Monday, 03 June 2013 07:19

A dOSe of Escape

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Pharreal Phuong

There’s going to be a big party in District 2 on Saturday, Jun. 15. It’s going to be held on an island and there will be at least one industrial-strength foam machine. There will also be over 30 DJs playing music on two different stages from the early afternoon until late at night. The organisers, who are heavy-hitting veterans of the Saigon event promotion scene and know about these things, expect attendance to number in the thousands. Five to be precise. All signs point to the dOSe of Escape Music Festival being one of the biggest, craziest parties in the history of the city. The funny thing is, it would have never happened if it weren’t for complaining neighbours.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 09:05

Calling the Bluffs

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Ho Tram Strip

After the overly public departure of MGM from Vietnam, what is in store for Ho Tram Strip, the massive coastal development 45 minutes north of Vung Tau? Nick Ross visits the resort formerly known as the MGM Grand and discovers a taste of Las Vegas on the coastline of Vietnam

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 08:52

Hidden Bangkok

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Chinatown

The Chinatown area of Bangkok is a maze of fascinating streets that is undergoing constant change. Words by Kaitlin Rees, photos by Aaron Joel Santos

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:53

It’s Important to be Fancy

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It's Important to be Fancy

My taste in interior decoration is not what would typically be called ‘elegant’. My room is decorated with pictures cut out of old magazines and my curtain is a re-purposed beach towel. A single plastic flower, forlorn and dusty, is the sole object of art in my house. This approach to ornamentation is largely due to sloth, of course, but also because classiness comes at a price I am normally unwilling to pay.

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 09:32

Night Guitar Club

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Night Guitar Club

For many young adults, the phrase “Saturday night clubbing” evokes overindulgence and questionable decision-making. For a group of 150 young Vietnamese musicians, however, Saturday night means hanging out at a more productive kind of club.

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 09:17

Timekeeper

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Timekeeper

These are some of the adjectives that you may hear people use to describe the band Timekeeper: space-punk, post-rock, experimental, Nintendocore.

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:46

Viet Moe

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Viet Moe

The first time I met Erina — aka Yokusou Gyo (“bathtub fish”) aka Sakana-chan (“fish girl”) — she was dreamily twirling through spotlights at a body art exhibition at Saigon Outcast, with white paint and almost nothing else on, an ethereal, dream-like performance set to jazz vocals. Later on, she dressed in a schoolgirl costume and ran around from one person to another asking, “Do you have Facebook?” I did.

Road Trips

Pat Joynt of Saigon Scooter Centre has been in Vietnam for 15 years restoring classic bikes, importing and producing parts. Here he answers your questions

Monday, 06 May 2013 14:28

Motorbike *Hug*

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Motorbike *Hug*

Ed Weinberg finds out what the guys on the front of the bike are thinking. Photos and translation by Francis Xavier

Monday, 06 May 2013 14:15

The Journey Back to Centre

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The Journey Back to  Centre

Two women brave the pressures of city living to find their balance. Photos by Chelsea Rose North and Alexandre Garel

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