Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many overseas Vietnamese students will not be able to return to Vietnam to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays (Tet). Hoang Thi Phuong, 19, a freshman at GUu State University of Management (Russia), said: "This is my first year away from home. I have to do everything by myself, sometimes I miss home a lot.” Hoang Thi Phuong. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Vietnamese student association in Russia organized a cooking contest which helped with Phuong’s homesickness. She will have a New Year’s Eve party with her dormitory friends. For Nguyen Huyen My, a student at Université catholique de l'Ouest (UCO), France, this is the third year welcoming the New Year in a foreign land. Nguyen Huyen My. Huyen My said that most of the time she learns directly at the school and online only in case of force majeure. This year, My cannot return home when the cost of travel and quarantine is about 6,000 dollars. … [Read more...] about The Lunar New Year of overseas Vietnamese students
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Another year! You survived one more rotation of the earth! And you’re still in one piece! Today is a great one to celebrate regardless of the condition of your bank account, love life or job – you are still alive! Amazing, isn’t it! Yayyy! I know you are feeling okay because you’re actually able to read this. If you are still hung over from New Year’s Eve, sleeping it off or passed out in District 1 in Ho Chi Minh City, clearly you have no idea what I’m writing about. Eggs, bacon and one Bloody Mary, please! I wonder what do vegans use for a hang-over cure? So what’s in store for 2019? Well, for expats, more visa runs. For the Viet Kieu, more haggling over new hotel construction contracts and for the locals, time to start a new business! Probably a shop selling the same thing as the other fifty shops in the same street. At least Vietnamese are optimists! Depends on how you want to look at it… are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you read a lot of fake news? Is your life … [Read more...] about New Year’s Day…Here we go again!
The Tet holiday is no less special for Vietnamese citizens who, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cannot travel back to their homeland for the most special time of year. Instead, they have found creative and imaginative ways to celebrate in their adopted countries. Nguyen Thi Minh Thu, owner of Spar supermarket in the Zonhoven region in Belgium, introduces lean pork paste, a traditional Tet food, to local people in her town. VNA/VNS Photo Huong Giang Vietnamese businesswoman Nguyen Thi Minh Lien is one of those who cannot travel back to Vietnam this year. She is the director of a private Vietnamese product import company in Brussels and is always busy with her job. She spends most of her time studying European standards of imported goods and seeking ways to bring more Vietnamese agricultural products to Belgian markets. She has learnt how to operate the accounting and administrative system of Belgium and the spending habits of local consumers. Lien works almost … [Read more...] about Distance doesn’t stop overseas Vietnamese from finding special ways to celebrate Tet
Vietnam coffee prices edged down amid dull trade ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, while trade has not yet picked up in Indonesia as stocks remain low until at least March, traders said on Thursday. Farmers in the Central Highlands sold coffee at VND38,800 to VND40,200 ($1.71 to $1.78) per kg, little changed from last week's range of VND38,800 to VND40,700. "Prices are declining on increasing supplies but tepid demand," said a trader in the coffee belt, adding that prolonged supply chain disruptions contributed to lacklustre trade. "Farmers are holding on to beans as they are not under pressure to sell for the upcoming long holiday anymore. Some have already shut their shops." Markets in Vietnam will close next week for the holiday and traders said export activities would not resume until it ended. Traders in Vietnam offered 5% black and broken grade 2 robusta at discounts of $270 to $280 per metric ton to the May contract, versus a range of $250 to $270 a week … [Read more...] about Asia Coffee — Tepid trade in Vietnam ahead of holiday, scarce supplies in Indonesia
Many people have booked hotel rooms for their pets while they are away during Tet holiday. At luxury hotels, the pets not only receive special healthcare services, but also enjoy spa services and have their pictures taken. Do Thanh Mai, 23, in Tan Binh District, decided to spend her brief nap period after lunch one day surfing on the internet to find a prestigious pet care center. Unable to bring her dog to her hometown during Tet, Mai wanted to book a hotel room for the pet in HCM City. “My little Husky is used to the living environment in HCM City. I’m afraid he will be sick if going with me to the hometown,” she explained. “He will be well cared for by professionals.” Finally, Mai decided to book a room at a large pet care center in district 11. The room rate was VND150,000-300,000 per day. With the service package, Mai's dog is given a general check-up, fed, bathed, and played with every day. The center has a free bathing and cleaning service before Mai takes the dog … [Read more...] about Pets stay at luxury hotels, use spa services while owners are away during Tet
Many experts have stressed the need to reopen schools soon (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Most localities nationwide are planning to resume in-person learning after the Lunar New Year holiday, a necessary move to avoid consequences of prolonged school shutdowns which would affect an entire generation for many decades to come, many experts said. Simone Vis, Chief of Education at UNICEF Vietnam, said the COVID-19 pandemic has led to learning disruptions around the globe, causing the worst educational crisis in history. The pandemic and school closures have not only harmed children’s health and mental safety, increased domestic violence and child labour but also substantially affected students’ learning. She noted it is obvious that children have studied less amid the pandemic. This learning loss could make a generation of global students lose 17 trillion USD in income during their life. To minimise long-term impacts, Vietnam should focus on dealing with such losses, she … [Read more...] about Experts warn about consequences of prolonged school shutdowns