Cooking contest launched

Minh Nga Organized by Vietnamese porcelain maker Minh Long 1 Co. Ltd in collaboration with the Business Studies and Assistance Center (BSA), the contest will highlight typical Vietnamese dishes and spices used in those dishes. The contest will take place at cooking studios in three major cities, Hanoi, Danang and HCMC, as a playground for professional chefs from hotels, restaurants and resorts nationwide to compete in teams of three, consisting of one chef and two assistants. Compared to the previous three editions, the competition this year will have several new features. On the panel of judges will be Eckart Witzigmann, a world-famous chef from Germany, and first runner-up Miss Vietnam 2010 Vu Hoang My. A mobile phone and tablet app called Chiec Thia Vang has been launched, making it possible for users to get updated about the contest. Apart from honoring excellent cooks, Chiec Thia Vang will help preserve and promote dishes that represent the authentic cuisine of different … [Read more...]

Eight Vietnamese beauties at Miss Universe pageant

VietNamNet Bridge - Hoang My, Thuy Lam and Vo Hoang Yen were Vietnamese representatives at the previous Miss Universe pageant. Hoang Khanh Ngoc was the first representative of Vietnam to attend Miss Universe pageant in 2004. As the winner of the Vietnam Supermodel in the same year, Khanh Ngoc was noted for her beautiful shape and face. Thanks to the catwalk skills and confidence of a supermodel, Khanh Ngoc won the title "Queen of the Catwalk". After Khanh Ngoc, Pham Thu Hang represented Vietnam in 2005. Miss Hanoi 2005 did not make a strong impression. Thuy Lam competed at the 2008 Miss Universe in Nha Trang, Vietnam and entered the top 15, the highest ranking for Vietnam. Thuy Lam was not very tall (1.7 m) but she was appreciated for her beautiful face. Supermodel Vo Hoang Yen took part in the 2009 Miss Universe as the 1st runner of Miss Universe Vietnam 2008. Yen was a big hope of Vietnam that year because she had excellent catwalk and performing skills and a good … [Read more...]

Third Vietnam mountain marathon announced

Minh Nga Asger Koppen (C), managing director of Topas Travel and founder of Vietnam Mountain Marathon, and first runner-up of Miss Vietnam 2010 Vu Hoang My (L), ambassdor of this year’s Vietnam Mountain Marathon, are seen at a news briefing to announce the race in HCMC on July 27 - PHOTO: MINH NGA With first runner-up Miss Vietnam 2010 Vu Hoang My working as ambassador, this year’s race is expected to be joined by 800 local and international runners from over 45 countries, making it the biggest international run ever in Vietnam, according to the organizer. Vietnam Mountain Marathon is considered one of the hardest trail marathons in the world where each route will encompass challenging climbs and exhilarating descents. Similar to last year, runners will compete in four categories of 10, 21, 42 and 70 kilometers. Asger Koppen, managing director of Topas Travel and founder of Vietnam Mountain Marathon, told the news briefing: "Vietnam Mountain Marathon is the … [Read more...]

Miss Universe contest comes back after seven-year hiatus

Kieu Giang (From L-R) Duong Truong Thien Ly, second runner-up of Miss Universe Vietnam 2008, Truong Thi May, first runner-up of Miss Vietnam Ethnicity 2007, Nguyen Thuy Lam, Miss Universe Vietnam 2008, Mai Phuong Thuy, Miss Vietnam 2006 and Vu Hoang My, first runner-up of Miss Vietnam 2010 - PHOTO: KIEU GIANG The 2015 contest will take place over four months in HCMC, Hanoi, Nha Trang and Dalat with a total budget of VND30 billion, organizers told a media conference on Tuesday. Duong Truong Thien Ly, the second runner-up of the Miss Universe Vietnam 2008 and the national director of the Miss Universe pageant in Vietnam, told reporters: "We aim to create a playground for beauties to compete in a fair and professional way. "Thus, we will gather a professional crew to organize the event. We will also work with LPMG, an independent auditing firm to examine the judging process of the semi-final and final rounds, to have clear and correct results." The qualification round will … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/11

