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Hotel Royal Hoi An


Hotel Royal Hoi An joins the MGallery collection of memorable hotels in Vietnam Hotel Royal Hoi An, a member of the MGallery Collection, has opened as Accor’s first upscale property in the ancient port city of Hoi An, celebrating a romantic journey at a crossroads of cultures. Accor, the largest operator of international hotels in… Read more »

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Pets: Buy, Adopt or Foster?


A pet can bring joy into your home but it can also bring hardship if you are not acutely aware of the issues of owning a pet in Vietnam. While it’s financially cheaper to own a cat or dog in Vietnam compared to the West, the real problems for both new and experienced pet owners… Read more »

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Travel Blogging 101: Want to travel the world for free?


With the advent of the internet, now anyone can be a published writer with a few clicks of the mouse. Even though blogging didn’t really take off until the late 1990s, it feels like every other person I meet has a blog of some kind and the stats seem to back that up. I’ve seen… Read more »

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Protecting intellectual property rights in Vietnam


Dear Hadrien and Marijn, every now and then I stop by Saigon Square to shop for clothes and knickknacks and what strikes me most every time I go there is the huge amount (and the amazing quality) of the counterfeit goods that are on offer. But where does the Vietnamese law stand in this regard?… Read more »

Another College Writing Agency Falls under Scrutiny. Amateur or Top Service?


Samedayessays is a way-wise academic writing service that has attracted the wide public. Students worldwide commit their scholar problems to this academic writing service. What is that that draws them most of all? You may find out about beneficial opportunities suggested at this particular academic company. Being the- old-time academic company, it presents an exhaustive… Read more »

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Breaking ground on Vietnam’s luxury real estate market


Foreign home ownership has long been a topic of discussion in Vietnam. Since the law change last month however, the Vietnamese real estate market is, for the first time, opening to foreigners. Under the new law, foreigners can now assume full ownership of Vietnamese properties. Among these, luxury properties are garnering some attention. But what… Read more »

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Burgundy: A sommelier’s trip to France


This month I want to take you to France with Catherine Guo, a Japanese sommelier living in Vietnam who just spent a month there visiting some of the country’s most charismatic wineries. She spent three weeks in just Burgundy visiting almost 60 wineries. Catherine has always been passionate about wine and recently graduated from the… Read more »

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Restaurant Review: Le Padam Cheese Bar


In the biographical film La Vie en Rose, French singer Edith Piaf is approached by Marlene Dietrich after a performance in New York City. “I haven’t been to Paris in ages,” says the German actress. “But this evening, when you were singing, I was there… in the streets, beneath its sky… you took me on… Read more »

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Restaurant Review: Catina Café


Representing a marriage of old and new, Catina Café (151/6 Dong Khoi, D1) mirrors the past and present of former rue Catinat (now called Dong Khoi) – a street once under French rule and home to a handful of colonial buildings that are still in existence today. Walk through the famous Art Arcade, past paintings… Read more »

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The Making of a Hundred Dollar Eggroll


It’s no exaggeration to say that I owe my cheffing career to the humble eggroll. When I was starting out, I had an incredible opportunity to volunteer at the prestigious Hotel Bel-Air in Beverly Hills. I knew I was lucky just to get to see the inside of that kitchen, and I was desperate to… Read more »

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White Out: Blush Pink Wedding Dresses


White will forever be classic and beautiful, but there’s something undeniable about the appeal of an unexpected hue in a sea of ivory. Color your wedding dress with shades of blush pink for a totally fresh and romantic look.           Elegant Model Agency Contact: Canton Dang (US: 714 -602-4111; Vietnam: 090-872-1880)… Read more »

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The Queen of Fashion Behind Vietnam’s Next Top Model


If you’re not really up with what’s happening in fashion circles, then you’d be forgiven for thinking that this month’s return of Vietnam’s Next Top Model marks just another season of makeup, makeovers, and make-believe. The Top Model franchise may be one of the world’s most glamorous and successful television formats around, but after 12… Read more »


Raising a balanced international child


People sometimes wonder what the difference between an expat and a migrant is. It’s fairly straightforward – if you call yourself an expat family rather than an immigrant family, you’re making a distinction based on privilege. People who choose to live abroad and who can afford a far higher standard of living than the locals… Read more »