Inner Sanctum (03-05-2009) Athlete plays in the name of the father National No 1 billiards and snooker ace Duong Anh Vu, 29, bagged golds at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games in Macau and the Southeast Asian Games in Thailand. The World No 14 shares his highs and lows with Cong Thanh. Inner Sanctum: Can you summarise your career? I was born into a sporting family in HCM City in 1980. I fell in love with billiards and snooker at a young age when my father, an athlete, took me to a sport centre where he was training. It was easy for him to look after me and it also kept me away from the naughty boys in our neighbourhood. Inner Sanctum: How did you first get into the sport? I watched my father play and mimicked his skills as I grew up. I saved the money my parents gave me for breakfast to play my friends during my leisure time. Inner Sanctum: What happened during your teenage years? Gradually, I was recruited to the city's team and started training for the national team. I studied hard in … [Read more...] about Athlete plays in the name of the father
Losing the love of your life
Short Story (26-03-2006) The elements of love by Hoa Vang During the festival to select a groom for Mî Nuong, the daughter of Hung Vuong (the first known king of Viet Nam), Son Tinh (Mountain Genie) won her hand over Thuy Tinh (River Genie). Then, Mî Nuong followed Son Tinh to Tan Mountain and became his wife. And ever since that day, the river waters surge every year as if battling an inconsolable jealousy. Once married, Son Tinh and Mî Nuong had a beautiful and happy life without any arguments. Yes, they were a happy couple, indeed! But there was one thing lying secretly in the heart of the girl who had married a distant husband: homesickness. Mî Nuong missed her home, her parents, and her husband Son Tinh was incredibly busy. She highly respected her husband, and did not want to trouble him with her trifling concerns. Yet, the more she hid her unhappiness, the more tormenting her homesickness became. Once each year, Son Tinh went with his wife to visit her … [Read more...] about The elements of love
He's among Vietnam's best cameramen. As music-show director, he's the toast of Vietnamese show biz at home and abroad. He's directing the Miss Earth 2007 pageant in Nha Trang. Yet many here label him a loser. Meet Dinh Anh Dung, a four-time national Best Cameraman (1983, 1985, 1990 and 1993) before emigrating to the US in 1994. Dung strolls more contentedly these days … [Read more...] about For the love of filming
Only Van went out alone, and drank one whole bottle of wine without getting drunk, as if he were drinking water. His head felt clear, and the blood in his chest flared up like fire. The men winked at each other, clinking their cups. “Hey Van, why isn’t your wife here to get well water for you to wash your face with?” the men jeered. Van threw his cup into a pillar of the communal house and stood up. The cup broke into pieces, putting an end to the New Year’s Eve party. Other people flitted around with their lovers, but Van flitted around with a shadow. Van went home and found the house in darkness, only lit up by the scent of incense recently burned to welcome spring. He sneered. They’re all sleeping like a log, he thought. Ever since Biu left, there hadn’t been any spring. Spring couldn’t come home to an ugly wife. Spring couldn’t lie in the hands of a breeding hen. The breeding hen only knew how to breed, not how to laugh. Whether she … [Read more...] about The valley of dew
What will you be like in your 80s? Living independently, robust in body and mind, with a wide social circle?Manage that and you will be a superager. It is a worthy aspiration, but the reality is rather different for most of us.Although we are living longer, more of those extra years are being spent in ill health, often with multiple chronic conditions.Of the 65 million people in the UK, 8.45 million are projected to live to 100, according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics.That's around one in eight of the population and a timely reminder that many of us will spend a third of our lives in old age.Ageing is a global issue - the number of people aged 65 and older is projected to almost triple to 1.5 billion by 2050.California is one of the key centres for ageing research - and it's where I met both scientists and superagers.Let's start with Irene Obera.She's 84 and the fastest woman on earth for her age. Irene has been breaking world records in Masters athletics for four … [Read more...] about What are the secrets of the superagers?