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?
From downtown areas to the suburb, a range of public activities will be held across Ho Chi Minh City on the evening of December 31 to celebrate the transition into 2018. Since Wednesday, festive lights have twinkled along streets from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to the city center, namely Truong Son, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ham Nghi, Dong Khoi, Le Duan, Pham Ngoc Thach, Ton Duc Thang, Vo Van Kiet, Ben Van Don, Nguyen Hue, Cach Mang Thang Tam, Hai Ba Trung, Pasteur, and Pham Ngu Lao. The annual light show will remain until January 20, 2018, using funds contributed from the private sector. Landmark buildings such as the City Hall, the Municipal Theater, the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, the headquarters of District 1’s administration, the Central Post Office, and the Monument of Ho Chi Minh on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street will also be lit up with artistic lighting during the festive season. A New Year’s countdown event will be held on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street on … [Read more...] about A rundown on what’s hot this year on New Year’s Eve in Saigon