A Saudi woman practices reversing a car in Riyadh ahead of the lifting of a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. (Photo: AFP/Yousef Doubisi) Overturning the decades-long ban, a glaring symbol of repression against women, is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's much-trumpeted reform drive to modernise the conservative petrostate. Potentially thousands of female drivers are set to take the wheel on Sunday, a long-awaited rite of passage for women in the kingdom that many say could usher in a new era of social mobility. "It is a very important step and essential for women's free mobility," Hana al-Khamri, author of the forthcoming book "Female Journalists in Gender Apartheid Saudi Arabia", told AFP. "Women in Saudi Arabia live under patriarchal structures. Allowing them to sit behind the wheel will help challenge social and gender norms that hinder mobility, autonomy and independence." For many women the move should prove transformative, freeing them from their dependence on … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia gears up to end women driving ban
National ice cream day
Khuc Bach sweet cheese tofu “Che khuc bach” is a cold dessert believed to originate from Hong Kong with buttery cubes of "cheese tofu," preserved longans or lychee, and silvered almonds. The cubes are the main part made from cheese, milk, cream and gelatin powder to create a soft and chewy texture. Unlike other desserts that are usually sweet, this dish has a milder taste. The dessert made a storm first in Saigon, and has slowly won the hearts of many people across the nation due to its refreshing taste. There are many dessert shops serving "che khuc bach." You can try some at 33 Quang Trung Street, 9 Tran Phu Street and 93 Hang Bac Street. Gooey yogurt Yogurt is frozen, cut into small cubes and mixed with coco powder to make this soft and sticky dessert. This dish is famous around the Hang Non area in Hanoi. Yogurt with glutinous jelly During peak time, you can see a long line of customers waiting in front of 5B Dinh Liet to buy this dish. Due to the small venue, it's best … [Read more...] about 7 desserts to cool Hanoi’s hot summer
Viet Nam News by Bích Hường In a business-as-usual scenario, the world’s oceans could contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight]. The numbers in a report launched at the World Economic Forum 2016 crossed my mind again when I saw images of trash abandoned at beaches and other tourist attractions that went viral on internet after recent public holidays on April 30 and May 1. More similar images are likely to come as Vietnamese enter the peak time of holiday season – summer. When students have a long break, people flock to beaches and tourist destinations. It’s a given that people are disappointed to spend their holidays in places that are filled or surrounded by ice cream sticks, wrappers, cans, water bottles and food waste. The trash not only damages the sight of the tourist areas, but also poses a high risk of environmental pollution to the locality if it is not treated … [Read more...] about Who wants a vacation to a trash filled beach?
Vincom Retail Joint-Stock Company on April 28 held an opening ceremony to celebrate the opening of three Vincom Plaza shopping centres in three provinces. These are the first Vincom shopping centres to open in the central province of Thanh Hoa, and the southern provinces of Lam Dong and Long An. The three openings bring the total number of retail centres of Vincom nationwide to 49, continuing to confirm the position of the largest retail property management company in Viet Nam, with presence in 26 provinces. The panorama view of Vincom Plaza Thanh Hoa Shopping Centre is highlighted with modern architecture. — Photo Vincom Vincom Plaza Bao Loc in Lam Dong, Vincom Plaza in Thanh Hoa and Vincom Plaza Tan An in Long An display the full range of Vincom's national standards on architectural style, shopping spaces and amusement parks, promising to bring new experiences to people in these localities. Vincom Plaza Thanh Hoa, located in a complex of Vinpearl five-star hotels and … [Read more...] about Vincom opens three new malls in Thanh Hoa, Lam Dong and Long An
With his daring pho cocktail inspired by Vietnam's signature beef noodle soup, Hanoi's leading hipster bartender Pham Tien Tiep is hoping to elevate the drinking scene in a city better known for its raucous outdoor beer dens. Though he leaves the meat out of his version of the national dish, the aromatics remain key ingredients: cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and fresh coriander, plus a generous splash of gin and triple sec for good measure. The cocktail is a departure for denizens of Vietnam's capital city, where cheap and cheerful open-air 'bia hoi' beer markets reign supreme. Beer is the beverage of choice for most Vietnamese drinkers, who downed 3.4 billion liters of the cold stuff in 2015 compared to 70 million liters of wine and spirits, according to an EU-Vietnam Business Network report. "It was a bit hard for me to promote this, to beat the bia hoi or rice wine, but we are making it for a different level, it's more luxury and more elegant," Tiep told AFP at his cocktail bar, … [Read more...] about What the pho? Vietnam streetfood cocktails make a splash