Is it wrong to think about love and romance most of the time when you're young? To want to dance and have fun? To want to show others your feelings and passions? Vietnam is more conservative a society than my country, Australia yet it really doesn't matter, young energy will always find a way to have fun. Hi, I'm Stivi. I'm an English teacher and hotel trainer working in and around Hoi An. I've taught students from 4 years of age to adults in Japan, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and Vietnam and to me, that wonderful sense of playfulness and innocent affection seems most strong in the Asian nations and now the great country I live in and enjoy, Vietnam! Ahhh! To be young again and dance with the music, hold your lovers hand and watch the stars together… romance in Asia and Vietnam gets funny sometimes. Why? Because it's not just the young who are fascinated with romance… My English for housekeeping classes are often quite funny as the women, mostly married, tease … [Read more...] about Love, life and living young
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There was an 80-year-old man in front of us, who used to be a general under the old Saigon regime. Few people knew that the high-ranking officer named Nguyen Huu Hanh had never pulled the trigger of a gun, fearing that the shot would kill his compatriots. He was also on the very short list of the old Saigon regime's senior officers that the Revolutionary Intelligence Agency aimed to select as an agent. The death of his son In 1972 when Nguyen Huu Hanh was in the post of Deputy Commander of Corps 2 located in Pleiku and Nha Trang, a misfortune happened to his family. His first son Second Lieutenant Nguyen Huu Tai, born in 1948, was killed in a raid on Chau Thanh district, Tien Giang province. His wife, daughter in law and grandchildren cried day in day out. He was in pain and blamed himself for not stopping his son from joining the Army. Some officers from Saigon informed him that his son was killed by communist artillery when he was in a helicopter. As a learned officer, he knew … [Read more...] about A former Saigon regime’s General full of ethics and patriotism
Your say (27-06-2008) Cross-cultural love is in the air, but it's a long and winding road to bliss Last week, we asked our readers about their experiences with cross-cultural love and the challenges for those embarking on it. Most of those who replied said they had to learn a lot of things to adjust to the native culture of their partner. The following are some of their replies. James Smith, Scottish, Ha Noi I met my Vietnamese girlfriend when she came to study in the UK, and when she had to return to her homeland, I came with her. In Western countries, there's now very little stigma attached to unmarried couples living together - only a very small minority of ultra-conservatives would object to such wanton behaviour these days. After I arrived in Viet Nam, it was a shock to me that this is still frowned upon, or forbidden outright, by society in this country. So, in order to live together, we had a betrothal ceremony at my partner's parents' house. This was a much more formal … [Read more...] about Cross-cultural love is in the air, but it’s a long and winding road to bliss
Local newspapers have recently written many articles about the Dong Nai 6 and 6A hydro-power projects, invested by the Duc Long Gia Lai Group. Readers comment that some newspapers protested the construction of hydro-power plants inside the Cat Tien National Park, and some others supported. What is the truth? Dong Nai 6 and Dong Nai 6A raise waves on Dong Nai River Formalism exists in assessing environmental impacts Dam projects in Dong Nai river require stricter assessments Behind the true lieSix hydropower plant projects round up Cat Tien National ParkFor the people's interest or investor's interest? Cat Tien National Park. That is the question raised by Lam Dinh Uy, an expert on environmental sciences from the Center for Biodiversity and Development, about the two hydro-power projects that are located in the Cat Tien National Park, which is based in Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Binh Phuoc and Dak Nong provinces. According to Mr. Uy, it is extremely important to make a survey over the … [Read more...] about Dong Nai 6 and 6A hydro-power projects: Where is the truth?
The Declaration of the Conducts of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) was signed in the hope that it would provide the foundation for long-term stability in the area and foster understanding among the countries concerned. A relative stable situation in the East Sea was lasting for half of decade. Security environment in the East Sea and efforts for managing the disputes The East Sea disputes However, it is naïve to believe that because of the DOC, the parties have ceased undertaking activities that complicate the situation. According to the DOC, the parties undertake to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability including, among others, refraining from any action of inhabiting the presently uninhabited islands, reefs, shoals, cays, and other features, and to handle their differences in a constructive manner. However, the Declaration does not clarify what kind of activities could be considered to … [Read more...] about East Sea: recent developments and its implications