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  • Good afternoon everybody, it's Cory here.

  • I'm going to do my official apartment tour for you guys.

  • Today, I'm doing it with the GoPro here, that way you guys get the nice wide angle.

  • Plus we're going to walk through it, so that way you get the first person perspective of

  • experiencing my apartment building.

  • So where are we?

  • We are in the Thuy Khue ward, and that is here in Hanoi city.

  • So you can see, this is just what the main road looks like out here.

  • There's traffic, and what not, just normal everyday Vietnamese life.

  • But then just off from the main road, is this little alley here.

  • You can see this little gate thing.

  • This blue building right here is my apartment building.

  • And it's right next door to another building that has a kindergarten/preschool kind of

  • a thing right here on the 1st floor.

  • And there's some other residences around this area.

  • This is like a nice little back area from the main road.

  • So this is where I live, and it's $350 a month for a studio apartment in here.

  • And included is parking, so here's a pad lock, this is gated parking.

  • That lone black Yamaha Nouvo is the one that I've been renting, it's $50 per month.

  • So you get a nice secure place to lock up your vehicle.

  • And it is protected underneath this roof thing here.

  • Alright, let's go take a look inside.

  • So we have to use keys.

  • Check out my TARDIS keychain.

  • So this is the first floor, this is essentially like a lobby where the building owner just

  • like chills out and handles business here.

  • What I really like about a lot of Vietnamese homes and businesses are the altars here,

  • to pray for fortune, wealth, health, and all those other good things.

  • They put money, or cigarettes, alcohol, like all kinds of stuff here as offerings.

  • But this is kind of cool you can see this as soon as you come in.

  • And there's always nice fresh flowers and stuff here.

  • My unit is up on the 2nd floor.

  • First floor is just stuff for the office lobby area.

  • And there's an actual unit in here that they're doing like renovations right now.

  • Yeah, they're in there, I think they're painting one side of the room.

  • Anyway, let's go up.

  • So there's two units per floor, except for the top floor, which is a single unit.

  • The one on the left is somebody, my neighborh, whom I haven't met yet.

  • The one on the right, here, this is mine.

  • Take off your shoes, because I'm Asian, and I am in Asia.

  • And that's how I roll all the time, it doesn't matter where in the world.

  • So this is it guys.

  • This is my apartment right here.

  • You can see it's a Studio apartment, it's got the bed, the living room, and the kitchen,

  • all in one big space.

  • It reminds me of being back in college, kind of.

  • Except in college, I shared a room like this with another roommate.

  • I only have one lamp on right now, which is that corner lamp right there.

  • So it does get a lot of natural lighting, I got three giant windows and one smaller

  • one over there.

  • And these windows are amazing!

  • I don't need to use electricity, really, at all, during the day time for lighting.

  • This is more than bright enough for me to like do work or write or whatever.

  • And it's overcast right now.

  • So on like a sunny day, it's really nice and bright.

  • In the morning, the sun comes in from this window over here, at an angle, so like all

  • of the kitchen and stuff is all lit up.

  • Yeah, so it's just like a really nice, well-lit place by natural light.

  • I'm going to go ahead and show you anyways, what it looks like with the lights on.

  • There's the sconce lights, which I usually use at night and that's it.

  • And there's like these recessed lighting things in the corner.

  • There's the other one.

  • Each corner has recessed lighting up in the top.

  • And then these main ones.

  • So this is what it's like with all the lights on, except for that lamp, I didn't turn that

  • one on.

  • So you can see, it's just very well-lit, it's a nice, bright space.

  • And I'm very happy about it.

  • Although I never really use any of these lights.

  • Except for the sconce light, that's the only one I use at night.

  • I'll leave these on for now, for the video so you can see everything.

  • So where do we start?

  • First, let's start with the kitchen.

  • So this is the kitchen space, as you can see, it's very simple, but it's clean and that's

  • why I chose this place.

  • It comes with this little wine rack thing that I'm going to eventually have some wine

  • in there.

  • Maybe.

  • It came with all the cutlery, and pots and pans and stuff.

