Monkey is a type of primate with a tail. Monkey is one of the signs in the Chinese astrology. Monkey Monkey Anabelle is a game I used to play when I was a kid. These are the things I remember when I hear the word monkey; then I came upon a blog called, Monkey on a Bus and now it’s included in the things I conjure in my head whenever I hear the term. But why would this blogger call himself a monkey when in the Philippines, calling someone “unggoy” (a Tagalog word for monkey) is derogatory. Recently, I had the opportunity to ask the blogger himself; this and more you will learn in this blog feature. So before we say kiss 2015 goodbye, allow me to present to you our 6th Travel Bug feature, Kris White.
The air is thin and I could hear my ragged breathing. I wiped off the sweat that kept forming on my forehead and the top of my lips. The man ahead of me served as a beacon, holding a flashlight and stopping every so often to check how I was getting on. The ceiling is so low I had to walk in a bear crawl. Now imagine crawling in such a constricted environment for many days without enough food. This is how the Viet Congs lived inside the Cu Chi Tunnel, a military base and now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ho Chi Minh City.
When I was a kid one of my favorite games to play is to run while crossing the street. Hence, I have always prided myself for being an expert street-crosser — humor me and let’s pretend it’s a thing — fearlessly crossing the street like a boss, avoiding oncoming cars with good timing and precision, sometimes leaving my companions behind if they are too afraid to take the chance in a road ruled by zooming vehicles. But my imagined skill as well as my goodwill has been put to a test in my recent trip to Vietnam. That’s right my dear readers, for the very first time I went on an out-of-country-trip. Here’s where the story begins.
“While you’re eating, I want you to remember the price of the food.”
I wasn’t being admonished to finish my food because some people are dying of hunger in Africa, I was being made aware that the delicious dimsum that I nibbled, that distinctive piece of chicken that I consumed, or that heavenly congee that I savored didn’t cost more than 200 pesos. Would you believe if I tell you that these delectable Chinese offerings can actually be found in a fastfood chain? I can hardly believe it myself but people, I’m serious. I found a rookie restaurant of late that has food so good, it would give any fastfood giants a run for their money. Ladies and gents, let us give way to Yumchee, the newest player in the country’s fastfood scene.