The venue the used to be M Cafe has shifted gears. In a loft-like space off Au Co with lots of natural light ooding in, the owners have seen more potential in retail than coffee. After a makeover, they now sell handcrafted home decor, nished with olive oil and beeswax, in the VND50,000 to VND200,000 range.
An Owston’s Civet who had been kept as a pet in Dong Nai province since 2014 has been successfully rescued and voluntarily handed over to Save Vietnam’s Wildlife by its former owner.
Westcoast Dental Studio has recently moved to Thao Dien from its clinic on Dong Khoi. The international team of dentists will now be providing the full range of dental services in District 2.
Thanks to its excellent Hausbrandt coffee and extensive, bagel-influenced food menu, The Loop has always been a popular breakfast spot. Now this District 2 café and eatery is upping the ante with new additions to its menu.
U.S. citizens will now have to wait for about six weeks to be able to get a new, longer-duration visa, compared to the current three-month single-entry one to enter Vietnam. But the payback is that Vietnam will issue 12-month, multiple-entry visas to American citizens who travel temporarily to Vietnam for business or tourism.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is celebrating the discovery of a new population of the elusive grey-shanked douc, a critically endangered primate which is found only in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. It was thought there were only 800 to 1,000 grey-shanked doucs left in the world, but the new discovery adds at least 500 to that count. Doucs are targeted for the illegal wildlife trade and are hunted for bush meat, traditional medicine and the pet trade.
This year’s Saigon Cyclo Challenge organised by Saigon Children’s Charity at Celadon City (Tan Phu) attracted around 2,000 attendees and raised almost US$25,000 to support Saigon Children’s Charity in its mission of ‘Eliminating Poverty through Education’. Working towards its 25th Anniversary next year (1992 to 2017), SCC is aiming to provide 2,500 scholarships and build 16 schools during 2016.