Tuesday, 31 August 2010


(Updated note, 10 Sept: Nothwithstanding the blurp below,
the trip is now
17-20 Sept @ RM1,100

Join the Taylor's SABD trip to Ho Chi Minh City!

(That's Saigon, Vietnam, for some of us...)

It's about Architecture...

It's about F O O D ..... :)

. . . with your friends . . .

Tutors of Studio 4 are right this moment finalizing the trip with the travel agents! Obviously we are trying our level best to keep the cost alap. Depending on availability of places, and the now fast increasing response, the trip will be
23-26 SEPT (4D 3N) at approx RM1200,

23-25 SEPT (3D 2N) at approx RM999

We will decide on ONE option once your feedback (and the agent's full investigations) are received.

Places are limited! So please indicate your interest by
contacting Alina Choong or Keith Tan by Thursday 2 Sept 2010.

The itinerary (being planned by Alina and Keith right now!) will center on

It will include a visit to the architectural office of the American firm, O2, to check out the workings of expats exploring insertions into an Asian context.

Obviously there will be plenty of attempts at feasting on the architectural (and culinary) heritage of that rich, and once-troubled, city.

Take a Break - Go Vietnam !

Pic 1, 4, 5, from the website of O2
Pic 6 & 7 shows halal Ho Chi Minh (google images ho chi minh food)
Pic 3 (google images ho chi minh food)
Pic 2 from.....
World's Best Street Food

by JJ Goode


The dish: Banh mi

Where to find the best: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Word on the street: It takes almost no time for the peddler who sets up her tiny cart and knee-high charcoal brazier every weekday at 5 pm at 37 Nguyen Trai Street (in District 1) to turn you into a banh mi lover. As soon as you order, she swiftly assembles a sandwich that, despite its colonial French exterior (a stubby baguettelike loaf), is Vietnamese through and through. Peel back the newspaper wrapper and bite: Your teeth crash through the bread (a touch of rice flour makes it exceptionally crispy) and into still-warm morsels of grilled pork, a crunchy spear of cucumber, sweet-tangy shreds of pickled carrot and daikon, cilantro, and a smear of Vietnamese mayo. Add a squirt of hot sauce, and this might be the best sandwich you've ever had. Or at least the best one you've ever had for 30 cents.

(http://www.concierge.com/ideas/foodwine/tours/2274?page=1 Accessed 31.8.10)

Pic 8 from ....

Eco Factor: Sustainable residential community with green roofs and sky gardens.

Vietnam-based architecture firm DWP Architects has unveiled the designs of the “Everrich 2,” a new residential community under construction in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. The 630,000-sqm complex will have 3100 apartment units ranging from 120 to 250 sqm each, with two floors of mixed retail and public space on the ground level.

(http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/dwp-architects-everrich-2-apartments-complex-aims-to-be-self-sustaining/ Accessed 31.8.10)