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A cake hawker from belarus
Sunday,  5/2/2021, 13:44 
Many aliens who have been stranded in Vietnam have tried their best to survive tough times here during the protracted pandemic. In several cases, they ...
Fledgling roller derby group wheeling and dealing in Saigon
Monday,  4/5/2021, 16:25 
HCMC - “Easy Break Oven lands a hard hit on a jammer.”
A shift to a hub-and-spoke model
Saturday,  3/6/2021, 16:26 
The downtown office will still play a critical role in future corporate real estate strategy. And social interaction drives productivity in specific areas ...
Mini wind kit, bird strike prevention designed for wind power generator
Sunday,  2/21/2021, 09:40 
According to IHS Markit, Vietnam is among the top three nations with the fastest growth of shift to renewable energy in the Asia Pacific after Australia ...
Choosing Vietnam: All about trusting the data for American entrepreneur
Friday,  2/12/2021, 15:20 
As a man whose life revolves around data, everything added up to make Vietnam Jon Barrett’s home base as well as launching his ambitious business venture.
A Thai tourist’s emotional trip to Ha Giang
Sunday,  2/7/2021, 13:43 
A tour of Ha Giang Province on New Year’s Eve replete with emotional feelings as well as interesting experiences recounted by a Thai tourist to Vietnam.
New Year in ao dai
Sunday,  1/31/2021, 15:18 
Ao dai is a traditional Vietnamese costume, which literally means “long dress.” Although the modern ao dai comes in many different versions, the typical ...
Vietnam, a rising star in Asia about solar power development
Thursday,  1/28/2021, 16:32 
Just in three years, Vietnam has developed solar power to a capacity of 25% of the national total electricity output, making it one of the fastest-growing ...
Forest creation in Ca Mau: A sustainable business idea
Saturday,  10/31/2020, 17:58 
During the Covid-19 outbreak, we visited Ca Mau Province in search of suppliers of wood pellets. I was surprised to discover companies there growing their ...
Smart investors eye HCMC’s “smart” initiatives
Monday,  9/7/2020, 12:41 
HCMC - For an expat, HCMC can be a bridge between simpler times and the modern business world. This is equally captivating and frustrating, depending on ...
Flooded
Thursday,  8/13/2020, 12:29 
HCMC – What is it like to get flooded? When I went to sleep last Thursday evening, it was raining hard. But it didn’t seem like anything to worry about. ...
Vietnam’s domestic moment
Sunday,  8/2/2020, 12:10 
Editor’s note: The author of this article, an American business and policy strategist providing services primarily for the private sector, argues that ...
Return of the virus
Friday,  7/31/2020, 11:45 
HCMC - After going 99 days without a fresh case, Vietnam is back in Covid-19 panic mode. For months, the country had basked in the glow of the being the ...
HBSO to stage chamber concert on July 25
Monday,  7/6/2020, 11:06 
HCMC - The HBSO is staging a concert of chamber music at the Saigon Opera House on July 25. The selection of items is remarkable and highly original, and ...
How did Vietnam dodge Covid-19?
Tuesday,  6/30/2020, 15:22 
HCMC - The recovery of a 43-year-old British pilot, Vietnam’s last Covid-19 patient in intensive care, marks a turning point in the fight against the virus. ...
New foundation sets sights on vision issues in Vietnam
Monday,  6/29/2020, 12:30 
HCMC - A lavish store opening in HCMC’s District 1 could also mean the start of a boost for those with vision issues around Vietnam.
In a league of its own
Friday,  6/26/2020, 11:18 
On many levels, Vietnam is singing its own song. It has successfully flattened the COVID-19 curve, nearly eliminating the virus thanks to proactive containment ...
HBSO reveals program for June 2020 to January 2021
Wednesday,  6/3/2020, 16:06 
HCMC - The HCMC Ballet, Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) has revealed the outline of its schedule for the months June 2020 to January 2021. The previous ...
Food in the city
Wednesday,  6/3/2020, 12:04 
HCMC - Vietnamese cuisine is one of the world’s healthiest. Pho, a flat rice noodle soup, is a nutritionist’s dream. The beef or chicken provide protein, ...
HBSO returns with the world’s most popular symphony
Monday,  6/1/2020, 11:41 
HCMC - Among the best possible news is that the HCMC Ballet, Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) is resuming concerts from June 13.
Blind in one eye
Tuesday,  5/26/2020, 14:20 
HCMC - The World Health Organization ranks Vietnam 160th in terms of overall health system performance. It is not a destination for medical tourism. All ...
Pandemic perspectives final part: Views from around the world
Monday,  5/4/2020, 16:52 
HCMC - The world is under varying degrees of lockdown owing to the threat posed by Covid-19. The pandemic is currently spreading across the planet, with ...
Pandemic perspectives part 2: Views from around the world
Wednesday,  4/29/2020, 17:14 
HCMC - The world is under varying degrees of lockdown owing to the threat posed by Covid-19. The pandemic is currently spreading across the planet, with ...
Pandemic perspectives: View from around the world
Monday,  4/27/2020, 11:03 
HCMC - The world is under varying degrees of lockdown owing to the threat posed by Covid-19. The pandemic is currently spreading across the planet, with ...
Lockdown science: Keeping children occupied during a pandemic
Monday,  4/13/2020, 12:26 
HCMC - Well, if you’re like me, you’re in some form of lockdown.
Staying put in Vietnam the safe choice for many foreigners
Monday,  3/30/2020, 17:57 
HCMC - Writing helps me think. Reflect.
Confronting “uncertainty” for the third time
Tuesday,  3/24/2020, 18:38 
In my 20-plus-year career as an economist, I felt helpless twice in making an economic forecast.
Being emotionally honest about Covid-19
Monday,  3/23/2020, 17:21 
HCMC - This is the moment where I pull back the curtain. And admit: I don’t know what the future holds.
Literature in a time of crisis
Monday,  3/16/2020, 14:58 
HCMC - Watching television these past few days, the English language news services from Germany and France, I found that there was almost nothing that ...
Straining against the outbreak
Friday,  3/13/2020, 11:55 
HCMC - For nearly two months my kids haven’t gone to school. Most of that time, I haven’t gone to my workplace.
Why getting stressed is, ultimately, pointless
Friday,  3/6/2020, 16:22 
HCMC - Not to say, it won’t happen. Not everyone looks at things in the same way. We all view everything informed by our own personality/wants/objectives: ...
Misadventures in Vietnamese real estate
Monday,  3/2/2020, 17:39 
HCMC - The great Trang Bom land rush. I was there, and it wasn’t pretty.
Saigon: why a year here became nine
Monday,  2/24/2020, 16:24 
HCMC - Saigon isn’t for everybody. Especially when they look at other cities in Asia to find their fortune.
Coping when revenue streams dry up
Sunday,  2/23/2020, 11:12 
HCMC - As I near my mid-40s, I have become accustomed to hustling for work. Over a lifetime of relying on writing and teaching as revenue streams, you ...
Managing? Or man aging? Surviving a heavy workload in your mid-40s
Wednesday,  2/19/2020, 15:19 
HCMC - Teaching is the sort of job where an off day is murder. When a class goes sideways, the students start to murmur and rustle, the ship starts to ...
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