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TV serial for young viewers on summer vacation

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:57 am

Teenagers and children are enjoying last days of summer vacation with some interesting and useful TV serials.

 A scene in the TV serial titled Mau cua tinh yeu (Color of love).

The 32-part serial titled Mau cua tinh yeu (Color of love) directed by Hung Phuong tells about the effervescency, enthusiasm, spontaneity and humor of young people who live well with a meaningful and exacting goal.

Young singers Luu Minh Tuan (a member of the A# band), Minh Thuan, Thien Vuong, Luong Bich Huu and Khong Tu Quynh take part in the film which is broadcast on Ho Chi Minh City TV’s HTV7 channel from Thursday to Sunday every week at 8.45 pm.

The picture Doi mat (facing) featuring famous actors and actresses including Thanh Thuc, Minh Hang, Minh Luan and Thuy Trang is also attracting people on HTV7 channel from Thursday to Saturday at 1 pm.

The film directed by Nguyen Quang includes 40 parts. It tells about secrets of life of the twin girls Phuong Linh and Phuong Nga.

The 12-part film titled Doi dien voi tu than (Facing with the Death) praises responsibility and spirit’s strength to overcome the difficulties as well as criticizes the way of pragmatic lifestyle of young people.

It is airing on Vietnam TV’s VTV9 channel from Monday to Wednesday at 7.55 pm.

A scene in the film Ngoi den co tich (The legendary temple)

The TV serial Thuy Khuc, named after the main charater in the film, was directed by Dang Luu Viet Bao, focusing on mistakes and humanity in looking for the importance of life goals of every people.

The film consisting of 32 parts attracts audience on HTV7 channel at 8.45 pm.

Ngoi den con tich (The legendary temple) containing interesting and exciting stories is the unique children film on HTV7 channel every Monday at 7 pm.

The film directed by Bui Quoc Bao not only entertains but educates young viewers has been adapted into a 22-episode TV series.

Source: SGGP

Bun oc, Hanoi’s tasty winter (and summer) treat

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:56 am

Bun oc, Hanoi’s tasty winter (and summer) treat

QĐND – Sunday, September 26, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

The humble snail has pride of place in Vietnamese cuisine, especially in Hanoi. A kind of snail living in ponds and lakes that grows to the size of a golf ball is used to make a uniquely delicious dish called bun oc (snail noodle soup).

Hanoians usually eat bun oc for breakfast or lunch, particularly in winter. When it gets cold, it is hard to imagine anything more delightful than slurping down a bowl of steaming hot and spicy soup with the chewy but tasty snail in it.

Bun oc is mostly loved for its broth, a blend of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. Thach Lam, a famous writer, once wrote in his book, Hanoi 36 Old Quarters: “Sour and hot snail broth … makes one shed tears more earnestly than does love.”

The best snails for this dish are oc buou and oc nhoi, two large, rather rounded snails with streaks of color.

After boiling the mollusks, the cook pulls the meat out of the shell and fries it with onions, fish sauce, and MSG.

The broth is made from the water used to boil the snail and cooked with tomatoes to make it sour and pig bones to make it sweet. Tofu, vinegar, cooking oil, pepper, salt, sugar, and dried chili are then added to the consommé.

The snails are placed in a bowl of rice vermicelli and the broth is poured over them.

Bun oc is accompanied by a variety of fresh vegetables and herbs like lettuce, coriander, perilla, knotweed, and basil.

It is said in Hanoi that women frequent bun oc stalls more than men. It could be because the dish is not fatty and can be eaten as a snack between meals.

For Hanoians, the dish is the most sought-after food during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays when they are usually glutted with meat.

While a bowl of hot snail noodle soup is perfect for winter, bun oc nguoi (nguoi means cold) is the dish of choice in summer. When customers order for cold bun oc, the vendor will give them a plate of rice vermicelli, a bowl of boiled snails, and a small bowl of dipping sauce.

The snails are served with vermicelli dipped in the dipping sauce which is a mixture of fish sauce, vinegar, ginger, and chili.

