The Forbes 2018 list of the world’s richest people has named the CEO of budget airline Vietjet Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao as one of Vietnam's four billionaires. This is the second time Thao has been named on the list, and her net worth has nearly tripled since last year from $1.2 billion $3.1 billion, earning her 766th position on the list. However, according to Thao, all that money and reputation doesn’t weigh too much on her life. She said she leaves the ‘billionaire’ title at the door, and also claimed she has never cared about how much money she makes. The CEO is thought of by some as a “warrior” in the business world. Her staff confirmed that it is normal for their boss to stay in the office and work until the early hours, even on holidays. Bur Thao said that she does not have any tricks up her sleeve when it comes to her success. Vietnamese people are capable of matching the rest of the world, she said, while emphasizing the importance of … [Read more...] about I leave my success at the door: Vietnam’s only female billionaire
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How come so many chubby, obese, well-rounded, rolly-polly tourists return home without embracing the Vietnamese diet? Why the tourism authorities don’t promote Vietnam as the ultimate healthy, dietary heaven is something I don’t understand. The only fat Vietnamese are the ones with jobs where they don’t move... that’s it... everyone else is skinny and on the go! How come so many chubby, obese, well-rounded, rolly-polly tourists return home without embracing the Vietnamese diet? Why the tourism authorities don’t promote Vietnam as the ultimate healthy, dietary heaven is something I don’t understand. The only fat Vietnamese are the ones with jobs where they don’t move... that’s it... everyone else is skinny and on the go! OK, sure, I’m being so unfair, right? Yes, I admit that there are plenty of young backpackers in good shape all trudging around with half their life on their backs. Well, of course... that cockamamie Lonely Planet … [Read more...] about Wanna lose weight, expats? Vietnamese food should be your choice
To say “Chuc mung nam moi” in Vietnamese is no sweat. But, to li xi, or to give red envelopes containing lucky money, to the right people with the right amount, can be a real big headache not only to foreigners, but Vietnamese as well. In fact, in the weeks before Tet, one of the most talked about topics in local media is the perplexing custom. Originally, Vietnamese li xi children only, but at some point in the past centuries, they began to give lucky money to elder people who were no longer working, especially their parents and grandparents. It is now widely agreed in Vietnam that li xi is something all underlings want, which explains why at many companies bosses often give red envelopes to their employees when they return to work after the holiday. Most of Vietnamese people understand that to li xi means to wish the recipients good health, good luck, happiness, and success in the new year. So the custom is mostly symbolic. However, when we put money in the mix, … [Read more...] about On the money: How much should we really slip into those lucky red envelops?
Euro zone lenders and the International Monetary Fund disagree over how much more Greece needs to do to reform its economy, a dispute that may delay new payouts and the start of debt relief talks, officials said. Greece has been kept afloat since 2010 by IMF and euro zone bailouts. The lenders have disagreed in the past, but they have managed to resolve their issues before they got much publicity. But after Athens had to ask for a third bailout last year, officials said that some in the IMF wanted to stay out of yet another program unless they were sure it would get Greece back on its feet. "The main problem now is disagreement between the institutions, because that will harm the credibility of any solution," one senior official said. "They must get their act together and agree on a scenario and on policy measures." IMF and euro zone officials hope to reach a compromise on Greece in talks this week, before a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Monday. Senior officials from both … [Read more...] about Euro zone, IMF split over how much Greece needs to reform
(Cinet)- An exhibition entitled “I Love My City” giving an impression on how the youth is becoming more observant to the surroundings – a positive sign for the future generation in Vietnam was opened at the French Cultural Centre -L' Espace, on November 11. All the photos were taken in HCMC Photo Marathon 2013 in Dec 2013, in addition to winning photos of Hanoi Photo Marathon 2014. The project was first launched in 2010 by French photographer Nicolas Cornet, who worked in Vietnam since 1987 and published three photo books about Vietnam. The event runs through December 6. … [Read more...] about Photo exhibition “I Love My City”