LOTUS NEWS February 2014
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CELEBRATING TET DISCOVER A TRADITIONAL VILLAGE TRAVELLING BY BUS HIWC CIRCLES ACTIVITIES LEARN SOMETHING NEW Lotus News
Letter from the President HIWC President Paulina Pineda
Dear Members of HIWC, On behalf of myself and all our Board members I would like to wish you a very happy, prosperous and meaningful 2014! Although it may sound like a cliché, it is true that the start of a new year always offers us a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the past year and to set our goals for the new one. Personally, the highlight of 2013’s second half was your support and dedication to our Club. The willingness of so many of you to give generously and to share your time, expertise, and energy was incredibly moving and gratifying. Especially during the organization of our successful Bazaar and the day of the event itself. Your unwavering support and encouragement, the countless hours you devoted as volunteers was both inspiring and added a great reward to having taken on this role. Thank you! As for setting new goals for year ahead, with Tet celebrations coming so soon after the western holiday season, we have more time to set them or just to double check the ones we may already have defined for ourselves at HIWC. This year, it would be fantastic to spotlight and carry out more member-led initiatives in the hope that we can have increased impact as an organization, and that we can inspire even more women to take those important first steps towards becoming involved and participating actively in our current endeavors as well as to innovate and start new ones. The “Year of the Wood Horse” is just around the corner. A time that should bring us unexpected adventures and victory and that promises that decisive action will be rewarded. So, in that spirit let me invite you all to make the most of what the moon and the stars have set for us, to be participative, creative and proactive, so that we may together make HIWC’s actions the most meaningful possible. Feliz Año Nuevo, Happy New Year, Chuc Mung Nam Moi! Paulina Pineda
Letter from the Editor Ring in the New Year - Celebrate Tet! Tet is an extremely colourful celebration throughout Vietnam and nowhere more so than in Hanoi. If you haven’t already, grab your camera and take some time to explore the city - the decorations and lights that surround you really add to the festive atmosphere - especially along the main streets at nighttime. If you are here over the Tet holiday then this issue has ideas on where to go (what is open) and how to appreciate what you see around you. February is a short month so will pass by very quickly. Be sure to take a look at what’s on in HIWC so you don’t miss out. The February coffee morning will feature a special guest speaker from one of the organisations that we support through the Charities Aid Committee and will be a great way to reconnect with friends new and old after the break. If you are traveling - please do take more photos and share your experiences with us- Members are always looking for ideas on where to go in the region! As always, if you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to email Tiffany Banner at firstname.lastname@example.org Front cover image taken by Tiffany Banner Page 2
CAC news - Hagar Vietnam Article by CAC member Alexia Berta and photos from Hagar Vietnam “Self esteem. Courage. Resilience. That is our hope for every woman who comes to Hagar Vietnam.” Cross border trafficking and gender based violence are major issues in Vietnam. As many as 400.000 Vietnamese women and children have been trafficked internationally since 1990. In addition, over one third of Vietnamese women have reported one form of violence in their lifetimes. Trafficking: Vietnam is primarily a source country for women and children trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labour. Women and children are trafficked to the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C),Cambodia, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Macau for sexual exploitation. Most victims of trafficking are at high risk of being infected by HIV/ AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Domestic Violence: A disturbing 32% of Vietnamese women have been hit by their husbands, with 10% reported having been sexually abused in their lifetimes. Violence is often seen as the fault of the women, with a strong reluctance from families and communities to intervene. Why should you care? Because you and I have a voice – awareness is 80% of the solution. Because She has a name just like you and me. This is her story: “I am addicted to the internet. It’s my safe place, away from my family, away from the fights and the yelling at home. In this world people accept me for who I am and I don’t have to be afraid of anyone hurting me. My family are poor farmers and my parents divorced when I was 8 years old. My stepfather is a drunk, just like my real dad. They both beat my mom and I always felt scared at home. One day the beatings were so bad that I ran away from home and went to an Internet café where no one could find me. I stayed there for 2 whole days and nights.” “250.000 VND ($15) changed my life. This was how much my Internet bill was. It may not seem like a lot to you, but for kids like me from the countryside it is impossible to pay. I heard about an online rescue service that would help pay my debt, so I contacted them and a young woman named Nga, came and paid my bill. In exchange, she said they would arrange work for me at a souvenir shop in Lao Cai, to pay off my debt. She took me to get a haircut and buy new clothes. Ten hours later we crossed the border into China, where a man bought me fro 20, 000, 000 VND. This is how I was trafficked.” “Before, my life was like a lifeless tree, week and scared, without sun or water. At Hagar, I’m slowly learning about myself and feeling better. Though I still feel very sad about my life, my tree is growing stronger with strengths I’ve found within myself, despite the terrible things that have happened to me. There are thousands of girls that are trafficked like me. I was one of the lucky ones who made it out” “My daughter is everything to me and I would give anything to undo what happened that horrible day. I came home after work and my daughter was sitting in the corner of the room with blood all over her body. A man had rapped my little girl. Ever since this day, my family has fallen apart, our lives forever