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We all know what happens to a city under siege. As the enemy approaches, the defenders steel themselves to fight to the last man to protect their homes. The battle is fierce, the casualties many. No matter who wins, one thing is for certain, the city itself will sustain significant damage, and perhaps even be left in ruins.
If I ever get around to writing my Vietnamese novel it will ooze with snippets about food. Foremost it will mention my most memorable sweet treat; hot sugarcane fished from a drum of steaming ginger syrup on a freezing night on a mountain track above Bac Me where, with a huddle of villagers, we squat around a fire and gnaw.
For a long time it was believed that when a woman became pregnant that she should give up all forms of exercise for the full duration of pregnancy. It was thought to be unhealthy for the woman and unsafe for the unborn child. Now, it is believed that keeping fit and staying active right up until you give birth is essential for the health of the mother and unborn child.
Programmes where a senior company figure mentors their staff are quite common in the west, but less so in Vietnam. The aim of mentoring programmes is to encourage knowledge transfer by way of sharing professional nuggets of information and advice, which help the employee grow professionally and develop their career.
It’s summer in Vietnam, and with it comes the familiar expat exodus that accompanies the season. Your bags are packed, itinerary set, but if your plan is to take your pet with you, the first step should begin well before you’ve squashed that last pair of undies into your suitcase.