Everywhere You Go

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The Year in Travel

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Lessons learned from travel stories in 2014 Travel never gets tiring. Or does it? Putting yourself literally “out there,” out of your comfort zone, and into the planes, trains, tuktuks and cyclos of the world is bound to lead to trouble. Here are some of my favorite travel stories from 2014 along with the lessons… Read more »

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The Pearl of the Andaman

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What to do and where to do it when visiting Phuket There’s never quiet enough time to do everything as something exciting is always happening on the island. And with a land area of 540 square kilometres, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, making it an exotic and expansive playground. So with this in mind, it is recommended… Read more »

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Human Touch

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An artist gets her kicks in Singapore Visiting Singapore after two years in Vietnam is such a treat for an artist like me. It was the annual Affordable Art Fair in the exhibition halls near the Singapore wheel. I was dazzled by the array of contemporary art on offer from galleries who had travelled to… Read more »

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Money & Marriage

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A combination you can’t disparage Dear hadrien and Marijn, I’ve heard there’s a new law on marriage and family in Vietnam. I’m Australian and plan to marry my Vietnamese girlfriend next year. I already own a house in Australia and I want to make sure that my two sons from my first marriage will be… Read more »

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From Bean to Brew

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Meet the men behind Dalat’s specialty coffee industry The specialty coffee industry in Dalat is going through unprecedented changes. It has evolved from a collection of simple family businesses struggling to sell their yearly crops and keep up with world trends to a complex business with sophisticated entrepreneurs helping the local community get the right… Read more »

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Keeping up Appearances

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Rest and relaxation for the skin and body Spending a day at a spa is one of the best activities this city has to offer but with thousands on choices finding a nice and quiet place that has the latest beauty treatments couple with professional customer service in not easy. And for these reasons, my… Read more »

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Hidden treasure for gourmands and coffee lovers

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Hidden away in a historic Saigon building is a new cafe dining experience for expats and Vietnamese alike. Elsol Cafe is the creation of a Japanese living in Vietnam who loves old buildings, art, music and food – and sought to combine all into one alluring destination. And he succeeded. As the photos show, a… Read more »

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The Lady awaits

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Indulge your appetite while soaking up views of the city along the Saigon River The word “cruise” can conjure up images of wild boat parties on “booze cruises” with deafening karaoke, horrific dance floor moves and belligerent behaviour. Lucky for us, our evening cruising along the Saigon River was just the opposite aboard Lady Hau… Read more »

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Mom, What’s for Dinner?

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Sharing plates and family-style dining in a rustic garden setting In this age of complete disclosure, where just about everything imaginable is revealed through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, and good old reliable print, it’s nothing short of a miracle that a restaurant as charming as Secret Garden (Rooftop, 158 Pasteur, D1; serves lunch and dinner)… Read more »

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Team Spirit

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Sports fans find a new place to call home in Saigon There’s something to be said about being able to walk into any sports bar in the world, root for the local team, and instantly be surrounded by new friends. Sure, Kaka’s defense-splitting pass for a game-winning goal and Roger Federer’s glorious down-the- line backhand… 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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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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Level Up

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Video games score education points A Decade ago while introducing a 1:1 laptop program into a school, we created a set of rules that stopped students, especially boys, from using their computers for video gaming. We believed then, as many still do today, that video games waste time, teach students to be violent, socially isolated,… Read more »