@ Ben Thanh Market
Rain in Vietnam is simply divine
Much needed coffee break with the birthday girl
Boys got some cake to celebrate Martina’s birthday
June 17, 2013 §
We were all so sad to leave Nha Trang. The beach, the sea, the food, the nightlife, everything was just so perfect! But the boys had their suit fitting at 7pm in Saigon so we kissed the city goodbye and boarded the plane.
Before breakfast we decided to go for one last swim in Nha Trang.
This restaurant in Nha Trang is particularly famous for serving jellyfish for breakfast.
So jellyfish for breakfast it is!
After relaxing morning in Nha Trang, we packed our bags and headed right to the airport.
Boys had their suits made in Saigon. Apparently Michael Jackson’s dad made a suit at the very same place.
One man, three tailors.
She said to Lasse “You are so tall and handsome I won’t be able to sleep tonight!” True story.
June 16, 2013 §
Fish farm in Nha Trang.
Fish farm worker is transporting some props for the farm.
I saw a jellyfish illuminate! I saw it right in front of me whilst I was snorkeling and suddenly it illuminated in red dotty colour! It is safe to say that it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen!
In Vietnamese country side this round plastic device is still used as a fishing rod.
Arto’s ready to go snorkeling.
On our way to the resort on an island.
Floating restaurant in Nha Trang with fish farm attached to it. Customers can go around the farm and choose which fish they want to eat for lunch.
Live music on the boat.
Arriving to the resort.
Shower on the beach
Nha Trang has its own Hollywood.
After returning to the city we went for a grill. These clay pots are used for grilling food on the table.
“Mot, hai, ba, YO” – “Cheers” in Vietnamese