Fly High, Dreamers!, one of Cường's favourite origami artworks. Photo coutesy of Nguyễn Hùng Cường By Lương Thu Hương When his parents gave him a book that taught him how to fold paper into dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures at the age of seven, Nguyễn Hùng Cường found his passion – origami. Cường created his first origami work when he was 10 and it was those first creations, despite their simplicity, that have driven him to pursue the art until now. Since those simple initial folds, the 30-year-old man has created many elaborate origami works that have been praised by prestigious international publications like Huffington Post, and ABC News. His creation Gorilla was praised by renowned origami artist Robert J Lang at an exhibition held by Origami USA. The former student of Hà Nội University of Science and Technology was also … [Read more...] about Turning traditional paper into works of art
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By An Phương Illustration by Trịnh Lập Lotus, a made-in-Việt Nam social media platform, debuted about two months ago. Together with recent launches of Gapo and Hahalolo and six other platforms that have yet to be introduced, I wonder if these homegrown social media apps can bring real value to Vietnamese users? Will they last? As a social media enthusiast, I have been trying the beta version of Lotus since September. Since this app was developed by over 200 technical engineers at Việt Nam Communications Corporation (VCCorp), my expectations for Lotus have been quite high. “Lotus takes a different path from other social networks, striving to be a content-centric platform that gives users freedom to be creative and produce more quality content,” Nguyễn Thế Tân, CEO of VCCorp, has said. A friend of mine, Thanh Quý, 26, said: "That explains why Lotus has … [Read more...] about What’s the future of homegrown social networking sites?
By Hà Nguyễn Hà Nội is a city that loves a good cafe, so it can take a lot for one to stand out. One way to break the mould is an eye-catching design, and what's more eye-catching than a big yellow bus? That must have been what Nguyễn Đứa Sâm and his friends thought when they opened Hanoi Bus Cafe. Located on the grounds in front of a future Hà Đông metro station on Tô Hiệu Road, the cafe is inside a stationary bus which has been redesigned. ALL ABOARD: Nguyễn Đức Sâm's Hanoi Bus Cafe, which is located in Hà Nội's Hà Đông District, receives a lot of customers every day. Photos vietnammoi.vn Sâm said he came up with the idea for the cafe during a trip to Vĩnh Phúc Province north of the capital when he saw many damaged buses that had been abandoned and were going to waste. “A sudden idea came to my mind, why don't we use … [Read more...] about No busman’s holiday in this cafe
Shrimp Dumplings with chef Alex Zheng from Fortuna Hotel Hanoi Ingredients: serves 5-6 For the wrapping: 100g wrapper flour 100g tapioca For the filling: 50g shrimp 1 tsp salt 1 tsp chicken powder Cooking oil with a flexible amount for seasoning chef Alex Zheng Method: For the filling: - Get the shrimp minced and finely mix it by hand. Try not to mix it too hard. For the wrapping: - Mix wrapper flour, tapioca and boiled water in a large bowl until your hands feel the nice and smooth dough. You can sample the dish at Fortuna Hotel Hanoi, 6B Láng Hạ Str, Ba Đình Dist, Hà Nội. Tel: (84 – 4) 3831 3333 – 6434/6435. … [Read more...] about Shrimp dumplings
Over the past 15 years, lecturer and pianist Nguyễn Thuý Uyển and her colleagues have scheduled music programmes geared toward the young crowd. Photo courtesy of tuoitre.vn For 15 years, lecturer and pianist Nguyễn Thuý Uyển and her colleagues have held a programme of regular concerts for young audiences in HCM City in which she gives lectures on classical music and provides real-time demonstrations on the stage. The music programme on September 28 was expanded to Cần Thơ. Uyển spoke with Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper and shared insights about her unique journey. Inner Sanctum: Why did you introduce the programme in Cần Thơ’s Cái Răng District? As a programme co-founder more than 15 years ago, what does the activity mean to you? The concert on September 18 in Cần Thơ was not an official concert like the previous … [Read more...] about Pianist brings classical music closer to youth