Viet Nam News When counting sheep no longer works, there are other options to getting a good night's sleep, says Dr. Catherine Gonzalez* of Family Medical Practice Hanoi. "The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to," said F. Scott Fitzgerald. There are a number of simple things that anyone can do to help get a good night's sleep. The first is to find out what you are actually doing when going to bed. Keeping a sleep diary can be very helpful in clarifying any patterns and habits that may be disrupting your sleeping. Consider questions such as: ¨ What time do I go to bed and get up? Is it the same every day? ¨ Do I wake up during the night and why? ¨ What habits do I have around bedtime? ¨ What helps me go to sleep? ¨ What stops me going to sleep? ¨ Do I sleep during the day? The answers to some of these questions may be useful in thinking about how to establish good sleep patterns. You've heard of food and water hygiene, but did you know there is also such … [Read more...] about To your health: Have you heard of sleep hygiene?
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Viet Nam News By Nguyễn Hiếu The story happened about sixty years ago. Back then my village was still overgrown with bamboo. Storks took refuge in the bamboo groves all around the village every evening. The village was split into two parts: one inside the dike and the other, outside it. The villagers inside the dike farmed and those outside were non-agricultural people. My family lived outside the dike. Many families worked on boats taking people across the river, while many others worked as fishermen. But there was only one family, Mr. Cổn's family, which slaughtered pigs and prepared pig blood curd for sale. His eldest daughter Nhãn could be seen carrying a tray of pig blood curd on her head every morning. Mr. Cổn's pig blood curd was much sought after in the area because of its tastiness. In the village, there was also a cải lương (reformed opera) art troupe. Those who wanted to join had to be good-looking. A young man, Lũi, as ugly as he was, was recruited to the troupe to work … [Read more...] about Love in old days
Your Say (29-05-2009) Mobile phone etiquette gives people something to talk about Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers about their experiences with annoying mobile phone calls. We also sought opinions on how to increase people’s awareness of annoying use in public spaces. Here are some of the opinions we received: Nguyen Quoc Huy, Vietnamese, Ha Noi We’ve discussed this many times, it’s an old problem which keeps returning. We have to deal with it everywhere, on board a plane, in a show, at a meeting and even during a funeral. Unfortunately, we have been able to do almost nothing about this annoying problem. After all these years, almost everyone owns a mobile but the way people use them seems so wrong. It’s unacceptable why some heroes bravely ignore everyone around them and don’t realise they are bothering people with their modern and cute technical devices. Next week:It’s now official: Posting prices in foreign currency, including US dollar, … [Read more...] about Mobile phone etiquette gives people something to talk about
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
VietNamNet Bridge - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday morning delivered a speech to representatives of Vietnamese ministries, agencies, trade unions and students at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi. The following is the full text of Obama's remarks: Watch the video here PRESIDENT OBAMA: Xin chào! Xin chào Vietnam! Thank you. Thank you so much. To the government and the people of Vietnam, thank you for this very warm welcome and the hospitality that you have shown to me on this visit. And thank all of you for being here today. We have Vietnamese from across this great country, including so many young people who represent the dynamism, and the talent and the hope of Vietnam. On this visit, my heart has been touched by the kindness for which the Vietnamese people are known. In the many people who have been lining the streets, smiling and waving, I feel the friendship between our peoples. Last night, I visited the Old Quarter here … [Read more...] about Remarks by US President Obama in address to Vietnamese people