Archives for category: Nhà-making

I ordered a few pairs of shoes off of AliExpress a few weeks before my birthday thinking that they’d make for a nice present for myself. Unfortunately since they were coming from China, they just got to me and I wasn’t completely sure what I was getting in terms of material quality and descriptive accuracy.

They’re all pretty nice for the most part. The brown booties were supposed to be grey (the seller said they ran out of stock right after my order was submitted) and I thought that they’d be made out of a softer material like faux suede but they are totally plastic and kind of hard to get into. Also I don’t know if I’m already too used to my new platforms but the sole on the booties were giving away and bending. I felt like I couldn’t even stand still in them without falling over. I’m too lazy to send them back and I’ve already trashed the box it came in. But the good news is I got all of the shoes for roughly $25 each so I didn’t waste that much money. 3/4 isn’t bad, especially when the other 3 are way cute and surprisingly comfy.

I might buy from that site again just because it has a great variety of stuff and you can typically find competitive rates/free shipping deals for the same products. I’d be wary of the quality of the some of the stuff though. I’ve ordered from a few times and a lot of their clothes (especially jackets) are real thin compared to clothes that I can get here in the States. I won’t be buying anything for a while though not with two trips to pay off on my credit balance D:


2 posts in a week? The world must be ending. Or at least the random updates about my less than phenomenal life. Ironic considering my account name…

I’ve decided to try to refocus this blog into something that might be referential to people besides myself. I use blogs as less-than-personal diaries so I figure if it’s public it should serve public functions. I’ve managed to not make this a rant archive which is probably a platform first for me. And I’ve dabbled in a few reviews/opinions posts about things that interest me or that I have a certain familiarity with.

Topics generally including: Vietnamese food/local restaurants, cooking/baking/crafting/diy-ing, manicures/nail designs, traveling, site/sight seeing, architecture, architecture school/studio/internship, sustainability, j/k-pop/dramas, Catholicism/faith.

(Surprisingly now that I see it all spelled out this list really seems to define who I am, minus my closet Pokemon fanaticism.)

And since my church, student and personal lives aren’t (and shouldn’t be) autonomous I will now use new categories: New Vie†-Xican, Nhà-making, Edu-tecture, and Hallyu-llow fever.
We’ll see how long I can keep this up… (I give it a month :D)