changed. We tried to put the man in jail for life, but he was only given a two-year sentence. My husband started drinking heavily and our marriage fell apart. My son grew angry and full of hate because of what happened to his sister. The family of the man who raped my child drove us out of our community by threatening and humiliating us. I had no job, no skills and no one to turn to for help. My life was like a tree without water, struggling to survive. “I joined Hagar to start my life over again and find work. For the first time in years, I feel the goodness in people again and finally feel like I can smile again. I have a stable job, my children are safe and my tree of life is now blooming with new leaves and fruits.” Hagar is an international organisation committed to the recovery and economic empowerment of women and children who are victims of human rights abuses; particularly human trafficking, sexual exploitation and domestic violence. “Our purpose is singular. We restore broken lives. We welcome the toughest of human conditions. We stay focused on the individual. And we do whatever it takes for as long as it takes.” P.Tami, Hagar International Founder. For more information visit: http://hagarinternational.org/ Facebook: Hagar International Hagar is a 2013 Beneficiary of the HIWC. With funds raised at the 2012 HIWC Annual Charity Bazaar, 12 women were provided with safe shelter and essential health support at Hagar’s shelter in Hanoi.
CAC news - Blue Dragon awards Article submitted by Eva Havasiova
The Blue Dragon Tet Awards 2014 If you were to google BLUE DRAGON you would discover a computer game or even an Asian restaurant in many parts of the world, but I believe that everybody at HIWC knows Blue Dragon is first of all children’s foundation. It is one of our partners that we support financially. Interested parties can find out more about the foundation on the web site www.bluedragon.org however what one cannot find there is the atmosphere and energy within the foundation – this is something that has to be experienced. Some HIWC members, Paulina, Ronit, Alexia, Karinne, Sibylle and Eva had an opportunity to attend the biggest Blue Dragon night of the year – the ninth annual award event. This event gives an opportunity to each Blue Dragon child to acknowledge their success and progress throughout of the year, to present themselves infront of their peers and performance on stage. It brings together all the 400 children and youth that form the Blue Dragon family in Hanoi. Some of them are just at the starting point of their adult life; studying at university or doing their vocational training. Some of them have left the security of the shelter and are now confidently working on their own. Some of them are very successful in their jobs. Some of them now attend the ceremony with their children. Behind each one is a sad story. Becoming part of the Blue Dragon family has given them a chance to widen their perspectives and prospects for a happy life. 10 special awards are awarded for different achievements, like Art, IT, English, academic excellence, encouragement and excellent job and vocational training. The Community Service Award is awarded in the name of HIWC, an award given in pink bag. It was a night full of energy, enthusiasm, courage, happiness. It was wonderful to see small children participating in the event together with the older ones, to see such self-confidence in young people. It was wonderful to acknowledge and experience all their
For more information about the foundation see http://www.bluedragon.org/ Page 4
HIWC Board Profile - Vice President Lotus News catches up with HIWC Vice President Rasa Zdanyte
Tell us a little about yourself........... My name is Rasa and if you ever hear a name like mine, it can only come from Lithuania. I was born in a human size town next to the Polish border but then again nothing is too big in a country with 3,5 million inhabitants. I spent my youth in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, studying Swedish language and culture. I am a proud holder of a Master degree in the field but my plans to work as interpreter never came true... I took a job as receptionist in a hotel that was just opening up while I was still attending University and I have stayed in the Hospitality business ever since. Hospitality became my passion. The “Lightening bolt of Love” struck me at work as well. After a year of testing how serious a French guy can be with a Lithuanian girl, I finally decided to leave my country and move to Paris. I spent eight years there, still working in Hospitality Industry. The beauty of the city overwhelms me each time I go back. I guess I am still madly in love with my husband as I did say “YES” to the question “Would you like to go to live in Hanoi, as I have been offered a General Manager position in Mercure Hanoi la Gare hotel?”. It started really badly as I landed on the 2nd of June 2012 in Hanoi with my 2 ½ year old daughter and whilst being three months pregnant with our second one. A businessman was so pressed to get out of the plane that he pushed my daughter out of his way and she fell down crying. I must admit that tears were watering my eyes more than once during my first months in Hanoi, which happen to be the “42-degrees-in-the-shadows” summer months. The life style change was huge. Going from a full and more than full time business woman in Paris to … a desperate house wife in Hanoi with no friends, no family and locked in under the air conditioning as I was not able to walk one hundred meters because of the heat and my pregnancy. Fortunately, there is always sunshine after rain. In September I discovered that there is an international community in Hanoi! I got involved with HIWC and with French Circle and in parallel I was doing a mission as an independent consultant for a local hotel. After my second daughter was born, I got even more involved in both associations: taking care of the Sponsorship for the Charity Bazaar was a great experience! Since September last year, I now also manage the Club Opera Novel restaurant on Trang Tien Street. I feel in my own shoes again: the more I have to do, the better I feel and the more efficient I am. Finally the frenzied and noisy Hanoi city has become home, even if at the beginning, I was so sure that it would never work out! The only two challenges I have left in Hanoi are to start driving a motorbike and to cross on foot, with my eyes open, the main Nghi Tam road.... Who knows maybe one day I will!
