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Restaurant Review: Panam – The Backroom

Panam brings the iconic French-style kebab to Saigon

You’ll have to do a little hunting to find Panam – The Backroom (91 Pasteur, D1; Tel: 0122 733 0235) since it moved from its tiny location on Le Thanh Ton into Cuba […]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Behind the Music

The ups & downs and personal & professional life of local celebrity Kyo York

It’s pretty easy to prise open a locked scooter compartment if you know what you’re doing—just force the seat up at the right angle, and there’s a […]

By |March 16th, 2017|Art, Arts, Features, Music|0 Comments
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Reset for Tet

As urbanization increases and more people are moving to the cities and abroad, some of the traditions are dying out

Despite the broad-ranging changes that have occurred in Vietnamese society over the last quarter century, there’s a distinct air of reverence […]

By |January 22nd, 2017|Features|0 Comments
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Designer of the Year

Meet Vo Viet Chung, Vietnam’s award-winning ao dai designer and UNESCO honoree

Vietnamese fashion was given new recognition last August with an unprecedented international award bestowed on local designer Vo Viet Chung, one of the country’s foremost innovators in fine traditional […]

By |November 7th, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments
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Haute Jewelry

Mischelle Thuy White on living her life through gemstones

Throughout the rise of civilization itself, nothing has been more consistently definitive of luxury, wealth, and power than the gemstone. Today, precious stones have just as much gravity and desirability as they […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments
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The Blind Writer

She’s a blind chef, a cookbook author and winner of the third season of Masterchef. It’s  Christine Ha

For any writer, there is a profoundly tender relationship between thought and hand. Writing is a taming of that most apelike of all […]

By |September 21st, 2016|Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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KOTO Fundraising Gala

There’s little need to go over the old analogy of the wisdom of teaching someone to fish. It’s by now well-established that the best form of charity is not merely to relieve suffering, but to do so in a way […]

By |September 7th, 2016|Features, News|0 Comments
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Hello Leroy

Renowned Australian designer Leroy Nguyen talks about his unexpected collaboration with Hello Kitty and Vietnam’s fast-growing fashion industry

As one of Australia’s edgier young designers with a startlingly unorthodox back catalogue of genre-defying outfits, about the last people on the planet […]

By |August 21st, 2016|Fashion|0 Comments
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Meet Miss Friendly

“Asia’s Sexiest Female Vegetarian” on Buddhism, beauty and her Cambodian heritage.

I first met Truong Thi May at the Vietnam International Fashion Week in 2015, and she made an impression on me that I haven’t been able to forget. It was […]

By |August 4th, 2016|Features|0 Comments
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Dream Machine

The evolution of technology over the last 25 years has reshaped metropolitan life in many conspicuous ways. It’s perhaps odd that with so many changes to life on the ground, technologies in the air have been slow to follow suit. […]

By |July 23rd, 2016|Travel & Leisure|0 Comments