HCM City hosts Japan Festival 2014 The 2014 edition of the Japan Festival kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on November 15 gathering the participation of more than 50 participating enterprises from the education, tourism, culinary and trading sectors of the two nations. Prominent figures attending the event included Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Fukuda Hiroshi and Vietnam Deputy Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son It is hoped the festival, organized by the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Alliance, would deepen mutual understanding between the two countries and provide a boost to education and trade cooperation. Many cultural exchange activities have been planned to transpire during two-day event, such as a Cosplay performance and Japanese traditional dance. Vietnamese food, handicrafts enthrall Egyptian Bazaar Vietnam joined 13 other Asian countries to attend the Asian Food and Crafts Bazaar, which was held by the Asian Diplomats' Spouses Association (ADSA) in Cairo on November 15. Handicraft … [Read more...]

Homeland melody in France

(VOV) - A special art performance entitled "Homeland Melody" was held at the Vietnamese Cultural Centre (VCC) in France on November 15, marking the end of Vietnam Year in France. Overseas Vietnamese and French people had a chance to enjoy Vietnamese traditional songs and music presented by famous singers like Alain Vu Hoang My, Le Quyen, Nguyen Vinh Tien, Thu Thuy and "Tieng To Dong" band. VCC has becomes a home to cultural activities of Vietnamese expats and French friends over the years. Particularly, the centre hosted many cultural events in the France Year in Vietnam and Vietnam Year in France in 2013 and 2014, leaving deep impression on peoples of both countries. The centre expects to conduct more activities and cultural exchanges in the coming time to promote its image, tighten bilateral ties between Vietnam and France, and attract more OVs to activities toward their homeland. … [Read more...]

Jackass of all ceremonies, master of none

Yumi Duong (L) and Nguyen Vu are among the most famous emcees to have goofed up on stage Yumi Duong spoke over the fast beats of background music as she asked the audience to remember victims of super typhoon Haiyan. "I'd like to save a few minutes to talk about our brethren in the central region," Duong said on The Voice Vietnam, a reality singing contest, during a live session on November 10, as the typhoon took a diversion and spared the storm-weary central coast. It was then that she began to put her foot in her mouth. Ending her introduction with a smile, she asked the audience to "applaud to show support to the contestants and love to the typhoon victims." Duong had added herself to the failed list of young speakers in the showbiz industry, who apart from shiny appearances, have little else to show. Their nonsensical and insensitive statements and annoying jokes have irked audiences. Le Minh Ngoc, a traffic news announcer on Ho Chi Minh City Television, tried to use the … [Read more...]

Vietnam names contestant for 2013 Miss World

The Performing Arts Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism has recently approved Miss Sport Vietnam 2012 Lai Huong Thao to officially represent Vietnam at this year's Miss World.   Lai Huong Thao's photo on Miss World's website   The Vietnamese beauty will be in Indonesia from September 3, announced Elite Vietnam, the unit that holds the right to send Vietnamese contestants to international pageants.   Thao's photos and profile information have been posted on the competition's official website at   Born in 1991 in the northern province of Quang Ninh, Thao, 20, is 1.7m tall and measures 89-61-91. She's currently a student of HongBangUniversity.   Last year, she won her Miss Sport Vietnam title at the contest held in Da Nang city. She later attended the 2012 Miss Supranational beauty pageant and won the Miss Asia & Oceania continental title as well as the Miss St. George Hospitality award.   Formed in 1951 in the … [Read more...]

Quang Ninh girl invited to compete at Miss World 2013

The organizer of the Miss World 2013 has invited Miss Sport Vietnam 2012 Lai Huong Thao to compete at the beauty pageant to be held in Indonesia next month.   Information and photo of Lai Huong Thao on Miss World's official website. - TUOI TRE   Elite Vietnam, the unit that holding the right to send Vietnamese contestants to international pageants is making procedure for The Performing Art Department's approval on Thao's attendance at the contest.   Thao's photos and profile information have been posted on the competition's official website at   Born in the northern province of Quang Ninh, Thao, 20, is 1.7m tall and measures 89-61-91.She won her Miss Sport Vietnam title at the contest held in Da Nang city last year. Thao later attended the 2012 Miss Supranational beauty pageant and won the Miss Asia & Oceania continental title as well as the Miss St. George Hospitality award.   Formed in 1951 in the United Kingdom, Miss World is one … [Read more...]