Bun oc can be found in small shops along streets and alleys or on a pavement where a vendor has been plying his or her trade for years.

It is not clear why snail noodle soup is much more delicious at street stalls than at home, but street vendors keep their recipes secret.

In Hanoi the most famous streets for bun oc are Mai Hac De, Hoe Nhai, Hang Chieu, and Hang Khoai and the area near West Lake (Ho Tay).

Source: tuoitrenews

Source: QDND

16 disadvantaged students to enjoy summer camp

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm

16 disadvantaged students to enjoy summer camp

QĐND – Thursday, August 12, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)

PANO – The US Embassy in Hanoi is organizing a summer camp for the recipients of the English Access Microscholarship Program in Cat Ba, Hai Phong city from August 13th to 16th.

The Access Summer Camp 2010 will bring together 16 current participants in the English Access Microscholarship Program in a series of academic workshops designed to develop the students’ English skills, social skills and volunteerism.

Several English teachers in Vietnam on the Fulbright Scholarship Program, along with NGO leaders and Vietnamese university students who have participated in other US Government-sponsored exchange programs will also join the summer camp.

The current 16 Access students are talented students from the lower secondary schools in the suburban districts of Hanoi.

This is Vietnam’s first group of Access students since the scholarship program was inaugurated in Vietnam in 2009.

The students were selected from 40 applicants via a competitive and fair selection process that included nominations by applicants’ schools, clearance by the Hanoi Department of Education and Training, as well as interviews by the US Embassy in Hanoi.

Funded by the US Government, the English Access Microscholarship Program provides a foundation of English language skills to talents aged 14 to 18 years who come from disadvantaged sectors through after school classes and intensive sessions.  The program also provides participants the opportunity to increase their ability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their countries, and to improve their chances of participating in US educational exchange programs in the future.

Mai Huong
Photo: 60s

Source: QDND

Favourite islands for summer holidays

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Favourite islands for summer holidays

QĐND – Sunday, July 25, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

Islands with beautiful and peaceful beaches under a sky blue and bright sun have always been a tourist attraction during the summer season.

Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong City

Located along the southern end of Ha Long Bay and 30km away from the northern city of Hai Phong, Cat Ba Island, is known as an ideal place in the North during the summer holidays.

Visitors can take boat cruises from Ha Long Bay to Cat Ba island. They also travel from the Ben Binh seaport in Hai Phong city to the island by boat, or they can visit Cat Hai tourist site before taking a ferry boat to the island.

On the island, tourists can hire a boat to explore the beautiful sights on the island. They can also anchor the boat wherever they want to swim or to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Sport fans can also hire kayak boats to explore the island themselves.

Quan Lan, Quang Ninh


Quan Lan, in Bai Tu Long bay of Quang Ninh province, is one of several islands with a natural beauty.

From Ha Long Bay and Hon Gai island, visitors can travel to the island by boat. You can hire a canoe to travel along the sea before landing on Quan Lan island.

Besides the long white sandy beaches, the island has an old temple which was built in the 17th century. The temple is still in good shape with ancient architecture.

Cu Lao Cham Island, Quang Nam


Cu Lao Cham Island, an island commune of Hoi An town in the Quang Nam province, has become a popular destination for visitors because of its beauty and a bio-diversity.

From the ancient town of Hoi An, visitors can take a tour costing somewhere between VND 250,000 to VND 350,000 to explore the island or hire a canoe to travel to the island in a short time.

Tourists can take part in various activities such as diving, snorkeling to enjoy the beauty of the corals. On beautiful beaches, you can swim and enjoy a variety delicious seafood.

Cu Lao Cau island in Binh Thuan


Cu Lao Cau of Binh Thuan province is considered as one of the most pristine islands. It is also famous for a ‘museum’ of stones with different shapes.

From Phuong The commune in Tuy Phong district, visitor can hide a fishing boat to travel to the island. They also hide a canoe to go to the island.

Visitors will be interesting in swimming, fishing and walking on the island. You can buy and cook sea food on the island. However, tourists should prepare water and foods in advance because the island is so pristine and lacks of necessary facilities.

