Many streets in Hanoi and HCM City have been left covered in litter after the New Year Eve's firework shows. Used plastic bags, empty bottles and paper were left behind by people all over the streets in the HCM City centre where the 15-minute firework show took place. Litter was scattered across Ton Duc Thang, Ham Nghi, Vo Van Kiet, Ben Bach Dang streets late on Lunar New Year's Eve Rubbish also was scattered across Nguyen Hue Street where the Flower Festival is currently under way. Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi was also left covered in rubbish by people who gathered at the city’s historic centre celebrate the lunar new year. Workers had a hard working night as they dealt with the aftermath of the Tet celebrations. … [Read more...] about Streets covered by litter after Lunar New Year’s Eve
Bread street kitchen by gordon ramsay
The Muong ethic group living in Vietnam considers the kitchen as the soul of their house, where the fire is always kept burning to protect family members. That’s why, to build a kitchen before living in a new house is done carefully by the house owner with several mysterious rituals being implemented. The ethnic Muong live in northern Vietnam’s mountainous region, mostly in Hoa Binh province and some districts of central Thanh Hoa province. The population is over 1.2 million. Visiting a Muong hamlet, visitors can see houses-on-stilt built in spacious places and convenient for the daily activities. Normally in a house, there are two kitchens, located in two different places which are suited to the local climate and the owner’s lifestyle customs. The kitchens are cultural spaces unique in both material and spiritual meaning, and preserved by generations of the family members. The two kitchens are built almost the same in structure, but each has its own function. … [Read more...] about The Custom of Building New Kitchens by the Muong
VietNamNet Bridge - Those who have come to Vietnam's famous resort city of Da Lat in early summer, would never forget violet flamboyant. This variety of trees have been planted in Hanoi for several years and they have begun to blossom on some streets, like Lieu Giai and Van Phuc. Let's admire the unique flowers in Hanoi: … [Read more...] about Hanoi streets decorated by violet flamboyants
The mercury vapor lights that make up 30 percent of Vietnam's public lighting systems are inefficient, dangerous and should be replaced as soon as possible, the Vietnam Urban Lighting Association said last week. The association (VULA) said at a conference the ultra-high pressure mercury vapor (MV) lights waste energy and emit mercury when broken. Professor Phan Hong Khoi, Managing Director of the National Vietnam Energy Efficient Public Lighting Project, said MV lights were a serious health and environmental hazard as they contained the largest amount of mercury of all street lamps. Aside from the risk of mercury poisoning, he said MV lights consume too much power. HCMC Public Lighting Company Director Tran Trong Hue said that MV lights often flicker when voltage is down. He said this made them unsafe as street lights and he also added that MV light maintenance was more complex and costlier than for other lights. Khoi suggested the government encourage local agencies to apply new … [Read more...] about Experts look to eliminate wasteful street lights by 2010
With 24 restaurants around the world, 11 Michelin stars, numerous cookbooks, and TV shows, Gordon Ramsay is the top earning chef in the United States, with an estimated global income of $38 million, according to a new list by Forbes.com. Scottish-born Ramsey, known to U.S. television audiences for his acerbic comments on "Master Chef" and "Hell's Kitchen", surpassed Rachael Ray, who earned an estimated $25 million for the year ending June 2012 from her TV show, magazine and cookbooks. Austrian-born Wolfgang Puck, whose 20 restaurants contributed to his $20 million in earnings, came in third on the list of top earning chefs who have a strong presence in the United States. Puck is based in California. "They are very diversified," said Dorothy Pomerantz of Forbes.com. "There is nobody who just has restaurants. TV is a huge factor in making this list because they make so much more money from television than they can from their restaurants." Merchandising and cookbooks also pumped up … [Read more...] about Gordon Ramsay named highest earning chef in U.S.