Hoang My’s gifts

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam's contestant at the Miss World pageant 2012, Vu Hoang My, contributed three rocks representing three regions of Vietnam (North - Central Region - South) to the World Rock Garden exhibition. She also brought two paintings, several books and a horn of the Central Highland people to the pageant as charity gifts, at the request of the organizing board. Photo: The Trong Mai rock as the symbol of northern Vietnam. Hon Phu Tu rock to represent southern Vietnam. This is a fossil rock from the central region. Each rock goes with a legend. She introduces to international friends a rice-made painting featuring lotus - Vietnam's national flower. A photo featuring terraced fields in the northwestern region of Vietnam, by photographer Dang Minh Tung. Hoang My also presents a photo book about Vietnam, entitled "National Geographic" to the World Library of the Miss World Organization. She chooses a horn made by a village patriarch of K'ho ethnic group in … [Read more...]

Rice gains new lease on life in artist’s hands

Work in progress: Ta Thu Dong arranges the grains on a wooden frame where he has already sketched the outline of the picture. Grafting roasted grains of rice together is a novel way to create a piece of art that can be sold to tourists as a unique and inexpensive souvenir of Viet Nam and it creates jobs. Minh Thu reports Although Ta Thu Dong works with rice all day, he's not a cook, but an artist. The owner of Thu Dong Rice Paintings, one of the leading companies producing rice paintings in HCM City, he has perfected the art of creating images from the fine grain. He doesn't know when rice paintings were invented, but in recent years, many artists have dedicated themselves to this craft. Rice paintings became must-buy souvenirs for tourists, perfect symbols for a country that relies on producing and exporting the product. While rice paintings are also made in India, there the grains are dyed and dried, then glued to paper or canvas. In Viet Nam, artists roast the grains to create … [Read more...]

Miss Vietnam runner-up to compete for Miss Asia Pacific 2011

Vu Hoang My, the first runner-up at the Miss Vietnam 2010 beauty pageant has been nominated to represent Vietnam at the Miss Asia Pacific International 2011 pageant, according to a representative from the Elite Company. Vu Hoang My, the first runner-up at the Miss Vietnam 2010 beauty pageant has been nominated to represent Vietnam at the Miss Asia Pacific International 2011 pageant. Pending approval from the Department of Performing Arts, My, 23, will travel to Seoul to compete in the final round of the Miss Asia Pacific International on June 11. My is currently studying at RMIT University in Vietnam. The beauty contest has been postponed since 2005, when the competition was held in China. This year, the upcoming 37th competition, organized by the Asia Pacific Elite Corporation, will attract 76 beauties from 76 countries and territories from around the world. The three top finalists will sign contracts with Asia Pacific Elite to be trained as professional models … [Read more...]

Fair brings back childhood memories

A recent trade fair held in Hanoi brought up childhood memories for many of the attendees. Sentimental items attractively displayed The fair, the third event of the iHanoi Market programme, was aimed to recall people’s memories of their childhoods. It attracted the participation of thousands of students in the capital city. The centre of the fair was a legendary grocery that sold traditional snacks, toys and other trinkets for children such as marbles, lollipops, and ô mai or dried, sugared fruits. That stall attracted the most attention as it helped visitors remember a particularly sweet part of their childhood lives. Vu Hoang My Hoa said, "I’m greatly happy to see such lovely things being sold again. These little dried fruits remind me of the time when I was a primary school student. I used to share these with my friends." Another aim of the event was to help remind young people of the kind of lives their parents and great grandparents lived. "Remembering … [Read more...]

Yan can cook in Vietnam

Celebrity chef Martin Yan's new Vietnamese show explores the 'precious stories hidden behind every single dish' Martin Yan enjoys bun cha (vermicelli with grilled pork) at famous shop on Hang Manh Street in Hanoi.Photos courtesy of Dien Quan Media It was around 8 a.m. and nobody in line at the famous pho restaurant on Hanoi's Bat Dan Street realized that the hungry and excited Chinese-American man waiting with them was Martin Yan. He was about to leave after waiting an anxious hour for his beef noodle soup when the owner announced that the pho was clean out. "Although I was very hungry, I love waiting for a bowl of pho like this. Interesting!" Yan said. The scene is from Yan's new show "Taste of Vietnam," locally produced by Vietnamese company Dien Quan Media. Eventually, the restaurant owner recognized Yan, 60, and his fame got his a special free bowl of soup. The chef polished off the pho quickly and with gusto. In another scene, Yan seemed to understand the … [Read more...]

