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Netizens wowed by viral video of Philippines-based cat wearing Vietnamese ‘non la’

Netizens wowed by viral video of Philippines-based cat wearing Vietnamese ‘non la’

Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 12:30 GMT+7
Netizens wowed by viral video of Philippines-based cat wearing Vietnamese ‘non la’
A cat from the Philippines wearing a mini ‘non la’ has caught the attention of netizens. Photo: Supplied

A video clip of a cat in the Philippines wearing a mini ‘non la,' which was bought during its owner’s recent trip to Vietnam, has been liked by more than 128,000 viewers on a social media platform, with plenty of comments praising the Vietnamese hat and asking where to get the tiny object.

Marian Dacalos, a 25-year-old Filipina, confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that she is the one who showed up in the video and put the mini ‘non la’ on her pet cat's head.

Dacalos purchased the hat when she visited Vietnam with her boyfriend and his family in early April.

This trip also marked her first time to travel abroad.

During her stay in Vietnam, she toured the iconic Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi, where mini ‘non la’ caught her attention and prompted her to think how cute it would look on her two pet cats, namely Ysabelle, the feline in the viral video, and Vanta, a gray Persian cat.

The tourist decided to buy the mini ‘non la’ for VND15,000 (US$0.58).

She was then told by the locals that the ‘non la’ is a popular headwear item in Vietnam.

It is a traditional Vietnamese conical hat typically made out of bamboo and straw.

“I am a Filipina content creator who likes to share my adventures, lifestyle, and travels on social media. I thought it’s too cute not to share!” Dacalos elaborated on why she opted to share this video on social media.

The video showed her journey of taking the conical hat from Vietnam to her hometown to dress up her cat.

The girl also revealed that her friends and followers really liked the Vietnamese hat, with a host of them asking her where she had bought it.

“There was actually one Vietnamese who commented that it’s ironic that they lived in Vietnam but they were asking tourists where to buy the hat,” Dacalos recounted.

Some international netizens expressed their regret for not watching this video at an earlier time, wishing that they could visit Vietnam again to buy a mini ‘non la’.

“A lot of people found Ysabelle so cute," the cat owner said.

“They even call him 'Cat Nguyen' or 'Vietmeow.' 

“Ysabelle is a superstar now!”

Marian Dacalos, a 25-year-old Filipina, and her boyfriend pose for a photo during their visit to Ninh Binh Province, northern Vietnam in April 2024. Photo: Supplied

Marian Dacalos, a 25-year-old Filipina, and her boyfriend pose for a photo during their visit to Ninh Binh Province, northern Vietnam in April 2024. Photo: Supplied

The girl also recounted her beautiful memories of the five-day-four-night trip to Vietnam, during which she explored the Old Quarter in Hanoi and took a day tour to the neighboring province of Ninh Binh, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex.

Vietnam in her mind was like a movie from Ghibli Studios as the country is home to lots of trees.

“I love how everyone, despite not being able to speak English fluently, still made an effort to help the tourists,” she shared.

The Filipina content creator, who called herself a coffee enthusiast, said that she loves the Old Quarter for its wide selection of coffee shops. 

“I love the cafés, I love how chill the cafés are, and that they have terraces where I can just sit still and observe the city and the people," she remarked.

She also spent time sampling local food such as pho and egg coffee, revealing, “The pho from ‘Phở 10’ is one of the best meals that I've ever had."

Furthermore, she had an unforgettable time in this Southeast Asian nation, where she enjoyed impressive neck-cracking techniques at a local massage parlor.

The girl said she would definitely try this massage service on her next trip to Vietnam.

Aside from her beautiful memories in Vietnam, she experienced a culture shock about several bad driving habits in the country, such as some motorcyclists driving on the sidewalks or not slowing down when they see pedestrians crossing the street.

It seems that the upsides she experienced in Vietnam far outweigh the downsides, as the girl added that she and her friends are planning to visit Vietnam next year, with Ho Chi Minh City and Sapa, a popular destination in northern Lao Cai Province, already on their travel bucket list.

“Vietnam will always be memorable for me because it’s my first country to visit and it’s with my boyfriend and his family,” Dacalos said.

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Hong Ngan - Hien Anh / Tuoi Tre News

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