Thousands of people celebrate First Full Moon Festival in District 5By Thanh Hoa Women in colorful dresses join the festival - PHOTO: THANH HOA HCMC - Thousands of people flocked to Cho Lon area in District 5 of HCMC on February 19 to celebrate the First Full Moon Festival, or Tet Nguyen Tieu, which falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month. In addition to going to the pagoda to pray for peace and good fortune, many people gathered on the popular streets, including Hai Thuong Lan Ong, Chau Van Liem, Trang Tu, Nguyen Trai and Tran Hung Dao, to take part in various cultural and spiritual activities. Originating in China, Tet Nguyen Tieu has been adapted to Vietnam’s culture and plays an important role in the country’s cultural and religious life, especially among the people of Chinese descent living in Vietnam. The first full moon is regarded by the community as the most important among all full moons throughout the lunar year. Below are some photos of the … [Read more...] about Thousands of people celebrate First Full Moon Festival in District 5
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VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese telecommunications companies are finding it hard to tap into unexploited markets.Vietnamese telcos have to spend big money on outward investments Viettel, the military telecom group, began making outward investments nine years ago, not only in South East Asia, but also to African countries. Of the seven markets it is present, Viettel can only make profits in four – Laos, Cambodia, Haiti and Mozambique. In 2014, the telco made a profit of $156 million from overseas projects out of $1.2 billion in revenue. Viettel had to wait five years to see the profit from the investment project in Cambodia, and waited three years in Laos and Haiti. The business results were more satisfactory in Mozambique, when it began making profits after six months of investment. However, it make the heaviest investment there, roughly $400 million by 2020. It is expected that by the end of 2015, Viettel would recover 80 percent of $600 million (VND12 trillion) worth of … [Read more...] about Vietnamese telcos find it hard to earn money in foreign markets
The summer of urban kids is tours with their families, books, swimming pools, Internet, etc. while thousands of rural kids use their 3-month summer vacations to earn money. Trung, 14, often wakes up at 4am to go to a "newspaper market" in front of Tran Quy Cap railway station, Hanoi, with his mother to receive newspapers. At 6.30am, the boy walks along the bank of NamDongLake to wait for the first men who come to cafes there. At 9am, Trung rests in the shade of a tree on the bank to count money because he sold all 50 newspapers. "My mother told me to stay at home but I insisted on going to Hanoi to sell newspapers. Last summer I sold newspapers with my mother for only two months but I earned enough money to buy a set of textbooks, 20 notebooks and two new suits," Trung said. Trung is a lucky one because he works with his mother. Hundreds of countryside kids come to Hanoi in the summer with only several pairs of clothes to work as shoeshine boys. "If the previous day was rainy, the … [Read more...] about Rural kids earn living in cities during summer
VietNamNet Bridge - The winter weather is increasingly harsh, but it cannot stop the flow of people from the countryside to the capital to do anything to earn some money for the coming lunar New Year holiday (Tet). Tent on the sidewalk With only two or three pieces of canvas, these two men built for themselves a hut right on the sidewalk. The tent has become a home, with only a few bottles, bowls, chopsticks and an old bed-plank for sleeping. The tent is next to a bus station, approximately 10m2, on the roadside, where vehicles travel day and night, making big noise. But perhaps they have gotten used to it. Because of money, they accept to live there through the day. They are rural laborers who go to Hanoi for a few days to make money for Tet. They will return home before Tet so it is costly to hire a room in a motel. Building a tent is the best choice for them. In the freezing weather, they sleep with just a very thin blanket at night. Their meals are only instant … [Read more...] about Poor people flock to Hanoi to earn money for Tet holiday
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.