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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 11:14

The Commercialisation of Sapa

The gift horse that has been flogged almost to death.

Published in Briefings
Thursday, 24 August 2017 04:27


Although the majority of readers are confident Vietnam’s economy is on the up, getting down to business and putting their money where their mouth is, is a whole different thing.

Published in The Big Story
Tuesday, 05 April 2016 04:17

Dodgy Expats

Mark my words you will see more dodgy expats in Vietnam in the coming years as it starts to become an even easier place to live for foreigners. Over my past 13 years as an expat and eight years in Vietnam I have met some of the best and worst of the expatriate community. Some examples of the ‘dodgy expat’ include; simultaneous multiple wives and children; abandoning long-term girlfriends who become pregnant; ripping off business partners, or plain old-fashioned dodgy drug dealing.

Published in Business
Thursday, 17 March 2016 06:38

Don’t be so Scared in 2016

In my lifetime I have seen the mainstream media morph into an almost non-stop fear generating machine. It would appear that weekly there is a new threat to my imminent safety. I work in the health insurance industry and I have a fairly solid understanding of risk to your well-being, and while it is good advice to heed the wise words I heard in a movie recently — “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst” — this month I have collected some facts that prove the world is not as scary as some would want you to think it is.

Published in Business
Thursday, 11 February 2016 15:28

Expensive Fast Food

As my ample belly will attest I do like to eat and while of late I have tried to eat in a more healthy way, the sweet siren call of fast food (and the growing list of options of in Ho Chi Minh City) is making the battle a difficult one. That being said, over a delicious burger and fries this month I looked into some of the fancier and more expensive fast food options around the world. No surprises — most come from our obese cousins in the US.

Published in Business
Monday, 11 January 2016 08:37

Is it Really Worth It?

I was recently in Hong Kong on a business/golf trip and got to hobnobbing with some pretty ridiculous rich people. Some of their stories of excessive consumption, particularly in the arts, had my jaw dropping. It got me thinking of other things I put little value in, that turn out to be worth quite a bit of coin.

Published in Business
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 10:26

Cognitive Basis

We are all rational people, right? Well maybe not. I have recently seen some very poor decision-making by people who should know better. This got me thinking; why do reasonable and rational people often make such foolish decisions?

Published in Business
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 18:06

Where’s the money?

There are 1,826 dollar billionaires in the world. Vietnam has one — Mr Pham Nhat Vuong who ranks 1,118 in the billionaire list. He is the founder and chairman of Vingroup. Approved Index, a UK-based business-networking group, crunched the numbers from Forbes’ World’s Billionaires list in 2015 to find the most billionaire-dense nations.

Published in Business
Thursday, 12 February 2009 02:25

Valentine's at the Five Stars

Saigon's top-end hotels are pulling out all the stops this year to make Valentine's special.


Published in General
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 00:00

Creative Circle July

The Saigon Creative Circle monthly showreel event

The Creative Circle, Saigon’s networking group of advertising and design industry professionals, will return to O'Brien's on Friday Jul. 31.


Published in General
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