Monday, 06 January 2014 11:28

Burger Games

Burger Games

All the burger talk this past month has centred on McDonald’s long-awaited entrée into the chain-hungry Vietnamese market, with a three-property location and 24-hour drive-thru service in downtown Ho Chi Minh City set to debut after Tet. It’s a move that’s been years in the making.

Monday, 06 January 2014 11:24

Conquering the Bridge

Conquering the Bridge

Streams of sunlight crawled across the early morning sky as the sea of blue-clad participants stretched and jogged in place. Close to 5,500 people were about to flood Phu My Hung over the next couple of hours — a tidal wave of runners would stretch from Crescent Mall to the Phu My Bridge, and back again.

Monday, 06 January 2014 11:18

Walk 'n Ride

Walk 'n Ride

Four years ago a new transport scheme was introduced to help relieve congestion pressure on Hanoi’s Old Quarter — the electric car. Designed to shuttle tourists around the labyrinthine streets of Hanoi’s historical heart, it was believed that this new mode of transport would reduce bottlenecks and pollution. While it provided a welcome new sightseeing service for tourists, the traffic jams and motorbike fumes remained.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 05:34

The Grand Tour

Charlie Paterson

Armed with saddlebags and a tent, Charlie Paterson is cycling from London to Tasmania. He’s certainly not the first person to pedal across the globe, but his story is one of the more intriguing.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 05:09

The Restoration

Lacquer ware Nguyen Gia Tri

Rarely do you hear of Vietnamese works of art being restored. Which is why artist Nguyen Lam’s recent restoration of the nine-panel lacquerware work, The Procession, by artist Nguyen Gia Tri is of such note.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 05:06

The Noodles

Cao Lau

Everyone has heard the saying ‘there is something in the water’, but that ‘something’ in Hoi An is the secret ingredient for one of the most delicious dishes in Vietnam.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 05:03

Ha-Ha’s Magical Mystery Tour

Ha-Ha's stencils

How do you explain your job to people? In a recent interview, a non-starving artist based in Southeast Asia said he is ‘a dancing poodle for the one percent’. Another artist, Ha-Ha, has a business card that says he is an ‘alien theorist’. Being an artist has its perks.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 04:50

Swede Dreams

Gary Johnston

Gary Johnston is one of a new breed. Primarily a middle school maths and science teacher, he is one of just 800 Google certified teachers worldwide. This month he has the honour of representing Vietnam at the next Google Teacher Academy in Stockholm on Dec. 10.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 04:41

Only in Asia

Only in Asia

Stories from around the region

Friday, 01 November 2013 07:31

Cat of the Month

Kit - Cat of the month

Kit is just older than kitten-aged — in that adorable gap year between infancy and the terrible twos — but she’s not too jaded to enjoy her chin being scratched and her ears nuzzled.

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