I knew instantly that I would never see it. Three months after Christmas, I was still waiting for a postcard sent by my mum. As my eldest brother noted over the phone, there was a little bit of Christmas cash tucked inside for me. Considering that the Vietnamese postal system has always opened every single letter and parcel I’ve ever received, I knew the money would be taken. Although I hoped I’d at least receive the card, minus the cash, it never came. Among the banes of living in Vietnam, the postal service is a regular annoyance. Mind you, I was amazed seven years ago to get a parcel from my mum with all the great candy she sent still intact despite a horrid sticky-tape repair job on the box. Even my motorbike guy can plug a hole better than that. Maybe it’s because the postal service here is just too busy. I’m not surprised that the forests are disappearing...the amount of paperwork here can be surreal sometimes. Want a job in Vietnam? A work … [Read more...] about Written from Vietnam: It’s in the mail!
Democracy which may take place through town meetings
The shareholders’ meetings of HDBank and PGBank were both organized on April 21. All of PGBank’s shareholders agreed on a plan to merge PGBank and HDBank, while 94.3% of shareholders agreed to do so for HDBank. The merger of two banks will start soon, with share conversion in July and the merger wrapped up in August. The schedule was a surprise to the finance community. Just days before, on March 29, when asked about the bank’s M&A plan, CEO of MBBank Luu Trung Thai said MBBank was still considering banks for the plan, including PGBank. Now, as PGBank has decided to merge with HDBank, MBBank will have to look for another partner. At the 2018 shareholders’ meeting, LienViet Post Bank stated it was considering raising charter capital, restructuring shareholders, completing an M&A, and restructuring credit institutions as requested by the State Bank. Duong Cong Minh, former chair of LienViet Post Bank, is now chair of Sacombank. Nguyen Van Huynh, who … [Read more...] about Commercial banks discuss M&As – again
Fireworks lights up the sky during the closing ceremony of the SEA Games at the athletics stadium in Clark, north of Manila yesterday. AFP/VNA Photo SEA Games THE PHILIPPINES The 30th Southeast Asia (SEA) Games ended on Wednesday with a rocking closing ceremony in the 20,000-seater purpose-built stadium in Clark. After a chaotic start beset by organisational gaffes, a presidential apology and online mockery, the Games were briefly hit by a deadly typhoon, but organisers worked round the clock to get the schedule back on track. The ASEAN member-flags along with athletes march during the closing ceremony of the SEA Games yesterday. AFP/VNA Photo "This year, Christmas has come early," chairman of the organising committee Alan Peter Cayetano said to thousands of flag-waving fans in the stadium after each country's athletes had paraded by. "We Southeast Asians, we Filipinos, have shown the world that we can do it with world-class quality." Around 8,750 athletes and … [Read more...] about Philippines hails ‘world class’ SEA Games despite stormy start
The couple left their hotel at around 6 p.m. on Wednesday and visited a place on Dong Khoi Street before heading for Cuc Gach restaurant in Dang Tat Street. Obama walks out of Cuc Gach restaurant after an hour-long dinner. Photo acquired by VnExpress. Barack and Michelle Obama sat on the first floor and ate stir-fried Tonkin jasmine flowers with garlic, stewed pork, spring rolls, and Vietnamese sour soup. They asked to pay by card after the meal, but the restaurant manager refused to accept money from them. Hai, the manager, said they refused to accept it when he said the meal was on the house. "We explained that all the ingredients are grown on our farm, and so we did not spend much on them. Moreover, we wanted to welcome him as a family guest. He then agreed." He had been told Tuesday afternoon to be ready to "welcome some politicians." The visitors posed for a photo with Hong, a senior cook at the restaurant, before leaving. Obama had arrived in HCMC on Sunday during … [Read more...] about Obamas’ visit to Vietnamese restaurant in Saigon
The latest case of child abuse came to light earlier this week when CCTV footage in a Saigon elevator showed a man hugging a little girl Monday night. The man was quickly identified as Nguyen Huu Linh, former deputy chief prosecutor of Da Nang, who retired in 2018. Once the footage was leaked on the Internet, public outrage followed, and Linh had to face the music. People threw dirt at his house and someone painted au dam (paedophilia) in black paint on his gate. People threw dirt at his house and someone painted au dam (paedophilia) in black paint on his gate. Photo by VnExpress/N.T Angry comments filled social media, mincing no words. "A new kind of pervert has appeared in apartment building elevators, so parents should be cautious and always stay by their daughters to protect them from these perverts. Disgusting!," a VnExpress reader commented. "He knows the law and was once in a high position in the executive body of a major city, but he violated the law; there … [Read more...] about Vietnam shocked by extent of sexual abuse children face