Hoang My expected to enter top seven of Miss World 2012

VietNamNet Bridge ' Missosology, a widely-known website on international beauty contests, calls Vietnamese contestant Vu Hoang My '"a rising star'" and predicts that the Vietnamese girl will enter the interview round of the Miss World pageant. In an article entitled '"Ever Improving Vietnam,'" Missology's Administrator Ric Galvez, highly appreciated Hoang My's beauty and her performance at the Miss World 2012 pageant. '"She is a clapper at Miss Universe but here at Miss World 2012, she is a rising star. Even before she arrived in Ordos, Hoang My appeared to have vastly improved. She has a better shape, felt more comfortable in her own skin and she had glowed and shined even more. Confidence perhaps is the key. Her experience in international arena boosted her morale,'" the author wrote. '"At the start of Miss World, Hoang My was a bit of a wrong start. She was not in the semifinalist list of Talent and Top Model contests. Then a huge turn around. At World Fashion Designer … [Read more...]

Hoang My at Miss World charity party

VietNamNet Bridge ' Vietnamese representative Vu Hoang My, at the Miss World pageant wore a yellow ao dai to attend a charity party on the evening of July 29 in Shanghai, China. This ao dai was designed by Thuan Viet. Hoang My said she was praised to look outstanding and sexy in the ao dai. Thanks to the ao dai, Hoang My was easily recognized as coming from Vietnam. Hoang My and the South Korean contestant. Hoang My and other contestants visited Shanghu Lake. Hoang My said making friends with other girls was her greatest benefit from the Miss World pageant. She took picture with a local little girl. Elite Vietnam … [Read more...]

Hoang My fails Miss World Top Model Fashion

VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnamese contestant was not among the top faces of the Top Model Fashion competition at the Miss World 2012 beauty contest. However, she did well in the interview. On July 23, contestants participated in the qualifier round of the Miss Model Fashion. The jury selected 47 girls for the final round on August 12. Miss Hong Kong. Miss Chile. Miss Angola. Vietnam's Vu Hoang My (first from the right) is not among the 47 candidates. Before going to Ordos city, she practiced on the catwalk with former model Thuy Hanh, who is now a manager of Elite Vietnam. Contestants also practiced at the Dongsheng Stadium to prepare for the opening show of the Miss World. This is the largest stage so far of the Miss World pageant. Contestants introduced themselves in English. Hoang My did a good job. Hoang My showed the book that was her gift to the World Library. Compiled by Thanh Van … [Read more...]

Hoang My selects evening gowns for Miss World pageant

Vu Hoang My, Vietnam’s representative at the Miss World 2012 beauty contest, has chosen evening gowns designed by HCM City’s fashion designer Le Thanh Hoa for the upcoming Miss World pageant. Photographer Dang Minh Tung and Hoang My bought a villa in HCM City to make a studio, where the beauty queen tried on Le Thanh Hoa’s designs. My will wear these gowns at parties and important events of the Miss World 2012. However, they are not the costumes for her final night. My is leaving Vietnam to China on July 18. She has finalized her preparation for the pageant. My said she will participate in all seven competitions. She hoped to enter top 10 or top 15 candidates. Compiled by Phuong Lan … [Read more...]

Hoang My prepares for Miss World 2012

Miss Vietnam 2010 runner-up Vu Hoang My has completed her 1’30’’ video clip to be presented at the upcoming Miss World Pageant in China. Over the past few days, Hoang My and her film crew have traversed the length and breadth of various places across the country to make a video clip introducing Vietnam, its land and people, as well as herself. Following are pictures of the beauty provided by Elite Vietnam, the only international model agency in Vietnam that is entitled to send contestants to beauty queen competitions. At the Miss World Pageant, each contestant is required to prepare a video clip introducing herself and the country of her origin. In the clip, Hoang My tries to show off her qualities to the jury She says she represents a beautiful and peaceful nation full of potential for development and international integration. The beauty, who was born in Dong Nai province, reveals that she loves reading books, discovering … [Read more...]