Authorities in Hanoi have given the Old Quarter a new lick of paint and cleaner streets. Hanoi's Old Quarter gets a new face The houses on Hang Dao, Hang Duong, Hang Dau and other streets in the Old Quarter have been repainted and the wooden barriers, windows and doors have also been reinforced. The residents were also guided on how to install signboards to be more suitable to the surrounding. Dang Dinh Bang, deputy head of the Management Board of the Old Quarter, said, the project to facelift the houses started in 2016 after the pilot programme on Ta Hien and Lan Ong streets proved successful. The management board has repainted houses on many streets including Hang Khay, Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Thai To streets. The project is expected to be completed in 2020. 76-year-old Cao Thi Manh Tan on Ma May Street, whose house was repainted, said she approved of the project immediately. "I have lived there for 63 years so it's great to see the house repainted, the roof and the windows got … [Read more...] about Hanoi’s Old Quarter gets a new face
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She had a protruding forehead, crooked nose, buck teeth and dark skin. Her name was Pham Thi Duyen, She was constantly taunted for her looks by many people around her, particularly her schoolmates. "I was rarely called by my real name. They called me ‘the girl who eats papayas without a spoon,’ ‘mouth having roof protection from rain,’ ‘ugly as a toad’... "My classmates often flattened my bicycle tires and shoved me to the ground. I would cry and ask my mother why I was born ugly like this." Then and now: Duyen before and after the plastic surgery. After finishing secondary school, Duyen did not want to remain "invisible" in the classroom, so she left school to find a job in Ho Chi Minh City. However, she was rejected by all the companies, until she was admitted by a tailoring shop where interaction with customers was not required. In 2014, Duyen got married to a man from the northern Nam Dinh Province, who was five years older than her and worked … [Read more...] about Beauty and the beast gets a Vietnamese twist
Hanoians to get a taste of Italian lifestyle at upcoming fairThe Saigon Times Daily The former Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, where the Italian Cultural Fair will take place this weekend - PHOTO: VNA HCMC - To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and Vietnam, the Embassy of Italy in Hanoi will organize the Italian Cultural Fair in the capital on November 10 and 11 to give visitors a taste of the Italian lifestyle. This culturally rich event will take place at the former Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, and showcase the best of Italian lifestyle so as to bring Italy closer to the Vietnamese public. The citadel site will be turned into an Italian square, which is specially designed to take the public along an extraordinary path featuring booths of Italian food, exhibitions of Italian design creations, diverse musical performances, sports, a karaoke contest, and many activities for kids. … [Read more...] about Hanoians to get a taste of Italian lifestyle at upcoming fair
Back to English Comments Travel & Life - August 12, 2018 | 06:00 pm GMT+7 Busy through the day, Saigonese interested in getting fit or keeping fit are going to the gym at midnight. It’s safe to say that indoor workouts have gradually become indispensable for urban Vietnamese who want to stay in shape, what with the worsening air pollution, traffic congestion and unhealthy food promoting waistline growth. A tight schedule eats up all their daytime and does not allow many of these people to head to the gyms early in the morning or even. Discerning this demand, at least professional gyms have decided to remain open 24/7. Mai Bich Phuong, communications manager for a gym in District 3, told VnExpress International that they began to remain open throughout the nigh early this year in response to customer demand. With a ball in her hands, Quynh Anh, 21, pays close attention to her personal trainer as she does lunges, an exercise for legs and thighs. As a freelance … [Read more...] about Saigon nightlife gets a healthy workout – VnExpress International
Viet Nam News Paul Kennedy So due to time differences and the fact I wasn’t going to stay up until 4am to write this column, England will either be in the final of Sunday’s World Cup or not. I’m not going to stick my neck on the line and look foolish by predicting a winner, but I will say this… it will be either England or Croatia in the final. Setting aside winning or losing, this has been a remarkable, if not completely surprising, World Cup for my home nation. Yet despite equaling their best ever finish in 28 years, when they were knocked out in the semi-final on penalties by Germany at Italia 90, there still seems to be a group of ‘fans’ out there not happy. I’m not talking about the loyal supporters over in Moscow, or those who were no doubt crammed into a bia hơi earlier today cheering on those in white, I’m talking about the keyboard warriors, probably lacking in friends and general social skills, who sit in their … [Read more...] about To all you keyboard warriors, GET A LIFE!