Viet Nam News Taking a look at Christmas through the eyes of Catholics sheds fresh light on the celebration and what it means to them. An Phương reports. Christmas has forever been my favourite time of the year. Bustling HCM City, dazzling Christmas banners and sparkling lights always give me so much joy during this festive season. To be honest, I often take Christmas for granted. But it can be celebrated by everyone, young and old, men and women, religious or not. Recently, I saw an article in the New York Times which mentioned that “religious elements of Christmas are emphasised less now than they were in the past”. For the first time, I began to think beyond how people in general view Christmas, but how Catholics, particularly in HCM City, celebrate it, and how people like me, a Buddhist, enjoy this as a cultural event. Việt Nam has four main belief groups, including folk religion, Buddhism, Catholicism, Caodaism, and other minor belief … [Read more...] about Christmas, a joyous festival for all!
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Viet Nam News SINGAPORE — As the year-end approaches, the spirit of Christmas can be seen across cities in Asia with stores putting up decorations, streets illuminated with colourful lights, people shopping for presents and Christmas songs hanging in the air. But perhaps nowhere on the continent can the holiday spirit be felt as strongly as in Singapore. The people of the island-city have a special affection for Christmas, and the holiday has long been a cherished tradition among locals. It is at this time of the year that hundreds of thousands of people visit the Christmas Wonderland at Garden by the Bay. The iconic park, a harmony between nature and man-made structures, transforms into a majestic sight as night falls. Thousands of lights turn the park into an illuminating wonderland. It is truly a sight to behold as you walk through the park along a street decorated with a dozen massive sparkling Christmas trees. There is so much to do and explore once you are inside the … [Read more...] about Take a visit to Singapore’s Christmas Wonderland
Naughty Boy is a famous English DJ, record producer and musician. The video is directed by the director duo Zhang + Knight. Shot entirely in Vietnam, it goes on a journey with two young girls from a rural area trying to express themselves through dance. The video begins with two girls sitting inside a mosquito net nad watching TV with fascination. They re-enact the most famous scene from Cameroon’s Hollywood classic, Titanic, overlooking the Muong Hoa Valley in northwest Vietnam from a high perch atop a water buffalo. It is a stunningly beautiful depiction. They travel in a fleet of boats over the Ba Be Lake in pitch darkness and have a sword fight in a Sapa waterfall. They imitate Michael Jackson, and try out different dance moves. They catch a train to Hanoi, get off and recreate the famous dancing scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. But the dancing is not as fun as before. They feel out of place as they are unable to recapture the … [Read more...] about This music video will always hit the right note on Vietnam
Viet Nam News ST. LOUIS — Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and 29 other major champions began preparing for the spotlight of supergroup pairings as practice rounds opened Monday for the 100th PGA Championship. An elite field with 98 of the world’s 100 top-ranked players gathers at Bellerive Country Club for the year’s final major tournament, which starts Thursday. Woods, a 14-time major champion, tries to end a 10-year major victory drought in his comeback from spinal fusion surgery while three-time major winner Jordan Spieth tries to complete a Career Grand Slam with a victory. Add on-form McIlroy, a four-time major winner who was a runner-up at the Open Championship, plus reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed, two-time US Open winner Brooks Koepka and reigning Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari of Italy and it’s clear to see why expectations are high for a thrill-packed final major of 2018. "I like the way the PGA sets it up," Koepka said. "It’s … [Read more...] about Tiger, Rory, major champs together in spotlight at 100th PGA
Viet Nam News by Isabelle Taft My general philosophy of the body is that it should be messed with as little as possible. Showering, face-washing, tooth-brushing — all great. Exercise and eating vegetables — I enjoy both. I have even been known to apply a face moisturiser with SPF, for sun protection. But barring pain, unbearably inconvenient and excessively awkward symptoms, or potential death, I try to avoid taking medicine. I scoff at nutritional supplements and “cleanses”. And I certainly don’t spend money so that other people can apply substances I don’t understand to my face, on the grounds that intervention of any sort might just make things worse. In the case of the skin on my face, though, making things worse might be hard to do. Like many in Hà Nội (or so I gather from the desperate skincare-related posts in the Facebook group Hanoi Beautiful), I’ve found that something about the city makes my skin perpetually red and … [Read more...] about A first-timer gets a facial at Le Aqua
