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It’s summer in Vietnam, and with it comes the familiar expat exodus that accompanies the season.
Jun 21, 2017
We’ve always loved ice-cream in Ho Chi Minh City, but now we’re getting some new variations coming
Jun 21, 2017
It is difficult to express just how much I enjoy being a gastroenterologist. Not everybody gets to
Jun 20, 2017
Relaxing and learning to switch off from the daily stress that you encounter from daily life in
Jun 20, 2017
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:25

Café Chelsea

Never judge a café by its entrance; Café Chelsea isn’t what you would expect to see entering an old compound of souvenir shops just behind Ben Thanh Market. The path leading to the café is an alley with stores selling sunglasses and nail salons left and right.

Published in Coffee Cup
Thursday, 16 March 2017 08:24

Bia-Khu 9

At the foot of Hanoi Creative City, Bia-Khu 9 is a ramped up, bia hoi style restaurant and bar, with a huge Vietnamese food menu, and lots of beer.

Published in Bar Stool
Monday, 13 March 2017 06:45

Cervical Cancer

One of the most devastating experiences a physician faces is to see a patient with a condition that is completely preventable and treatable — but because the patient presented it too late in the course of the disease, that condition is no longer curable, or can only be partially treated even with the most invasive and aggressive techniques. Cervical cancer is exactly that kind of condition.

Published in Medical Buff
Monday, 13 March 2017 06:32

Textures of the City: Part 2

Last month I discussed curtain-wall buildings and their effect on the image of the city, and how by their design they heated the city — their air-conditioning systems, while working hard to keep their occupants cool, simultaneously throw out heat into the outside air. This month I will discuss apartment buildings and their contribution to the texture of the city.

Published in Know Your City
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 07:37

Peeling Back the Layers

The physical building layers of a city always have a fascination for me. A good word that describes these layers is palimpsest, which means “scraped clean and used again”. It is often used in architectural circles to denote an object made or worked on for one purpose and later reused for another.

Published in Know Your City
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 06:44

An Nam Parlour

An Nam Parlour is a peaceful retreat from motorbike horns, yelling vendors and clumsy backpackers of the Old Quarter.

Published in Coffee Cup
Monday, 05 December 2016 18:11

The Year in Review

December is a time to reflect on the past 11 months and look forward to and plan for the up-and-coming 12 months. Instead of writing another article, I’d like to see if you’ve been paying attention. How do you score on the below True or False quiz?

Published in Body & Temple
Monday, 05 December 2016 18:03

Phat’s Dumpling House

If you’re looking for tradition with your dim sum, don’t bother going to Phat’s Dumpling House in District 2 because that’s not what it serves. Instead, Phat’s serves a modern interpretation of dim sum that works.

Published in Top Eats
Monday, 05 December 2016 17:55

Thuong Tra

 

Although Thuong Tra opened only three months ago, the concept dates back to 2010, when Nguyen Viet Bac opened his first teahouse. Inspired while travelling through the mountainous areas of northern Vietnam, Bac knew he needed to bring the traditional tea culture to Hanoi, while giving the practice the respect it deserved. He admired the art of tea ceremonies, and decided to create his own place where everyone could enjoy tea from all around Vietnam, in the heart of Hanoi.

Published in Coffee Cup
Monday, 05 December 2016 17:51

What Are We Fighting For?

What a month it’s been. I was wrong; the polls were wrong; the pundits were wrong. There has been a maelstrom of emotion surrounding the recent US election, as you are no doubt aware.

Published in A World Of Good
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