The front façade of the post office building is richly ornate, and the entrance doorway is elegant and stylish with intricate iron grillwork on folding doors, with a large clock prominently featured above. Wooden benches at the far end of the post office are a unique feature that provide visitors with space to write letters or send postcards back home, adding a warmth to the place. A large portrait of Vietnam’s revered leader Ho Chi Minh, at the rear end of the hallway, is perhaps the only modern day addition to this enchanting colonial building. The interior of the post office with vaulted ceiling and antique patterned tiles is impressive. However, another surprise awaits travelers to Saigon inside this imposing post office building in the form of a local icon, an 89-year-old octogenarian, named Duong Van Ngo. Ngo can be found seated at the end of one of the wooden benches, writing a postcard for his visitors or just plain chatting about his life, now having been a … [Read more...] about Saigon’s last living ‘Public Writer’
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By Thanh LiênOutstanding Vietnamese Farmer award last year for successfully developing a red dragon fruit plantation which earned him VNĐ1.3 billion.export his fruit to Malaysia and Chinese Taiwan in 2016.techniques necessary to grow red dragon fruit in addition to researching the process online.saplings that produced small yields that were sour. In 2015, Hoàng harvested his first high-quality fruit: sweet with a thin skin.harsh so we can only harvest from April to October compared with the south where the trees fruit all year round. I've invested all my time and efforts on nurturing my plants to ensure they are strong enough to survive the severe heat of summer and chilling cold of winter.fertiliser down to help the trees survive winter,” Hoàng said.prunes his trees to ensure quality and big fruit that can be sold … [Read more...] about Red dragon fruit does well in the north
Hong Phuc "There’s a retard here," a corpulent woman shouted as she punched on my apartment door. "There’s a retard here!," she kept yelling. We were living in Hanoi back then, when my son was five years old. That woman, a neighbor, rushed into my house to find "the retard" because, she said: "He stole my grandkid’s toy, he even opened the fridge to take biscuits himself." That day, my son lost a piece of his toe because of the iron folding door. That neighbor tried to push him out of her apartment while my son tried to get back in. After she left, I followed the trail of blood to find my son hiding in a corner of the bedroom. He did not cry and his eyes were wide open as if he had never been chased away so many times before. Then he lay down, very still, rolling the wheel of a toy car as I bandaged his toe. When was the last time that you had peace of mind? My answer to that question would be: the time before a hot summer afternoon in Hanoi, more than 13 years ago. … [Read more...] about After 16 years of living with an autistic child, I am grateful
Visitors to the bamboo farm of Lê Xuân Hà. - Photo tienphong.vn Viet Nam News Lê Xuân Hà loves nature and he lives in the middle of it. His home is on his bamboo farm in the province of Thanh Hóa. There, he invites people to visit and live “green”. That means growing vegetables, making houses from bamboo and surviving in the forest. by Hoàng Hoa HÀ NỘI — Imagine waking up in a house made of bamboo, washing your hair with dry fruit, bathing in leaves and brushing your teeth with natural toothpaste made from salted lemon and betel leaves. That’s a way of life that costs almost nothing and Lê Xuân Hà, a 28-year-old nature lover from the central province of Thanh Hóa, believes that this is the best way to reduce waste and protect the environment. With the desire to share this eco-friendly lifestyle, Hà, who owns a bamboo forest covering nearly 10ha in Hón Mũ, … [Read more...] about Living ‘green’ in the bamboo
Viet Nam News Trần Ngọc Hùng, chairman of the Việt Nam Construction Association, speaks to Việt Nam News Agency about key reasons for the delays in the renovation of old living quarters in Hà Nội. How do you evaluate the national programme to renovate old living quarters? The national programme to renovate old living quarters was launched more than 10 years ago, but its implementation has been very slow. As a consequence, its results have been limited. According to the latest report, some 25 percent of the old living quarters have been described as “very dangerous.” They could collapse at any time and the lives of people living in these building are at risk. What are the main factors preventing the programme from following its approved plan? The Government’s policy is totally right, yet specific guidelines and solutions to implement the policy have not been translated into real life. I should say the implementation of the … [Read more...] about Why does renovation of old living quarters proceed so slowly?