A place to go shopping ahead of Tet The Saigon Times Daily Fashion shops on Nguyen Trai Street linking District 1 and District 5 in HCMC has become crowded these days with a lot of people rushing to buy clothes, shoes and other items in the run up to the Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet. The outlets on the street section in District 1 sell products of famous brands such as Levi’s, Mango, Charles & Keith and Adidas while the shops on the street in District 5 offer for sale made-in-Vietnam items and those imported from China at lower prices. The shops usually open doors at 9 a.m. while vendors on the pavements of the street start to sell a wide selection of products like clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, scarves and hats at around 5 p.m. until 10-11 p.m. with T-shirts for women from VND35-50,000 (US$1.6-2.3) and for men from VND75,000. Shoppers, mainly young people, flock to the area after the sunset. The shopping street also entices many students as it is located near … [Read more...] about A place to go shopping ahead of Tet
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Coffee shops: a respite from the daily grind (09-07-2008) by Minh Thu No Starbucks here: Many youngsters enjoy their morning cup of coffee on pavements like this one on Ha Noi's Nguyen Du Street. — VNS Photo Truong Vi HA NOI — For many of Ha Noi's younger citizens, enjoying a morning coffee on the street besides Thuyen Quang Lake is a habit they find difficult to give up. Foreign Trade University student Hoang Anh Phuong lives near the lake and every day relaxes with a cup of coffee on Nguyen Du Street. "I discovered the coffee shops here years ago when exercising around the lake," said Phuong. "Enjoying a coffee on the pavement has been an integral part of my day for two years now." Other youngsters also consider the coffee here their favourite. Nguyen Xuan Duc takes five minutes to drink coffee and read the daily newspaper on Nguyen Du Street every morning. "It's hard for me to explain why I'm so fond of drinking coffee here," says Duc. "The coffee isn't as … [Read more...] about Coffee shops: a respite from the daily grind
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
It's the middle of the day and fashion stores on main Ho Chi Minh City streets such as Hai Ba Trung, Nguyen Trai and Le Van Sy are playing their music several times louder than life. The pounding music at street stores adds to a thousand and one different noises city residents are already subjected to throughout the day. A café on Truong Sa Street stirs up the whole street corner every night with its music and loudly chatting young guests. "Some nearby residents did complain to the ward authorities at first and they have rebuked us several times. But we just keep playing and no one complains anymore," said a waitress at the café last Tuesday. "They've started to love our music, maybe." Sau Minh, a senior resident on Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, said he is seriously considering moving since the music feels like "torture." "Someday it's a groaning singer and another day, someone quarreling by banging the life out of instruments." Minh said the noise could be less harsh for … [Read more...] about Music becomes torture as shops and neighbors have a blast
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?