You go to the garden and take photos with them.

These are two lemons that my sister picked in my grandmother's garden in Perth. It's been almost two months - I repeat - two months since my sister brought them back to Vietnam and they are not even rotten. These photos were taken in my garden on last Sunday afternoon while we were waiting for our Uber. Hence the act of waiting - posing with random yellow objects that I found on the table.
I love lemons and any citrus fruits in general. They look pretty and they smell good. 
Tell me if you do too.
And happy holidays to all of you! xx
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This blog post is for Peter Bui. 

I eventually had some spare time to breathe as well as edit some of the last photos during my vacation in Perth, Australia. Absurdly, we are going to the very last month of the year and these photos were taken in September. You can tell how much work I had to contend with in previous months. And I just realized most of my blog posts start with me complaining about the loads of work that I have to take.  Please bear with me!

In my last post, sepTAMber in Oz vol. 1, it was me going to the rural of Perth (well, Perth itself is already a pastoral land LOL). And in this second volume, there is me spending more time in Fremantle (my favourite town), and Perth city. 

I was going to Fremantle with one of my cousins, Peter. It was intriguing to see old pristine dwellings while walking around in the spring weather hitting 11°C and all of a sudden I perceived I was living in the 21st century. Another cousin of mine, Paul, who was my one-day personal tour guide that showed me around the city of Perth. The highlight of the day was visiting Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and Art Gallery of Western Australia There were arts, just arts, and people who were heeding arts.

Monk Media - Paul's design studio

@Monk Media, a quick photo by Paul before we headed to the bus stop

Auntie Ti: "đi ăn pasta rẻ tiền ở Fremantle không?"
(Would you like to have cheap pasta in Fremantle?)

Me while waiting for my cheap pesto pasta

Art exhibition at Moore & Moore cafe when Peter and I went out for brunch.

Wandering in Fremantle

a selfie on my birthday

We stopped for a  fancy photo of a road in the city

That is Paul

and a photogenic lady at Art Gallery of Western Australia

@Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

What is the point of going out when the temperature drops down to 11°C without having any ice cream? 
@CHICHO Gelato (an ice cream store belongs to a friend of Paul's)


Rest in peace, Peter. We miss you.

Whew! Sorry for disappearing for one month. I was busy with assignments in the first two weeks of September and I spent the rest two weeks in Perth, Australia. It was a special month. I traveled from Saigon to Australia on my 19th birthday, which means I celebrated my birthday in many destinations (because I was on the plane). It was the very first journey that I traveled all by myself. How fascinating it was when I spent the last birthday of a teenager in somewhere else far away from home. 
I decided to name this post sepTAMber in order to mark my favourite time of the year (just in case that you haven't read about me, my Vietnamese name is Tam). 

A random garden
This garden belongs to a friend of my uncle's and aunt's, which is the most beautiful garden I have ever been to. 

Aida Strawberry Farm
It is fun to pick fresh strawberries, isn't it? I had the idea of quitting all the study then moving to Australia and becoming a farmer. Thank God the mini backache made me erase that thought.

Araluen Botanical Park
I got to know the surroundings with flowers and plants. 

(We stopped in the middle of the road just for a photo of pretty cactus plants)

The Shorehouse, Swanbourne Beach
They have absolutely fantastic blueberry muffins and coffee

Serpentine National Park

Stay tuned for sepTAMber in Oz #2.


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These photos were taken last month by Ho Kim and how could I totally forget to publish them as they have such amazing quality? It was a windy afternoon, Kim and I wandered around central District 1, Saigon. Here are the processes of our afternoon: we had latte at Shin Coffee, we took some photos, we had churros covered in Nutella and coconut flakes, we took some photos on Nguyen Hue walking street and Nguyen Thiep street; then we had bubble milk tea at Katinat Saigon Kafe, we took more photos at Municipal Theatre of Saigon and along Dong Khoi street. Eventually, I was only pleased with 4 out of like 1928 photos (LOL). It wasn't Kim's fault, it was mine.

I'm craving for a big cup of latte now :(


What I wore: 
Top: Topshop
Jeans: Ninomaxx 
Photos by Ho Kim (Kim's Instagram:

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It is July, which means summer and I have no summer break. I know you guys are like "whaaa" but yes, I have no summer break. I'm chasing the deadlines and depressed with my uni assignments (again). I have no time to take my camera on and capture my life because it is currently a mess. My last post was like two weeks ago, and you guys need to be posted. Furthermore, I think I need to provide more information about myself, like some fun facts, so here they are :)

1. I like cold drinks without ice.

2. I prefer ice cubes to ice blended.

3. Blue is my favourite color.

4. My fav tv series are HTGAWM, Orphan Black and Sherlock
(2016 updated: Stranger Things)

5. I love indie music and 90s/00s movies

6. I listen to french pop.

7. is my favourite number.

8. I still have one baby tooth.

9. I have watched all Ghibli's movies.

10. I bite nails.

11. I haven't kissed anyone (I HAVE NOW!!)

12. coffee in the morning!

13. and tea for the noon.

14. I am easily distracted 

15. It takes me 5 days to finish a house in the sims 3

16. A virgo baby

17. I don't play with kids.

18. My favourite letter is T.

19. I don't believe in the Illuminati

20. feminist.

21. People think I'm cold. I'm not!

22. I can only do the breaststroke (technically correct).

23. I fall in love with characters but not the actors (like I love Jake, not Chad Michael Murray)

24. I own 7 pairs of Converse.

25. I hate being touched by people, especially by strangers. ugh!!

26. 80% of the time I go to the movie theaters alone.

27. I wait for post-credits scenes.

28. I don't enjoy eating fruits that have small seeds (except dragon fruits).

30. I don't watch music videos unless they come to me by chance or someone told me to.

31. I have dry skin

32. But I love my skin

Tell me one of your facts,


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Stealing a maxi dress from your mom, wearing a dirty old pair of Converse, what could be more fun than posing in front of a Chanel store and receiving a discriminating look from the staff? If you can't style in Chanel apparel, then do it with the brand. 

There is a big contrast between Chanel stores in Vietnam and the ones in Hong Kong (it can be comparable to other foreign countries). In Hong Kong, customers have to wait in a long queue until the store is open. I remember it was about 8 or 9 am but the number of Chanel purchasers was enormous. In Vietnam, you rarely see a customer in the store, either in the morning or the evening. It's not my business to do the economic test here, but I guess you guys can tell :)

De facto, the point of this post is that it doesn't matter if that is a Chanel bag or not. It can make a huge change if you know how to style your outfits. You can look as much aesthetic as you desire no matter if that is a shirt or a pair of pants from Forever 21, Zara, any fast fashion brands or luxury brands or even that is a piece of second-hand cloth. Doubtlessly, fashion experts can tell a difference but who cares? You feel confident and pretty, that's fair enough. Notwithstanding, you can treat yourself with your dream valuable product if you are able to afford it. 

. Maxi dress: my mom's (no idea where she got it from)
. Bag: Accessorize