Guffman (elite user) Guffman posted July 5th, 2009 at 9:14 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 430 times. Answered 107 times.

Is the fat, balding, rotten-toothed old guy really that bad for dating the pretty young girls? I don't fall into that category just yet but maybe if I don't get hooked up soon I just might! What I do know however is what it was like to be pushed aside by the pretty young girls for years because I didn't fit the money, body, talent or lifestyle the girlie magazines dictated as a good score. It's different here. Are those young girls with their older girls seeing past appearances...or just seeing a fat wallet? Is it about getting rich and lazy, or is it about someone with no education being able to insure her family and future kids' quality of life? Over to you...

TscTempest (elite user) TscTempest posted May 30th, 2010 at 11:17 am to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 201 times. Answered 10 times.

The title says it all. So, here's my D.A.Q for the month... What's the funniest double entendre name you've heard for a place? I once thought of starting up a sea portside brewpub & rooms, either on or close to the docks, targeting local fishermen and itinerant sailors, serving a small menu based around soup, stew, sandwiches, and griddle, providing live sea shanty's and tall tales of the sea. The name is already in use, in the US, but I didn't see that as a problem. The name? "The Bearded Clam." An idea for a shop selling fast food, such as, bbq birds, candied butterflies, nem, or cha - Ngoc's Shop. Any others?

DabHand DabHand posted May 27th, 2010 at 11:30 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 125 times. Answered 21 times.

Does the word "Tay" originate form Khoai Tay ?

dawnation (elite user) dawnation posted August 23rd, 2009 at 2:05 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 174 times. Answered 124 times.

I'm worried about whose attention I'll catch with the title. Nevertheless, good friends of mine refuse to buy the bootlegged DVDs and CDs here, claiming that they fund underworld activities such as drugs, prostitution, and child-napping. I can be pretty naive sometimes, but I had not read anything about this previously. Do any of the other knowledgeable folks on TNH know how true this is and if the money can be traced in this way?

Journeyman Journeyman posted February 28th, 2010 at 6:21 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 469 times. Answered 103 times.

Esl teachers of Hanoi. Have your say! Whats your experience of the reality of esl teaching? Personally I did it for six months and that was more than enough for me. Badly paid, poor working conditions and a shambolic indifferent management style. I experienced high stress levels and also a lingering sense of guilt that the locals were paying through the nose for a standard of service which I simply did not have the necessary skills or experience to provide. Overall I'd say with a few exceptions esl is nothing more than a big fat exploitation-based fraud of a business. My advice: don't do it! If you're already doing it-save your money, do your traveling and get out quick!

Newman (elite user) Newman posted May 17th, 2010 at 8:10 am to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 190 times. Answered 65 times.

Having lived outside NZ for over 12 years now I find myself less and less identifying with the nation of my birth. Similarly, having lived outside of Aus for only less than a year, I find myself becoming less interested in much of the goings on over there, except the rough and tumble of politics which can be entertaining. My questions, particularly for those of you who have lived outside of your home country (if in fact that is an identifiable thing for you) for a long period, especially in a developing nation/s, are: how closely do you still identify with the nation of your birth or where you grew up? Are you still vitally interested in what happens there? Do you see yourself going back there? Are you still fiercely American, British, Canadian, German, Australian, New Zealander,...

hcm_0605 hcm_0605 posted May 14th, 2010 at 11:25 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 108 times. Answered 38 times.

Ever seen these ? http://newhanoian.xemzi.com/listing/show/6992 http://newhanoian.xemzi.com/en/listing/show/6990/Looking-for-no-strings-attached-- Those guys for real ?

hcm_0605 hcm_0605 posted May 19th, 2010 at 9:09 am to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 124 times. Answered 37 times.

From May 20 to June 20, the fine on traffic rule violators in ten districts and some roads in Hanoi will be doubled under a government’s decree. High fines will be applied for roads in ten inner districts, including: Hoan Kiem, Thanh Xuan, Dong Da, Ba Dinh, Hai Ba Trung, Long Bien, Hoang Mai, Cau Giay, Ha Dong and Tay Ho. Some roads that connect inner and suburban districts like Pham Van Dong, Pham Hung, An Duong Vuong, Hoang Quoc Viet and Nguyen Trai will also be subject to the high fines. After one month of experimentation, Hanoi will apply new fines to the whole city from June 20 to the end of 2010. According to the draft Decree on traffic violation fines, in Hanoi, motorists who don’t obey traffic lights, enter banned roads and one-way roads, etc., will be fined from 300,000 ...

ltmagnificent (elite user) ltmagnificent posted May 17th, 2010 at 3:34 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 209 times. Answered 3 times.

So apparently Anthony Bourdain returned to Vietnam, more specifically Dalat and Hanoi. Here is the youtube link to the first part of the show (Hanoi begins in part 3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmAnw24_WaY I am wondering what everyones take on the episode is and if anyone has been to the eateries he went to (in both Dalat and Hanoi), especially the cockfighting one as I could not find it on TNH? PS I know I already posted a question about cockfighting, but I thought a general discussion about the show would be nice too so I didn't know where to put it. Sorry if this is against protocol

de2facon (elite user) de2facon posted April 23rd, 2010 at 10:21 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 188 times. Answered 39 times.

Seeing how specific questions on language receive such an overwhelming (lol!) number of responses, perhaps it is more useful to broaden the topic for ideas from native speakers. Does it seem odd to you for a Tay to use slang when learning to speak Vietnamese? Like most foreigners in the early stages of learning, we tend to feel more comfortable using a somewhat formal, school book approach to speaking. Should we be reluctant to use personal pronouns you sometimes hear among close friends, such as , " minh" ( I, me), " chung minh" ( we) or "u" (yes)? As a relative beginner, I don't want to be a "seiu sao" ( star) but certainly hope to avoid being seen as a " dai dot" ( silly ). I think I got those right? It took me a long time to feel comfortable with slang in the "other" tonal lan...

