Many of the new year festivities in China have been suspended in an attempt to contain the spread and several major cities have suspended public transport systems, taxis and ride-hailing services. There are nearly 3,000 confirmed cases and more than 80 people are known to have died from the virus while experts believe the number will keep rising. … [Read more...] about Ministry of Health announces three hot lines of coronavirus
Via ride hailing
The high-speed boat departed Cua Dai Wharf for Cham Island. On the way, the fast-moving vessel kept breaking the in-coming waves to continue its course in the sea. Occasionally, the boat’s bow was lifted off the sea and then fell down making huge splashes. But the sea ride which covered 17 nautical miles was only the first leg of my trip intended to explore Cham Island. Apparently, the boat seemed to sympathize with its passengers’ eagerness as it suddenly accelerated, trying to make shorter the excursion to the “green island” of central Vietnam. … [Read more...] about A visit to the rustic, peaceful Cham Island
For Da Nang, hosting APEC added more credibility to the city’s ability to hold major international events and its reputation as a competent and efficiently run alternative to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for economic and social events. For the most part, I was impressed. The airport coped well enough, there were no major embarrassments and the overall atmosphere was positive. … [Read more...] about APEC and Damrey in Vietnam: Whew! It’s over!
More than 20 people were injured when a passenger bus overturned in the south-central coastal province of Phu Yen late Saturday. The bus was carrying 46 passengers from HCMC to the central province of Quang Ngai on National Highway 1 when it plunged into a roadside rice field. … [Read more...] about More traffic cops mobilized to patrol roads as fatalities surge
One really nice event I like over the festive season is the number of local people putting together charity goodies to take out of town to poorer folks in the surrounding area or doing it tough in the mountain regions. Usually this involves young university students and working kids – again another reminder that people do care and are willing to do something about it. Quite a few foreigners also get involved, frequently donating clothes and cash for shoes, books and festive presents and food. … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s festive season