As an expat with some Vietnamese language skills, we quickly forget the sheer confusion and wonder at waking up on your first morning in Saigon. The absolute fear of how you are going to achieve the most basic of functions, like buying food, without a guide usually crosses the minds of most first-time tourists to this great city. And recently, I had the opportunity to welcome my cousin and his family to Saigon for the first time. They spent a few days exploring the city both with me as their guide and alone, checking out what they could do with no phone and no translator. My cousin Gavin and his wife Natalie are from Adelaide in South Australia. They never considered Vietnam as a holiday destination until a discussion with their sister-in-law, who is from Vietnam but lives in Australia, raised the idea of a family holiday in her homeland. After six months of planning, the group of nine extended family members arrived in Vietnam for a three-week holiday across the country. The … [Read more...] about What is Ho Chi Minh City really like for a first-time visitor?
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Civil employees are processing administrative documents for residents in Binh Hung Hoa A Ward People’s Committee (Binh Tan District). (Photo: SGGP) For over 3 years, residents of Milennium apartment building (sited at 132 Ben Van Don Street of District 4, HCMC) have contacted various state agencies for the issuance of their house ownership certificates. After buying apartments here, these people authorized the building investor to submit necessary documents for such a certificate at the HCMC Land Registration Office in October 2019. For the next two years, this Office repeatedly asked for instruction to finish the issuance procedure from the HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment, but was unsuccessful. Until now, no certificate has been delivered yet. In 2022, HCMC has strived to address any possible problems related to house ownership certificate issuance and was able to deliver over 21,000 certificates to house purchases in accommodation development projects around … [Read more...] about HCMC promoting administrative reform, boosting public service performance
On December 1, KPMG International has announced that several law firms and teams from the ZICO Law network have joined its network of firms. The deal will see more than 275 lawyers join over 2,900 legal professionals in the KPMG global organisation, creating a significant legal footprint across the Asia Pacific. KPMG Law in Vietnam was recognised as The Rising Law Firm of the Year at Asia Legal Business South East Asia Law Awards 2022 It will offer legal services and solutions, a globally connected legal services platform, and specialists who work with leading technology providers to modernise legal functions across organisations. “This expansion reflects KPMG professionals' commitment to supporting clients as they seek to drive their businesses in times of exponential change. The need for deep, local experience coupled with global insights and technology solutions has never been greater,” said Stuart Fuller, global head of Legal … [Read more...] about KPMG expands legal services in Asia Pacific
In Ho Chi Minh City, diverse and attractive Christmas-style products and services are being offered to customers, even though Christmas Day is more than two weeks away. Along with the Christmas atmosphere spreading everywhere, large trade centers as well as small shops are decorated colorfully to welcome the festive season and attract customers, many of whom are willing to generously spend money on celebrating the Yuletide. Among Christmas services are shops where guests can self-photograph with beautiful backgrounds and Christmas-themed items they can wear or hold while taking pictures. A Christmas-style coffee chain shop is filled with guests in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo : Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre Stepping into Life Four Cuts, a photography studio located at The New Playground, an entertainment and shopping complex on Ly Tu Trong Street in downtown District 1, two young girls, Huong Giang and Bao Tran, excitedly chose a Noel-style headband for each of them before … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City filled with Christmas items, services as festive season approaching
A view of Da Nang city at night (Photo: baodanang.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – The central city of Da Nang has been granted the Best Vietnam Smart City Award 2022, the third time so far. This award was among the 43 bestowed upon cities, enterprises, and products considerably contributing to smart city building and national digital transformation . At the ceremony held by the Vietnam Software & IT Services Association (VINASA) in Hanoi on December 1, Da Nang also received the prizes for smart governance and management, smart transportation and logistics, startup and innovation city, and city with smart application serving citizens and enterprises. The city of Da Lat (the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong), Pho Yen (the northern province of Thai Nguyen), and Dong Xoai (the southern province of Binh Phuoc) also won the smart governance and management city award. The central province of Thua Thien-Hue obtained the startup and innovation city award, and Thai Nguyen the … [Read more...] about Da Nang wins Best Vietnam Smart City Award for third time
As she wasn't able to fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher due to congenital vitreous disease, Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Tâm opened a free class for poor students. Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Tâm with one of her students. — VNA/VNS Photo Lê Vân Her class has no chalk, no blackboard, no lesson plan and no tuition fees, but it has been providing an education for the past 18 years. Tâm, from Yên Quang Commune, Ý Yên District, Nam Định Province, won the Kova 2022 Prize in the category of Beautiful Living. She received the National Volunteer Award in 2020, and was one of 64 outstanding examples of young people with disabilities honoured as part of the programme “Tỏa sáng nghị lực Việt” (Vietnam’s energy shines) in 2020. Tâm uses a wheelchair and moves with support from her mother and her students. Tâm said: “I am 32 years old now, but at times I suffered from problems with my bones usually seen in much older people. I can't remember how many times I have experienced broken … [Read more...] about Girl with brittle bone disease opens class for poor students