As she prepares to step down after four years as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton says she won't run for president in 2016. But insight from sources close to her, a look at the US political landscape, and recent clues tell a different story.Of the questions swirling around Washington DC these days -- Can a fiscal cliff deal be reached? Should the administration do more about Syria? Which designer will the first lady wear to the inaugural ball? -- perhaps none is as obsessively pondered as: What will Hillary Clinton do next? According to whisperings from her inner circle, the secretary of state, who is expected to step down in the next few months, may buy a country house in the Hamptons or upstate New York with her husband, former President Bill Clinton. The 65-year-old Clinton herself told The New York Times that her plans were "to sleep and exercise and travel for fun". And it seems a given that she will do high-profile speaking engagements and write a book about her time as … [Read more...] about A burning question: What’s next for Hillary Clinton?
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To most Westerners, the idea of paying someone to stick little scoops and tweezers into their ears is downright unnerving. To Vietnamese, it's an art. Though the procedure may sound like torture, men line up day in and day out to experience this unorthodox probing. It's part of the country's pampering culture and is offered in corner barbershops, the oases where Vietnamese while away hot afternoons with luxurious shampoos, relaxing shaves and facials. But it's the picking that elicits moans of ecstasy. Many returning Vietnamese-Americans head straight to these barbershops, or "hot tocs," after disembarking from long United and EVA Air flights at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. "It brings a lot of happiness," said Silicon Valley resident Nguyen Tuong Tam, who always heads to a hot toc upon arriving in this city, also known as Saigon. He likens a good ear picking to good sex. Indeed, fans of ear picking gleefully talk about "ear-gasms." There is a spot near the ear drum that, when … [Read more...] about Vietnamese clients wax poetic over ear picking
by Pham Thi Ngoc Lien Agele Thuy, a model. I was thunderstruck at the news of Rober Khai's death. Only three days ago, we had gone together to take photos at Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, for advertisements of a cosmetics company. As usual, Robert Khai was always making fun to amuse everybody. We would have stayed in Phan Thiet that night if Julie Kim had not had a show in Sai Gon. So we all went home with regret. In return, Julie promised to invite the whole group to her house on the weekend to enjoy catfish hotpot and sing karaoke. There would even be a prize:a quality handbag her boyfriend had given her. Robert Khai laughed as if he would win the prize: "You can use that handbag for only one more week, you know, Julie! It will be mine this weekend!" Robert Khai had a reason to feel confident. He had once competed in a TV singing competition and made it to the final round. He would have been a singer if he had not met the household name designer who had invited him to work as a catwalker. … [Read more...] about Abyss
Out of reach: There's an abundance of high-quality Parkson goods such as clothes and bags but customers are rarely seen these days. — VNS Photo Truong Vi Shut up shop: Many kiosks in Hang Da Trade Centre have to close their doors due to having no buyers. — VNS Photo Doan Tung Appetite for change: Many people in HCM City are now interested in high-quality items such as garments, shoes and farm products produced by local enterprises due to their affordable prices compared to the imported ones. — VNS Photo Manh Linh The preserve of the wealthy during the boom years, high-end shopping centres have been crippled by the recession and are now seeking alternative ways to bring back the crowds. Ha Nguyen reports. Economies continue slowing down globally, forcing many high-grade trade and plaza centres to reduce prices or sell popular goods to attract customers and balance their turnover. In the past several years, these centres were a good place for the … [Read more...] about Plazas plunge prices to woo the masses
by Y Nhi The woman read Q's letter several times then folded it up before putting a pair of glasses on top of it. Suddenly, she realised that she was using the spectacles incorrectly, to some extent, because they were not the thing for sundries in the kitchen. She had five pairs in all: one with transparent plastic frames for reading, another with fake tortoise shell frames for watching TV, another with black frames for travelling, a pair with brown frames for kitchen chores and the pair had light metal frames which she left by her bedside. In fact, they could be used interchangably because they all had the same prescription but she liked everything in the house to be in good order. In addition to her glasses, she also had dozens of pencils in all colours and sizes for different purposes: writing newspaper articles, marking special features, taking notes from interesting passages and erasing erroneous items and so forth and so on. It drove her crazy when her children left their … [Read more...] about Q’s return