  • So what's interesting is this is not just a storage space, but it is a drying rack,

  • like physically the water will drip through the bottom here.

  • Like this.

  • Right into the sink area.

  • So that's kind of neat.

  • I just washed these, so they're all unorganized and weird looking.

  • So that's that.

  • I've got my little simple spices and whatever, olive oil and salt, pepper, soy sauce, red

  • chili pepper powder.

  • It's like the essentials.

  • I definitely need to go shopping for more herbs and stuff.

  • It definitely has this nice vented range hood here.

  • It has a light.

  • Let me turn this other light on here.

  • So, it's nice and clean, everything is clean.

  • Very powerful hood.

  • And the only weird thing, I guess, for a lot of people, would be that there is a hot plate

  • that came with the place.

  • But who likes cooking with a hot plate?

  • I don't.

  • I like actual flame.

  • So there is a propane tank here, it's got a phone number on there so you just call them

  • up when you're empty and they'll drop off a new bottle.

  • And it's like, I don't even know, it's like $12 or $13 or something like that to get a

  • new tank of propane.

  • So this is how I like to cook.

  • Definitely have to have flame for maximum control of cooking.

  • Yeah, and so I'm very happy with that.

  • There's a few more frying pans and stuff down there.

  • There's empty space.

  • This is a drawer for utensils, I'm going to have to like get my own set of stuff.

  • This all came with the apartment.

  • This knife is so old and worn and all that.

  • I had to sharpen it a few times to get it to even cut.

  • I'll have to get my own stuff that way when I move I can just bring it with me.

  • This is extremely important guys, I wouldn't drink tap water in Vietnam, even though they

  • say it's safe to liek brush your teeth - that's fine, I do that...

  • but I would never drink or make ice cubes out of any tap water in Vietnam.

  • Always use the purified water from the water company.

  • This is included in my apartment.

  • Whenever it's empty, I just let the lady downstairs know, and then they bring another one up and

  • replace it for me.

  • So that's included.

  • There's a little breakfast nook kind of a table here.

  • Everything's like hardcore stone.

  • Like this is actual hard, solid stone.

  • Same with this little desk here.

  • I guess it was all like a set or something.

  • But it's all solid, heavy stuff.

  • Got a microwave, got a little mini fridge here.

  • This is big enough for one person, definitely.

  • Got some stuff in there.

  • Don't have much in here.

  • Just got some eggs, and doenjang and gochujang.

  • Two hard boiled eggs.

  • And like an onion in there.

  • This is some hot sauce.

  • And I also got the Mam Tom, this is the fermented shrimp sauce that they use in Vietnam.

  • And to a lot of foreigners, this is disgusting, but to me, this is freaking fantastic to add

  • to anything.

  • To like really boost the flavor.

  • I love salty, shrimpy, fermented kind of stuff.

  • I guess that's the Korean in me.

  • There is this desk and I can easily just sit here and work and whatever.

  • And have a nice view, but I tend to do all my editing and working from the coffee table.

  • And so what I'll do is I'll slide the sofa a little bit closer to the coffee table, and

  • then slide the TV - which was included in the place - all the way over

  • and then I'll just connect the laptop to the TV with HDMI, that way I can see whatever

  • videos I'm making on full screen, or if I'm watching YouTube or Netflix, I can just put

  • it on the TV.

  • So that's kind of like my own little chill office space.

  • I don't even use that desk.

  • I don't think I've even sat in that chair one time.

  • This is the wardrobe, it's very big.

  • And I don't have much stuff.

  • So let's go ahead and open this up and see what it looks like.

  • So this is my wardrobe right here guys.

  • So as you see, I just have some shirts hanging here, I have two long sleeve shirts in there,

  • plus two windbreaker jackets for when it gets a little bit chillier in the winter.

  • Laundry basket, in the drawers, there's like some socks and underwear.

  • Some slacks hanging there, got my shorts folded up.

  • The check in luggage bag and my backpack.

  • And that's it.

  • This is what I came to Vietnam with from Korea.

  • I didn't bring any winter clothes, there's really no freezing cold winter here.

