Da Lat, part II: Floral And Fauna

da lat flower - dogrose

┬áDa Lat is known as “The City of Eternal Spring” or “The City of Flowers”, so naturally you find flowers everywhere. One of the few touristy things that my family did while in Da Lat was to go to the Flower Park, and it was worth it. Yeah, you get the tour buses and the people who go there solely for the photo ops, but the place is big enough that it doesn’t really bother me.All the locals kept saying that the rainy season has ruined a lot of the flowers, so I can only imagine how amazing the city must look in the spring when all the flowers are in bloom.

da lat flower - fuchsia

da lat flower - bird

da lat flower - rose

da lat flower - wildda lat flower

da lat flower - rose garden

da lat flower - park

da lat flower - rose garden

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da lat flower - rose

da lat flower - hydrangea

da lat flower - tea roses

da lat flower - park

da lat flower - cosmos


Da Lat, part I: The Scenery

So, Da Lat. My dad had a conference there, so my mom, my niece, and I tagged along. It is actually the furthest I’ve ever traveled in Vietnam, and one of the prettiest towns I’ve ever seen. It’s up in the mountains, so the weather is super nice (aside from the humidity), and the landscape is absolutely gorgeous, all lush and green. Even the flowers seem more colorful. I didn’t get to explore as much as I wanted to – it’s to be expected when you’re traveling with a preschooler – but honestly, you don’t have to go out of your way to find beauty in this town. We stayed at this hotel on top of a pine hill overlooking a lake, so just walking down the hill and around the lake is enough. Most days, my mom and I just took my niece walking/biking and wandered around all days before meeting my dad for dinner. We didn’t really do touristy stuff, and I prefer it that way – no rushing off, no jostling with a crowd to see this sight or do that activity; it’s a relaxing vacation in its truest sense.

OK, I’ll just let the photos do the talking now :)

da lat scenery

da lat scenery

da lat scenery

da lat scenery

da lat scenery

da lat scenery

da lat scenery

da lat scenery

da lat scenery

da lat scenery


Pot Of Geranium

pink sweater black jeans orange bag by 14 shades of grey

So I just got back from my amazing trip and am still sorting through 300+ photos, but here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, as inspired by Henry Matisse’s “Pot of Geranium”. As suggested by Jen, I used my floral scarf. I’m missing a bit of green and blue from the painting (though the background made up for that); happily, my orange bag fits quite well.

So that’s it for today. Hopefully tomorrow I can get back to you guys with more photos. Don’t forget to check out Librarian for Life and Style for more interpretations of this painting!

pink sweater black jeans orange bag by 14 shades of greypink sweater pink floral scarf by 14 shades of grey

pink sweater orange bag by 14 shades of greypink sweater black jeans orange bag by 14 shades of grey

pink sweater black jeans orange bag by 14 shades of grey

Sweater: Zalora, Jeans: Hermes, Boots: Payless, Scarf & Bag: gift


Packing List

Usually when I pack for a trip, I don’t really pay much attention to what clothes I’m bringing except to make sure that they are weather-appropriate. I do make packing lists but they usually look like this “Camera, Lenses, Camera Battery, Battery Charger, Tripod, Phone, Phone Charger, Kindle, Kindle Cable”… you get the idea. So I usually end up over-packing some things, and under-packing others. This time, I thought it would be a good idea to include actual clothes in the packing list, and here’s what I’m bringing:

packing

So that’s 2 shirts (1 chambray, 1 flannel), 3 tees (2 short sleeved, 1 long sleeve), 1 cardigan, 1 sweater, 3 pairs of pants, 1 jacket, 2 scarves (no jewelry because I just know I’m going to lose it), 1 pair of hiking boots and 1 pair of flats just in case.

It may look too much for a week-long trip in the summer, but where I’m going (Da Lat, a town up in the Highlands in the south of Vietnam), the temperature goes from lower 70’s to lower 60’s, which for me is positively arctic. Plus it’s the rainy season, hence the boots and the jacket. I could probably do with just two pair of pants and three shirts, but I still haven’t forgotten the time I went trekking in Sa Pa and ended up covered in mud, so I like to have some back-ups this time. We’ll see how well it works out. See you guys in a week!


SIA Inspiration: Matisse 2.0

For this week’s SIA, Jen picked a Henri Matisse painting, the appropriately summery “Pot of Geranium”:

I’ve picked a Matisse before, but it was one of his stained glass windows, so it’s fun to have an actual painting this time, with lots of colors to play with. Send your submission to Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) by next Monday, July 28th. As for me, I’ve already packed for vacation – I’ll post the packing list tomorrow – so I’m not sure if I can recreate this as faithfully as I want, but we’ll see.


Zombified

blue gingham shirt mint shorts black sneakers by 14 shades of grey

I totally stole this outfit from Jen, except with mint shorts instead of black. It’s the most basic of outfits, but I’m too tired to think of anything more interesting. To be honest, I have been kind of jaded with my script reading job. Usually I could finish analyzing a script in two and a half hours, three at the most, but lately it’s been taking me longer and longer, because I can’t stay focused and keep stopping in the middle to do something else. But then again you would too, if you had to read two to three scripts a day, most of them bad, some even barely comprehensible (in the three years I’ve had this job, I’ve read hundreds of scripts, and there may be about 10 good ones. Perhaps even fewer than that.) Just today, I got so bored with this script that I took a break to play Plants vs. Zombies, and before I knew it, an hour has passed. Good thing I’m taking a break next week. I need it. My brain needs it.

P/S: Sorry my sneakers are so filthy. Apparently my cats have been using them as their bed.

blue gingham shirt mint shorts by 14 shades of greyblue gingham shirt mint shorts black sneakers by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: local shop, Shorts: thrifted and dyed by me, Sneakers: Converse


Shorts

olive shirt khaki shorts brown sandals by 14 shades of grey

We have a storm approaching, so it’s been insanely humid and muggy these past few days. Good thing our entire house and garden was recently sprayed with mosquito repellent, which means that I no longer have to douse myself in bug spray every time I step outside, and I can wear shorts and sleeveless tops without worrying about turning into a walking buffet. It’s timely too, because today Bri of Work Clothes, I Suppose is having her Third Thursday Thread link-up, and the theme is, you guess it, shorts.

I can’t decide if I like this better with the shirt tucked in or not though. Wait, no, actually I do. I wore it untucked, but when I got up from my desk to take pictures, I realized that the shirt tail had wrinkled like crazy, so I had to tuck it in to hide it.

olive shirt khaki shorts by 14 shades of greyolive shirt khaki shorts brown sandals by 14 shades of grey

olive shirt khaki shorts brown sandals by 14 shades of greyolive shirt amber necklace by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Oasis, Shorts: tailor, Sandals & Necklace: gift