a man finding a mermaidhad me laughing for about an hour. What’s wrong with having fun and using your imagination? The idea that anyone is taking this seriously means to me that they were not having a good Christmas! It’s the holiday season in the Western world and soon it will be Vietnam’s turn too, with Tet happening in early February and a two-week break. Around this time, in both the Western and Asian media, big news stories are thankfully not that often. We all need a rest from bad news! It’s an interesting time when the Western newspapers often run silly, ‘for fun’ stories about UFOs (I couldn’t find a translation into Vietnamese!), or mad inventions or what’s going to happen next year. Much of it is ‘tongue in cheek’ – a way to fill the newspaper with happy or funny stories over the holiday period. I loved the idea of it – get a photo, make a story, and find out if people understand it’s a joke! … [Read more...] about What’s wrong with imagination, Vietnam?
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Music Story of the Old Quarter in August Fri 14 Aug 2015, 8 pm Center of the Old Quarter's culture exchange 50 Dao Duy Tu, Hanoi Hanoi - the capital city of Vietnam has its proud 1000-year-old history and tradition. The music born here shares the same richness as the city's history itself: diversified, unique and original. "Music Story of the Old Quarter" is a chain of music shows whose objective is to introduce generally to the world the evolution of the Hanoi's music, past to present. The shows are to replicate the footsteps of the city's music through history, using traditional voices, rhythms and beats combined with contemporary installation arts. The performance will be delivered by the top class singers and musicians. Through portraying Vietnamese's unique music, The Old Quarter's story of music hopes to successfully communicate the core values inside Hanoi's culture, history and humans to the audience, both foreign and native. Incentive Idea: Vu Nhat Tan, Dam … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON AUGUST 1-15 (DAILY UPDATE)
Hoi An's ancient town streets are bliss to walk in the evenings. The colors relax you, the chatter of kids and families chilling out in the evening air is charming and heartwarming. A great meal in the restaurants overlooking the river and the Christmas tree lantern lighting is a tourism postcard. It's dreamy, heaven sent after the traffic madness of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, with twinkling waters tranquil and still in the warm coastal air. This is the Vietnam of the tourist magazines and the image most often posted online around the world. The recent strict enforcement of a six dollar entrance fee to the old town has spread confusion and some outrage among foreign and domestic tourists alike. For years the ticket system was lightly administered as it was always a question of 'Are you visiting the historical sites or just walking around?' Most tourists are 'walkers'. Although I do agree with the tour operators that some tour groups want to see all the old places and learn … [Read more...] about ‘What’s the $6 fee to enter Vietnam’s Hoi An old town for?’
The new season of the hit show is warming, or that is, heating up with a new set of judges and a thousand would-be supermodels competing fiercely … [Read more...] about What’s new for Vietnam’s Next Top Model?
Google co-founder Larry Page has a Facebook fixation. When he replaced his mentor Eric Schmidt as Google's CEO last April, Page insisted that the company had to be more aggressive about countering the threat posed by Facebook's ever-growing popularity. The Facebook obsession has already led to Google's creation of its own social network, Google Plus, and inspired changes in Google's privacy practices and Internet search results. Those changes have raised questions about whether the Internet's most powerful company has forsaken its "Don't Be Evil" motto in its zeal to protect its online advertising empire. "Facebook awoke Google to its shortcomings in the social aspect of the Internet. It wasn't something that could be ignored," said Steven Levy, whose book "In The Plex" provided an inside look at Google's origins and evolution over 14 years. Fretting about Facebook may seem like overkill, given Google's dominance of the Internet's lucrative search and advertising market. Last … [Read more...] about Facebook focus guides Google CEO’s 1st year on job