As regular readers will know, I am serial entrepreneur who took the plunge to leave the UK and launch S&P Investments in Hanoi after decades in financial services back in the UK. Although I’ve been in Viet Nam for over a year now, the entrepreneurial spirit I see here never ceases to amaze me – and neither does the supportive environment for start-up businesses. Our business is based in Ha Noi, but of course I’ve also got to know HCM City very well too, and I can honestly say that you would be hard pressed to find better places to set up a new business. The first thing to strike me was how cost-effectively – and efficiently – entrepreneurs can live in these two thriving cities. For instance, colleagues tell me that someone young, dynamic and without ties could make HCM City their home for only around US$1,500 a month, and in comfort too. Not only that, but finding somewhere to live and work is virtually frictionless: high-tech serviced apartments can … [Read more...] about A tale of two cities – An expat entrepreneur’s view
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Canadians Andrew and Marith Kull had intended to find a good restaurant for their final evening in Hanoi , but they changed their plans after hearing about a tour to a local house, which they described as "the perfect end to our trip". The couple and their children were among the first tourists to go on the Hanoi Home Visit Tour, a project initiated by non-profit organisation Students in Free Enterprise (SiFE) from Hanoi University . The project provides foreign tourists with a chance to visit ordinary families to see how they live and their traditional features and customs, with the aim of developing and expanding Vietnamese culture. Leader Mai Quang Huy, a junior at the university's Faculty of Business Administration, said: "While travel agencies offer tours to historical and cultural destinations, we want to help foreigners experience a family dinner in Vietnam ." The students started the tour in May last year with a team of just five, but quickly recruited more students with a … [Read more...] about Bản in : Hanoians open up their homes for tourists to get a feel for family
Chinese venture capital fund invests in Triip.me Van Ly By Van Ly - The Saigon Times Daily HANOI – Chinese venture capital fund Gobi Partners has invested half a million U.S. dollars in Triip.me, a Vietnamese startup project that provides tourism services online. Triip.me will spend the money recruiting more staff to support its expansion. The firm posted monthly revenue of about US$1,000 in mid-2015, but has begun to operate profitably as sales have increased by 10 times. Lam Thi Thuy Ha, chief executive officer of Triip.me, said her company previously had only two people to operate the tourism platform. With the new funding, the firm will be able to carry out its communication and marketing plans to boost sales. Ha said the partnership with Gobi Partners brings Triip.me knowhow and experience in tourism in addition to capital injection. Established in 2013, Triip.me helps connect travelers with local people by applying community resources to build tours across the world. … [Read more...] about Chinese venture capital fund invests in Triip.me
IT use up in nation's classes (17-05-2005) HCM CITY — Information technology is gradually replacing conventional teaching tools at many secondary schools in HCM City. Teachers are finding it easier to use more convenient and livelier methods, like illustrative film strips, which employ computer technology. "It does not require much," said Tran Thi Thu Thuy, a chemistry teacher at a secondary school. "All we need are a computer, a projector, and a wide screen television." Nevertheless, preparing syllabi is regarded as the most important part of teaching. Thuy, who has taught with the help of a computer before, said she prepares lessons like slide shows, letting each part of the lesson appear on the screen one after another. The job consumes a lot of her time. "A teaching period lasts 45 minutes but it takes me half the month to prepare a syllabus," Thuy said. More importantly, lessons on computer usually make students excited because they are attracted by illustrative images and … [Read more...] about IT use up in nation’s classes
Tam Nguyen, a Vietnamese Canadian, has become a costume designer popular among many Hollywood stars. His workshop, Tam's Tailor, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba Province, Canada, is always busy, and hung on the wall of his workshop are numerous photos of famous stars, who ordered their clothes from him. Tam Nguyen, aged 53, the owner, popular for not only his skillful cut but also a cheerful smile to customers, is often called "the tailor of celebrities". "One day, a lady showed up and asked me to have a pair of jeans made in 24 hours. The next day she came back and took me to a hotel, and there, I met Patrick Swayze, and I didn't know who he was!", Tam said. After that time, Tam Nguyen's reputation started to spread in the US show-business world. According to the website canadianimmigrant.ca, he has made clothes for various American male stars, such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Harvey Keitel, Kevin Pollak, Billy Zane and American female star Catherine Keener. Tam, who used to be a … [Read more...] about Tam Nguyen – A Hollywood Designer!