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A Visit to a Hammam

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How to bathe and relax like a Turk. Few experiences available in this city are both truly ancient and singularly unique. The opening of Villa Aesthetica (54 Ngo Quang Huy, Thao Dien, D2) just four months ago has heralded the arrival of an experience of precisely that nature: Villa is now home to the only… Read more »

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A Day of Pampering

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Whisk yourself away for a day of indulgence and relaxation. Modern cities are a cacophony of honking horns, trucks, cars, bikes, motorcycles and huge chunks of humanity. It’s enough to drive anyone to seek therapeutic help, myself included. Seeking some much-needed pampering, I head to Maison Mikio Boutique Salon in the quiet neighborhood of Phu… Read more »

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A Dyeing Art

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The making of H’mong batik Up in the misty mountains of the Lao Cai district in northern Vietnam, H’mong women in the Sapa area have perfected a technique for making deep, rich, blue hemp textiles decorated with intricate designs. These fabrics have been produced for generations and the first time you see them, they are fascinating for… Read more »

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Diplomatic Drinking

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Oi speaks to Francois Carteau, sommelier and director at Wine Embassy, about his new boutique and wine training course What makes Wine Embassy unique? Francois Carteau: We have brought wine accessibility to a new level in Vietnam – more choices by the glass, monthly updates, group wine tastings and we are the only wine bar using a wine dispenser…. Read more »

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A Day of Pampering

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Whisk yourself away for a day of indulgence and relaxation. Modern cities are a cacophony of honking horns, trucks, cars, bikes, motorcycles and huge chunks of humanity. It’s enough to drive anyone to seek therapeutic help, myself included. Seeking some much-needed pampering, I head to Maison Mikio Boutique Salon in the quiet neighborhood of Phu… Read more »

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The Bulletin

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Promotions and news in HCMC and beyond… RB&K New Collection RB&K (www.rbkandco.com) debuts its new Fall/Winter Collection 2014-15 « Link ». The new collection emphasizes the elegance of a feminine and independent woman, using strong colors like yellow and blue. Creativity is the strength of these simple and unique designs. The clothes act as a… Read more »

Cosplay

Full Metal Jackets

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Costume designer turns play into work In the cosplay community, Han Phi Tuyet (also known as “The Armor Man”) is the go-to designer for bespoke one-of-a-kind anime or sci-fi inspired costumes. At just 24, Tuyet has created sets and props for movies, celebrities and online gaming companies. In Vietnam, he is one of only two… Read more »

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Head for the Tex-Mex border

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For anyone who has ever woken up in the middle of the night craving enchiladas. Dang Thi Nhu is one of Saigon’s rare quiet streets; a place where no one goes. It’s hard to say why, considering that it’s only a 60-second walk from one of the busiest intersections in the inner city – and being… Read more »

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Diplomatic Drinking

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Oi speaks to Francois Carteau, sommelier and director at Wine Embassy, about his new boutique and wine training course What makes Wine Embassy unique? Francois Carteau: We have brought wine accessibility to a new level in Vietnam – more choices by the glass, monthly updates, group wine tastings and we are the only wine bar using a wine dispenser…. Read more »

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Eating in a Venetian Bàcaro

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A new Venice style restaurant to indulge in. The founder of Ciao Bella who last wooed us with the new Mediterranean concept Saffron has now opened a third European concept – Portofino, just a few doors down from Ciao Bella on Dong Du. Where Ciao Bella offers hearty home-style Italian fare and Saffron dishes from around… 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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Life After Kids

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How to avoid the marriage rut after children With all the sleepless nights, scratchiness and pressure from the in-laws, it’s sometimes hard to  understand why so many young people want to get married and have babies as soon as possible. Yes, marriage is a fine thing, but only rarely do people acknowledge the fact that… Read more »