Thousands of piggybanks invite abundance in the Year of the Pig

Thousands of piggybanks invite abundance in the Year of the Pig

Pottery mills in Tan Vinh Hiep Commune, Tan Uyen Town, Binh Duong Province, do not have much time to rest these days. They have to supply thousands of colorful terracotta piggybanks to the market. It is almost noon, but Nguyen Thi Hanh, 49, does not take a lunch break but is pouring clay into the pig’s shape molds in an area of 1,000 square meters. “For years, this commune has had the tradition of making piggy banks. This year is…

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Three really cool, crafty, draughty weekend haunts in Saigon

Three really cool, crafty, draughty weekend haunts in Saigon

Pasteur Street Brewing Photo acquired by VnExpress  A glass of cool craft beer (or two or…) is as good a de-stresser as any after a hard working week, many people will agree. And Pasteur Street Brewing is one of the pioneer craft beer places in the city. Nestled in an old building in District 1, the place is a familiar destination for Saigon beer connoisseurs. The shop’s space is quite narrow, but it is not stuffy. The noise and bustle…

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Try Chinese coffee with baguette in Saigon

Try Chinese coffee with baguette in Saigon

For half a century now drinking coffee during breakfast has become a feature of the Saigon culture. Among the variety of coffee styles in the city is the Chinese one: brewing in a clay pot.  The Chinese brought this unique way of making coffee to Saigon, and later many Vietnamese also started to adopt this style to make their coffee. In a small alley near Thiec Market, a shop has been serving this style of coffee for more than two…

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Spend money to make money, say $4,000 piggybanks

Spend money to make money, say $4,000 piggybanks

One of the most common Lunar New Year traditions is the display and use of symbolic items to invoke the gods to bless a house with luck. The zodiac for the coming Lunar Year is the Pig, and there is large demand for piggybanks that carry the symbols of fortune, either etched, carved or painted. Among the most extravagant of the piggybanks are made by a ceramic company in Bat Trang Village in Hanoi, which is famous for its traditional…

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Estonian walks his way to romance in Vietnam

Estonian walks his way to romance in Vietnam

And atop a Central Highlands mountain, Meigo Mark proposed to Nguyen Thi Sam with two bamboo rings, winning the heart of the software engineer. The wedding of Meigo, 28 and Sam, 29 was held in Dong Hung Town, Thai Binh Province, northern Vietnam – the bride’s native place, last October. The wedding guests were not only fascinated by the foreign groom and his journey on foot around the world, but also by a board that displayed thousands of photos documenting…

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​Saigon street exhibition honors Vietnam folk opera

​Saigon street exhibition honors Vietnam folk opera

The photo exhibition, titled “Cai Luong art performance – The nation’s soul” was on the Nguyen Hue walking street in Saigon’s District 1. The exhibition was organized in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first cai luong stage in 1918.  Cai luong, roughly translated as “reformed theater”, is a form of Vietnam modern folk opera tradition combining music and acting. In 1915, a band named Nguyen Tong Trieu (Tu Trieu) was established in My Tho City in the southern…

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A red light traffic safety maneuver goes viral

A red light traffic safety maneuver goes viral

It is not clear whether they are a satirical spoof but the videos are clearly a response to a spate of recent accidents where people waiting on motorbikes at red lights have been killed and injured. The most horrific accident of them all happened in southern Long An Province early this month, killing four and injuring many others when a truck driver high on alcohol and heroin plowed into dozens of motorbikes waiting at a traffic light. Last October, a…

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Vietnamese designers to debut at New York fashion week

Vietnamese designers to debut at New York fashion week

By Nguyen Quy  &nbspJanuary 15, 2019 | 10:10 am GMT+7 Two Vietnamese designers Nguyen Cong Tri (L) and Phuong My will showcase their collections at the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) next month. Photo acquired by VnExpress Two renowned Vietnamese designers will showcase their collections at the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) next month. This is the first time Vietnamese designers have been invited to introduce their latest collections at one of the ‘Big Four’ fashion weeks in the world….

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