Lunar New Year celebration in Thailand. Bright red garments, gold embroidery and colourful accessories would normally have been the mode du jour for Thailand’s ethnic Chinese celebrating Lunar New Year. —Photo bangkok.com Viet Nam News BANGKOK — Bright red garments, gold embroidery and colourful accessories would normally have been the mode du jour for Thailand’s ethnic Chinese celebrating Lunar New Year on Saturday. Striking colours, especially red, are believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune. But this year, donning colourful clothes could be seen as disrespectful in a country where many are still wearing black, white or grey as a sign of mourning for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on October 13 last year. The traditional mourning period of 100 days ended last Friday, but the transition back to colour has been slow. The year-long mourning for government officials is not mandatory for all Thais, but most people shopping for new clothes … [Read more...] about Red vs black: Thai Chinese face New Year fashion dilemma (400w)
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Those present at the welcoming ceremony for General Secretary Trong at Wattay International Airport on November 24 included high-ranking Lao officials and around 700 people who are working at Vietnamese Embassy in Laos, Vietnamese students and Lao citizens. The ceremony took place in a solemn atmosphere, but it was also warm as if welcoming back a member of the family. Wattay International Airport and the road leading to the Presidential Palace, which hosted the official welcoming ceremony, were adorned with the national flags of the two countries and students standing along the way joining their hands to welcome the Vietnamese Party chief and the high-ranking Vietnamese delegation. This was the first official friendly visit by the Party chief to a foreign country since the conclusion of the Twelfth National Party Congress in late January, representing the Vietnamese Party’s consistent foreign policy of treasuring its brotherhood with Laos. The traditional friendship, special … [Read more...] about Continuing the historic story of Vietnam, Laos’s special friendship
Nguyen Van Binh, a resident of Ho Chi Minh City's Binh Thanh District, bought a laptop last week from H.T computer shop on Tran Quang Khai Street for US$2,200 and paid VND38.3 million. After two days, when he went back to take delivery of the computer, he was asked to pay an extra VND4.1 million since the value of the dollar had gone up in that period. Tran Thi Thuy, a staff of Hoang Gia Trading and Manufacturing Company, said she signed a contract to buy a Toyota Fortuner V car when the exchange rate was VND17,488 to the dollar. A month later, when she took delivery, the rate had increased to VND17,788 and she had to pay further VND12 million. "I usually buy goods listed in dollars but did not pay much attention to the difference amount until I bought the car," she said. Sellers claim that they do not want to fix prices in dollars but that it has become a habit for the market and consumers. The manager of an automobile showroom on Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 5, said: … [Read more...] about State Bank warns all prices should be quoted in dong
VietNamNet Bridge - The information that a bank in Vietnam offers to provide 2-dollar banknotes to people has immediately sparked criticism of "lending a hand to the dollarisation" in Vietnam. This has been violently criticized, especially by those who are calling for using Vietnamese goods instead of foreign. Saigon Tiep Thi newspaper has quoted a reader as saying that the bank is lending a hand to popularizing foreign goods among Vietnamese people, and that this will make the problem of dollarisation in Vietnam more serious. … [Read more...] about Banker lends a hand to “dollarisation”?
Real estate experts are concerned that the surging number of resorts last year is causing wastes of lands and environment pollutions, leaving the property market to be hit in 2011. Many property consultancies predicted earlier last year that resort properties would likely to be booming this year as they saw the increasing number of resorts nationwide. Statistics showed 55 resorts were built in the country in 2010. Real estate experts noticed builders even planned to open resorts in provinces, where tourism seems not to be their advantages. There are up to 36 resort projects with the total investment of nearly VND175 billion (US$8.75 million) in the central province of Thanh Hoa, of which only one put into operational. Another northern province of Bac Giang has 12 resort construction works with the total investment of $67 million and an area of more than 10 square meters. The government of the southern province of Tra Vinh in Mekong Delta is also studying on two resort … [Read more...] about Experts concern on surging amount of resorts