A place to call home

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
(A not so subtle hit that I want people to come visit and I hope I can entice you by my apartment 😉 )

I found an apartment! The whole process was so much easier than I thought it was going to be.

Sunday: I emailed an agent who was posting apartments on a Facebook page and asked to see two of them.
Monday: My agent, Linh who was fantastic, showed me 8 apartments in 4 different buildings.
Tuesday: 9 am- Went and re-looked at my favorite apartment. 7pm- Signed a lease (after having someone from my HR double-check it for me)
Wednesday: Paid deposit and 1st months rent. It all had to be in cash which was new to me because I’ve always had to give deposits in the form of money orders or certified bank checks. Carrying around millions of VND was a little unnerving.
Thursday: Moved all my bags in.
I still have a couple of days in my temporary housing so I’m still there because it’s convenient and right next door to the school.

My apartment is in a building that is one of 5 new high rises. It’s less than a 10 minute walk to work, which will be even shorter when I get a bicycle. The apartment itself is a new fully furnished (don’t judge the art or linens. I will be replacing those) 2 bedroom/2 bath and is almost 800 sq feet. It’s on the 22nd floor and I have a view of the city.  The building has a gym, swimming pool, and security.

Below are pictures:

IMG_5719View when you first walk in

IMG_8925View looking at the door

City view

I can’t want to grow some veggies out here.  The sliding glass door is cool and can open on either side which was a little confusing at first.

View looking up from the balcony

View looking down from the balcony

View off to the left of the balcony

IMG_5676View looking at the kitchen


That door leads to my laundry area

IMG_3494Stove which has a lock button.
There is no oven but my landlord took the price of a convection oven of my first months rent so I can go buy one.

IMG_0327Laundry area
I’m calling it an area because the left wall (sorry no picture) is only a half wall and lets air in so clothing can dry. The American in me is very sad I do not have a drier, but I’m excited about having my own washing machine!

View from where the bedrooms are

IMG_8660My bedroom

Guest bedroom

IMG_8537Both bathrooms look like this

IMG_5617Every toilet (except the one in my temporary housing) I have seen has had a bidet.

Let’s talk storage

My apartment in San Diego had very limited storage. I do not have the problem here.
IMG_6265 2Both bedrooms have large wardrobes

IMG_3595 2Both beds have storage

IMG_8911 2Shoe cabinet when you first walk in


I have a key for everything! A key card for the building and elevator, a front door key, a key for each bedroom, a key for each bathroom, a key for the balcony, a key for the laundry area, and a key for the safe in each wardrobe. For a country that has doesn’t have a lot of house theft, I sure have a lot of keys.
IMG_4433 2
Wardrobe safe

Why this apartment?

While I was looking at apartments I judged them on two things; colors on the walls/kitchen back splash (I saw a lot of BRIGHT colors) and the most important things…..the couch.

IMG_5619 2I can’t wait to lounge on this baby and read a good book which drinking a cup of tea. (Relaxation goals)

I’ve put a few of my own things out, but excited for my home goods to arrive because then this apartment will really start to feel like it’s mine.

As I walked around taking pictures I had a moment of feeling really grateful. (And I’m hopefully this doesn’t come off at too first world privileged). This apartment is so nice! If it was set in San Diego it would have been way out of my reach. I’m grateful for an opportunity that is allowing me to live a lifestyle I may not have been able to back in the state.  I get to live in this lovely apartment and not stress about if it’s going to kill my budget. I get to feel safe and secure in a new country and don’t have to stress about buying all new things. I get a pool and a gym at no extra cost! But most of all I’m grateful that I have such a nice space to welcome friends and family who want to come visit.

This week has been kinda crazy with house hunting, orientation, and just trying to stay awake so I’ll post again soon about all the other things that have been going on.

Blogging is not something I’m necessarily good at and autocorrect and I have a love/hate relationship, so please ignore any typos, misspelled words, or all together wrong words. 😉

3 thoughts on “A place to call home”

  1. I love reading your blog! Uncle Kevin read it too!!!! Thanks Sunshine for sharing! What a great opportunity for you!!!!


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