Elixir of Life

“If you are an outsider looking in at urban surface water you can see two main things. One is the production of water — getting it out of the river and making it clean — and the second part is the distribution through a network of pipes to customers.”

The Dutch Lady

“A product they trust.” In four simple words FrieslandCampina Vietnam managing director Mark Boot sums up why the Netherlands company and its iconic brand has gone from strength to strength in Southeast Asia, and in particular Vietnam.

The Holland Village

The term Dutch Master has evolved from referring to artistic greats such as Rembrandt or Van Gogh to modern-day footballers like Johan Cruyff or Marco Van Basten. A bit of both will be on show at Ho Chi Minh City’s September 23 Park from Nov. 22 to Dec. 1, when the area next to Ben Thanh Market will be transformed into a little part of lowland Europe.

Steve Aoki concert

Steve Aoki’s prop rider includes six white cakes, an inflatable boat and an inflatable mattress. Nguyen Viet Anh, one of the founders of SouthEast Entertainment, the promoters bringing Aoki to Vietnam, reads on: “Inflatable swimming pool, minimum of five people — very important. Capitalised.”

Behind the fashion shoot

Despite the lack of landscapes, the enthusiasm of Saigon photographers isn’t decreasing. From construction sites to bridges like Thu Thiem in District 2 or Anh Sao in District 7, from shopping malls like Parkson or The Crescent to alley cafés — to a nylon-made cherry blossom tree displayed at Vincom during Tet — any random backdrop can be an attraction. They come with iPhones and iPads, but few have the gear to get the most out of these weird scenes. And we were some of the few.

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