By Robert Bicknell Comedian Billy Crystal joined the cast of Saturday Night Live the 1984-85 season. His most famous recurring sketch was his parody of Fernando Lamas, a smarmy talk-show host whose catch phrase was “It is better to look better than to feel good and, darling, you look Mahvelous!” became a media sensation So, here’s an interesting question… Is it better to look good, or to play good? (Grammar critics stop screaming, I know “play good” is wrong, but it’s the only way it fits the set up correctly. Call it, artistic licence and shaddap). The reason behind this is that I see far too many people on the driving ranges trying to swing like Tour pros and failing miserably. The painstakingly compare their swings to what they see on YouTube and keep making changes, despite not having the physical characteristics or strengths of the player in the video. So the question is, do you want to look like you can play golf, or do you want to … [Read more...] about Look good, or play good?
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James Chew has kick-started field hockey in big cities across Việt Nam over the past 12 years. Photo courtesy of Jamese ChewViet Nam News Việt Nam is a country that is quite new to the sport of hockey. The country only started playing the sport against other countries five years ago. For now, hockey is being played more in universities than in schools in Việt Nam. Cities in which people play hockey include Ho Chi Minh City, Đà Nẵng, and the capital. Singaporean James Chew was a town planner for 35 years before he arrived in Việt Nam back in 2005. Having been a professional hockey player in Singapore, he and like-minded expats decided to start promoting the sport across the country, and thanks to their efforts Việt Nam has made significant progress. Thanh Nga talks to him. Inner Sanctum: As manager of the Việt Nam national hockey squad and CEO of the Việt Nam Hockey Federation (VHF), you are leading the … [Read more...] about Hockey makes its mark
The "Duck Stop" is located near the Phong Nha - Ke Bang Cave in Quang Binh Province. It has become a very popular destination of late. Western tourists enjoy a duck massage. Photo courtesy of Bianca Yorke - Davies The Duck Stop Farm is a brainchild of 20-year-old Tran Van Quynh. The owner of the 120 ducks has also named the farm "Duck Heaven". Quynh guides visitors for the first attempt at getting the duck massage, on how to hold a handful of seeds in their cupped palms and allow the ducks to munch them. The experience is similar to the famous fish massage in Thailand where people put their legs in water tanks full of small fish that nibble at the skin. Robyn, a tourist from Poland, said she’d never laughed so much. "I never thought I would be chased by hundreds of ducks. It felt great to have them massage me," she said. Tourists also have the opportunity to become a "leader" of hundreds of ducks. The "Duck Leader" section is introduced soon after tourists … [Read more...] about If it looks like a duck…and massages like a duck…
Viet Nam News by George Burchett* Hà Nội is fast expanding, vertically and horizontally. There are, of course, other quantifiers for that rapid expansion that can be measured with non-geometrical parameters: air pollution, noise pollution, chaotic traffic and so on and on. As the laws of physics dictate: what goes up, comes down. The great number of recent high-rise developments in Hà Nội inevitably affects life on ground level. And that is something we have to accept as part of life in a vibrant modern city, even if we don’t necessarily like it. The laws of nature teach us that the old inevitably makes way for the new, just as Rome inevitably fell to the Barbarians. Still, plenty of ancient Rome remains to remind of its past imperial glory. One wonders how much of old – even ancient – Hà Nội will survive the onslaught of the "new". But that’s not the topic of this story. I’ve dealt with that issue in a previous … [Read more...] about Spray-can vandal making city a ’nasty’ place
Following the chaos that occurred outside the My Dinh Stadium the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) might switch to selling tickets online if Vietnam enter the semi-finals. Despite the cold and rainy weather on Sunday, fans queue up patiently outside the stadium. Some had even arrived the day before. A barrier was installed by security officials two hours before the counters opened at 8 a.m. But the barrier collapsed as thousands of people jostled and shoved. Luckily there were no injuries. This woman waited in the line since 7 p.m. the day before. She scaled the fence but couldn’t get down because there was no space left on the ground to put her feet. A person could buy up to four tickets. After one hour, all 9,000 tickets were sold out. The VFF said 1,000 organizations and associations had demanded some 60,000 tickets while the stadium’s capacity is only 40,000. The tickets are priced at VND150,000, 200,000, 300,000, 400,000 ($6.46, 8.62, 13, 17). The match is … [Read more...] about AFF Cup: This is what anticipation looks like in football-crazy Vietnam