The Chocolate Who Can Sing

Meet Doan Trang, Vietnam’s Latin pop singer “This is the best year of my life” beams Doan Trang, one of Vietnam’s most charismatic popular singers of recent decades. She’s just hit one of the most universally dreaded milestones of anyone’s lifetime, clocking into her forties in early February—yet for a performer whose youthful confidence has always been the core of her stage presence, she … Read more

Crazy for Crustaceans

Outbound to District 11 for possibly Saigon’s biggest and most succulent lobsterfest It takes a lot to drag cuisine lovers out of their comfort zones and steer them toward venues far from the central districts, but sometimes that long Uber ride across town is richly rewarded. This is one of those times and places— out in one of the more … Read more

The Italian Approach

The children are at the center – strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge This January, guests of Aurora International School Of The Arts (www.aurorareggio.com) were treated to a fascinating presentation by visiting Pedagogistas Tania Bertacchi and Alessandra Ferrari, experts in the Reggio Emilia approach practiced at the school. Those who attended had the opportunity to learn … Read more

ISHCMC academic results higher than World average

Exam marks are no longer considered the be-all-and-end-all of education, but when a school is performing consistently higher than World average in terms of academic results, you can be sure they’re getting something right. At International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC), when pass rates in 2016/17 Academic year for the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB … Read more

That’s what she said

A documentary film featuring three transgender women that explores the male-to-female transition within themselves and Vietnamese society. As a force that has been gathering in momentum for the past decade, the movement to address LGBT issues in Vietnam is undergoing a historic transition. While there have been distinct signs of a thawing in the legal framework that discriminates … Read more

The Sky is the Limit

Cathay Pacific’s new country manager discusses expansion, their customer-centric approach and living a #lifewelltraveled 2017 may have been a difficult year for the aviation industry in general, but Cathay Pacific’s new country manager Lance Kwong has arrived in Vietnam to oversee exactly the opposite of what you’d expect at times like these—an expansion of the airline’s services. Last July, Cathay Pacfic … Read more

Behind the Scenes

Sometimes behind great actors there’s a great acting coach About a decade ago, a number of Overseas Vietnamese film professionals began to make names for themselves here in the emerging local movie industry. They were directors, actors & actresses, and producers—many of them the kids of “boat people” families who’d grown  up to become film studies students and enthusiasts back home before fashioning careers … Read more

Burger Bound

Over-achieving Hungry Bunny serves top notch burgers and American comfort food An Outpost of American comfort food just a short hop away from any location where the menu prices would have to compensate for higher rents, Hungry Bunny (1 Nguyen Cuu Van, D1) is a jewel-in-the-rough venue you’ll definitely want to hunt down, if only to get in early before this takes … Read more