Welcome to New Members Lotus News editor catches up with new member Natalia Tasovac
Tell us a little about yourself... My name is Natalia Tasovac, I am a proud mother of 3 busy boys ages 10, 7 and 6 years old and a lucky woman who has the luxury of an opportunity to live an expatriate life. Since leaving my home country of Argentina in 2002, my family and I have changed residency to England, both north and central Australia, Peru, Chile and now Hanoi. My husband John and I decided to come to Vietnam as it offers an opportunity of exotic life in a developing country. With the advantage that is not too far from Australia where our home country is today. Although we only have been in Hanoi for five months, it feels like I have been here for a lot longer. It has been an amazing and challenging experience in so many levels, continuously learning more and more about this rich and diverse culture. Even though it is a city with so much history it has a feeling of a rapidly developing place trying to catch up to the modern world. What can I say about Vietnamese food that hasn’t been said already,….delicious!!!! Love it, maybe a bit too much. I enjoy every so often a stroll in the old quarter, the historical sites, museums, and the country side. The markets are so interesting and full of colourful bargains. Shopping for fabrics in Cho Hom is a unique and fun experience. Every time we move I manage to get busy with lots of activities, there is always so much to do and so little time! I try to embrace this new world that has been offer to us. But sometimes I miss the familiarity of my culture so I stay in my house in the safety of my bubble. I learnt about HIWC while searching in the web for groups or clubs where women share activities and hobbies. I was happy to find out that HIWC has more to offer. I learnt it is also an environment where you can make an impact on so many people. Not only locals but also this expat hub that we belong to. I learnt to quilt in Australia and it became my passion. I attended as many courses, exhibits and quilt shows as I could and this came in handy when we moved to Peru. In Arequipa, quilting was not widely spread but I was lucky to meet many ladies eager to learn this art so there I went...and did some teaching! Here in Hanoi I was thrilled to meet through HIWC, a wonderful group of fabric lovers. We get together every Wednesday and we have a nice time sharing our passion for colours and designs. The one thing constant in my expat life is that I made the best friends in the world. Personally, friendship is my safety net. These courageous woman I meet along the way remind me everyday not to be afraid to try, to look, to explore, to fail, to cry, to laugh, to feel ridiculous, to be vulnerable but strong…I´ve been there and done that!....and probably will do it again and again. I try to keep my eyes wide open to take in all the amazing differences in this world but also when you find the bad, which we all do (as a very good friend told me) just look the other way!!! And go on… It is the beauty of being a citizen of the world. Page 6
Welcome to New Members Lotus News editor catches up with new member Mona Jespersen
Tell us a little about yourself... My name is Mona Jespersen, and I am from Denmark. I am married to Jakob Jespersen, and I have 2 grown up children. They are both living and working in Denmark. I got leave from my job in Denmark until November 2014. In my spare time in Denmark I play badminton and I ride my bicycle a lot. I am part of a reading club and I visit my friends and my family. What brought you to Vietnam? My husband is working as a Danida advisor on energy efficiency at the Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT). He has a contract for 1 year so far. Where were you living before Vietnam? We have a house in MĂĽlĂ¸v, outside of Copenhagen in Denmark. In 2008-2009 I also stayed in Hanoi for 9 months, when my husband was supporting a local organisation.
If you are working, tell us a little about your work and professional background. I am not working here in Vietnam, but I have a job in the administrative secretariat in the logistical department of Danish Defence. What do you enjoy most about living in Hanoi? All the possibilities I have, like to go along the streets and see how the Vietnamese people live their lives, so different from my own. Where is your favourite place in Hanoi to relax and unwind? I like to go around Westlake, and sometime visit the temples. Do you have any tips for newly arrived international women? I the beginning, go to so many of the HIWC arrangements as possible, and then talk to the other women there, they are all helpful, and no questions are stupid.
