I’m close to wrapping up my series of entries on Central Vietnam. And as 2nd to the last entry would be one of the most fun destinations in my opinion close to the city of Danang.
Entrance to Ling Ong Pagoda Cave
After visiting My Son Sanctuary we continued our journey and headed to the famous Marble Mountains, which is a cluster of 5 mountain peaks jutting out flat lands towards the sea. The mountains are also called Ngu Hanh Son or Mountains of the Five Element since each peak represents five elements; Thuy Son (water), Moc Son (wood), Kim Son (metal), Tho Son (soil) and Hoa Son (fire). The sight itself from the main road going into the city was very interesting. It just makes you think how those mountains ended up there together when most of the landscape is flat.
So there we were, riding on a back of a motorcycle on a 4 hour journey towards Hoi An from Hue. It was an exciting ride speeding through the hi-ways of Vietnam. I felt I was the young Che Guevarra (hoping to look as well :P) of Motorcycle Diaries who traveled from Argentina to Chile. But the problem was I was really feeling sleepy during the trip, which is kind of dangerous when you’re on the back of the bike. Good thing our “Easy Rider” guide gave me a bubble gum to chew on to fight the sleepiness.
I never thought that I’ll be back in Mt. Maculot so soon. But since I promised an old climbing buddy I haven’t seen for some time that I’ll take him here after seeing my previous post on Mt. Maculot, I scheduled our climb. Thanks to Cruise for inviting me here the first time around, it greatly added to my logistics of the area. Same as what we did, we went on a night trek, but the fun came much later as 2 new friends were added to our list during our climb.
I woke up so early today for some strange unknown reason. I looked into my phone clock and saw that it was 4:44 am which weirded me out and noticed there was no signal around with the “Emergency Calls Only” on the network status. Tossing and turning around to get some shut eye but the zzzz’s has already flown by the window and all I see is the deep blue sky at dawn penetrating this mind boggling early morning wake up call.
I decided to prepare my usual breakfast. First off I heated off a cup of water for my Quaker Oats meal. Yeah, a lot of people would ask how I can keep on eating such a bland tasting meal. Well the trick is to add variety of flavor in it. For the Quaker Oats I usually buy the Blue one where you can cook it quick not the red one which you just add hot water. The quick cooking variety has thicker and tastier oats and still has more nutrients than the refined instant oats. Adding to it are 2 tablespoons of Whole Ground Flaxseed to add a nutty flavor and supercharge it with nutrients. And to add more flavors I add either skim non-fat milk or choco, in this case it’s Milo Fuze. As a sweetener, since I don’t use sugar, I add a handful of raisins for a fruity flavor. Mix them all up and enjoy.
Looking around the fridge I found some leftover spaghetti sauce from the other day. I pulled out 2 whole wheat buns, cut them in half, spread the sauce all over them and grated some cheese and nuked them inside the oven toaster.
While toasting there’s the matter of the eggs. Never a day I miss one of these protein essential. Usually it’s sunny side up, so if I don’t get to finish all, I’ll just bring them on work later on adding a slice of Canadian Back Bacon and cheese for snack.
Lastly some fruits. Only got a banana in the fridge though, so I’ll go with that.
Well that completes it and I’ll be full for a few hours hehehe.
I just hope I don’t get to wake up that early again.
I wanted to continue on the blow-by-blow account of my day at Singapore, but I also kind of wanted to fast track it a little just to end the series. Taking off from Little India I headed to Orchard Road, Singapore’s famous shopping district to beat the afternoon heat. I checked out Kinokonuya Bookstore to pass time and later, ate one of those Waffle Ice Creams at the streets.
Another thing I learned about the Vietnamese is that they are very lazy when in comes to breakfast. Our guide Lee Tien, told us that most of them after waking up and before going to work usually just stops by at the nearest corner food stall and eat a quick Vietnamese breakfast.
After my walk in China Town, I took an MRT to Singapore’s Little India. Immediately after stepping out of the MRT station up in the streets, I was greeted by a faint scent of incense and unknown spices in the air. I walked towards the Serangoon Road, the main road which intersects the community, is also one of Singapore’s oldest roads.