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Pack Like a Pro: Part 2

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List, check and bundle… In last month’s column, I talked about the joys of traveling with carry-on only, including what to pack (anything needed in transit and what you wouldn’t want lost, damaged or stolen) and how to manage your carry-on in transit. We’re continuing with that theme and I’m joined by Ali Garland, author of… Read more »

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Capital Consumption

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A 48-hour eating and drinking marathon in Hanoi’s Old Quarter… As an Australian-born Vietnamese who has only visited the southern parts of Vietnam, I had limited understanding of Hanoi and how different it is to Ho Chi minh City when it comes to cuisine. Southerners would claim that northern food is bland whereas those from the north would… Read more »

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Surprising Sapa

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Around every corner is something that you have never seen or maybe never experienced before. To visit Sapa or the surrounding districts is to step into another world. Sometimes, it doesn’t even feel like you are still in Vietnam. Elevated, ethereal, energizing, exotic, Sapa took me by surprise. I imagined some kind of French style,… Read more »

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What are your legal lease rights?

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Dear Hadrien, In January, I agreed with my landlord to sign a one-month lease agreement (uncertain of my plans at that time) and that I could leave at any time if I gave him a week’s notice. Now that I actually want to move out of the apartment, the landlord is starting to cause trouble… Read more »

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From Here to There

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Traveling in uber style Most people in Vietnam never thought it would happen, but it has – the Uber app has arrived. The luxury transportation startup that connects users with a driver at the tap of a smartphone screen debuted in Bangkok in February, Beijing in April, and Jakarta in June. This month it reached Ho Chi… Read more »

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InterContinental Asiana Saigon Honored

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InterContinental Asiana Saigon has received prestigious award on its fifth anniversary. InterContinental Asiana Saigon has been honored with a prestigious award as one of the Hot 25 Business Hotels in Asia by travel website www.smarttravelasia.com for the second consecutive year. The hotel receives this award on the occasion of its fifth anniversary, marking a remarkable journey… Read more »

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A Colorful Guy

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Why you need to know Roy G. Biv when choosing a color scheme for your home… Color is a great place to start in exploring your personal design tastes, because our reactions to it tend to be instinctual and very personal. Start by letting go of any preconceived ideas about color. Forget what you may… Read more »

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All Things to All People

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A Saigon mainstay returns to its roots with Indonesian rijsttafel. I get nervous when I see flags on a menu. It’s often a sign of an establishment either catering to tourists who neither speak English nor the local language or of a diluted menu that lacks focus, a culinary jack of all trades but master of… Read more »

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Memories of Granada

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A new tapas restaurant offering the flare and flavors of Spain in Phu My Hung. Some nights are unforgettable; they have a permanence about them that can rise to the surface even decades beyond the morning after. For new restaurateur Jeff Noble, that memorable night occurred during his student days while travelling through Andalusia with friends… Read more »

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The Religion of Barbecue

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TnT BBQ is making new converts…. People say that if you want to start a fight in the US South, just bring up football, religion or barbeque. It’s been described as a metaphor for American culture, this worship at the altar of “Low and Slow,” with parishioners fervently divided between the four denominations of barbeque styles:… Read more »

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Romantic Notions

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Inspired by the French classical period, Huynh Kim Hien Design House has launched a Royal Collection that harmonizes luxury with romance. Producer: Nguyen Tra My Director: Hoang Dao Photographer: Minh Tuan Model: Actress Van Thanh Makeup: Duy Lee Hair: Giau Tang Assistant: Vinh Hung Costume & Stylist: Huynh Kim Hien 

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Royale Chic

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Drawing from the ancient traditions of Hue, designer Huynh Hai Long captures the culture of this imperial city with his new collection. Green grass hugs the curving line of the Perfume River where traditional attire merges with modernity to create seamless beauty. Producer: Nguyen Tra My Set up: Hoang Dao (hoangdao@swot.vn) Photographer: Vu Minh Tuan… Read more »

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Question Everything

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Making sure schools have the right answers The school year has ended and as parents you are either reflecting upon the year at your present school or preparing to move to a new posting in another country. Selecting a school for your family is one of the most important, yet difficult, decisions that you will make. This… Read more »