Several expats living in Vietnam have shared their stories about Christmas celebrations with Tuoi Tre News as the holiday nears. Kim Cheng, from San Diego, California, USA My husband and I have been living in Vietnam for over six years, and I've celebrated four memorable Christmases and New Year's holidays in Ho Chi Minh City. I remember my first Christmas in Vietnam. It was December 24, 2008 and Vietnam had just won the AFF Championship. Most of Le Duan Street and the area surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral had thousands of motorbikes with fans cheering and waving Vietnamese flags. Then, just before midnight, there was a wave of silence. It was really cool to see a mass of people become so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. The weather in the city during December is similar to the weather in my hometown most of the year. This year, a small group of friends and I will have Christmas Eve dinner at Saffron restaurant. We're also doing a fun Secret Santa gift exchange. We have a … [Read more...] about That’s how they celebrate Christmas in Vietnam, how about you?
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Companies issue $7.7b worth of bonds in nine months The nine-month value is equal to nearly 80 per cent of the total bond issuance value in 2018. The figure is also lower than the total registered value of nearly VND276.9 trillion (nearly $12 billion), which means nearly VND98 trillion bonds were unsold. In September, 28 companies made 60 issuances with total capital raised of VND19.4 trillion (excluding international bond issues). Most bonds were three-year term with total value of VND13.5 trillion. Interest rates of bonds issued in September ranged between 6 per cent and 11 per cent per annum. Banks were the main player in the bond market with total issuance value of VND14.1 trillion in September, accounting for 72.78 per cent of total market value. Real estate companies followed with VND965 billion (4.97 per cent) and securities firm with VND413 billion (2.13 per cent). Bonds issued by banks also had the lowest interest rate, averaging only 6.71 per cent per year. Some companies … [Read more...] about VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS OCTOBER 18
Exploring: The natural and wild beauty of Hầm Hô tourism site. Photo hamhotourist.com.vn By Hà Nguyễn Bình Định is considered a paradise in Việt Nam’s central region for its many pristine beaches and islands as well as its cultural and historical sites. They include Hòn Khô, Eo Gió, Hầm Hô, Phương Mai Sand Dunes, Cù Lao Xanh, the Chăm tower system, famous art of bài chòi (a diverse art combining music, poetry, acting, painting and literature) and traditional festivals such as martial arts and specialties of aromatic flavours. Nguyễn Văn Chiến, a veteran in Hà Nội who had fought against US troops in Bình Định during the American War, said he and a group of his friends would celebrate the national victory on April 30 by touring the province to visit Hầm Hô in Tây Sơn … [Read more...] about Old soldiers enjoy visit to central province
Vietnam ranks 10th among best destinations for expatriate workers to live and work, according to HSBC’s Expat 2019 Global Report released recently. Enticed by the colorful culture and convinced to stay by friendly locals, Vietnam is a great choice for experienced expats, the report says. Vietnam has always been an attractive destination for those eager to visit the famous Halong Bay and soak up its beauty on the emerald waters. The appeal of Vietnam has expanded greatly in the last few years and in particular, serial expats are setting their sights on the magnificent landscape, lively culture and positive work life balance. This has seen Vietnam rank as one of the most popular choices for expats who already have experience living abroad. Most expats moving to the country say they were able to quickly adjust to the way of life there, feeling at home within the first few months of arriving. This is largely due to Vietnamese communities being welcoming and encouraging expats to get … [Read more...] about Vietnam among top ten countries for expats: HSBC
Making independent films has long been considered a risky investment in Vietnam. There are obstacles in the production process as well as distribution, according to directors. Independent films are mostly new cinema projects made by independent entertainment agencies rather than big firms. The film genre may be different from normal movies in content, style and art form. Success overseas, lost at home Director Luong Dinh Dung is among the directors with most experience making and distributing independent films in Vietnam. Two years ago, his film Cha Cõng Con (Father and Son) found it hard to find audience at home after touring many international film festivals. The film won various prizes including the Best Foreign Feature and Special Jury Award for Outstanding Cinematography at the 26th International Arizona Film Festival in 2017 and the Indie Spirit Best Storyline Award at the 15th International Boston Film Festival the same year. Cha Cong Con director to release new film … [Read more...] about Independent films struggle in Vietnam