Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dazzling Da Nang 2014: 5 Must-Do Things In Da Nang

Da Nang is a beautiful place. I probably touched on that point in the first Da Nang post. See, Da Nang is a relatively unknown tourist spot due to the fact that before AirAsia, there was no direct flight into the city. What this means is that there are absolutely no signs that tourists have invaded (yet) and everything remains clean and tidy.

But what exactly can you do in Da Nang? Well you can try...

Note: Most of these pictures are taken by Eric and Caroline. Credit where credit's due.

#5 The Beaches
Recommended places: My Khe Beach, Bac My An Beach

The beaches of Da Nang are pristine. That’s probably the best way to describe them, really. The beaches are beautiful, often empty and even if you aren’t down for a soak in the sea or to bathe in the glorious rays of the sun, you can always take the most beautiful beach photos. Kinda, sorta like these.

#4 The Hills
Recommended places: BaNa Hills

If you’re not the beachside bum that most of us aspire to be, you might opt to go for something a little bit cooler. For this, BaNa Hills is THE place for you to be at. The tour guide told us that BaNa Hills was originally named BaNaNa Hills, but the locals decided that the extra syllable was unnecessary.

Take a cable car up, enjoy the beauty of the hills, and soak in the beautifully medieval architecture.

Remember to take a jacket up as well because it can get pretty chilly.

#3 The Countryside
Recommended places: Hoi An Ancient Town

Okay, technically, Hoi An is a town by itself. It’s recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an example of a city unmoved by the tides of time.

Hoi An is approximately 30km away from Da Nang, a relatively short bus ride away, and has some of the most exquisitely ancient architecture you can find anywhere. In fact, the whole town seems content to stay that way; bustling roadside stalls selling pho and bahn mi (or baguettes) and cao lao (beef on noodles), vendors trying their best to attract tourists to buy their handmade items.

The highlight in Hoi An are their tailors, who can make any clothing your heart desires, within the span of a day.

#2 The Food
Recommended places: Any roadside stall you may come across

A word of advice: if you should eat, remember to always go for the roadside stalls selling pho. There’s just something about squatting down on stools at the side of the road and slurping down massive amounts of pho.

Also, the best Vietnamese coffee places are located out of visible site. We were directed to this hidden coffee place by a local tailor in Hoi An which served some of the best Vietnamese coffee, for only U$D1.

Da Nang is essentially a port town, so remember to try out their seafood as well. The fish literally flops around in your stomach after you eat it*

*Okay it doesn’t because ew. But that’s just to illustrate how fresh it is.

#1 The City
Recommended places: Marble Mountain, Monkey Mountain, Dragon Bridge

Da Nang is a fantastic city. For one, it's incredibly spacious. As the art director Chee Ching puts it, this is like a dream come true for the inner hipster. Da Nang city is exactly as you would find a city to be like. There's plenty to see, people to meet and malls to go, hotels to explore.

If you're into that sort of thing on your trip, then Da Nang city is a viable place for you to be at. But if you're looking for some excitement in the city, go no further than crossing the road. If that doesn't give you enough thrills to last your entire trip, you should be doing something else, like skydiving. 

Oh, did you know AirAsia is the only airline to operate 4x weekly direct flights connecting Kuala Lumpur to Da Nang? You do now. So book now and experience #DazzingDaNang for yourself!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Many Faces of Running Man's Song Ji-Hyo

Much has been written on this #RunningMondays column about Song Ji-hyo, about her wins on Running Man, and the kinds of superpowers she possesses and why she's the overall perfect Running Girl for the show. And week after week, I still find so many things to write about Running Man's Ace and only female member. She's just THAT awesome.

That being said, I know we're not supposed to ever judge a book by its cover but here are the many faces of Running Man's Ace, who flawlessly combines beauty and grace with her trademark Mong and sleepy faces.


The Cute

Ji-hyo is adorable. She really is. She can really turn up the aegyo whenever she wants and get the men all eating out of her palms. That's why she's the Ace, she can make you lose your focus at any time, and then immediately tear off your nametag in the next second.

Dangerous, but OH SO CUTE.

The Mong

The face that launched Ji-hyo's Running Man character; her trademark Mong face can still bring out the laughs even when it's been around for the past 4 years on the show. Behold the glorious Mong Ji.

The Sleepy

It's no secret that Ji-hyo loves to sleep; she's a full fledged actress who's jetting all around the globe modelling for various products, while still having to tear off the nametags of her other male colleagues and hoarding enough gold to make Smaug jealous. So of course, she takes every opportunity to sleep, whenever and wherever.