Local colour - The tale of the Kitchen God Article compiled by Tiffany Banner The Tet Festival celebrating the Lunar New Year is one of the most important festivals for Vietnamese families. One cannot help noticing how the roads seem even more frantic than usual in the run up to Tet. Traditionally, Tet is when Vietnamese thank the gods for the arrival of Spring after a long hard winter and is an important occasion for family members to reunite. Together they welcome a new year along with all the joy, promise and prosperity this could bring. There are certain ceremonies and practices that are followed by each family in preparation for Tet, including the Kitchen God ceremony “Tet Tao Quan”, wherein offerings are made to the tripartite Kitchen god who are the guardians spirits of the kitchen, responsible for hearth and home, ensuring prosperity for the family. Tet Tao Quan is held on the 23rd day of the last month of the lunar year (This year it fell on 22nd January). The Story of the Kitchen God The story begins with the couple; husband Trong Cao and wife Thi Nhi. Although they had been married for a long time, they were not blessed with any children. This was the source of many quarrels and one day, Trong Cao was so angry at his wife that he cast her out of the house. Thi Nhi left home and after some years married another man, Pham Lang. Trong Cao eventually realized what he had done was wrong and set out to find his beloved wife. During his search, he exhausted his wealth and eventually became a beggar. One day, by chance, he met Thi Nhi in her new home. Reunited they talked for hours about the past and how their lives had changed. When they heard Pham Lang coming home Thi Nhi told Trong Cao to hide in the pile of straw inside the barn, fearing that her second husband would not understand why she had welcomed this beggar into their house. Unfortunately, that night, Pham Lang set the straw alight so that he could use the ashes to fertilise his fields. Witnessing the death of Trong Cao, Thi Nhi decided to jump into the fire to join her first husband in death. Pham Lang was distraught and also killed himself. When the three souls reached heaven, the Jade Emperor recognized how the bonds of love bound the three together and gave them the title of “Tao Quan”. Pham Lang would be the Deity of Kitchen, Trong Cao would be the Deity of House and Land, and Thi Nhi would be the Deity of Market. Together, they would be responsible for the hearth and home. During “Tet Tao Quan”, three pairs of paper boots and hats, representing the three individuals, are burnt symbolizing their return to Heaven. This journey is made on the back of a fish. Therefore, many families will also release a live carp into the lakes or river – a good deed to help them reach heaven and to pray for good luck. Once in heaven, “Tao Quan” will report to the Jade Emperor about the deeds of the family throughout the previous year. Before “Tao Quan” returns to the family home late on New Year’s Eve, the house should be cleaned and decorated. Other preparations include cleaning and decorating the altar and ancestral graves as well as cooking special foods that will be served during the Tet Festival.
Local colour - A Walk through the old quarter Article submitted by Jane Wolstenholme and images by Tiffany Banner
Have you done a walking tour through the old quarter? On Thursday 16th January, the HIWC organised walk around the Old Quarter led by Jura Cullen. Wow, what a cornucopia of interesting information about Vietnam, it’s history, the rise and change of The Old Quarter, evolving architecture and even a visual taste of local street food culture. Jura told us that she has always been interested in history and it was evident that she had certainly carried out much research and explored the streets to amass such a wealth of knowledge to share with us. We met in Bach Ma Temple in Hang Buom Street and after quick introductions, Jura kicked off by explaining the reasons of the move of the capital of Vietnam, from Hoa Lu to Hanoi in 1010, then to Hue in 1802 and then back to Hanoi in 1902. We heard about Emperor’s Ly Thai To’s dream of a white horse (Bach Ma) and how this determined the boundaries of Hanoi. We looked at maps of the original city and heard about the 16 city gates that kept the city safe. Today there is only one gate left, and when later we walked through it, knowing its history made it feel quite special despite being surrounded by traffic that was desperate to get past us. Jura also told us about the changes in the course of the Red River and the To Lich River. It is certainly difficult to imagine the port that once stood where there is now a modern looking building housing a bar. Now we know what to look for when viewing a temple; various representations of reaching to heaven, water, turtles, cranes, mountains, ying and yang mandarins, bats, the evolving scenes of Buddha as he moved towards attaining enlightenment, bonsai plants and mother goddesses. Before all this however we shall be asking ourselves if the building is a Den - used to worship legendary/ famous lay people and the mother cult, a Chua - used to worship Buddha or a Dinh - a community house which provides a space for affairs of the village and for the worship of spirit protectors of the community. Then of course we will now notice the use of animals that represent religious beliefs before Confucius, Buddha and Cham influences. There is so much to look out for in order to appreciate each building in its own right with such a mix of beliefs and an evolving culture. As we meandered our way through the Old Quarter, Jura, spoke about some of the architectural designs and buildings of pre-French and French buildings; of which there are a precious few remaining. We also saw an old house tucked behind a more “modern” building, possibly lived in by a successful merchant and built before the crush of population necessitated building in the front garden. All this intertwined with discussions of history and walks past street stalls selling milk fruits, areca nuts prettily displayed on betel leaves, Buddha’s fingers (the more gnarled the more expensive), frogs a-leaping on the pavement in a net and where to get the best bun cha street food, amongst so much more. Thank you to all participants many of whom added to discussions and exchanged snippets of information and insights. The biggest vote of thanks must of course go to Jura for so generously sharing her knowledge in what was a delightful, interesting and happy morning. For those interested - the next HIWC walking tour will be on February 25th 2014. be sure to register early as places are limited.
