Was Choosing to move to Hanoi worth it?
I moved out of Manila in August 2017 after getting restless and bored living there and spending more than I earned. I flew to Bangkok where I worked as a temporary guesthouse manager for four months.
When my visa expired, I knew I needed a new place to hop into. And then, I moved to Hanoi. Later I figured how is it living in Hanoi.
1. Life in Hanoi is easy and affordable.
Back in Manila, I used to rent a flat that cost me $300 a month. I spent at least $40 for a 3-Mbps internet connection and other expensive utility bills. In Hanoi, I rented a private room on the third floor of a four-story house. It cost $170 a month and it comes with a fast internet connection of up to 30 Mbps. See the difference? How cool is that?
2. In Hanoi, a dollar can go a long way. The famous, and probably one of the best, Vietnamese coffee and the world-renowned rice noodle soup called "Pho", which has meat and vegetables, can be found everywhere. It will cost you only a dollar or two, sometimes even less. Bia Ha Noi, a local beer, costs as low as 30 cents per glass.
Hanoi almost has everything, and it’s an attractive place for freelancers like me. Affordable and convenient.
Though, it's not always good things. The only downside in my personal opinion is the locals are not as friendly as most Asian people that I've been. I have no serious problem with that, just my sentiment.
Nevertheless, there are numerous reasons why I love this place. ♡
Happy one month with you, Hanoi! ♡ #hanoi#HoanKiemLake#lifeabroad#travel#travelasia#nomadlife#nomad#expatlife#expat#traveler#traveldiary#girlslovetravel#girlboss#escapesanddiaries#vietnam#wheninhanoi#wanderer#sheisnotlost#shediscovers#globetrotter#glt#gltlove#travelwriter#travelblogger#bbctraveler#bbc#bbcearth#beautifuldestinations#pho
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I miss the mountains whispering sweet nothings into my ear. 🗻🌬
Next adventure booked. ✔️
I slept outside under an array of bright stars in the dark night. It was my first time not sleeping in a tent while camping. Joshua tree is one of my favorite local-ish national parks to get away from the city to revamp and connect in the wild. My favorite is jumping all around the massive rocks and climbing to the highest peaks. #nedventures#changa#NinjaNed
I really didn't miss winter 😫🙃
I was just minding my own business walking to the car and fell straight back TWICE ✌🏻Walk much? It was like that scene from While You Were Sleeping, only I was alone and not with Bill Pulman, so it was significantly less cute. Good thing my winter coat (and my butt 😂) is so padded tbh. •
What's your favorite season and why? Also, if you live where it's cold, how do you walk without dying?
The morning buzz in La Paz.
🇧🇴 The altitude reflects the city's society: the lower you go, the more wealthy.
The richest houses are located in the lower neighborhoods, while the surrounding hills are plastered with brick houses of those struggling in the hope of one day reaching the bottom.
🏮 NOUVEL AN CHINOIS 🏮
Le Nouvel An Chinois est un jour férié en Malaisie 🇲🇾! Avec 21% de la population sino-malaise, cette fête est largement célébrée à travers le pays 🎉 Encore une bonne raison d'apprécier vivre dans un pays aussi riche culturellement parlant.
C'est une belle occasion pour moi de vous emmener dans le plus grand temple bouddhiste de Malaisie : Kek Lok Si 🏯 Ce temple se trouve sur l'île de Penang au Nord-Ouest de la Malaisie. J'ai eu le plaisir de le visiter deux fois, dont une durant le Nouvel An Chinois il y a exactement 1 an. Ces milliers de lanternes et ces couleurs sont vraiment impressionnantes de nuit. Mais ma visite récente, de jour cette fois-ci, ne m'a pas laissé en reste! Kek Lok Si veut dire "Temple du Paradis", et on comprend pourquoi... Un endroit qui devrait à coup sûr se retrouver dans votre bucket list pour son effet "Wahou" !! 🙉