I just found out that my local friend's uncle who lives in Saigon is happily married to two wives, both of whom love and take care of him dearly. i was even more shocked when being told that a lot of men in the South got several wives at their hands. I know polygamy is illegal, but how come it's so popular??
I was just looking at the Classifieds where I saw a WANTED post. I read "Mattress" as "Mistress" while reading the ad. Had to look at it a couple of times before I realized what had happened. Laughed my self silly. Has anybody else misread a classified ad in such a way?
Having browsed the site for a little while now, there appear to be a number of regular contributors, be they reviewers or question answerers. There also appears to be a bunch of people with so-called "Elite" against their profile but there does not seem to be any rhyme or reason as to how such status is obtained. I read the extensive thread on the issue and am really none the wiser. Anyway, the question is: who do you listen to on here, for example for a restaurant selection? Who's view gets respect and is likely to sway decision making? And why?
Can anyone attribute meeting their spouse to the New Hanoian site? Do we have one of those love stories? On ANH, at an event, or a group outing? I'm writing an article about the site and was wondering.
Hi, this question is for someone from the UK. A good friend of mine is going to the UK to study next month and he's going to Keele University in Staffordshire. His English isnt very good and he's never been this far from home before, which makes me kinda worried and I really hope that you guys can give us some advice about life in the UK and what to expect. The Internet has provided quite a lot of information, but it would be great to hear more from someone from the UK or even from Keele. Thanks a lot!
Just taking the piss, slightly. Folks, I sent a message to the Hanoi Handcrafted - Brewers Guild about tonight, but thought I'd invite others to also take a peek, if interested. So, in the vein of a question. Is anyone going to watch Expat Living at 10 pm tonight on VTV4? I here they are doing a show on expats who brew beer, and also wine. TT
Hi, This isn't a 'question', but I just learned a good trick from a friend so figured I'd share. The other night I ran out of gas on my bike about 1km from the nearest cây xăng (brilliant move on my part obviously… I can be a little absent-minded at times). I was bone dry - I couldn't get it to drive forward a single meter. So, just as I was starting my 1km push back to get gas, my friend remembered a trick a xe ôm driver taught her. She pulled my choke out, told me to start again, and when I did it drove. It made it the whole way back to the gas station. I don't know how much further it could have gone (I wasn't looking to run an experiment, just to get home…), but I got at least 1km extra after she pulled the choke. (for folks new to bikes, the choke is that little leve...
Here's a thought. 20.10.2010 is coming up this year (10.20.2010 doesn't exist) and I'm wondering if in Asian Numerology etc. this date has any special meaning? To date, its been posited as International Statistics Day - which is interesting because what statistics reveal, like a bikini, is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital; however, I'd like to know if this date is considered lucky, unlucky, and what, if anything, people plan to do on this day. Does this day mean anything to you? Do you plan to make an event of it? It's certainly an interesting focal point for me. Cheers.
At the risk of starting a huge debate, I'm wondering what other New Hanoians think of the use of tramcars in the Old Quarter? An article in today's Vietnam News says that the first 8-12 seat tramcars will be in use in the Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem from next month. They will be used for guided tours. I must say I was appalled when I first read the article. I think the use of cars in the Old Quarter should be banned, so introducing more vehicles does not make sense to me. I know the counter argument is that this option may reduce the number of tourists on cyclos and pedestrians that also choke traffic in the narrow streets. What's the solution? As a tourist when you think of Vietnam, you think conical hats and cyclos - not tramcars! Your thoughts?
It strikes me that our world is falling into two divisions – those with access to immense power of the internet and those that do not. Can it be that without the ability to instantly access the terabytes of information that these people are somehow “undermenchen” , lesser mortals? Consider the internet, “Google”, “Wakipedia”, ”Bing”, et al – is this the sum total and final arbitrator of all intellectual knowledge? Ipso facto, if you cannot “google it”, it does not exist? Is this not the height of intellectual arrogance and ignorance? That we are now dependant on a few “editors / moderators” who, with the stroke of a key, can change history? Because believe me they can. I know as I have done it. With the substitution of one word in a “Wakipedia” article I changed the whole substance of...
We've all been there. You're driving along Phu Doan with the hospital on your right, the light goes red, you pull to a stop, look to your right and see....utter carnage!!! I'm referring to what must be one of the most unique and surreal(not to mention unpleasant) sights I have yet seen on my travels-a billboard containing numerous colour photographs of various parts of the human body in the immediate aftermath of serious road accidents. A catalogue of horrors far worse than the most graphic scary movie you've ever seen. What is your opinion of this? Personally I usually force myself to overcome my instinctive revulsion and take a good long look in the hope it will somehow make me a more careful driver. Not sure if this is terribly effective though as my mind has a habit of banishing ...
so... been needing to join a gym but the cost of all the expat ones is vaguely disgusting (considering they seem to have about half a treadmill and three weights!). been told the local gyms are pretty much the same but half the cost. BUT then got told 'women don't go to them.' Is that women aren't allowed? Or women would rather do aerobics on street corners and just don't really go to gyms? Or I'd go and be massively offending everyone but they'd be too polite to do anything more than stare? The staring I'm happy to ignore *thanks goodness for iPods* but the offending people is not good! So can I go? can I ?!
I was browsing and came across the MealBox, from 2005 and couldn't help thinking: Now, if this was rendered in plastic... Lightweight, stackable, chic... How would that look at a corner Pho store, coffee stand, bia hoi? What if it was made out of bamboo laminate?
Ok for some weekend fun I thought I would ask about something that has been puzzling me for some time....300 Kim Ma St. Not long after I arrived a friend told me, quite seriously, that this building had been unoccupied for about 10 years due to the belief that it is haunted. I told the kids and of course they are keen to hear more. I have asked a few local residents but have not come up anything,so... has anybody heard about this story, tale, legend, lie, rumour and can shed any light on it, or how it came to be???
Okay...so I believe the ladies of Hanoi will not disagree with me that the ratio of men to women in this city does not work in their favour, and what is out there is limited, unavailable or just wanting to fool around etc etc (not that there's anything wrong with that, but I'm a bit over it). Which leads me to ask whether it is at all possible to locate a certain battery operated device or do I have to leave the country to purchase one of these? Smart business entrepeneurs listen up - there's money to be made here!
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