The Angry

Never make Ji-hyo mad. Ever.

The Monday Couple

There is a lot of love going on in the Monday Couple. Need I say more?

The Overjoyed

There are happy faces, and then there are Ji-hyo happy faces. It makes everyone who sees it just so happy.

The Ace

Once the Ace has begun, she cannot be stopped. Ji-hyo has shown on so many occasions that she can be a match for even the scariest of guests (like Choo Sung-hoon and Choi Min-soo) and can hold her own against the rest of her male castmates. When you see her with this face, that means only 2 things, you're going to get your nametag ripped or your nametag has already been ripped.

What other Ji-hyo faces do you enjoy seeing? Leave a comment below!


I'm glad to announce that there is a new collaboration between Running Mondays and the lady from the Stone Cities, Lore.

Take this Running Man Fan Survey, and let us know what you love (or hate) about the show. Who’s your favourite couple? Are you into trios? How about the games? Nametag ripping? Ddakji? Favorite guests? We want to know what YOU think about Running Man. So just fill up this survey, and we’ll finally be able to see what Running Man fans love about Running Man!

Click on the picture below to start!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dazzling Da Nang 2014: The Skinny

I usually always write a skinny post (to reflect on my physique) when I go on trips. This is no different. If you are an avid stalker of my social media sites in the past 2 weeks, you may have stumbled upon a lot of nicely taken photos which are not crudely Photoshopped pictures of me with characters from a beloved children's show.

I was in Da Nang, Vietnam during the Merdeka weekend, and man, was it freaking awesome. It's all thanks to AirAsia and the Da Nang Tourism Board for hosting us at various different locations in Dazzling Da Nang, and made sure that we were not in want for anything.

Since this is just a really skinny post, I'll let pictures do the talking for now and flesh it out in the upcoming few blog posts. Also, you may notice that almost NONE of the below pictures are taken by me. These pictures completely belong to fellow #hapsters Eric and Caroline, whose photography skills produced pictures which rival those hanging from hipster cafes around the world.


There's plenty of things to do in Da Nang. It's like a city surrounded by the forests, hills and sea, so you get the best of all worlds. Of course, whenever there's a beach, you'll get people like us rushing over to take jump shots.

Nothing goes better with beaches than bikini babes, and I was pretty much lucky to get 3 (all from Borneo, yo!) to take a picture with me. It was exciting stuff, and while I tried to play it cool, my face probably betrayed me.

And an occasional overhand + creepy pervy smile. I was channeling my inner pervert, so don't judge. 

We were also brought to visit plenty of scenic spots around the city. They don't call it Dazzling Da Nang for nothing. 

 BaNa Hills, which was originally named Banana Hills because reasons. The locals got too lazy to pronounce the extra "Na" and this is what's left. True story

The Dragon Bridge over the Han River shoots freaking flames every Saturday night at 9pm. LIKE REAL ACTUAL "ISTHATAREALDRAGON?!" fire!

Words can't even describe how beautiful the city of Da Nang is. It's just...

During our stay, we were hosted by a lot of different hotels who kept us all well fed and fattened. Seriously, this picture below is an example of the Furama Hotel's outdoor dinner concept and holy cruds it was awesome. 

But the highlight is undoubtedly the historical city of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hoi An is one of those places in which you are instantly transported back into the past. The architecture, the people, the sounds, everything is just frozen in an eternal cocoon of unmoving time. I will write more on Hoi An in another post, but here are some pictures to enjoy while you wait. 

This trip was also the first in which I became a crazy, emo person of intense emotions. I didn't even know I could pull it off, to be honest. But I did, thanks to Eric's crazy insane photography skills. He made me look GOOD DAMMIT!

Looking good in pictures has never happened to me before in the history of ever. 

Oh, and I rode horses. A lot of horses. More details on this will follow in the coming posts. #HorsingAround

Even the Knight Horse chess piece wasn't spared. #horsingaround

Did you know that we were the first ones on the inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur direct to Da Nang? You didn't? Well you do now! Yes, thanks to AirAsia, the bunch of us bloggers were fortunate enough to be the first ones to ever take a direct flight into Da Nang. AirAsia is the only airline to operate 4x weekly direct flight connecting Kuala Lumpur to Da Nang.

And because of this, AirAsia is celebrating by offering promotional, all-in fares from as low as RM97 one way. Insane. You can book now at or their mobile site (because chances are you're reading this from your phone)

The beauty of the sea, jungles and hills make Da Nang a dazzling, dazzling place indeed. A definite must visit, especially with the low, low fares from AirAsia. Look out for more Dazzling Da Nang blog posts coming up in the following few days.


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