Like water 


A painter finds inspiration and a unique medium to work with in the most persistent and fluid element When Lao Tzu said "be like water" because one needed to be soft and yielding to overcome life's hardest and most rigid obstacles - like a stream flowing over the rocks - he might as well have been talking about artist Vo Trinh Bien. For Bien, 46, water is not only a central theme in his work, but in fact the medium on which he paints. He got the idea while thinking about how oil slicks … [Read more...]

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Art & Entertainment News 14/8


Short film series to be presented in HCM City Ten short films in the series Berlinale Shorts Go Abroad of the International Film Festival of Berlin will be screened at Cafe Thu Bay coffee shop this weekend. … [Read more...]

Abstract finger painting exhibition in Da Lat

A work at the exhibition

The paintings resemble pieces of Da Lat with an abstract style, which feature the emotions of Vo Trinh Bien. Painter Bien expressed his hope that his works would offer visitors new experiences. Painter Bien came from a poor family in Quang Ngai Province and matriculated at Da Lat University more than 20 years ago. He studied literature and worked part time to earn a living. When painter Bien first began painting 15 years ago, he used a more conventional approach, utilizing palm paintbrushes. … [Read more...]

Finger painting exhibition opens in Da Lat


Nhan Dan Online - An exhibition entitled 'Dance of Spring', is showing 59 oil finger paintings by painter Vo Trinh Bien at Hoa Binh Exhibition Centre in Da Lat city, Lam Dong province. The paintings, selected from more than 100 works created by Bien in 2013, are experimentations with abstract style. Bien came from a poor family in Quang Ngai Province and matriculated at Da Lat University more than 20 years ago. He studied literature and worked part time to earn a living. When Bien first … [Read more...]

A beefy seven-course meal

Four of seven beef dishes: bo la lot, bo mo chai, bo sa te and cha dum / PHOTO: TAN NHAN

Just going by the nationalities and the national cuisines involved, one would expect something special. Henry Adams was Indian and French, and his wife, Huynh Thi Que was Vietnamese. Together, in the 1930s, they opened a small eatery at the Tan Hiep Market (now part of Chau Thanh District, the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang). They called it Au Pagolac, because it was situated next to a pagoda (also "pagoda" in French) and a lake (called "lac" in French). With the idea of serving a … [Read more...]

Lurking excitement


Streams and waterfalls give romantic Da Lat a 'tough' reputation Visitors go kayaking on the La Ba River, a new thrilling adventure in Da Lat … [Read more...]

3-D sewing


Last week, Nguyen Thi Huu Hanh, 51, was granted a patent by the National Office of Intellectual property, crediting her with 3D embroidery in Vietnam. A Huu Hanh's 3D embroiled painting … [Read more...]

Ways out for apartment sale in tough times

dinh dung - thanh thuong Launching products Statistics of Jones Lang LaSalle Vietnam show that the number of apartments put up for sale is on the rise after interest rates are lowered. Specifically, in the last two quarters, some 1,200 apartments were launched in HCMC. Apartment supply rises significantly in the third quarter with multiple condo projects opened for sale. Most of these projects are near completion, or can hand over homes to buyers within this year, and in the … [Read more...]

Poor economy leaves city with dull X-mas celebrations


Most Christian parishes in Ho Chi Minh have finished setting up their annual home and street decorations to welcome a new festive season over a week ago. Christmas celebrations in Ho Chi Minh seems to be quietermore quiet than usual as local Christians and businesses are all tightening their belts in the bad economyPhoto: SGTT Christian neighborhoods on Le Duc Tho street (Go Vap District), Pham The Hien (District 8), and Dong Den (Tan Binh) have … [Read more...]

Singer My Le debuts kids fashion range

Vietnamese singer My Le launched her kids fashion label MisaMisu on Friday, with clothes for children for home, parties or formal events. There is a growing market for kids fashion in Vietnam, Le said. A child models clothes from the new MisaMisu range of fashion for kids - Photo: My Tran She said in Vietnam it was hard to find good quality children's wear, as the Chinese had flooded the market with cheap clothes and Western brands were too expensive. She said the MisaMisu range would be … [Read more...]

