It was now 6:30 PM, the moment that might, according to westerners' beliefs, bring luck to anyone, good or bad. When it stopped near a secondary school, tall children and other waiting people tried to get on through the automatic front door while, at the central door, most of the commuters were getting off. Among the former group there was a trainee welder of about 17 coming from a far-away rural locality to work for an enormous 50-storey building project now under construction. Looking at the new passengers slowly moving further and further inside the aisle, the driver mumbled, "What a huge crowd!" and closed the automatic doors suddenly. At once, a loud cry resounded from the roadbed because the trainee's right foot got stuck at the half-closed door and he tumbled down on the pavement. "Just a minor incident!" remarked the ticket collector after he came down to help the unlucky guy stand up. "Why don't you call a taxi to take him to hospital at once?" asked one of the passengers. … [Read more...] about Nhandan Newspaper – Between two young men
Several expats living in Vietnam have shared their stories about Christmas celebrations with Tuoi Tre News as the holiday nears. Several expats living in Vietnam have shared their stories about Christmas celebrations with Tuoi Tre News as the holiday nears. Kim Cheng, from San Diego, California, USA My husband and I have been living in Vietnam for over six years, and I've celebrated four memorable Christmases and New Year's holidays in Ho Chi Minh City. I remember my first Christmas in Vietnam. It was December 24, 2008 and Vietnam had just won the AFF Championship. Most of Le Duan Street and the area surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral had thousands of motorbikes with fans cheering and waving Vietnamese flags. Then, just before midnight, there was a wave of silence. It was really cool to see a mass of people become so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. The weather in the city during December is similar to the weather in my hometown most of the year. This year, a small group of … [Read more...] about That’s how they celebrate Christmas in Vietnam, how about you?
Helpline heeds the call of needy children across VN (17-07-2007) by Tran Thu Van HA NOI — Reaching out to children in need, Ha Noi’s Committee for Family, Population and Children has been setting up helplines for youngsters across the country to make sure a friendly voice is only the touch of a button away. The free helpline for children has been operational since 2004 when Child Helpline International (CHI), an Amsterdam-based charity established in 2003, made Viet Nam the 52nd of its 110 members to set up the service worldwide. CHI provided the country with technical support and equipment, whilst funding came from Plan International in Viet Nam. For these three years the commitee has been lending a confidential ear to worried under-18s, providing them with answers to a wide spectrum of problems that can be answered by the centre’s three experts; a legal consultant, psychologist and a doctor, all working from 7am to 9pm. Other staff include the 12 who man the phones … [Read more...] about Helpline heeds the call of needy children across VN
Thai ties could push growth in all of ASEAN (05-12-2006) Today, the Thai people celebrate their King’s birthday. The kingdom’s Ambassador to Viet Nam, Kittiphong Naranong, spoke to Viet Nam News. What is the significance of December 5 for Thai people? It is the day that Thai people celebrate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday. And the year 2006 is very auspicious because the entire Thai nation celebrates the 60th anniversary of His Majesty’s accession to the throne. We are not simply celebrating the 60 years of his reign but rather His Majesty’s tireless work for his people since his accession to the Throne on June 9, 1946. His Majesty’s royally initiated development projects, ranging from public health to rural development and environmental conservation, have benefited millions of people across Thailand, especially those in remote areas. His Majesty has been acknowledged by the international community as the development king, and the … [Read more...] about Thai ties could push growth in all of ASEAN
VietNamNet Bridge – Many companies in HCM City’s industrial parks and export processing zones have organized activities to help improve male workers’ knowledge on reproductive health, marriage and to improve their cultural and spiritual life.Workers and cohabitation: bad outcomes To help female workers to know how to protect themselves, the trade union of Pou Yuen Company, in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City, holds several talks monthly on healthcare, contraception, the harms of abortion, etc. "But they (female workers) live far from home and lack of entertainment facilities, so they cannot avoid stumbling and pitfalls," said Ms. Tran Ngoc Suong, chief of the clinic of Pou Yuen company.Timely prevention Suong said, once a female worker had fainted during work hours. The teammates took her to the company clinic for a medical examination. It turned out that the woman was 4 months pregnant. She cried a lot because she was only 20 years old, unmarried and did not know … [Read more...] about Workers in industrial parks need further help and consultation
How Can Vietnamese SMEs Make Effective Use of ASEAN-Led FTAs? Over the past decades, Vietnam has emerged as one of the most successful economies in Asia. Up until 2008, the country’s economy expanded at more than 8 percent annually, and has been lauded as one of the so-called ‘tiger’ economies of Asia. Despite the sluggish growth experienced by the country in the last few years, Vietnam’s economy is steadily recovering. The World Bank recently noted the country’s relatively stable macroeconomic conditions, with strong external (e.g. trade) balances. Despite the promising economic outlook, Vietnam is increasingly faced with a new set of economic challenges. This is particularly so with regard to Vietnam’s active engagement in international trade. Whilst economic openness creates new commercial opportunities for Vietnamese exporters, it also sets the bar higher for Vietnamese businesses to compete in local and global markets. Aside from pursuing … [Read more...] about How Can Vietnamese SMEs Make Effective Use of ASEAN-Led FTAs?
