Letter Box 11-1-2012 A: Vietnam is experiencing the worst cold spell since the beginning of this winter with the temperature dropping to 9 degrees Celsius in the northern plain or even 2 in some mountainous areas. Although the climate is not as chilly as what our Chinese listener Victor Lu described in his December 4 email, it’s really cold for a tropical country. Mr. Lu wrote: “Congratulations on your new web. It’s the gospel for your listeners and people who like Vietnam. It’s very cold here. 2 weeks later, it’s the spring festival, the lunar new year. I know that it’s celebrated in Vietnam also and I want you to introduce it on your program.” B: It’s encouraging that our young website has received a lot of positive feedback from listeners worldwide. For example, another Chinese listener, Li Ming of Maanshan city emailed us last week: “Although I haven’t been writing much, I listen to you several times each week via … [Read more...] about January 11, 2012
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A Night of Concert and Ballet – Changing of the Season 30 and 31 Mar 2016, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội Come to A Night of Concert and Ballet – Changing of the Season with the performance of: – Conductor: David Gomez Ramirez – Singers: Thang Long (Soprano), Anh Vu (Tenor), Tran Trang (Soprano), Kieu Tham (Mezzo Soprano), Phuong Dung (Soprano), Vu Nga (Mezzo Soprano), Manh Dung (Bariton),Thanh Binh (Soprano) And the Choir, the Orchestra, Dancers of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet PROGRAM Part I: Opera “The Magic flute” – by W. A. Mozart Overture No. 2 Aria Papageno “Der Wogelfager bin ich ja” 3’00 Manh Dung No. 3 Aria Tamino “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon” 4’40 Anh Vu No. 4 Aria Queen of the night “Zum Leiden bin ich ausenkoren” 4’35 Tran Trang No. 5 Quintett: Papageno, Tamino, 3 Dame “Hm!hm!hm!” 6’30 Kieu Tham, Anh Vu, Tran … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON MARCH 15-31 (DAILY UPDATE)
One day in late 2010, I was treating my kids to ice cream at a shop in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District. We were new to Vietnam and, as usual, I liked the posted price: 10,000 dong per scoop, or less than 50 U.S. cents. Vietnam: such a deal! When the woman behind the counter charged us 15,000 dong per scoop, I pointed to the sign behind her – and she, in turn, pointed to the little handmade sign in front of the cash register with the new price. Her colleague spoke serviceable English: “The price of everything is going up.” That, in retrospect, proved to be an understatement. Vietnam’s inflation rate soared to higher than 20 per cent in the middle of 2011, and remained in double digits through the first few months of 2012, the highest cost-of-living increase in Asia. Since then, Vietnam’s authorities have won praise for policies that helped bring inflation back to single digits. Keeping it under control, authorities say, remains a top priority for 2013. But … [Read more...] about What kind of luck will the Snake bring?
VietNamNet Bridge - After the Lunar New Year, thousands of people visit the God Fish Stream in Thanh Hoa every day to pray for luck in the New Year. On February 15, the God Fish Procession was held at the Luong Ngoc stream, attracting up to tens of thousands of people. Luong Ngoc Stream, roughly 100 kilometers northwest from Thanh Hoa City, is another interesting place in Thanh Hoa Province. This is home to many fish in the stream located next to Truong Sinh Mountain, and has been named the “God fish stream” by the Muong ethnic minority in Cam Thuy District’s Cam Luong Commune. “If someone catches and eats God fish from Luong Ngoc Stream, they will lose their life.” That’s what the Muong villagers in Cam Luong warn tourists as they speak of the “God fish stream.” On the way to the stream, tourists will hear mysterious stories related to the God fish and the traditions of the Muong people, while breathing pure fresh air and enjoying … [Read more...] about Photos: People flock to God Fish Stream to wish for luck
Brown Flower Ceramic exhibition by Trinh Vu Hieu Exhibition: 22 – 31 Jan 2016 Module 7 83 Xuan Dieu Str, Tay Ho, Hanoi Brown flower ceramic is showcased with strong engravings and soaring coat with Ly-Tran styled brown bone, showing a new line of decorative pottery, attractive and contemporary. As an interior designer and abstract painter, and then becoming an ceramic artist, Trinh Vu Hieu appeared to have a simple career path, no force or constrain, like a funny journey. His debut exhibition on brown ceramics inspired by ancient pottery artifacts from Ly-Tran dynasties is a strong evidence for that. Film Screening “Turn Left, Turn Right” Fri 29 Jan 2016, 7.30 pm Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents 51 Tran Hung Dao Str (4th floor), Hanoi Dear film lovers, in the last week before Tet holiday, you are invited to the film screening “Turn Left, Turn Right” directed by Johnnie To, with the participation of Takeshi Kaneshiro and Gigi … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON JANUARY 15-30 (DAILY UPDATE)