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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It was created to serve people’s spiritual and religious needs. Pao Dung has been handed down through generations and is still sung by the Dao people today, not only at festivals and traditional holidays but to accompany everyday activities. This genre has been honored as a national intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam. “Dung” means “singing” in the Dao language. The singing style is also called “Pa Dung” or “Ay Dung”. Pao Dung lyrics describe the Dao people’s daily activities - lullabying, playing, complaining, working, flirting – or are designed for rituals, such as weddings, funerals, or coming-of-age. The songs can be improvised for different situations. For example, Páo Dung songs sung at the new year festivals are improvised wishes for wealth, luck, peace, and happiness. But Pao Dung songs for rituals are fixed. The lyrics and rhythms follow specific religious benchmarks, because religion plays a very … [Read more...] about Pao Dung – traditional singing of Vietnam’s Dao ethnic minority
Lt Col Dương Văn Toàn. Photo nhandan.com.vn As the reality show "Beauty in Action" climbs to a leading position in Việt Nam’s reality TV scene, its scriptwriter – Lt Col Dương Văn Toàn from the Ministry of Public Security of Việt Nam – speaks to Nhân Dân Cuối Tuần (The People Weekend edition) on bringing the image of police officers closer to the public. Inner Sanctum: Was "Beauty in Action" born out of the need to catch up with the reality show "Stars Enlisted" of the Việt Nam People's Army? Not really. The main purpose of writing is to diversify reality shows in Việt Nam, keeping them entertaining but also adding elements distinctive of the armed forces. All I thought about when writing it was how to create a good show, not making political or social statements. You might have noticed we have reality shows about almost all … [Read more...] about Armed forces on the screen
ACTION STAR: Phan Thanh Nhiên stars in the movie Hai Phượng (Furie) released earlier this year. Photo courtesy of Studio 68 Phan Thanh Nhiên, born in 1985, is the youngest of five siblings. He starred in Hai Phượng (Furie), the acclaimed action movie released earlier this year. Although he won plaudits for his acting abilities, Nhiên’s career in action started years ago when he was the youngest Vietnamese to conquer Everest in 2008. He also won the first and only silver medal for Việt Nam in track & field at the SEA Games 26 in 2011 in Indonesia. He’s a pioneer in developing extreme sports in Việt Nam. Inner Sanctum: How did you start your journey to Mt Everest? I was born in a poor family and wanted to make a better life for my family. I started studying at the College of Physical Education and Sports 2 in HCM City. My friends persuaded me to apply for … [Read more...] about Young Vietnamese to climb Everest
ACROSS THE NATION: Đặng Thanh Hải reaches Cape Cà Mau in the southern province of Cà Mau during his trans-Việt Nam cycling trip. Photo vietnamnet.vn by Phương Hà He has cycled across the country four times, covering thousands of kilometres, and has conquered four of the most daunting passes in Việt Nam’s northwestern region by bicycle. One would think such achievements belong to a young sports enthusiast, but these feats were actually accomplished by 67-year-old Đặng Thanh Hải in the northern province of Sơn La. Many Vietnamese long-distance cyclists are familiar with Hải. He is now the member of four cycling clubs, namely Sơn La City’s Cycling Club, the Great Circle of Việt Nam Clubs in the north, centre and south, and the Backpacking Clubs in the north, centre and south. However, Hải is not a professional cyclist. He started riding … [Read more...] about Never too old to cycle