Princess, heel thyself


The shoes fit and a palace beckons — Julietta Jameson is in Cinderella mode at a hotel in Vietnam. SHOES can really make a person feel like a princess. They can also have the opposite effect. In Australia my feet are considered small. In Vietnam they are thought humungous. And you will never feel more like a lumbering plebeian than when your European size 38s have been tittered at by the dainty-footed shoe salespeople in Hanoi, who delight in telling you the biggest size they have in … [Read more...]

A taste of romance


With warm, hospitable service and a cozy atmosphere, Da Quy Restaurant is about as charming as it gets. Da Quy (Wild Sunflower) Restaurant in downtown Da Lat offers a romantic atmosphere of candles, roses and delectable food without the steep prices … [Read more...]

Mild tremors cause panic in parts of HCMC


A mild earthquake rocked HCMC Friday night. Though no damage has been reported, the 3-4 plus Richter magnitude quake opened up cracks in some buildings in the city. Many residents in the downtown and outlying areas said they felt the earth shaking at around 8:30 p.m. … [Read more...]

Social News 31/10

Ventilator donated to City hospital The New Zealand-based Julie Ferne Memorial Trust donated a Newport e360 ventilator to the Children Hospital 2 in HCM City yesterday, making it the first medical equipment donation made by the Trust to the hospital. The Preston family partnered with VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) to procure the ventilator and to ensure that the equipment will be used and maintained properly. Since 2012, the Julie Ferne Memorial Trust has raised funds from around the world to … [Read more...]

Operation Pacific Angel 2015 will be conducted in Quang Ngai province

Scene of the receiving

​ In the morning of October 25, Vice Chairman of the PPC Le Quang Thich received and worked with the survey delegation of Operation Pacific Angel (PACANGEL) from United State's Embassy in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

New Motivation and Prospect for FDI


Manufacturing and the processing industry is attracting the most investment capital from foreign investors and this trend has generated positive ripple effects on Vietnam's economic restructuring process, as expected. The reviving real estate market has also become a target of investors from Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries as it holds huge potential for development in various segments, particularly office, hotel and residence. … [Read more...]

FDI into Vietnam: New Developments with No New Faces

Foreign investors registered to invest US$11.18 billion in Vietnam in the year to end-September, down 25 percent from the same period of 2013. But, the value of disbursed capital increased and new developments showed that Vietnam still has a lot of opportunities to attract FDI in the coming years. South Korea was the biggest foreign investor in Vietnam in the first nine months of 2014 with US$3.55 billion, accounting for 31.8 percent of total FDI investment in the country. Hong Kong ranked … [Read more...]

Vietnam salvager says ancient coins looted from shipwreck


Ancient potteries recovered from a shipwreck off Quang Ngai Province. Photo: Thanh Long/Vietnam News Agency Around two tons of ancient coins have disappeared from a sunken boat yet to be salvaged off Quang Ngai Province on Vietnam's central coast and locals held the blame of stealing them. Nguyen Dang Vu, director of the province's culture department, said many people have taken advantage of the rough weather that delayed salvaging efforts to steal from the shipwrecks at night, Tuoi Tre … [Read more...]

Fishing village widows eternally tied to the sea

Tran Thi Thanh repairs her fishing vessel. When her husband died, she had no choice but to go out to sea, like many of the women in Chau Thuan Bien fishing village who have lost their husbands. - VNS Photo Huu Cuong by Huu Cuong QUANG NGAI (VNS) - For women in the small village of Chau Thuan Bien, the sea is like a double-edged sword. It provides their livelihood, but takes away many of their husbands. The village of 475 people is located in Binh Chau Commune, Quang Ngai Province, about 42km … [Read more...]

Social News 28/10

President Obama thanks Vietnamese American nurse Nurse Nina Pham - the first person to catch Ebola on US soil has been declared free of the deadly disease 13 days after testing positive, clearing the way for President Obama to give her a big hug in the oval office. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team." Pham said on October 24 at a press conference. "The Ebola experience was a very stressful and … [Read more...]