Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:36

The Idea


Crop circles, paddy fields, conical hats and models

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:34

Crowdfunding, Take Two

Obey The Brave

When it comes to the lengths that fans will go to see their favourite music live in their own city, the crowd is the limit. After an epic show of community teamwork and passion, Vietnam hardcore community Corieror channeled local metal fans’ fiscal resources to bring American metal band, The Ghost Inside, to Ho Chi Minh City on May 14. Supported by Hanoi outfit 18+, who self-funded their flights to Saigon, the fans, themselves, covered the expenses to bring the band to Vietnam.

Monday, 08 July 2013 07:02

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

Open Culture World is one of those places that will never quite be finished — such is the nature of a space that is 47,000sqm. But only 2km along the dike road from Chuong Duong Bridge and a 10-minute drive from central Hanoi, the potential of this soon-to-be complete event space takes on Herculean proportions.

Monday, 08 July 2013 07:00

The Dock of the Bay

The Dock of the Bay

On the other side of the bay is Nha Trang, its nighttime lights illuminating the sea. In front of it is one of two pools, this one an infinity version. A little way off is a saltwater pool, like a lagoon surrounded by sand. And beyond is a beach and tiny bay, with crabs scuttling among the rocks.

Monday, 08 July 2013 06:20

Separated by a Common Language

Separated by a  Common Language

English speakers like to talk about what’s across the pond, or the Atlantic in layman’s terms. But in Vietnam it’s all about what’s across the Hai Van Pass, that landmass separating Hue and Danang.

Monday, 08 July 2013 06:18

Eradicating SARS

Eradicating SARS

In early 2003, doctors and nurses clustered around the bed of Nguyen Thi Men as she emerged from a nine-day coma, urging her to stay alive.

Monday, 08 July 2013 06:17

Fighting the Fever

Fighting the Fever

Anyone who’s spent time in Vietnam might have either contracted dengue or know someone else who has. Such is the virulence of the epidemic, that between 1998 and 2010 over a million cases were reported.

Monday, 08 July 2013 06:16

Google Summit

Google Summit

Despite not having an office in Vietnam, Google is still intent on spreading its virtual tentacles here. And in this instance it’s the inaugural Vietnam Google in Education Summit, which will take place on the weekend of Sep. 14 and Sep. 15.

Monday, 08 July 2013 06:14

Going Vertical

Going Vertical

Imagine climbing 1,914 steps. Not the easiest of tasks. Now imagine doing it in a race format and competing against 500 people to be the fastest to the top.
This is the vertical run, and on Sunday Sep. 15 it returns to Vietnam for its third outing, its second in the capital.

Monday, 08 July 2013 06:13

Japandroids play SGN


Canadian garage-rock duo Japandroids are sweeping across the world and spreading their infectious good-time rock. Landing in Ho Chi Minh City Aug. 21 as part of the Loud Minority series, they will soon be bringing their overdriven sound and scorching stage presence to Q4.

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