Con Dao island in Ba Ria – Vung Tau


In recent years, the Con Dao Island at Ba Ria Vung Tau province is a favourite place for tourists during the summers.

Beautiful sights such as the blue seas, the green mountains and the fresh air, as well as long sandy beaches have attracted visitors.

Visitors can hire a motorbike to explore the islands themselves. They can also visit historical sites such as the Hang Duong cemetery, the grave of hero Vo Thi Sau, and the Hoang Phi Yen shrine.

Visitors also have an opportunity to enjoy famous island dishes from various local restaurants.

Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Ba Vi day trip offers respite from scorching city summer

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Ba Vi day trip offers respite from scorching city summer

QĐND – Sunday, July 25, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

When a small group of my friends decided to head out of the city one summer day to try to escape the scorching heat, we didn’t have a destination, just an idea. So I suggested we go to Suoi Hai Lake, just 70km northwest of Ha Noi.

After an easy one-hour road trip, the loud noise and heat of city life seemed to have subsided.

Suoi Hai Lake, at the foot of Ba Vi Mountain, is a reservoir that was built in December 1958. It has a 4km-long system of main and supporting dams to reserve water from the Yen Cu and Cau Rong springs, giving the lake its name of Suoi Hai (Two Springs). The water from the lake irrigates 7,000ha of farmland.

When we arrived at the lake, we decided to take a motorbike tour around it. The road was smooth and surrounded by eucalyptus forests. We were refreshed by the cool breezes and, along the way, saw many people fishing on the bank.

There are a number of islands in the lake, and we even saw a boat full of tourists on the lake. After asking around, we came to the Suoi Hai Service Centre, which we had previously passed on our way. A woman in the centre told us that there were boats available around-the-clock to take tourists to the islands or cruise around the lake. The fares are reasonable. To get to the largest island, it only cost each of us VND30,000 (US$1.5), while hiring a private boat to go around the 90ha reservoir costs VND300,000 ($15), and you can stop at any island of your choice.

The four of us decided to get a boat and take a tour around the lake. We were not disappointed by the decision. As we glided on the water, stunning scenes opened up before our eyes. The islands, the clear water, the trees and the meadows of grazing cattle had the look of a fairy wonderland. Wild birds, such as teals, coots and cranes, swam around the boat, imparting an even more romantic air to the scene.

“Each season brings with it a different colour to the lake, but it is beautiful all year round,” said boat captain Vo Van Tan, as we set foot on an island. We were welcomed by the sweet smell of litchi and green grass. Local farmers have planted fruit trees on every island and tourists are allowed to pick and enjoy the fruits.

“The lake is a perfect weekend spot to spend time with your family,” said Nguyen Thi Loan, owner of a coffee shop on the island. “We mostly get visits from groups of students who came here for one-day picnics”.

Besides hiring a boat, you can rent a canoe at a very affordable VND15,000 per hour ($0.75) and row yourself around the lake. You can also go horseback riding around the lake or into the eucalyptus forests, or take a dip in the cool water of the lake.

If you want to stay for more than a day, accommodation is available at VND60,000 ($3) to VND120,000 ($6) per night. You can choose rooms at a conventional guesthouse or stay in one of the stilt-houses.

Last year, a $200 million resort was planned at the lake by PetroVietnam Premier Recreation, but environmental activists and local residents raised concerns with the plan, which was revised and is now in its first stage of construction.

“The first phase will be completed in 2012,” said the deputy head of Ba Vi’s culture department, Nguyen Viet Giao. It will change the face of Suoi Hai Lake, as most of the 14 islands will be taken over by resorts, golf courses, hotels and restaurants.

“The current plan has received agreeable nods from residents,” said Giao. “In two years, tourism will give Ba Vi’s economy a considerable boost, and people’s living standards will therefore be improved.”

In other words, in just two more years, weekends at Suoi Hai Lake won’t be the same. Come now and enjoy the serenity while it lasts.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

More travelers take summer tours

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

More travelers take summer tours

QĐND – Saturday, July 24, 2010, 21:35 (GMT+7)

The number of tourists embarking on summer tours has increased by at least 15% in 2010 compared to the same period last year, according to travel agencies in Ho Chi Minh City.

