Great beginnings: Off to a good start with Vietnamese mini pancakes, bánh khọt. VNS Photo The Nomad Quynh Viet Nam NewsSecret House joins its sister restaurant Secret Garden to offer home-style Vietnamese meals in a tranquil and rustic setting at the centre of HCM City. The Nomad Quynh reports. Gone are the days where it was hard to find a classy, modern yet casual Vietnamese bistro in HCMCity with an interesting menu, good food, good service and reasonable pricing. Nowadays customers are spoilt with choices. Among them all, however, Secret House stands out and is now perhaps one of the most popular new destinations for food lovers. When the restaurant first opened, I was eager to try it as I had always been a fan of their older sibling SecretGarden – one of HCMCity’s staples for home-cooked Vietnamese food. SecretGarden has a very unique location on the rooftop of an old seven-floor apartment building, which is one of its charms but can also be a … [Read more...] about Secret House hides away in heart of HCMC
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A group of more than 30 students from the U.S. are visiting Vietnam to build houses for disadvantaged families in the central province of Quang Ngai. Pho Thanh and Pho Chau Communes. They said they were encouraged to visit Vietnam after American veteran Frederic Whitehurst visited their schools and spoke of the famous war book Dang Thuy Tram's Diary, which included written entries by Vietnamese doctor Tram during the U.S. war in Vietnam. The students prepared for the trip over the last six months by communicating through an online forum organized by National Geographic Student Expeditions. "The trip of a lifetime" Seventeen-year-old Olivia Salama of Colorado is one of the most enthusiastic members of the trip. She found information about Vietnam and delivered it to others in the group. The students raised around VND300 million (US$14,285) for the trip, most of which came from working part-time jobs. "I know your country has still had difficulties. Vietnamese people have … [Read more...] about American students help build houses for poor people in Vietnam
At 7.0 on the Richter scale, the earthquake that hit Haiti on Jan. 12 was strong, but hardly record-breaking - very similar, in fact, to a 7.0 temblor that hit the San Francisco Bay area in 1989. But that's where the similarities end. The 1989 San Francisco quake left up to 12,000 people homeless and killed 63. The 2010 Haiti quake, however, will likely make over a million people homeless, and its death toll could be 50,000 or much higher. The wealthy Bay Area, accustomed to seismological instability, had good - and enforced - building codes, and well-supplied emergency personnel capable of responding to the disaster immediately. Haiti, the poorest country in the western Hemisphere, had nothing - what building codes it had were unenforced, police and other emergency personnel were almost nonexistent and many of its people were already in ill health. "Haiti was totally set up for this catastrophe," says Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, an NGO that has worked in … [Read more...] about After the Destruction: What Will It Take to Rebuild Haiti?
The US state of Nevada reeled in shock Wednesday after a gunman opened fire on a group of National Guardsmen having breakfast at a pancake restaurant, killing four people and wounding seven. The shooter, named as 32-year-old Eduardo Sencion, used an AK-47 assault rifle in the early morning attack in Carson City, in which three Guardsmen were among the dead and two injured before he turned the gun on himself. Three people were pronounced dead shortly after the shooting, with the fourth, a female member of the National Guard, confirmed overnight. "This is a real tragic event," Sheriff Ken Furlong said, adding in a briefing late Tuesday that he believed it was "the largest single shooting incident to occur in Carson City history." Witnesses called emergency services shortly after 9:00 am (1600 GMT) when they saw an armed man in the parking lot of the International House of Pancakes, a chain restaurant. The five National Guard members -- two women and three men -- were having an informal … [Read more...] about Death toll rises in US guardsmen shooting
Crowd pleasers: Ben Tre Province is home to villages with green and bountiful coconut gardens, attracting both domestic and international visitors. — VNA/VNS Photo Vu Tin Tasting the produce: The family of farmer Nguyen Viet Hai in Ben Tre Province has collaborated with the provincial Tourism Company to open their orchards to tourists. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quang Blast from the past: An ancient house in Ben Tre Province has become a tourist attraction. — VNS Photos Giang Son Visiting the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta is a dream of many people including those abroad because they could enjoy virgin land in Ninh Thuan and fresh fruits, beautiful landscapes and cultural, historical sites in Ben Tre. "My first trip is to Ben Tre Province (or the land of coconuts) because I learned about it a very long time ago but only through books and the internet. Now I want to see it with my own eyes to enjoy its beauty and landscape, as well as the cultural and historical … [Read more...] about Delta visitors enjoy festivals, history