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Island Dreams in the Coconut Kingdom, My Tho

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A charming Indochine-themed lodge opens in My Tho… One of My Tho’s most famous personages is Vietnamese scholar Nguyen Thanh Nam, more commonly known as the Coconut Monk for allegedly subsisting solely on the watery fruit for three years during a meditative quest for peace. Peace has indeed come to My Tho in the Mekong… Read more »

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The Long Fortress: Exploring the Great Wall of China

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The only way to really appreciate the Great Wall of China is to stand on its walls and stare in awe… Much is written about the Great Wall of China that simply isn’t true. It doesn’t stretch across the whole country in a straight line from left to right; it can’t be seen from the moon;… Read more »

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Making a success out of long term travel

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As summer draws near, many of us are starting to plan holiday destinations. For some intrepid voyagers, though, travel isn’t limited to two weeks a year or even a season. It’s a full-time occupation. However, unless you’re a trust fund baby, turning that dream into a reality involves a lot of saving and planning and that’s… Read more »

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The double talk on double taxation

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Oi’s legal experts help explain the double-talk on double taxation… Dear Hadrien and Marijn, A member of the Paris Bar, Hadrien Wolff has been practicing law in Vietnam for more than seven years, currently as a partner of Audier & Partners based at its HCMC office. Having gained extensive legal experience in the Netherlands and Cambodia,… Read more »

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Smooth operator: why laser hair removal is best

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Removing hair from legs, underarms, bikini lines and beyond is an age-old challenge… From as early as Ancient Rome, many women – and even some men – have been dealing with unwanted hair using razors, depilatory creams, tweezers and wax. But laser hair removal, the most effective method to remove hair to date, has only… Read more »

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Opposites Attract: mix and match interior design styles

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In this month’s design column we look at how to mix and match interior design styles and make it all work. The principle of contrast probably makes you think of color, and that’s a natural place to start – black and white or complementary color palettes are classic sources of contrast. However, you can also… Read more »

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The ultimate Italian dessert – tiramisu

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Cookies and cream taste good in any language. The English have their trifle, the Portuguese the serradura and the Italians tiramisu. Literally meaning “pick me up” for its stimulating combination of coffee and cocoa, the origin of Italy’s most famous sweet can be traced back to 17th century Siena, Tuscany. Prepared for the Grand Duke Cosimo… Read more »

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The best reason to ‘go Dutch’ when dining…

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How many times have you considered your dining options and thought: “Let’s go Dutch?” Not as in split the bill, but as in eat the cuisine of the Netherlands. And if you were able to locate a Dutch restaurant in Saigon – best of luck with that – do you have any idea what you’d… Read more »

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Pinoy Passion: the desserts of Loriekot’s Lutong Bahay

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The cuisine of the sunny Philippines isn’t easy to hunt down in Ho Chi Minh City, but there are a few enclaves where eager and inquisitive gourmands can check out the taste of Manila for themselves. One of these – Loriekot’s Lutong Bahay at 193 Dien Bien Phu – has come a long way since… Read more »

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The incredible edible coffee cup

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Until the end of March, the Lobby Lounge is doing its part to save the world while making it a sweeter place. The R-Cookie Coffee (VND100,000++) joins the latest food trend in edible packaging in the form of a deliciously edible coffee cup made from pastry and housing a shot of Procaffe espresso eccellente, a… Read more »

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Plain and simple

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  The áo bà ba’s simplicity and versatility has contributed to its popularity, whether in rural or urban areas it can be worn while labouring or lounging. modern versions incorporate countless different designs, colours and embroidery, which has allowed the costume to transition into high fashion   Producer: Tra My next Top Setup: hoang Dao… Read more »

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Lady in red

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  Producer: Nguyen Tra My Director: Hoang Dao (0123 426 2153) Photographer: Alex Cui Model: Van Quynh – 1st runner up at Miss Ocean 2014 Make up: Huynh Kim Hien Costume: Tang Thanh Cong

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Smooth operator: why laser hair removal is best

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Removing hair from legs, underarms, bikini lines and beyond is an age-old challenge… From as early as Ancient Rome, many women – and even some men – have been dealing with unwanted hair using razors, depilatory creams, tweezers and wax. But laser hair removal, the most effective method to remove hair to date, has only… Read more »