Day 02 (part 4)
23.03.2009 - 23.03.2009
After visiting the big trees with the over-excited motor driver, I eventually arrived at my real destination...
And this is where I had a "newspapers" joke. Most Vietnamese really don't understand a word of English!
Me: Hi, can I have newspapers please? (complete with gestures of flipping newspapers)
Waitress: Ok Ok.
Seconds later....... She passed me..... a pack of tissue paper.
Me: No no no... Newspapers (again repeating the gesture, at the same time frantically looking for someone who is reading newspapers so that I have someone to point at)
Waitress: Ummm.... (looking puzzled now).... (gestured me to wait)
Seconds later........ She passed me..... two sheets of scrap paper.
Me: No.... Newspapers... (running out of ideas now)
Waitress: ......... (gestured me to wait again)
Seconds later........ She passed me..... the manager. And I got my newspapers.
I don't drink a lot of coffee, so I don't know what makes a good coffee. But Vietnamese coffee really tastes different from those in Malaysia.
After coffee and newspapers, I made my way back to the hotel to meet up with David at around 5:45 p.m. I reached there early, so went online to check and send a couple of e-mails.
David arrived on time, and we went to another guesthouse to meet up with Will and My. They are friends from California, Will is American while his wife is a Vietnamese. Well, a Vietnamese who have lived in the States almost all her life. They are going to Sapa tonight, so we met up and had dinner.
Looks chinese and tastes chinese. Very nice!
We bid farewell at around 8 p.m., and I went on with my walking tour. This time for DVD and Heineken. DVDs are sold at around 25k Dong per disc (at this price I'm pretty sure they are pirated), so I bought an Alfred Hitchcock collection and a Snoopy collection. Then bought two cans of Heineken for my Halong Bay trip tomorrow. Heineken here costs around 15k Dong per can, around RM3.20.
Back to the hotel at 9 p.m.+, watched some tv, took a shower, did some writing, zzzzz...........