At least 17 people have drowned and two dozen are missing after their boat sank on the way to a wedding on the resort island of Bali, officials say. Search teams found eight survivors of the accident, which happened after the captain reported an engine failure off the Indonesian island of Java. … [Read more...] about Bali boat sinks killing 17 wedding party guests
Ryu Hashimoto, Japanese, HCM City I saw big size paper motorcycles, cars, mobile phones and houses burnt as offerings when I came to Viet Nam. After my Vietnamese wife explained things, I realised comparisons could be made with the Bon festival in the middle of August. Next week Over the past few years, privately-owned apartments have been traded illegally in Viet Nam, especially in big cities like Ha Noi. This business is likely to be made legal following the decree that recognises these mini-apartments and has since caused prices for them to skyrocket. These apartments are in high demand as many people, especially those with middle-incomes, can afford them when most of the land and houses in Ha Noi are very expensive. The demand for mini-apartments has almost doubled that of normal apartments, which only wealthy people can afford. Clients who buy these apartments are usually newly married couples, migrants and students. Most of the apartments are located in crowed residential … [Read more...] about Are offerings to the dearly departed getting out of hand?
If you are looking for a new resort for your holiday in Mui Ne in Phan Thiet, Villa Aria Muine should top your list. Set on a beautiful beachfront in the middle of the Mui Ne ‘trip’, Phan Thiet’s newest boutique beach resort enjoys a stunning view of the sparkling sea and the unique bay of Mui Ne, designed beautifully and subtly in keeping with the concept of a peaceful tropical oasis that bring you a perfect, relaxing break. Named in imitation of the lilting and joyful ‘aria’ of seashells, Villa Aria combines a modern tropical style with luxurious French style and features 22 spacious guest rooms and one suite. The ambience at Villa Aria is marked by the elegant white of the villas and the fresh green of garden of flowers and plants, water lily ponds and the sound of water murmuring around the villa, which always provides a fresh and pleasant sensation. All rooms at the Villa have large a terrace or balcony overlooking the garden and are decorated in … [Read more...] about Villa Aria Muine
Sculpture Exhibition "Seven" Opening: Sat 20 Jul, 6 pm Exhibition: 20 - 26 Jul 2013 Nguyen Art Gallery No 31 Van Mieu road, Hanoi Come to the "Seven" sculpture exhibition by the group of 7 sculptors: Phạm Bảo Sơn, Đoàn Hữu Ngà, Trần An, Hoàng Mai Thiệp, Phạm Văn Tuấn, Lương Trịnh, Phan Văn Hưởng. Critic Vu Lam commented about the artists and exhibition: "…They were well trained in the professional art environment, have reached the mature in their ages as well as their job. They have learned from practice and worked many years. Their confident & desire in art meeting in the full exhibition called "Seven". A short name which sounds rough like the sculptors' personalities, they have passion in creating artworks with their burning heart, intellective, open minded. They are, back with the sculptures of small and medium and return to the "spirit cover size" of the Vietnamese people from the old age. But to put in modern architecture, it makes sense that would have make shocked by … [Read more...] about EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 15 – 31(daily updated)
Don ca tai tu remains a 'commoner' at heart as it awaits UNESCO recognition A Don ca tai tu band performs at the Binh Quoi Tourism Resort in Ho Chi Minh City. UNESCO is expected to examine the genre and decide whether or not to give the World Intangible Heritage status at a meeting in Bali later this month. Thanh Dien came to Ho Chi Minh City early this year in search of a job and found one washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen at a restaurant in Binh Chanh District. The 24-year-old native of An Giang Province was willing to do any job in the city to cover daily living expenses and, if possible, save some money and help his poor family back home. It was hard work and the remuneration of less than VND2 million (US$95) a month barely covered his basic necessities in the city - food and accommodation. But he was willing to stick out for a while and see what happens. In his spare time, Dien indulged in his hobby, playing a folk instrument, a pentatonic guitar known as luc huyen cam, … [Read more...] about When the hoi polloi take ownership of royal music