She thought she would have a heart attack. She was absolutely unprepared for what just popped out of the closet on to her body. A sex doll. There it was. Direct, irrefutable evidence of her husband’s infidelity. “She demanded a divorce,” said M.D. Nguyen Lan Hai, a theology lecturer, recalling what happened to one of her patients. On the verge of losing his life partner, the husband confessed that before he met her, he’d bought this doll to satisfy his needs when he was single. He said he did not want to deal with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) from having casual sex with random girls or pay for sex services, Hai said. The use of a sex toy being seen as a partner being unfaithful is an indicator of how these are being understood and misunderstood in Vietnam. Hai is a prolific author well known for her psychological expertise in gender and sex education. She, and her work, have been featured in various newspaper columns as well as on TV shows. The story … [Read more...] about Dildos, vibrators, fleshlights
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Viet Nam News by Cát Lâm After an early dinner, I washed up then went to bed. Yet, I was unable to sleep straight away. I tossed and turned on bed for a long while like I was sick. Whenever I returned to my native village I felt as if I had taken ill. Strangely enough, leaving the place I returned to normal again. I kept this a secret because I was afraid it would make my mother worried. “Why does my summer vacation last so long?” I asked myself. Since the days I went to district boarding-school and then worked for a provincial establishment I had rarely come home for nearly a decade. I thought it might be unwise due to the generation gap between her and me. Whenever facing her I got an impression that I stood on the other side of the wide Mê River without bridges spanning its two banks. When I felt stressed due to work, I stayed in town for months partly because of her and due to being afraid of living in the country. Then suddenly one morning … [Read more...] about Pilgrims Crossing Mê River
Two uneven rows of houses with dusty brown-and-grey palm thatch roofs lining the road choked in the pinky brown dust. In all directions mountains shot up, bristling and tottering as if they would collapse after a slight collision. At the T-junction, there was a banyan tree with ancient roots and a canopy spread wide like a huge umbrella, shading the ground. Around the foot of the tree, children and a few adults were selling peeled and separated pomelo pulps which were withering under the sun, and sugarcane fruits and pineapples which were cut and packaged in nylon bags. Cucumbers, boiled corncobs and sweet potatoes were in baskets, and green tea stored in aluminum pots were offered to passers-by and passengers on buses that stopped for a break. The plastic cups dangling upside down over the spouts of the pots seemed ready to fly off every time the kids took to their heels to entice customers. Receiving a cup of tea from a skinny girl with hard dark skin, a face full of freckles and a … [Read more...] about Charmed
Viet Nam News by Robert Bicknell Can changing clubs make a difference in your game as a professional? We read all the time that a well-known Tour pro decided to switch brands, mostly due to a ridiculous amount of money being waved in his/her face. What people do not realize is that many of these pros are not entirely stupid and usually demand that the company make a virtual copy of their old tried and true club, with minimal cosmetic or technical changes, and just a new brand stamped on it. What’s old is new… sort of. But occasionally, the manufacturer might demand the player accept the designs they currently have, modified a bit to meet the player’s requirements. This can be something as simple as weighting, or grinding the sole a bit differently than what is actually on the market. But, almost without exception, once the player has a brand new set of clubs in his brand new bag, his game usually goes completely to hell, at least for a short while. Having said … [Read more...] about Can changing clubs make a difference in your game?
Viet Nam News by Mathilde Tuyết Trần Looking down at the bunch of small notes I was holding in my hand, the cab driver said, “Please give me those small notes for change. If you give those notes to the street beggars, they wouldn’t take them!” They were VNĐ1,000 and VNĐ2,000 notes, even a few of the VNĐ500 pinky notes. These are the smallest monetary notes currently in circulation in Việt Nam. I thought to myself that some tourists do not know the buying power of the Vietnamese currency, so they usually waste their money—or can be convinced to hand it over to a cab driver after they’ve already paid their fare. One thousand Việt Nam đồng equals 0.035 euro or 0.045 US dollars, which is less than a five-cent coin. You can’t really buy anything with this in Europe or America. But in Việt Nam, one thousand đồng can buy you something useful for your daily needs. Twenty thousand … [Read more...] about The surprising buying power of VNĐ1,000