For years, book lovers across the nation have visited old book shops in HCM City to hunt for precious and rare books. The southern city is known as the "centre" for old book shops in the country. The city has an ample number of book collectors and, more importantly, it has a climate that is more favourable for preserving books than the North. The City's Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Tran Nhan Ton and Tran Huy Lieu streets are known as "book streets", where adjoining shops sell both old and new books. Other streets that have book shops that are home to rare and valuable books that are sold at reasonable prices. Contrary to what I had imagined before visiting the famous Xua&Nay (Then and Now) book shop on Bach Ma Street, District 10, the store's owner, Tran Thu Nam, was 48, which was much younger than I expected. "I began to trade books in 1990. But my wife's family has been involved in the business since before the country was reunited [in 1975]," he says. After he stopped working at the … [Read more...] about Old book shops keep reading culture alive
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Hanoi Times - Nguyen Thi Minh, 45, did not know her son Dat, 15, was addicted to online games until he was expelled from school for truancy. "He was an excellent student from grade one to grade eight," says the resident of Vinh's Himg Loc Ward in central Nghe An Province. "It was only when his teacher asked me to come and discuss his study that I learned that he had been dropping classes to spend most of his time playing online games," she says. The youngster had started to ask for more money - ostensibly for extra classes - when an Internet shop opened near their residence, three years ago. His mother never suspected his wayward activity because the boy always left for school on time and arrive home punctually. "I didn't know that he often missed classes to play online games at the Internet shop," she says. But after expulsion, Dat became even worse. He sold his bicycle, watch and every other thing of value to spend all his time with friends at the games … [Read more...] about Online gaming: a new family threat?
By Mong Binh - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is completing its preparations for official inauguration of the first Crowne Plaza hotel in Vietnam, hopefully early next year to further tap the country’s growing tourism market. The Crowne Plaza West Hanoi will open pretty soon, said Chihiro Tamao, director of sales and marketing at the luxury hotel on Le Duc Tho Street, My Dinh Commune, Tu Liem District. Tamao did not elaborate on the exact inauguration of the hotel near the My Dinh National Convention Center and My Dinh Stadium. However, the property is receiving reservations with an opening special rate of US$110 per night for stays from January 15, 2011 onwards, according to its website at www.crowneplaza.com. “As a newcomer, we expect taking some time to catch up with existing operational hotels,” Tamao told the Daily in an email interview. She added My Dinh was the newest business district with convenient access to Noi Bai … [Read more...] about IHG to open first Crowne Plaza hotel in Vietnam soon
Talking Shop (26-07-2007) First semiconductor parts factory to open The first US$36 million fac tory to support the semicon ductor industry has been granted a licence and will start operating next year in the Sai Gon High Tech Park (SHTP)'s District 9. Viet Nam News reporter Hoang Nam talked with Don Tran, an overseas Vietnamese and general director of Global Equipment Services (GES) Viet Nam about the development plan. What does the GES Viet Nam joint stock company do? The GES Viet Nam joint-stock company is a member of the US-based Global Equipment Services & Manufacturing Inc, which provides electronic equipment design, upgrade, production, and maintenance for semiconductor manufacturers. We are now providing semiconductor accessories for Tokyo Electronics, the second largest semiconductor producer in the world. Along with our headquarters in the US, our company is represented in Japan, Taiwan and the Republic of Korea, which are the centres of the semiconductor … [Read more...] about First semiconductor parts factory to open
For locals and expatriates living near Hanoi’s West Lake, a European style market that is open from 9 am to 12.30 pm every Saturday off To Ngoc Van Street is a place to shop and have a chat. Alain Fiorucci, one of the booth owners is an Italian-French man who has lived in Vietnam for 15 years. Fluent in the local language and humorous, he always manages to attract a crowd to look at and buy the pure honey he buys directly from a factory in Ha Giang. “All products sold in this market have fixed prices and detailed labels with company’s name,” he says. The idea of a weekend market like in many European cities came in 2009 to Frenchman Patrice Gautier, a director at the Asian Veterinary & Livestock Services. His idea was to gather a group of ethical suppliers who were committed to serving customers the best quality products which are safe, traceable, tasty, and natural. After two years, the market now has 20 booths selling food products like bread, jam, … [Read more...] about Hanoi weekend market offers more than shopping