Friday, 01 November 2013 07:21

Another Side of Vietnam

Another Side of Vietnam Awards

Scroll down the page of the Facebook group Another Side of Vietnam and you’ll see: Buck Skidmark posting a pic of a leaky airbridge, and explaining, “It’s raining… IN THE PLANE!”

Friday, 01 November 2013 07:02

The Beer Man

The Beer Man

Jonathan Gharbi loves his beer. In fact, Jonathan loves his beer so much that he’s started a blog dedicated to beer drinking in Vietnam —

Friday, 01 November 2013 06:46

The General

The General

On Oct. 4, Vietnam observed an outpouring of grief when General Vo Nguyen Giap, the last war idol of the country, died in Hanoi at the age of 102 (103 in Vietnamese counting).

Thursday, 03 October 2013 06:48

Cats of the Month

Jeff and Jumbo

If you have a spare pair of shoelaces, they would love to wrestle with them. While Jeff is more independent and playful, Jumbo is very affectionate and cuddly. Jeff and Jumbo were both abandoned a few months ago and luckily Animal Rescue and Care found them. Now they’re old enough for their own home and would love to have a caring person on whose lap they can sit and purr.

Thursday, 03 October 2013 06:18

The Slam

Hanoi Slam

Hanoi Slam enjoyed its second outing last month, this time hosted by CAMA ATK. A packed-out audience, whose VND100,000 entrance went to Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam (, was entertained by 10 storytellers who were only given a theme — ‘lost in translation’. With this they had six minutes to wow judges without a script or notes to help them.

Thursday, 03 October 2013 05:59

The Run

Terry Fox Run

It's an oft-told story, one of heroism, perseverence and overcoming insurmountable obstacles. In 1980, with one leg removed, the athlete and humanitarian Terry Fox embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Hoping to collect one dollar for each of the 24 million people in Canada, he ran the equivalent of a marathon a day, a feat that eventually cost him his life.

Thursday, 03 October 2013 05:54

Financing the Dream

Elijah McKeogh

“I want to be the new Tarantino,” teen directing prodigy Elijah McKeogh optimistically boasts. Although he’s just turned 16, he’s deadly serious. This mature young man knows what he wants and it seems nothing is going to stop him from getting it, well maybe apart from finances.

Thursday, 03 October 2013 05:51

The Blue Dragon


The discussion has moved onto the forthcoming entry of McDonald’s into Vietnam and — with the red wine and late summer evening air — it’s gotten heated. An article by the BBC is mentioned. Henry Nguyen, the man bringing in the fast food giant, is discussed, worries about obesity are tossed about in the West Lake breeze and the idea that Vietnam will soon no longer be one of the last bastions of the non-McDonald’s world is lamented by one person and described as inevitable by another.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 07:53

North and South

North and South

A man cycles past as I sit on my mini plastic stool to eat banh mi trung. He is topless with a flopping gut, but his calves are the size of tree trunks. He’s on a Pinarello, VND50 million worth of kit, and it’s the second time I’ve seen him in as many days, out for his early morning exercise.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 07:48

The Band: Space Panther

The Band: Space Panther

“We didn’t even really know each other that well,” says Bryon Ramsey-Leonard Rudd. “We met at the last Melting Pot. Joy Oi! [which Bryon drums for] was playing, Brian Wilson’s Brain [which David Moses Haimovich, the other half of Space Panther, tweaked electronic signals for] was playing. And then we randomly went out one night” —“At the nurse bar,” David laughs.

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