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
Dinh Vu Polyester Plant (PVTex) resuming operations at its factory and PetroVietnam’s restarting of its group of biofuel factories are just two of many positive developments at the loss-making projects run by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT). The Dung Quat Bio-Ethanol Plant of PetroVietnam Central Biofuels JSC Hoang Quoc Vuong, Deputy Minister of MoIT, has just announced that the biofuel factories of PetroVietnam have been restarting and will be able to sell products in March. Also in March, PVTex will re-open its factory after signing a sales contract. Within the second quarter of this year, PVTex will choose a foreign or domestic firm to collaborate and operate the whole factory. Nguyen Vu Truong Son, general director of PetroVietnam (the parent company of PVTex), said that after resuming operations at the polyester plant and agreeing on a method of co-operation, it will take 3-6 months to resume the operations of the whole of PVTex. Partners of PVTex want to … [Read more...] about 12 billion dong loss making projects looking at brighter prospects
The holidays, which take place in the middle of February, constitute an occasion of greatest cultural importance in Vietnam. Vietnamese people, young and old, customarily dress in smart clothes, as they follow the received wisdom that they herald good fortune for the entire New Year by doing so. The Tet festivity typically starts about half a month prior to the event in urban areas, with shops flamboyantly decorated with red ornaments, bright yellow apricot blossoms and peach flowers, the last two being the symbols of Tet in southern and northern Vietnam respectively. As part of the general trend, many young residents in Ho Chi Minh City, in formal clothes, have been present in popular local public places and spots of interest. “When Tet’s near, my friends and me go out and take pictures together ever year,” said Ngoc Thao, 23, a student at the University of Finance–Marketing. They wear the ao dai, literally translated as “long dress,” which is a … [Read more...] about Vietnamese youth in traditional costumes take early photos to welcome Tet
Take a look at part one of the series for getting an overall view of some other cheap and good eats in this city sitting on the central coast of Vietnam. 1. Continue southward on Tran Phu and you’ll come to Le Hong Phong to the right side, an interesting side street with several good food options. First up is Mì Quảng Ếch at 24-26 Le Hong Phong, which serves mì Quảng pork, chicken, and frog versions for VND 30-50k. 2. Thai Market at number 17 serves Thai food in table-top shabu-shabu style for around VND200k for two people as well as memorable shrimp, clam, and fish cake soup for VND50k. Thai Market has another location at number 4 Tran Quoc Toan, just up from Bach Dang, which serves traditional Thai curries, tom yam, and pad Thai. Just decide which style you prefer and head for the appropriate location! 3. Just along Yen Bai Street from Le Hong Phong is the charming Hội An restaurant with nice wall murals and local decorations. Hội An … [Read more...] about Great food on a budget in Da Nang (part two)
The Hanoitimes - Perfect choices for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Sa Pa, Dien Bien, Moc Chau, Da Lat, Sa Dec, and Phu Quoc, are the eight most intriguing travel destinations in January. Sa Pa Sa Pa in the winter. The best time to visit Sapa is from March to May and from September to November. However, in the Winter from December to February, the weather in Sa Pa becomes very cold, but visitors will have the opportunity to watch the sunrise over the valley in the morning. In recent years, there is snow in Sa Pa. If you have chance to travel to this picturesque town on this occasion, you will definitely see quite a romance scene. However, this is the reason why Sa Pa is always crowded at this time of the year. Dien Bien Dien Bien. About 100 cherry trees are in full bloom on an island in Pa Khoang commune, Dien Bien district, making it the hottest destination in the northern Dien Bien province at this time of the year. On January 6, a cherry blossom … [Read more...] about Take a look at Vietnam’s 6 most attractive travel destinations for Winter