We've been warned repeatedly about the health perils of being out-of-sync with our body clocks. Are we eating in the right way for these circadian rhythms, and could changing our mealtime habits boost our health and help us lose weight? 'Breakfast like a king' What did you eat this morning for breakfast or lunch? The chances are it wasn't steak and chips, chickpea curry or anything else you might normally have for dinner. Yet some scientists believe eating more of our daily calories earlier in the day - and shifting mealtimes earlier in general - could be good for our health. One study found women who were trying to lose weight lost more when they had lunch earlier in the day, while another linked eating later breakfasts to having a higher body mass index. "There's already a very old saying, eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper, and I think there's some truth in that," says Dr Gerda Pot, a visiting lecturer in nutritional sciences at King's College … [Read more...] about Are we eating at the wrong time for our body clocks?
The night owl
Iconic: Bến Thành Night Market in HCM City. — VNS File Photo Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Hồ Thị Kỷ Flower Market and Bến Thành Night Market are ideal places to get a broader picture of Sài Gòn’s nightlife. Hồ Thị Kỷ, the city’s largest wholesale flower market, has more than 100 households selling hundreds of kinds of flowers. It operates round the clock and is most vibrant between midnight and 2am, when retailers rush back and forth with fresh produce. Meanwhile, the outdoor night market next to the iconic Bến Thành Market serves mostly hungry night owls and curious travelers, which partly explains the reason for the slightly higher prices of the dishes here. Expensive as it is, the market is still the go-to place for many owing to its convenient location. Open from 7pm, the market operates well into the evening and also has stalls selling clothing, jewellery and other … [Read more...] about A visit to Sài Gòn’s night markets for food and flowers
Talk Around Town Teens find internet isn’t always innocent by Du Van Nga At midnight, the streets of Ha Noi are dark and desolate, the commotion of motors and horns finally silenced. An internet cafe on Nui Truc Street, however, is still abuzz with the furious clacking of keyboards and sporadic beeps of messages being sent and received. I was seated among the late-night chatters, trying to get to the bottom of the packed nighttime chatrooms. Some of the night owls were merely rebellious teenagers disregarding curfews to gossip with friends. Others, however, had crossed into more dangerous territory, becoming involved in the ‘cuu (rescue) net’, a growing trend that lends itself to more hardship than help. It seems innocent at first: a teenage girl finds herself unable to pay the bill for hours or perhaps days of chatting and snacks at an internet cafe. She tells the new ‘friend’ she’s chatting with about her sticky situation, and he offers to come … [Read more...] about Teens find internet isn’t always innocent
Velo de Piste, a hub for bicycle lovers and night owls Kieu Giang By Kieu Giang in HCMC A view of Velo de Piste Café in District 1 at night - Photo: Ngoc Minh I discovered Velo de Piste on a late night wandering around the city downtown to find the best place to watch the fireworks display at Tet. The venue which is located on the shady corner of Pasteur and Nguyen Cong Tru streets in District 1 is ideal for bicycle lovers and those who stay up late. Guests to the café which was established at the end of last year can find Fixed Gear and Vintage Bicycle and numerous foreign magazines specializing in bicycles. “I have an idea for a bicycle café due to an obsession with pollution issues. I also aim to raise people’s awareness on the use of environmentally-friendly vehicles, namely the bicycle. If any of my staff use a bicycle they will receive a 10% increase in wages and guests who come on a bicycle will enjoy a 10% discount on their … [Read more...] about Velo de Piste, a hub for bicycle lovers and night owls
Located only seven hours by car from Vietnam's coffee capital Buon Ma Thuot, Saigon has succeeded in creating a coffee culture that tops the city’s talk-about list. These 10 cafes are the steaming evidence of a robust current that flows inside Saigon. Nguoi Sai Gon Situated on Thai Van Lung Street (District 1), Nguoi Sai Gon (Saigoneer) cafe has made itself known among serenity lovers. The Saigon of yesterday still manages to linger here through the juxtaposition of old wooden doors, black and white TV sets and bikes hung on the wall. Maybe it’s the sense of nostalgia deliberately imposed here that has earned Nguoi Sai Gon so many regulars. Price range: VND40,000 ($2) - VND80,000. Photo by VnExpress/Bui Ngoc Ha Fix Republic Any photographer looking for a chance to socialize with their peers shouldn’t miss this place. The cafe is widely known as the hub for photography enthusiasts with an artistic and serene space without making one venture out … [Read more...] about Roasted and ground: 10 places that make the coffee map of Saigon