The recent story on Tuoi Tre News about a man finding a mermaid had me laughing for about an hour. What’s wrong with having fun and using your imagination? The idea that anyone is taking this seriously means to me that they were not having a good Christmas! It’s the holiday season in the Western world and soon it will be Vietnam’s turn too, with Tet happening in early February and a two-week break. Around this time, in both the Western and Asian media, big news stories are thankfully not that often. We all need a rest from bad news! It’s an interesting time when the Western newspapers often run silly, ‘for fun’ stories about UFOs (I couldn’t find a translation into Vietnamese!), or mad inventions or what’s going to happen next year. Much of it is ‘tongue in cheek’ – a way to fill the newspaper with happy or funny stories over the holiday period. I loved the idea of it – get a photo, make a story, and find … [Read more...] about What’s wrong with imagination, Vietnam?
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Danang fireworks competition set to light up the sky The 2015 Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) themed "A Symphony of Colours" is expected to attract five teams, including South Africa, the US, Australia, Poland and the host, Danang. Also according to Danang municipal People's Committee, each team is scheduled for a 20-minute performance. Performance criteria are based on the idea, the diversity and the theme. The organizing board assesses colours and sound-light combination in each fireworks display. The competition is scheduled for April 28-29, 2015 on the banks of the Han River. Bach Dang Street, Tran Hung Dao Street, Han River Bridge and Thuan Phuoc Bridge should be ideal places for local people and tourists to enjoy the interesting event. Hilton Hanoi Opera to host Italian night Italian night 'La Dolce Vita' is set for October 3 at the Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel. The night will feature an Italian menu prepared by Executive Chef Rainer Schlinck with fine … [Read more...] about Art & Entertainment News 25/9
The day my oldest daughter was admitted to the Viet Nam - Cuba Junior High School was a happy one. This type of success was the dream of all parents in our neighbourhood. The school was famous for its magnificent architectural structure as well as by virtue of the morals and efforts of its teaching staff. My wife prepared a special celebratory feast of a dozen fried spring rolls for me and our two daughters when we learned our oldest would be a pupil in Mrs Bao Lan's fourth grade class. If I had still had the ebullient passion of youth, with sufficient documentation and the knowledge of the good and bad of society, I might have easily written an article or short story. Unfortunately, I was unable to do so because I had already made up my mind to apply for a higher paying job with a foreign company. That meant that I had to give up the editorial work I used to do with a publisher and engross myself in studying the language of my new position. My wife smiled sarcastically at one of my … [Read more...] about Such Is Life
by Hai Van Two weeks after a passenger was brutally beaten up on a bus in Ha Noi, city mayor Nguyen The Thao on Tuesday ordered the Ha Noi Transport Service Corporation (Transerco) to take serious action against violent drivers and conductors. What a relief! The city leader finally made himself accountable to the public by responding directly to the case. More impressively, it was the first time a senior official linked the work ethics of bus drivers and conductors to people turning away from the bus service and called for an immediate improvement. Previously, most debates on ways to encourage people to use public transport blamed poor road infrastructure and the poor quality of the bus fleet as the main causes of its unpopularity. Yet, it's not difficult to see Thao's ideas as "easier said than done". After all, the case two weeks ago was not the first time a bus passenger was attacked and it would be silly to believe it would be the last. Why would people choose to ride a … [Read more...] about Bus violence puts off passengers
VietNamNet Bridge – South Korea-based CJ Entertainment company, in co-operation with its Vietnamese partner, Yeah1 CMG, has completed a new film on teenage love in hopes of drawing young audiences. Sweet somethings: Young actress Kaity Nguyen (right)and Hary Lu in a scene from Em Chua 18 (Jailbait), a Vietnamese blockbuster at the box office this year. Photo courtesy of the filmmaker Co Gai Den Tu Hom Qua (The Girl from Yesterday) is about school, boys and girls, and their stories of love and compassion. It is based on the novel of the same name by Nguyen Nhat Anh, a best-selling author in HCM City. Anh’s book, published in 1990, has sold more than 200,000 copies. It has been used to teach Vietnamese at Moscow State University since 2012. The producers are hoping the film will be entertaining enough to lure away young audiences, … [Read more...] about New teen romance hits the silver screen