TscTempest (elite user) TscTempest posted May 15th, 2010 at 8:16 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 85 times. Answered 17 times.

Chicken. Why? Because every night they are always calling, "chook, chook, chook, chook!" Or so I've been told. Any other suggestions?

tangoLA tangoLA posted October 6th, 2008 at 10:55 am to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 417 times. Answered 48 times.

The other day a Vietnamese friend and I watched some guy putter through Hanoi traffic on his Minsk, cutting a wake as other riders veered away from the odious fumes produced by the Minsk. My friend said something that really made me feel ashamed: she noted that Westerners came from countries where polluting vehicles were banned, and yet Westerners felt free to pollute the air in Vietnam. That gave me pause; why, I wondered, do we Westerners permit ourselves to ride Minsks in city traffic here? I've rented them a few times. They're cheap, sturdy, large enough for a taller frame, and can handle bad roads - that much is obvious. But I found it hard, after hearing my friend's comment, to justify riding one in town. In North America, I don't condone SUVs or Harleys. However, the pleasure of r...

TscTempest (elite user) TscTempest posted May 11th, 2010 at 9:54 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 106 times. Answered 15 times.

Helo, who watched the Australian Budget delivery tonight? Thoughts feelings etc.?

dawnation (elite user) dawnation posted May 11th, 2010 at 1:36 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 260 times. Answered 14 times.

our threads are so tangential these days (yes, i am guilty too), that I can't recall to which I should post this url. I'll just start a new thread here to deal with issues of "social evils" in Vietnam. I was going to burst out in an anti-development rant after reading the report below, but the ease and rapidity of such phenomenon make me wonder about the true nature of "conservatism" in VN society. Anyhow, take a look: http://english.vietnamnet.vn/reports/201005/Youth-throng-to-chatrooms-for-virtual-sex-and-more-909048/

hcm_0605 hcm_0605 posted May 8th, 2010 at 7:05 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 152 times. Answered 47 times.

take a look of this, http://www.thanhniennews.com/2010/Pages/20100508162603.aspx

adobo_emissary adobo_emissary posted May 11th, 2010 at 5:50 am to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 120 times. Answered 5 times.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/05/10/rare-rhino-killed-vietnam/ This is just sad.I didn't even know Vietnam had rhinos. There are only 10 of them left. I was also shocked to find out that the turtle in Hoan Kiem is the last known specie of its kind in Vietnam (Rafetus swinhoei), the other 3 are in China and they have been desperately trying to breed them. What about the rare animals that are eaten to extinction and served in the restaurants like pangolins, wild cats, tortoises etc. ? Isn't it illegal? When the establishments are reported is there really something done about it?

Free_Mind Free_Mind posted May 4th, 2010 at 2:50 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 340 times. Answered 116 times.

Or Porsche/Lexus/Audi SUV man that we all keep seeing around? Those things are in poor taste back in the west but here I can hardly believe my eyes every time I see one go by. All I can say to the mystery man in the driver seat is who are you? What world are you living in? Have you no concept of reality, no empathy or consideration for the people who live here whatsoever? What do you do in your spare time when you're not driving your contemptmobile? Taunt starving street children with sausages before scoffing them yourself before their eyes? I know you're trying very hard to send out a message telling everyone how ridiculously high status and important you are but I'm sorry-all I see is sad scared insecure little man who is desperately trying to cover up his inadequacies by shoving...

siritwan siritwan posted April 28th, 2010 at 9:00 am to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 1235 times. Answered 82 times.

Is divorce in vietnam common (with Vietnamese)? And is it a difficult process if one wants to get divorced? I am wandering because one of my Vietnamese male friends told me he is unhappily married and cannot get divorced because it is too difficult and it is culturally wrong to get divorced. Is this true - especially about the culture part?

New2Here2 New2Here2 posted December 12th, 2009 at 5:52 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 159 times. Answered 22 times.

Has anyone else had as terrible an experience as mine with Hanoi's apartment/house rental agents? INCIDENT #1: When I moved to Hanoi in August, I contacted a firm which promotes its properties heavily on New Hanoian and Craigslist. The agent spoke good English and was helpful. We looked at LOTS of properties and I rented a house just off Ngoc Khanh Lake. What neither the agent or owner (who spoke decent English) disclosed is that the small cafes 15-20 meters from the house sent 6-8 waiters every night into the tiny street along Ngoc Khanh lake to (a) stop EACH motorbike & car, and (b) S H O U T (I said: SHOUT! ) at each driver to stop and come into Cafe X or Y. It is true that the shouting ceased promptly at 11PM each night but my work required a 7AM start time in the office. ...

Bfamily Bfamily posted April 25th, 2010 at 4:28 pm to Ask ANH Discussions. Viewed 131 times. Answered 47 times.

I have lived in Hanoi for 13 years. In that time we have moved to numerous houses, relocated for a year and de-cluttered more times than I can count. These days it seems people try to sell every little thing before they go. My question is: Is it truly a financial need? Why not just let your maid/driver/friends/neighbors go through all the little, piddly things and take what they might need? I understand the big ticket items and have used this site and postings to sell/buy lots of things over the years. But a potato peeler? Really? A single vase or mug? Honestly? Is this a sign of changing times in Hanoi and among the ex-pat community? I seem to remember more generosity and a deeper sense that people understood that they were the 'haves' in a place filled with 'have-nots'. I remember ...

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