Local colour - Buses in Hanoi Article submitted by member Victoria Fritz (This article first appeared in Vietnam News, Dec 12, 2013) Lost in transportation: A guide to catching buses in Viet Nam The first time I rode a bus in Ha Noi was one afternoon in early March, just two weeks after I arrived in the country. We had recently moved into an apartment on Truc Bach Lake and until then, all my trips downtown were in the comfortable confines of a taxicab. At the end of my first HIWC book club meeting, I bravely asked the ladies, "Does anyone know how to ride the bus?" The buses cruising down Yen Phu intrigued me, and offered a possibly more efficient way of getting around. How does one start on this bus network? Or, practically speaking, where? A nice lady at the book club meeting named Janice led me to the terrace and pointed across the street. "Go to that bus stop over there, and take #23. That goes to your area." Nervous and excited at the same time, I got on #23, having no idea where it was going. I kept asking the other passengers "Truc Bach?" All of them were saying "50". Bus # 50. At Long Bien station, they told me to get off. I got off and onto the wrong Bus 50 (the one on its terminal stop) and was directed to the opposite platform. I got on, and finally the surroundings looked familiar. I got off at the top of Truc Bach Lake, and after a 10-minute walk, I was home. That first attempt egged me on to more bus adventures. Janice told me about the monthly bus pass, sold at the Ha Noi Bus office located at the terminal stations, like Long Bien and Cau Giay. At Long Bien, I went up to the counter and said "Monthly bus pass?" All I got was an empty look from the older lady at the counter. I turned around to the few people standing by, "Speak English?" A young man with a "Ha Noi Bus" label on his chest pocket came up to me. "Do you speak English?", I repeated. "No speak English. I speak Russian," he replied. Oh wow! Only in Viet Nam will you find bus company employees fluent in Russian. Obtaining a bus pass was turning out to be a drama all its own. I tried once more, hoping we had an elementary language in common, "Speak French?" Again, a blank look. Eventually, I was handed a form to fill out (all in Vietnamese) and made made the best attempt at guessing: name, address, birth date. I left the rest of the form blank. Miraculously, she took it, and gave me the price â€“ VND140,000, plus another 100,000 for the permanent ID card. She wrote the pick up date on the form. Three days later, I proudly waved my new bus pass at my housekeeper, who was not all that amused. "Only students and old people ride the bus," she told me. Everyone else had a motorbike. She was smiling, but puzzled as to why the person she called "madam" would travel "beneath her", so to speak. All this just adds value to the experience, I think. Now it is all very easy. From my new abode in Tay Ho, I take bus #31 to my different destinations, including Vincom Towers all the way in lower Hai Ba Trung. At the stop in front of 33 Au Co, the buses arrive 15-20 minutes apart. The wait is never lonely, as I am always accompanied by a cackle of turkeys, certainly another "Only in Viet Nam" experience. The culture is also made manifest here, in the way young people automatically stand up and give up their seats when an elderly person comes on board. That sort of courtesy is something we can all re-learn. The bus map is not 100 per cent precise. It tells which streets the bus traverses, but not the exact stops, which leads to more adventures. At the very least, I get a free tour of Ha Noi. Going to the monthly coffee mornings at different hotels downtown, I resist the urge to take the easy route by cab. Taking a bus to Long Bien station, I transferred to #1, which brought me just 20m from Hotel Nikko. On another occasion, it stopped right in front of Hotel Mercure. And always just in time. Even attending one recent English Conversation class, held at Cuc Gallery in Keangnam, which is far away. It only took one bus ride, on #33 from the same "turkey" station I always go to. I was expecting a long walk or a cab ride at the end, but it stopped right in front of Landmark 72. It's not always easy, especially when the bus is packed and I have to stand while the bus sways this way and that. But it is always more interesting than a point-to-point cab ride. You must pay attention, or you might miss your stop! My favorite bus has become the 31, by virtue of frequency. Janice swears by the 23. What's your number? Page 10 Lotus News
Local colour - Heritage just outside Hanoi Article and images submitted by Jura Cullen http://juraphotos.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/cycling-to-duonglam-village/
