Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:44

The VTronic, Mark II

The VTronic

When I heard a colleague of mine had test-driven the new, mark two version of the electronic Vespa, my inner child took over. “Wow!” was my first response as a smile erupted across my face. “I’d love to give it a try.” We ran an article on the original vehicle in the middle of last year, but none of us ever had the chance to take the bike for a spin.

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:42

The Help

The Help

Vietnam may soon get its first ambulance boat

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:41

Cat of the Month

Cat of the Month

This month’s pet spotlight descends on a sweet one-year-old male tabby, Mac. Mac was rescued off the mean streets by Animal Rescue & Care and is now in need of a loving home where he will feel safe and appreciated. Mac is a bit shy but has a sweet and affectionate nature and likes attention from his human friends.

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:38

North and South

North and South

Even the traffic is different in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:36

The Idea


Crop circles, paddy fields, conical hats and models

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:34

Crowdfunding, Take Two

Obey The Brave

When it comes to the lengths that fans will go to see their favourite music live in their own city, the crowd is the limit. After an epic show of community teamwork and passion, Vietnam hardcore community Corieror channeled local metal fans’ fiscal resources to bring American metal band, The Ghost Inside, to Ho Chi Minh City on May 14. Supported by Hanoi outfit 18+, who self-funded their flights to Saigon, the fans, themselves, covered the expenses to bring the band to Vietnam.

Monday, 08 July 2013 07:02

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

Open Culture World is one of those places that will never quite be finished — such is the nature of a space that is 47,000sqm. But only 2km along the dike road from Chuong Duong Bridge and a 10-minute drive from central Hanoi, the potential of this soon-to-be complete event space takes on Herculean proportions.

Monday, 08 July 2013 07:00

The Dock of the Bay

The Dock of the Bay

On the other side of the bay is Nha Trang, its nighttime lights illuminating the sea. In front of it is one of two pools, this one an infinity version. A little way off is a saltwater pool, like a lagoon surrounded by sand. And beyond is a beach and tiny bay, with crabs scuttling among the rocks.

Monday, 08 July 2013 06:20

Separated by a Common Language

Separated by a  Common Language

English speakers like to talk about what’s across the pond, or the Atlantic in layman’s terms. But in Vietnam it’s all about what’s across the Hai Van Pass, that landmass separating Hue and Danang.

Monday, 08 July 2013 06:18

Eradicating SARS

Eradicating SARS

In early 2003, doctors and nurses clustered around the bed of Nguyen Thi Men as she emerged from a nine-day coma, urging her to stay alive.

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