Internet banking, touted by many banks as a solution for high money demand during the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet), repeatedly showed errors on Friday, the last working day of the old Lunar Year. Tu, a resident of Hanoi’s Hoang Mai District, had to wait from 3 p.m. till 9 p.m. for her online transaction to be successful, as opposed to less than five minutes on a normal day. "It’s a struggle to transfer money online these days. The system keeps saying it is overload, and even informed me that my account has zero Vietnamese dong," she said. Hoang of Thanh Xuan District had to repeat his transaction many times. "I needed to transfer VND3 million ($129.17) but it didn’t go through the whole afternoon." Internet banking of Techcombank, Vietcombank and Agribank was repeatedly showing errors. Some customers got to the last step of entering the one-time password (OTP), but transactions failed even at that stage. Many customers also had trouble just … [Read more...] about Bank services falter, overwhelmed by Tet demand
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Ấm Concert - Le Chauffage drew almost 700 people and helped to raise a total of VNĐ250 million from ticket sales and donors. — Photo courtesy of Ấm projectViet Nam News By Hồng Vân There’s a Tết (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) atmosphere in the air in Hà Nội at the moment with shops crowded with customers and loads of peach blossoms and kumquat trees on the streets. Yet this time of the year can be painful for patients who are stuck in hospitals and can’t return to their hometowns to celebrate Tết with their families. To ease their pain, a group of high school students who run a charitable project named Ấm (Warmth) hosted a classical music concert to raise funds for kidney dialysis patients in Hà Nội. “Tết is very near and we hope that our small gifts will warm their hearts,” said Phạm Vân Anh, founder of the project. Unlike most students who are now enjoying … [Read more...] about Students bring holiday warmth to kidney patients
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Two Vietnamese comedies produced by private HCM City filmmakers will be released during the Christmas and New Year holidays. The 90-minute comedy Hồn Papa Da Con Gái (Daddy Issues) is expected to be a hit and a step forward for the season. Its producer, Vietnamese-American Charlie Nguyễn, hired Japanese director Ken Ochiai to helm the film. To ensure that nothing went wrong, Charlie invited talented comedian Thái Hòa and young star Kaity Nguyễn, winner of the Golden Lotus prize for best actress at the 20th Vietnamese Film Festival in Đà Nẵng last year. Veteran comic artists Hồng Vân and Thành Lộc are also featured in the film. The movie is about Hải (played by Hòa) and Châu (played by Kaity) as father and daughter whose bodies are switched because of a mysterious and magical curse. Hòa impressed audiences in his … [Read more...] about Comedies flick among holiday season releases
Viet Nam News “Everyone, I will sell rose bouquets tomorrow in celebration of International Women’s Day. Those who are looking to give flowers to their girlfriends or classmates, please come to support me in front of Gate A of Hải Phòng University.” So wrote 26-year-old Trần Thị Hoa in one of her last Facebook posts on March 6. Early on the morning of March 7, Hoa and her friend Trần Thị Trang rode on motorbike to the flower market Đằng Hải in Hải An District in the northeastern port city of Hải Phòng. Not born to wealthy families, the pair intended to buy flowers and utilise their craft skills to make elaborate bouquets, aiming to make some money to cover their study and living expenses. On that fateful morning, Cao Huy Hoàng was driving a container truck for an export-import company along his usual route. Stopped at a red light, he saw that two trucks ahead of him were already occupying … [Read more...] about Road accidents: When will the pain end?
Hoi An town in Quang Nam province is attractive for its unique and ancient culture. Recently, Hoi An has launched a number of new tourism products such as “Night in the ancient town” to give visitors a new experience. Hoi An streets are particularly exciting after the sun sets. Along the scenic Hoai River are stalls selling local souvenirs and handicraft products. These include colorful lanterns, toy figurines made by Thanh Ha pottery artisans, silk items, and local cuisines like noodles, rice cakes, and sweet soup. Walking through Hoi An’s narrow alleys at night induces a feeling of profound peace. Dan Phuong, a visitor from Da Nang city, said she visits the Hoi An night market at the weekend just to mingle in the crowd under the colorful lights, walk along the river, and stop at a stall to sample Hoi An food. She said, “I’m not sure exactly why it is, but Hoi An inspires me so much that I visit the town quite often. I particularly like the night market … [Read more...] about Hoi An promotes new tourist products