Cycling to Duong Lam Village We had decided to do a 85k day trip out of Hanoi - all organized by Mr. Phong, my friend and tennis coach, who is part of a growing group of Vietnamese cycling enthusiasts. When I first arrived in Vietnam two years ago only students, old people, or very poor people rode bikes. Since then, cycling as a hobby has exploded amongst the more affluent. On Saturday mornings West Lake forms the meeting point for all types of clubs – fixies, vintage bikes, racing bikes etc. Luckily, Mr Phong and his friend Ms. Dinh managed to borrow four suitable bikes for us, as I feared that my 100 dollar Taiwanese bike might not be up to such a long trip. It turned out that Ms. Dinh is an absolute legend. She is 67 years old and has cycled 6,500 kilometers around Vietnam since April. After a 7am start, we smashed out 40 kilometers with Ms. Dinh leading the way first through the Hanoi rush hour and then on to Son Tay. Son Tay is famous for its ‘ancient’ citadel, although it emerged that the citadel was only built in 1822. Son Tay is also famous in American Vietnam War history as the location of a failed mission to rescue POWs. The Nguyen Dynasty citadel now forms a nice park in the centre of town and there are some good opportunities for Angkor Wat style photographs as the gates to the citadel have become overgrown with beautiful Banyan and Boddhi trees. After Son Tay, we continued on up to Duong Lam Village. Duong Lam is one of the few preserved ancient villages in Vietnam. It has historical significance because two important figures were born there: King Phung Hung (r.761-802) who defeated the invading Chinese in 784 and Viet Ngo Quyen, who liberated the country from the Chinese at the famous navel battle of Bach Dang in 938. There is a memorial to King Phung Hung in a dinh near the village and nearby a commemorative temple to Emperor Ngo Quyen. The village is very picturesque with brick paved narrow alleys, walls made of laterite, old wells, and houses dating back 400 years. All the roads run to a central dinh or communal house. Duong Lam was the first Vietnamese village to be recognized as a national relic by the Ministry of Culture and Information. Although it is refreshing not to see signs of the modern age, in many ways the village has become a living museum, which apparently not all of its residents are happy about. Some families would like to expand upwards to increase their living space but planning restrictions prevent this. More details in a recent article (click here). All in all it was a great day out getting to see the quieter side of Vietnam and learn more about its history. On our way back we picked up some local specialties: goats milk yoghurt and a delicious special sticky rice sweet with ginger and peanuts. The only negative was the rather long slog in and out of Hanoi before one gets to the more rural areas. Page 11
Local Colour - Visiting the recent past in Cuu Article and images submitted by Tiffany Banner
Exploring Cuu village – A evocative photograph, in an inflight magazine, inspired us to visit Cuu Village. Located in Van Tu Commune, in the suburban district of Phu Xuyen, about 40km south of Hanoi, it was described oxymoronically as “one of the oldest modern villages in Hanoi”. Much of the original village of bamboo houses was destroyed by a fire in the 1920’s, prompting many of the residents to seek their fortunes in Hanoi. Some of their resultant shops became the fashionable place for Hanoi’s wealthy classes to acquire western style clothing. With newfound wealth, many families returned to their homes, in the 30’s and 40’s, to build villas that allowed them to reflect the success of their urban ventures. Many have distinctive combinations of French and Vietnamese architectural features. I was particularly struck by the innovative decorative plaster work around the entrances and on public display, where motifs from both Western and Eastern culture are integrated in a very personal style. Couplets were carved into the gateways to each house, along with traditional motifs of mythical animals seen to bestow good luck and prosperity upon inhabitants. Unfortunately, many of these buildings are in need of some loving attention as their original occupants, and the subsequent generations, have largely moved on (or upwards). I visited at the weekend and was delighted to find a peaceful environment, where the residents were bemused to see foreigners. The village is small, and perhaps not for everyone (judging by the lack of enthusiasm displayed by some other members of my family). To those that have an interest in architecture, however, it has plenty of earthy charm. The crumbling buildings and moss covered walls provide an interesting textural back drop for those seeking distinctive photography opportunities. As is the case everywhere, progress is inevitable, but one hopes that any future development will be done in a sensitive way that acknowledges and preserves the unique architectural features. Page 12
Health in Vietnam Article submitted by International SOS, Hanoi
Cancer “Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008.” What is cancer?
