The Good: Today I set out to find some baking supplies as I am thinking of doing something a little inspired by these adorable cupcakes to celebrate a certain someone's second birthday next week. I needed orange and black gel colouring, in particular. I didn't quite find those, but the little Phuong Ha shop on Ham Nghie in District 1 was full of other little treasures, like cans of Dr. Pepper (nearly $1 each, but yum!), peanutbutter baking chips (and the mini milk chocolate Hershey's Kisses), and dried cranberries. A good many of those packages of the chocolate chips had obviously melted and re-cooled, but I managed to find four packages that weren't solidified and now have a well-stocked freezer. The stores have a good selection of the Gerber Graduates toddler snacks as well, but I didn't pick up any of those. Know why?
Because I have a small stash of those in our shipment from Canada, and that shipment is in Saigon as I write this, clearing customs! Whee! I am quite cheered that we might actually be able to give Sadie her birthday gifts (the entire extended family shopped ahead and put her gifts in the shipment) ON her birthday.
The Bad: Chris let me know today that the Amazon order of books and NHL 2010 that we've been highly anticipating for a couple of months finally arrived at the DHL warehouse, but they won't deliver it because the waybill reads that the box contains some paperbacks and the aforementioned Playstation game, but the contents of the box has somehow changed to several dozen throw cushions. Huh?
The Somewhere-in-Between: I went downtown this morning to do some shopping for my husband, who also has birthday coming up. If I understand correctly, the particular item that I wanted to give him isn't yet available in Vietnam, outside of the black market and the fakes market. Hmm. I can't say that I've found myself in that sort of situation before.