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Cultural Diversity

Douglas Holwerda, American trained and licensed mental health counsellor, answers your questions and offers advice

Your New Year's destiny

At the start of a new year people around the globe use the occasion to create new year’s resolutions. They see this time as a symbolic re-birthing of their hopes and aspirations. There are numerous tips and words of advice on how to successfully attain your resolutions. One that makes a lot of sense is, start small with what it is you would like to achieve.

The Book Club

The month, Bookworm’s Truong runs down the Bookworm Book Club’s books of the year

The Four People You Do Projects With in High School

In the workplaces where we’ll be employed when we’re older, the structure for cooperation is well set. The boss runs things, our coworkers share the workload and maybe some interns run the photocopy machine. You know what you’re getting into.


High school work groups are a little more chaotic, but in every grouping you’ll find a structure. These are the people you work with in high school.

Healthy Holidays

As the festive season kicks into full swing, we all adopt ‘frantic mode’. Even the most basic principles of looking after oneself take a back seat in favour of shopping, eating out and getting together with colleagues, friends and family for copious amounts of drinking. Even though Christmas is not a traditional holiday here in Vietnam, everyone likes a reason to party and celebrate.

Color of the South

On Nov. 1, hundreds gathered at Ho Chi Minh City’s Museum of Fine Arts for the opening of The Colour of the South exhibition. Among the art lovers were collectors, critics and journalists. This was a full-blown affair with congratulatory floral displays and opening remarks made by the Vice President of Vietnam’s Fine Arts Association. Inside, the air was thick with anticipation — outside, the courtyard echoed with buzzing clicks of handheld cameras. This was not a typical Friday morning at the museum.

Ladies Night

Upon Andres Arias’s arrival to Saigon eight years ago, the typical mingle schedule included plenty of parties during the weekend with Thursday night acting as a warm-up.


Three years ago, hip-hop and rap had made nary a footprint within Saigon’s mainstream musical consciousness. According to DJ ICEE, aka Jairus Green, “To use the word ‘scene’ is like connecting dots that might not be there.”

What is a Recruiter?

Your phone rings and the person calling says they’re a headhunter. Or a recruiter. That’s great, because recruiters (aka headhunters) are people who help source candidates for employment in companies and, if you’re looking for a new job or would consider leaving where you are for a better opportunity, then this is the call you want to get. But, it’s important to know what kind of recruiter they are. There is a difference.
Here’s a quick overview of the different types of recruiters you may encounter in your career.

Shop Like a Billionaire

As they say, ‘tis the season to be shopping. And with so many gifts possible for those loved ones, where does one begin? Well if you’re a billionaire you cannot just gift any old pair of pyjamas to let the receiver know you are ‘a bit of a big deal’. And with that in mind, here is my list of the most expensive gifts possible for Christmas 2014.

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