Illustration by Trịnh Lập By An Phương “Not everyone is an artist, but everyone is a critic.” I reblog this quote or ones with a similar meaning to my personal Tumblr account every time I feel attacked by a random Internet fellow. Unlike Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, Tumblr is a social networking platform based on genuine respect, at least in my humble experience. Of course, I’m not here praising Tumblr for being a healthy platform but discussing one of the most relevant topics of today’s society, “criticism culture”. With the introduction of the Internet, followed by “keyboard warriors”, defined as those who behave aggressively online but are too shy to do the same face-to-face, criticism culture seems to be a predictable result. “I’m familiar with the concept of keyboard warrior. In fact, I was once a serious 'warrior' defending my K-pop … [Read more...] about What’s wrong with the internet’s criticism culture?
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People cross the forest to reach Ya Book Valley in Chu Mom Ray National Park in Kon Tum province. The valley was known as the land of the gaur - the largest extant bovine and an endangered species in Vietnam. (Photo: thanhnien.vn) The grasslands used to cover 15,000ha in Chu Mom Ray National Park in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum, but they have shrunk to just 5ha. Dao Xuan Thuy, Vice Director of the national park, said that Ya Book valley used to be home to many animals including tigers, elephants, gaurs, leopards, deer, cobras, reptiles and amphibians. “The valley used to be known as the land of the gaur - the largest extant bovine and an endangered species in Vietnam - as herds of them used to roam the valley,” Thuy said. Thuy added that following grazers, carnivores also flocked to the valley to hunt. “The valley was most crowded in May because of the abundant grass,” he said, explaining that April rains revitalised the meadow that was … [Read more...] about Endangered gaurs losing habitat in national park
Vietnam has chosen December 12 every year as 'Phở Day' to honour the dish. Hoang Ho writes about the significance of the noodle soup. Pho ga (chicken noodle) Nam Ngu in Hanoi downtown is also famous for years for its tasty and delicious. — Photos Truong Vi There have been countless articles, books, travel guides and comments from gastronomes, journalists, authors and tourists worldwide about pho. There's no disputing the popularity of this national dish, the latest example being just two months before the national 'Day of Phở' (December 12th), CNN ranked pho bo (beef noodle soup) as the 28th best food in the world. Nguyen Thi Thinh, 70, says her pho in Hanoi's Nam Ngu Street is among best sellers in the capital. What can be said about pho when everything from the beef to the broth and noodles has been discussed in god knows how many articles. Almost every angle has been covered. Yes, there has been a lot written about the food, but the connoisseurs and … [Read more...] about Pho, not just a food
Read what is in the news today: Politics -- Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan held talks with Chairwoman of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko in Moscow on Tuesday. -- The 7th diplomatic – defence strategic dialogue between Vietnam and Australia, an annual activity since 2012, took place in the Australian capital city of Canberra on December 10. Society -- Dinh Lam Xuong, a district-level chief judge in the north-central province of Quang Binh, has been dismissed from all Party positions after a video tape of him having sex with a subordinate in his office during work hours was submitted to police investigators. Business -- The export value of fruit and vegetables in the January-November period saw a slight decrease of 0.6 percent year on year to US$3.5 billion, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. -- The third Vietnam Coffee Day kicked off at Dai Doan Ket Square in Pleiku City in the Central Highlands … [Read more...] about Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – December 11
An online audition contest named “Dreams Come True” that targets to seek Vietnamese musical talents has just been launched in HCM City. The jury of the online audition contest “Dreams Come True” at the launching ceremony in HCM City last week. — Photo courtesy of the organiser To enter the preliminary selection round, contestants should send their audition videos online. Once the videos have been submitted, the jury will select the top 40 candidates to enter the knockout round each week. Each week the contestants will have to go through a special challenge to gain the right to "survive" to enter the final round, with challenges to be announced at the end of each episode. Each episode of 60 minutes will be broadcast live on YouTube at 7.30pm every Thursday. In each episode, a number of contestants will be disqualified until eight winners are selected. The winners will be sent to South Korea for training according to Korean Idol standards and provided … [Read more...] about Online audition contest “Dream Come True” to seek Vietnamese talents