World Health Organization, 2013
Cancer is a serious condition in which cells of the body grow in an uncontrolled way. The disease – which is also sometimes called tumour, neoplasm or malignancy – can affect almost any part of the body. Cancer is not a single disease – it is a term for a group of diseases. There are more than 200 types, each with its own name and treatment. Though cancer can be treated*, it is still a leading cause of death worldwide. The cancers which most commonly kill are lung, stomach, liver, colo-rectal, breast and cervix.. According to the World Health Organization, 84 million people will die of cancer between 2005 and 2015 in the absence of intervention. About 30% of all cancer cases could have been prevented by lifestyle and vaccination choices. What causes cancer? The exact cause is not known. However, we do know that certain agents called carcinogens damage cells and may cause cancer. Ageing and genetic factors also play a part. Risk goes up as a person gets older, and some cancers run in families. Some known carcinogens include: x
Tobacco smoke – this is the single leading risk factor for cancer
Ultraviolet radiation, which comes from the sun as well as other sources
Biological agents, such as infections with certain viruses, bacteria or parasites
How can some cancers be prevented? More than 30% of all cancer cases could have been prevented! x
Avoid tobacco and its smoke
Maintain a healthy weight; being overweight or obese increases risk
Eat a healthy diet, particularly fruit and vegetables; reduce intake of processed foods
Get physically active
Limit alcohol intake
Reduce your exposure to sunlight
Consider hepatitis B vaccination, which prevents most liver cancers
Women should consider HPV vaccination, which prevents most cervical cancers
Cancer is treatable Treatment is most effective if cancer is detected early. Learn the early signs. Seek prompt medical attention for symptoms such as: x
Sores that don’t heal
Change in bowel habits
Unexplained weight loss
Each type of cancer has its own treatment. * Treatment aims to cure, prolong life and improve quality of life for patients.
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Health in Vietnam Article submitted by Dr Brian McNaull, Family Medical Practice Hanoi
Natural Ways to Prevent Migraines Migraines are a pain to deal with and for those who experience them on a regular basis life becomes a nightmare. Most people resort to taking medication to prevent migraine attacks or to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. However, most preventive migraine medications have potential side effects, so only adults or children with at least 1-2 attacks per week should take them. Both over the counter and prescription medications can trigger or worsen migraine headaches. Cimetidine, estrogen, antihistamine, nifedipine, nitroglycerin, can increase migraine frequency. You should avoid frequent or long-term use of NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs), acetaminophen, triptans or ergotamines. While some medications lessen the impact of migraines, they do not resolve the underlying causes. Half of all patients only experience a 50% reduction in migraines (at most). Watch your diet
The following are alternative remedies to prevent migraines:
Up to 50% of people who have migraines are sensitive to certain foods. The following are some common dietary triggers to be aware of: •Tyramine rich foods: e.g. Cultured dairy products (e.g. aged cheese, sour cream, buttermilk), chocolate, and citrus fruits are believed to cause vasodilation (widening of the blood vessels) in certain people. Some migraines may be triggered by artificial sweeteners. •Nitrates and nitrites: These vasodilating agents are found in preserved meats, processed meats, smoked fish, sausages, ham, beef jerky and bacon. •Beverages: Alcoholic beverages (especially red wine) and excess of or withdrawal from caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, cocoa, or colas may trigger migraines. •Monosodium glutamate (MSG): MSG is a flavor enhancer and vasodilator found in many processed foods. MSG sources include seasoning, baking mixtures, potato chips (potato, corn), roasted peanuts and soy sauce. Be aware of your surroundings •Psychological: Make time for relaxation and surround yourself with things that make you happy as stress, anxiety, worry, depression, and sadness can all trigger migraines. •Physiological: Fever, illness and not getting adequate food, rest, or sleep can cause migraines. Stick to a routine with regular meal times and adequate sleep. •Environmental: Fluorescent, bright or flickering lights, fatigue, high altitude, strong odors, computer screens, or rapid temperature changes can all cause migraines. Monitor your exposure to these elements to see if they are the cause of your migraines. •Physical Activity: Participating in sports, being extremely active or even travelling (being in motion) can also trigger migraines. Avoid over-exertion, take breaks and drink plenty of water when participating in any form of physical activity. This advice was provided by Dr. Brian McNaull, Medical Director of Family Medical Practice in Hanoi. For more medical advice, please visit Family Medical Practice on 298I Kim Ma, Ba Dinh, Hanoi. Tel (04) 3843 0748. Email: email@example.com
What’s on: February in the HIWC?
