Tuan Kiet/VNN It’s hard to find a better photo to show the plight of trees in Ho Chi Minh City - bullied and annihilated by concrete, literally. This tree, a dipterocarpus alatus, has cast its shadow on this stretch of Le Hong Phong St., District 10, between houses No. 394 and 396 for more than 50 years. And now the owner of house 396 wants it dead. Being an honest citizen, Cao Hoang Chi requested the Parks and Trees Company (PTC), a state-owned business that takes care of, as its names implies, all parks and street trees in the city, to fell the tree. "The tree presses against the wall of my house, chipping a part of it. During heavy rains or strong winds, it shakes my house," wrote Chi in his request form, as quoted by the Phap Luat TP. Ho Chi Minh newspaper. "My family, too scared for life, has to rent another house to live because the rainy season is coming, and we’re not sure when the house will collapse." Chi’s human-vs-tree case sounded pretty snappy and … [Read more...] about Who wants to kill a tree?
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VietNamNet introduces some churches with typical architecture throughout Vietnam. 1. Tra Co church, Quang Ninh province The Tra Co Church is located in Tra Co Ward, Mong Cai City, Quang Ninh Province. The church was built in the 80s of the 19th century and restored in 1995. The church has hundreds of relieves and an 80-year-old bell. 2. Phat Diem Church, Ninh Binh Province This work is built by big rocks, with four statues on the roof. 3. Wooden Church, Kon Tum This is a unique architectural work which has stood firmly during the past century. The church is located right in the middle of Kon Tum town. With the architecture style, an interior decoration mixed between the local and western culture, the church attracts many tourists inland and abroad coming to contemplate. The official name of the church is the head church of Kon Tum, but people here used to call it wooden church as almost of this religious construction is made of wood. Designed in Roman architecture style … [Read more...] about Unique architecture of churches in Vietnam
Dining Out Party central: The salon-style dining rooms at Slavianski Restaurant are ideal for large parties. Meat the feast: The cold meat plate comes with pickled beetroot sauce (above), while the baby pig stuffed with malt is a celebratory specialty. — VNS Photos Justine Reilly Slaviansky Restaurant Address: 102 Mai Hac De St, Hai Ba Trung Dist, Ha Noi Phone: (+84-4) 974 3089 / 0904 354 662 Email: [email protected] Hours: 10am-11pm Comment: A big, friendly welcome and hearty, authentic food in salon-style rooms. (01-10-2006) Mother Russia makes good on Mai Hac De When the weather turns blustery, warm up Russian-style at Slaviansky Restaurant, with a shot of homemade vodka, a belly-filling stew and even a spot of karaoke. Justine Reilly gives it a go. An unlikely juxtaposition of Russian and Spanish culture arose out of my night at Slaviansky Restaurant, nestled into the dining district near Ha Noi's Vincom Tower. After an unseasonably … [Read more...] about Mother Russia makes good on Mai Hac De
Dining Out Where the ruouflows like water: The paint hasn't yet dried on the signboard of the newly opened Teu Quan restaurant on Tong Duy Tan Street. — VNS Photos Jacob O Gold Teu Quan Address: 5 Tong Duy Tan St, Ha Noi Tel: 090 631 5551 Hours: 9am-late Comment: Countryside classics, city sophistication (28-10-2007) Teu Quan: Tong Duy Tan wunderkind Amid the dime-a-dozen stalls gracing Food Street, Teu Quan steps forward with a style and flavour all its own. Within hours of opening its doors, the restaurant had already won over Jacob O Gold. For several weeks before it actually opened, the proprietors of Teu Quan were happy enough to welcome all comers into their prenatal premises, treating the errant visitor to bottomless, complementary cups of ruou lang Van - some kind of wonderful country rice moonshine - without so much as asking what they'd like from the as-yet uncompiled menu. These days, Teu Quan is applying the same effortless generosity to the … [Read more...] about Teu Quan: Tong Duy Tan wunderkind
ROME, Oct 16, 2011 (AFP) - Protesters torched cars and smashed up banks in Rome on Saturday while clashes erupted in New York's Times Square on a day of worldwide demonstrations against corporate greed and government cutbacks. Tens of thousands took to the streets of the Italian capital for a march that turned violent and equal numbers rallied in Madrid and Lisbon. In New York, where thousands protested, more than 70 people were arrested. The protests were inspired by the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in the United States and the "Indignants" in Spain, targeting 951 cities in more than 80 countries around the globe. It was the biggest show of power yet by a movement born on May 15 when a rally in Madrid's central Puerta del Sol square sparked a worldwide campaign focused on anger over unemployment and opposition to the financial elite. "I think it is very moving that the movement that was born here has extended throughout the world. It was about time for people to rise up," said … [Read more...] about Clashes in Rome, NY on global day of protests