After sampling a smattering of Vietnamese fare, it is fair and rather fitting to inquire, “how do you like your bun?” Bun, popularly translated as ‘rice noodles’, is a staple of Vietnamese cuisine and one of the most popular noodles, used for preparing a plethora of delicious and exotic dishes, some good and some, well, exotic. To answer this question it is imperative to investigate with your nose, mouth and mind. First of all, you can’t just choose any bun cha or bun thit nuong place willy-nilly. You must do some research, either with your own palate, which can be fun, time-consuming and occasionally disappointing or you can ask a local to tell you what street or area makes the best particular bun dish you are coveting. Most people agree on these areas in general but are quick to point out that there are many places where you can find delicious bun dishes outside of their famous locations. Only once you have tried several of these bun dishes at their … [Read more...] about How do you like your bun?
Nha nhac Cung Dinh was recognised in 2005 by UNESCO as an intangible World Cultural Heritage. — File Photo Next week: How can Viet Nam promote its traditional intangible cultural heritage? Traditional Vietnamese music is highly diverse, ranging from Hue's royal court music or Nha Nhac Cung Dinh, cheo, a form of generally satirical , to ca tru and hat xoan, a form of art that originated in Phu Tho Province. Nha nhac Cung Dinh was recognised in 2005 by UNESCO as an intangible World Cultural Heritage. Recently, hat xoan has also been submitted to UNESCO for recognition as an intangible World Cultural Heritage. Viet Nam has been trying to promote its intangible assets to the world and to tourists who visit the country from open air theatres where you can see traditional art performances such as cheo or xam at night in Ha Noi's pedestrian streets, to performances of Nha Nhac Cung Dinh in Hue. If you have been to one of these shows, tell us about what you thought. Did you like … [Read more...] about How can Viet Nam promote its traditional intangible cultural heritage?
After sampling a smattering of Vietnamese fare, it is fair and rather fitting to inquire, "how do you like your bún?" Bún, popularly translated as 'rice noodles', is a staple of Vietnamese cuisine and one of the most popular noodles, used for preparing a plethora of delicious and exotic dishes, some good and some, well, exotic. Bún chả (bún with grilled pork), bún thịt nướng (bún with grilled meat), bún đậu mắm tôm (bún with tofu and shrimp sauce), bún thang (bun with chicken, sliced fried egg and pork) and bún ốc (bún with snail) can all be consumed at dusty meal vendors around the city but which one is the best? To answer this question it is imperative to investigate with your nose, mouth and mind. First of all, you can't just choose any bún chả or bún thịt nướng place willy-nilly. You must do some research, either with your own palate, which can be fun, time-consuming and occasionally disappointing or you can ask a local to tell you what street or area makes the best particular bún … [Read more...] about How do you like your bún?
VietNamNet Bridge - It is a famous US politician, whose life and political career has closely tied with Vietnam - Senator John McCain. Related news Vietnam - US: Twenty years after the historical turning point Vietnam-US: The little known “fate” and the irony of history Vietnam - US: The future is bright 'Extraordinary' gift of Vietnam – US ties I was really stunned by the “American-style draft” ‘The US wants strategic partnership with Vietnam' The Vietnam - United States relations are approaching a milestone: 20 years of normalized relations (12/7/ 1995-12/7/2015). This event is more meaningful due to General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to the US (6-10/7/2015) at the invitation of President Barack Obama. Twenty years in the long history of the two nations are just like a blink, but in that "blink", the two countries have made very important steps. Indeed, even with abundant … [Read more...] about A well-known American politician and the fate of Vietnam