According to Mr Tran The Dung, Deputy Director of the The He Tre (Young Generation) Travel Company, the company sold summer tours in central and northern provinces to 4,052 customers with a discount of 30% to 35% in June. The number of tourists had increased three fold as compared to May figures.

Tours at the weekends are always fully booked. Mostly, weekend tours to Phu Quoc and Con Dao islands were sold well before the summer. Thus, many travel agencies have to organise weekday tours.

Because of the recent hot weather, most of tourists chose to tours along the coast. Hotels in famous coastal tourist sites, such as Phan Thiet, Mui Ne, Nha Trang and Vung Tau, are continually fully booked this summer.

According to the Saigontourist Travel Service Company, tourists from the northern provinces selected tours in the central and southern regions thanks to non-stop flights between these destinations.

The number of travelers flying on domestic flights this summer has also soared, said Vietnam Airlines.

In the first five months of 2010, Singapore welcomed 113,000 Vietnamese visitors, up 20% compared to the same period last year, said Chang Chee Pey, Managing Director of the Singapore Tourism Board in Southeast Asia.

In 2009, as many as 265,000 Vietnamese tourists visited Singapore, an increase of 10.9% compared to 2008’s figure.

Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

The summer glory of sunrise in central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm

The summer glory of sunrise in central Vietnam

QĐND – Friday, July 16, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

The central region of Vietnam offers more than just pristine beaches, calm sea and fresh seafood in the summertime, as the glory sunrise around this time is one of the additional tips for vacationers.

Undoubtedly, the clear sky in the season of summer constitutes the picturesque scene of while or yellow-sand beaches dotted with naturally-carved beautiful rocks and boulders and several cloudlets drifting above when the sun first appears in the east in the morning.

In summer, the sun begins to emerge on the eastern horizon of central Vietnam as early as around 5:30 a.m., casting its first yellow red beams over the azure sky and then glittering calm surface of the ocean.           

Life is awakened to the sound of waves rippling and sparkling at the shore, birds singing in a long distance away, and mothers and children shouting their excitement when they see the boats of their fathers and brothers approaching the shore.

The higher the red-like globe shines out of the clear sky, the nearer the offshore boats and small bamboo boats come ashore with loads of fish, squid and other eatable creatures that fishermen net at night or in the wee small hours of the morning. 

Whenever you go on holiday in Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen, Binh Dinh, Thua Thien-Hue and other coastal provinces in central Vietnam, a leisure walk on the beach in the early morning after contemplation of the sunrise scene is of great enjoyment and relaxation.

A swim in the calm sea refreshes the mind after a night of sound sleep and strengthen the body, inspiring vacationers to travel all day in the scorching sunlight and heat to sites of interest in central Vietnam in the summertime.

So, do not miss getting up early to enjoy to the fullest the scenes of sunrise, fishermen on the sea and beach, swimming, sightseeing and all the other offers of central Vietnam for vacationers from dawn to dusk in the summer.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

Int’l summer youth program popular, extended

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Kids taking part in the course will be  exposed to a wide variety of activities such as painting, singing, chanting, dancing, storytelling and playing educational games.( Photo: Courtesy of SEAMEO)

The Summer Fun program launched in Ho Chi Minh City by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization earlier this monrh was such a resounding success that a sequel program will be held next month.

This special two-week English course is designed for children from seven to fifteen years old.

The program aims to enable students to develop their English language skills in an interactive and, most importantly, fun environment, organizers said.

The children will be exposed to a wide variety of activities such as painting, singing, chanting, dancing, storytelling and playing educational games.

At the same time, students would have the opportunity to interact with foreign teachers from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds – America, England, Australia, and Scotland. Teachers help students improve their knowledge and understanding of foreign cultures, values and people of these countries.

