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?
Depressing songs about love
French writer Leila Slimani won France’s top literary prize, the Goncourt, on Thursday with her novel Chanson douce (roughly translated as "Sweet Song"). — AFP Photo Viet Nam News PARIS — Moroccan-born Leila Slimani won France’s top literary prize, the Goncourt, on Thursday with a novel guaranteed to "scare the wits out of parents". The chilling tale of a "perfect" nanny who murders the two children she is looking after, Chanson douce (roughly translated as "Sweet Song") is based on the real-life story of a Dominican child-minder shortly to stand trial for the double murder of her charges in New York in 2012. The book – which begins with the words "the baby is dead" – is already a bestseller in France. A mother herself, 35-year-old Slimani, who caused a stir with her first book about a female nymphomaniac, said "the idea of paying someone to love your children for you" fascinated her. "It leads to a very ambiguous relationship... We are … [Read more...] about Thriller about ’killer nanny’ wins France’s top literary prize
The charts suggest we are programmed to prefer melancholy music. But is this really the case? Greg Kot investigates. Pharrell Williams’ Happy is shaping up as the year’s mega hit: it has already risen to number one in 23 countries. But it’s also something of a rarity – a critically acclaimed song that is light, catchy and seemingly without ‘deep’ meaning. Consider that of the nine best-selling songs of all time, most brim with melancholy, if not sadness and despair. Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, Elton John’s Candle in the Wind, Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You, Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On,– to paraphrase Elton, sad songs not only say so much, they sell really, really well. But do listeners really prefer melancholy music, and if so why? Is Williams’ hit destined to lose its lustre when, years from now, we look back on the songs that mattered most in 2014? The charts suggest we love tunes that rip … [Read more...] about Are sad songs better?
10 days after Doksuri strikes Quang Binh, flooding continues The flooding triggered by the Doksuri storm that swept through the central region of Việt Nam 10 days ago continued to isolate a community in a remote area of Quảng Bình Province. Flooding continues in Ón Village in Quảng Bình Province after 10 days Doksuri Storm swept through the locality. According to Trần Xuân Tư, head of Ón Village in the province’s mountainous Minh Hóa District, 600 residents of the village have been isolated after Doksuri hit the province. The village is situated in a valley, and the rainwater has submerged the village’s entrance road, which is some 3.5m under the water now. Tư said the flooding began nine days ago, and it is expected to continue in the next five days. The locals are using boats to travel across the village, he added. The only food … [Read more...] about Social News 25/9
Rather Unique: LIVE hip-hop w/ Ali & St. What Sat 28 May 2016, 9 pm ATK 73a Mai Hac De, Hanoi Come to enjoy the gold standard in live hip-hop. DJ Ali spins fresh beats while lyrical champ St. What lays down smooth lyrics. He raps for listeners, blunt-heads, fly ladies, and prisoners. Come experience a funk vortex of freestyles, hip-hop bangers, and radiant instrumentals. Free entry! Solo Exhibition “Sick of Love” by Jakub Julian Ziolkowski Opening: Sat 28 May 2016, 6 pm Exhibition: 28 May – 04 Jun 2016 Cafe Nhà Sàn Come to a solo exhibition “Sick of Love” by Jakub Julian Ziolkowski. “A boy dreams of finding treasure, a lonely man looks at his feet stepping on other feet that belong to his own shadow, faint marks of teeth pile on the shoulder of some strange girl who has come into the world before, me, and my hand pressed against the mirror, from now on i know. Every mirror is … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON MAY 1-31 (DAILY UPDATE)