Viet Nam News By Phan Triều Hải Ever since her 32nd birthday last year, Vy had been afraid of gaining belly fat. So instead of eating cheese and drinking lots of beer before sleeping, the couple only drank two small glasses of beer at dinner. The weather in Sài Gòn encouraged beer consumption. Cao thought Sài Gòn was the best place to drink. This city had all sorts of problems: crowdedness, noise, heat, suffocation, traffic, lack of hygiene, pollution and beer was the solution that could dissolve all these issues in the fastest way. A gulp of beer enabled people to endure and relax, and made them irritable but energetic enough to do unexpected things. Beer lovers would never feel tired of Sài Gòn. Nor was there a better place for beer to show off its ability to excite, relieve stress, connect friends or accompany a solitary person. Nevertheless, Cao rarely went out to drink. He wasn’t social. Cao always wanted to be alone. His world … [Read more...] about Cold Beer
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VietNamNet Bridge – Horticulturalist Tran Tien Dung feels sad as he looks around his garden of 500 peach-blossom trees. More than half show no sign of being able to open their gorgeous red or pink flowers for Tet. It is a poignant reminder for Dung, and all Hanoians, of the remarkable cold spell that is hovering over the north. The image of Tet with its banh chung xanh (green bean cake) and hoa dao do (red peach blossoms) has been engraved in their minds. Peach flowers are believed to bring wealth and luck - and to chase away evil spirits. But this is not the case for Nhat Tan peach-flower village, the best known in the north, which has 30ha of peach trees in all sizes. This year, there are many growers like Dung who are facing failure brought on by the bitter weather which hit the north in early January. "In 20 years, this is the first time the weather has turned this cold. Most of the trees will be lucky to survive, let alone produce … [Read more...] about Cold ruins peach blossom harvest
VietNamNet Bridge – Temperatures of around 10 degrees Celsius and continuous rain at nights has made Ha Noi a desolate and quiet place in recent weeks. A woman from the countryside sells bananas in Ha Noi's Hang Chieu Street. Many rural people rush into town before Tet to take up odd jobs to earn some extra money. However, in the streets labourers are still working strenuously at all hours in the hope of earning a little more money as Tet approaches. Tran Thi Gai, 48, from Hung Yen Province's Khoai Chau District, is among those night workers. The slim female vendor says at 3pm every day she rides her old bicycle loaded high with bags of baked maize and sweet potatoes around the city to sell. Her working day finishes at around 2 am the next morning, regardless of how horrible the weather is. After eating a small supper and having four-hours sleep, she is again in a hurry to prepare the goods for another day. Every day, except in … [Read more...] about Workers brave the capital’s cold nights
Artist Talk with Přemysl Vojta, Musician (Hornist) Wed 10 Dec 2014, 7 pm Goethe-Institut Hanoi 56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học Ba Đình, Hà Nội Přemysl Vojta is considered one of the great French horn players in the German music scene. He was born in the Czech Republic, but began his career in Germany and can now be heard in numerous concert halls in Europe. Currently he is principal horn in the Konzerthausorchester in Berlin. Among the works with which he became well known is the Horn Concerto No. 2 by Richard Strauss, with which he won the ARD Music Competition in 2010. He will perform the Vietnam premiere of this work together with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, at the invitation of the Goethe Institute. On this occasion we would like to introduce Přemysl Vojta to the audience in Hanoi. He will talk about his music career, his relationship with Richard Strauss and his favourite modern composers. Excerpts from concerts with … [Read more...] about EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 1-10 (daily updated)
Editor’s note: Dr. Nguyen Minh Hoa believes that something should be done in order to stop people from migrating to Saigon, as the ‘promised land’ has become increasingly overcrowded to receive them all. As in the previous years, when the Lunar New Year is drawing near, I join my family members and my students to gather used clothes and bring them to internal migrants, to those homeless people who have to live on sidewalks across Saigon. Saigon is without a doubt a city of generosity where people are willing to help and share the hardship of those in need, and it is surely a ‘promised land,' but this land will inevitably become too crowded for everyone. What’s the point of flocking to a ‘promised land’ when everyone will share nothing but poverty, once there is little space for growth? The best solution is to keep the migrants-to-be where they are, and Saigon, on its way to achieve prosperity, will never forget those needy people. … [Read more...] about How to keep Saigon from getting overcrowded by internal migrants?