The second Summer Fun program will be held July 5-16 at 35 Le Thanh Ton St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Source: SGGP

Troop pullout in Afghanistan set for next summer

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

The Obama administration reaffirmed Sunday that it will begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan next summer, despite reservations among top generals that absolute deadlines are a mistake.

President Barack Obama’s chief of staff said an announced plan to begin bringing forces home in July 2011 still holds.

“That’s not changing. Everybody agreed on that date,” Rahm Emanuel said, adding by name the top three officials overseeing the policy girding the war: Gen. David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen.

Petraeus, the war’s top military boss, said last week that he would recommend delaying the pullout if conditions in Afghanistan warranted it. Days after the date was announced in December, Gates pointedly said it was not a deadline.

An Afghan policeman stands at the scene of a blast in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, June 20, 2010.

Emanuel’s remarks reflect the White House view that Obama must offer a war-weary American public and Congress a promise that the nearly nine-year war is not open-ended. The problem, congressional Republicans and some military leaders say, is that a fixed date encourages the Taliban-led insurgency and undermines U.S. leverage with Afghan leaders.

Gates pledged Sunday that some troops would begin to leave in 13 months, but he was more cautious.

“We clearly understand that in July of 2011, we begin to draw down our forces,” Gates said. “The pace with which we draw down and how many we draw down is going to be conditions-based.”

Uniformed and civilian defense leaders accepted the announcement of a date to begin leaving as a condition of Obama’s major expansion of the war. Obama ordered an additional 30,000 troops, the last of whom are arriving now, with a mission to squeeze the Taliban on its home ground, build up Afghan security forces and improve chances that local people would swing behind the U.S.-backed central government.

With little progress apparent in the critical Taliban heartland of southern Afghanistan, the split between politics and tactics is again on display. As Gates acknowledged Sunday, it is taking longer than he hoped to gain an enduring edge over the Taliban in Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

Gates asked for time and patience to demonstrate that the new strategy is working. He lamented that Americans are too quick to write off the war when Obama’s revamped strategy has only just begun to take hold.

“It is a tough pull,” Gates said. “We are suffering significant casualties. We expected that; we warned everybody that would be the case last winter.”

At least 34 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan this month, making June among the deadliest months of the war. Casualties are expected to rise through the summer and fall as fighting expands in Helmand and Kandahar.

Earlier this month, Gates said the United States and its partners must demonstrate progress this year or risk the collapse of already dwindling public support for the war.

Petraeus told Congress last week that he would recommend postponing the start of the withdrawal if security conditions and the capability of the Afghan government could not support it.

That does not mean Petraeus is opposed to bringing some troops home, and he said repeatedly that he supports Obama’s strategy. His caution, however, is rooted in the fact that the uniformed military — and counterinsurgency specialists in particular — have always been uncomfortable with fixed parameters for an inexact process of persuasion.

The war strategy Obama adopted is based on the success of Petraeus’ counterinsurgency tactics in the Iraq war. It combines a short-term “surge” of forces to blunt rising violence and a longer-term project to persuade locals to help uproot a homegrown insurgency.

Emanuel did not dispute quoted remarks from Vice President Joe Biden that “a whole lot” of forces would come home in July 2011. Biden, who argued within the administration for a narrower mission in Afghanistan involving fewer troops, was interviewed for the book “The Promise,” by Jonathan Alter.

Gates, however, said he had never heard Biden say such a thing, and that the evaluation by the on-the-ground war commander will largely determine the scope of the withdrawal.

“That absolutely has not been decided,” Gates said. “I’m not accepting, at face value, that … he said those words.”

Emanuel spoke on ABC’s “This Week.” Gates appeared on “Fox News Sunday.”

Source: SGGP

Students campaign for summer

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Students campaign for summer

QĐND – Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Communist Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City organised a meeting to open the fifth “Flame Flowers” campaign for students on June 6th.

With student volunteers to carry out social activities, the month-long campaign already received the participation of nearly 15,000 students this year. In the first phase, they will take part in cultural activities in the city and take care of homeless children.

In the second phase, students will take part in various activities to practice social skills, using their knowledge from study, and help raise funds for poor children.

Translated by Hoang Anh

Source: QDND