Day 06 (part 3)
27.03.2009 - 27.03.2009
I cycled back to town at around 4:30p.m. Passed by the post office along the way, and inquired the postage fee of sending postcard to Malaysia and Singapore. It's 7000 Dong per postcard. Then I went looking for Sinh Cafe and booked a sleeping bus ticket to Nha Trang tomorrow night for 200k Dong (slightly less than USD12), which was a few dollars cheaper than what the girl at the guesthouse offered the ticket for (USD14).
Post office in Hoi An.
Upon returning to the guesthouse, the girl asked again if I want a ticket. Her face changed immediately once I said that I got it somewhere else, which was to be expected. It didn't bother me much, and I just went back into my room and took a good shower to wash off all that sand and sweat on my body.
Ventured out for dinner at 6p.m.+, I am going to have some good food. There is this place called Cafe des Amis and I expect to burn USD7 for dinner tonight. What's so special about this place? From the internet I read that this cafe offer a full course meal, but no menu. All you have to decide is whether to have chicken or seafood and they will do the thinking for you.
Despite having a map, I still lost my way. Due to that unfortunate event, I was able to have a night view of the old town. And walked a lot. And walked in the rain. Well, eventually I found the place. And true to the stories told on the internet, they only have a menu for drinks and you just say "seafood" or "chicken". I chose "seafood", and very soon the dishes are served one by one.
Bright lanterns at night.
Japanese bridge at night.
First is the appetizer: shrimp dumplings. Followed by a soup that tasted like the shark fin's soup we usually have in chinese weddings. The main dishes are fish and squid. Fried fish cubes to be eaten with something that looks like unleavened bread, and squid fried with mixed vegetables. The staff will show you how to eat these dishes when they are served, which is pretty interesting. The fish is so-so, but the squid tasted real good. Fortunately dessert is just normal pudding and not some seafood stuff again. There goes 125k Dong. Seems like the price has increased since I last read it on the internet because it used to be 90k Dong then. Now it's 120k Dong plus my 5k Dong Sprite.
Inside Cafe des Amis. Due to the atmospheric lighting in the cafe, I wasn't able to take any meaningful pictures of the food or other corners of the cafe. Except this one, which shows some weird decoratives.
On my way back to the guesthouse, I bought a few postcards to write back to some friends and family. There were many many tailor shops, so I went into a few and asked about the price of making a shirt. All said USD10 and none wanted to budge. So I got myself measured in a tailor shop near the guesthouse to make a USD10 white shirt with french cuffs. It will be cheap compared to Malaysia if they do a good job. French-cuff shirts in Malaysia cost more than RM100!
After that it's back to my room and do some postcard-writing.