Travel Bug

Travel Bug Series 6 – Kris White

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.

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Travel Vietnam

A Crawl inside the Cu Chi Tunnel





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.

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Travel Vietnam

Braving the Streets of Ho Chi Minh





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.

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Food

Yumchee Raises the Bar in the Fastfood Scene




“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.

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