Viet Nam News by Robert Bicknell Can changing clubs make a difference in your game as a professional? We read all the time that a well-known Tour pro decided to switch brands, mostly due to a ridiculous amount of money being waved in his/her face. What people do not realize is that many of these pros are not entirely stupid and usually demand that the company make a virtual copy of their old tried and true club, with minimal cosmetic or technical changes, and just a new brand stamped on it. What’s old is new… sort of. But occasionally, the manufacturer might demand the player accept the designs they currently have, modified a bit to meet the player’s requirements. This can be something as simple as weighting, or grinding the sole a bit differently than what is actually on the market. But, almost without exception, once the player has a brand new set of clubs in his brand new bag, his game usually goes completely to hell, at least for a short while. Having said … [Read more...] about Can changing clubs make a difference in your game?
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VietNamNet Bridge – Xam (blind busker’s singing) is on the way to revitalisation in the northern port city of Hai Phong since more and more local people and tourists are coming to admire the traditional musical art. Admiration: Crowds gather to watch a chieu Xam performance at the traditional festival in Le Chan District, Hai Phong City in March. — VNS Photo Han Minh Over the past two years, performances of the folk music have appeared in celebrative events and cultural festivals in the city, as well as in surrounding localities. Common venues are pagodas and temples, and even in family parties. Known locally as chieu Xam, it is a group of three or five traditional musicians performing on a mat in the public places including parks and cafes. Ha Quang Huy, 42, a visitor from Hanoi said that he was impressed by a Xam singing festival held last weekend at the Hao Khe cultural communal house in Hai Phong’s Le Chan District. The show was held to pay … [Read more...] about Xam singing makes a come back in Hai Phong
They call Wyoming, a state in the western United States "Big Sky Country." The land is so open and treeless that you can see for many kilometers in any directions. And because of the dry air, the sky stays blue and stretches for hundreds of kilometers. Yes, it is a very big sky. Wyoming is one of the least populated states but has been home for 170 years to people with business ideas as big as the sky. The first east-west intercontinental railroad was built through Wyoming. And today people make a living working on cattle and horse ranches that stretch for over hundreds of hectares. Is the next big idea in Wyoming Vietnamese coffee? That is the plan, according to Ho Chi Minh City entrepreneurs who today unveiled the new Wyoming town name of PhinDeli Town Buford on property, an entire town with a population of one, that was purchased in 2012 specifically to launch products made in Vietnam. This seems very strange. Wyoming has only 576, 000 people who live in 253,340 square … [Read more...] about PhinDeli enters US market on a wave of coffee
How to dodge a buffalo on a Wave By Michael Smith in HCMC The ubiquitous Honda Wave in Vietnam doesn’t usually get a look-in when it comes to making the two wheel trek between Saigon and Hanoi. Most foreign adventure-tourists go for the classic style, for example the old Russian Minsk, in the belief that motorbiking isn’t real unless you can wrap your knees around a petrol tank. On my 5000km zigzagging tour of Vietnam’s highways from Saigon to the North – I opted for the Wave. My reasons were common sense – it’s a cheap, common bike so parts and mechanical know-how are available everywhere. The step-through section in front of the seat is also great for putting the luggage if I don’t mind making my legs more bowed than they already are. I don’t have to strap that luggage down like I would on a rack on the back of a regular motorbike; I can just balance it there – local style. This creates more ease when I’m packing and … [Read more...] about How to dodge a buffalo on a Wave
Gonçalo (Gonzalo) Cabrito, 40, has launched stand up paddleboarding (SUP), a new sport, in Danang City's My Khe beach for the local people and tourists. Visitors can undergo the SUP experience for one hour, where they can learn the basics of the sport, the material and right techniques, and practice on the pristine beach during the vacation. Portugal's Cabrito, who is a certified surf instructor from ISA (International Surfing Association), which is unique in Vietnam, has opened the surfing school with the aim of developing the surfing scene in the city and Vietnam, after working for more than 25 years as a lifeguard and surfer. He said he wanted to introduce a healthy lifestyle and surfing culture in the local community and educate the local people about dealing with the dangers of the sea. "Danang provides amazing conditions for learning surfing as well as developing the skill further. We want to introduce a new sport, SUP, in the city," he said. Gonzalo said SUP is like … [Read more...] about ‘New’ surfing sport set to make big waves on My Khe beach