  • In Hanoi, it does get a little bit chilly in the winter, but not enough that I would

  • need to bring a super padded down jacket, and multiple layers of sweaters and all this

  • other stuff.

  • So I just kept it super simple.

  • Over here, we have more actual stone shelving.

  • This unit is extremely heavy, I tried moving it, and I'm afraid to break it.

  • But it is real stone, you can see all the veins and stuff in the stone there.

  • This is where I just store some random stuff, I usually charge things here.

  • There's an outlet right there, I charge my cellphone or the GoPro, camera batteries,

  • whatever.

  • I brought my tripod, soft lights, stuff like that.

  • Over here, this is where the magic doesn't happen because I am single and I just moved

  • to Vietnam.

  • So yeah, there's just sleeping that happens here.

  • And it's a relatively stiffer bed, mainly cause it's just a mattress only, there's no

  • Temperpedic foam mat or anything on top of that.

  • It's very standard.

  • Maybe later on, I'll get a Temperpedic thing.

  • Over here is the vanity.

  • And this is where, you know, like I wax up my hair or whatever.

  • Use deoderant, Q-tips, etc.

  • I don't think I have anything in here.

  • This is the helmet that came with the moped rental.

  • 007 Fishbone.

  • So this is the front door.

  • It's full, solid wood.

  • This door is so heavy.

  • And it has cool bracket pieces that you can still see there, holding the wood pieces intact.

  • This is a very nice, heavy wooden door.

  • Very solid.

  • So over here, the last thing we haven't seen yet is the bathroom area.

  • This glass thing with the column thing and these slats, I dunno, it's really strange.

  • Whoever designed it, I have no idea why they chose that.

  • But it is functional.

  • Turn on the light here.

  • There's me.

  • So there's this light, and there's the ceiling light with the fan on, but if I turn the fan

  • on, it's very loud.

  • So you guys will probably will get annoyed with that.

  • I'll just keep it off for now.

  • There's two kinds of magic that happen in here, first one is where I make myself look

  • presentable and brush my teeth and shave and stuff like that.

  • And the other magic is the toilet, this is where I pray I don't blow my colon out.

  • And what's funny is that it's in this curve thing, in that pillar area that we saw from

  • the outside.

  • And this is lined with like quartz or something like that, you can see the shimmery facets

  • of it.

  • But, it's all solid, the entire apartment all the walls are cement.

  • Yeah, I have no problems with the toilet, it flushes great.

  • The shower has good water pressure, hot water is almost instant.

  • Speaking of hot water, the boiler is up there above the sink in the kitchen, and it's always

  • on.

  • There's the air conditioner, which is on now, thank god.

  • Yeah, so this is my simple bathroom.

  • Oh, I wanted to mention, there's these steps, which also have actual stone.

  • But there's this like gravel pathway in here for some design element, I don't know why.

  • And then I showed this to my brother, the photo of the bathroom, and he immediately

  • was like "That's a shower mat cut in half on the steps."

  • I didn't even realize that.

  • But that is what it is.

  • And it actually helps because when I come out of the shower, it is actually a little

  • bit slippery right here.

  • So I'll just leave that there until maybe I find something prettier or just get rid

  • of it entirely, I don't know.

  • We'll see.

  • Yeah, so it's a very functional studio apartment space, especially for someone like me who

  • is single and living by myself, I have no kids or pets or anything like that.

  • I don't have a lot of belongings or property, so it's a very nice space.

  • $350 a month.

  • Utilities are included, except for electricity.

  • So the windows, let's take a look outside the windows and see what's going on.

  • So what I really like about the windows is this old feel, like it's all wood, and this

  • is all original old glass.

  • You can tell because it's got some imperfections and warps to it, so when you're looking out,

  • things kind of skew and distort.

  • But this is like, I don't know exactly how old it is, but it's very nice and solid and

  • I love the fixtures.

  • Unlock it that way.

  • Little latch down here.

  • This is on the side of the house, it opens up fully like this.

  • There is the neighbor's building right here, and some barbed wire and stuff like that.

  • I don't really ever open this window, except when letting a cross-breeze through.