Friday, 30 August 2013 10:05

The Japandroids

Japandroids

Cargo Bar is opened twice as deep as I’ve ever seen it, more packed than I’d ever seen it, and only one-quarter of it is dense with people — the most I’ve seen at a Saigon indie show. There’s ice on the floor. Down our collars. Barricades. Vietnamese girls with the sides of their heads shaved. “The best drum solo Vietnam’s even seen.”

Friday, 30 August 2013 08:46

The Tiger Trail

The Tiger Trail

In May, Chris Slappendel started his six-month, 31-country trip around Asia. His purpose was to raise awareness about the plight of tigers. With only an estimated 2,500 to 3,200 wild tigers left on the planet, the Dutchman’s concern was that within 10 years, the creatures would be extinct.

Friday, 30 August 2013 08:43

The Artisans

The Artisans

“There are only two families left,” says the woman, as she considers my offer for seven Dong Ho prints. “There’s not enough income in it,” she continues. “So most families have left the trade.”

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:44

The VTronic, Mark II

The VTronic

When I heard a colleague of mine had test-driven the new, mark two version of the electronic Vespa, my inner child took over. “Wow!” was my first response as a smile erupted across my face. “I’d love to give it a try.” We ran an article on the original vehicle in the middle of last year, but none of us ever had the chance to take the bike for a spin.

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:42

The Help

The Help

Vietnam may soon get its first ambulance boat

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:41

Cat of the Month

Cat of the Month

This month’s pet spotlight descends on a sweet one-year-old male tabby, Mac. Mac was rescued off the mean streets by Animal Rescue & Care and is now in need of a loving home where he will feel safe and appreciated. Mac is a bit shy but has a sweet and affectionate nature and likes attention from his human friends.

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:38

North and South

North and South

Even the traffic is different in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 06:36

The Idea

Naruto

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.

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