HIWC EVENTS FEBRUARY 13 FEB: HIWC Coffee Morning at Pullman Hotel 40 Cat Linh Street, Hanoi , Ha Noi. Please register latest by Wednesday, 12th of February. Click HERE and fill in the registration form. 18 FEB: HIWC Excursion Pagoda Thay and Tay Phuong. Register through firstname.lastname@example.org 20 FEB: HIWC Special Showing of “Miss Representation” at 7pm at Hanoi Cinematheque, 22A Hai Bà Trưng, Q. Hoàn Kiếm. Registration will be online - look out for email notification. 21 FEB: HIWC Art Tour - A guided visit to local Women Artists working in their studios. Register online. 23 FEB: HIWC Excursion Hoa Lu and Tam Coc. Register through Exotissimo email@example.com 25 FEB: HIWC Walk through central Hanoi at 10am. Please register by clicking HERE 28 FEB: HIWC Bike Ride at 9am - 1pm. Please register by clicking HERE
“Miss Representation” special showing for HIWC Members SAVE THE DATE: Thursday February the 20th, for a special showcase for our members of the award winning documentary “Miss Representation”. This is an 87 minute documentary that uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself. Jean Munro, will make a brief introduction to this topic. This is an absolute must watch!!! Where: Cinematheque, 22A Hai Bà Trưng, Q. Hoàn Kiếm at 7 pm Tickets: 50.000 vnd - To reserve a seat look out for the google doc for registration email that will be sent in early February. Page 15
February Coffee Morning
HIWC February Coffee Morning Members are invited to the February coffee morning -
at Pullman Hanoi Hotel, 40 Cat Linh Street, Ha Noi on THURSDAY 13th February at 10am-12pm (Registration starts at 9.30am) COST: Free to Members, 100,000 VND for non-members / guests
Come and enjoy this wonderful venue the day before Valentines Day and learn about the work of Entrepreneurs Du Monde. Mr Gael Stephen from Entrepreneurs Du Monde will be talking about the microfinance project the HIWC sponsors in Dien Bien Phu benefitting the Black Thai Women through a local partner An Chi Em. This is a project we would like to share with everyone due to the impact it has had on the community in a very positive way. Women have been empowered, children are going to school and food is on the table. Gael has requested donations of used computers, printers and cameras which are in good conditions. For those wishing to stay and catch up with friends, treat yourself to a superb lunch at La Cheminee where we have been offered a special rate for interested members of VND360,500 per person inclusive of service charge and tax. (Drink is not included.) Please register latest by Wednesday, 12th February NOON. Click HERE to register
HIWC Circles Activities - What’s On Please contact individual organisers listed below for more information. If you have wish to pursue a hobby or learn a new skill but are not sure if there are others who are in the same position, get in touch. Circle activities have been set up by members who want to learn something new and are happy to share their passions and meet others with similar interests.
HIWC Newcomers - Next meeting: 27th February 10am – 12pm Newcomers to Hanoi are welcome every first Thursday of the month for a friendly informal get-together, especially for newcomers to Hanoi. An opportunity to meet others who are new to Hanoi as well as longer-term residents. Come along and learn about HIWC activities, the expatriate Community, and facilities in Hanoi. Contact Lia Garcia and Penny Mcdonald at firstname.lastname@example.org HIWC Art/Culture Group - Next meeting 21st February 9.30am A guided visit to a few local women artists in their studios. Then on 25th February there will be a guided walk around the old quarter of Hanoi. For both visits - see listings of What’s on for details to register. HIWC Bridge Fun - Thursdays 1pm Hanoi Club Beginners and all levels are always welcome - Teacher Angela is on hand to teach beginners and help you discover the fun. Contact Reiko email@example.com for information. HIWC Book club (Evening) - Next meeting 12th February at 7.30pm This evening book club that meets at the beginning of each month from 7:30-9:30 pm. We take turns sponsoring a meeting in our homes. Members choose one book a month to read and discuss - a great way to meet new people and share a love of reading. Contact Karinne (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. HIWC Book club (Lunchtime) - Next meeting 10th February This is a very active group who enjoy reading books from around the world followed by a lively discussion over coffee and a light lunch and meets 1st Monday each month. Contact Karen (email@example.com) or tel: 0121 909 3378 for more information. HIWC Cooking ClassesA variety of Cooking Classes taek place throughout the month. Contact Marina or Saloni (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. HIWC Cycling Group - Next ride 28th February - Informal group that meets occasionally to cycle through the quieter side of Hanoi. Meet at Joma on To Ngoc Van at 9am. Bring along your hat, water and enthusiasm to cycle, All levels are welcome. Please register by clicking HERE or Contact Tiffany email@example.com for information. HIWC English Conversation - Meets once a week, on a Tuesday from 10.00 - 11.30 - a morning of lively talk and laughter. Click map for directions. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. HIWC Golf - Contact Reiko email@example.com for details. HIWC Majhong - Meet twice a week at 10am - Wednesdays 10 am at Jaspa’s, Hanoi Tower and Fridays at Jaffa, Ciputra. We stop for lunch at noon and continue to play in the afternoon. Contact Kathy on firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Kathy or Kay email@example.com for details. Page 17
HIWC Circles (contd) HIWC Non-native english Reading Group meet the third Tuesday in every month. Next meeting: 25th Feb 13.30 - 15.30. This is a multi national group of ladies who enjoy some guided discussion in a friendly and supportive circle. Contact Karen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or tel: 0121 909 3378 for more information. HIWC Tennis (Beginners) - Every Wednesday at Tay Ho courts, 9-11am. Next meeting: 12th Feb. Suitable for all levels of beginner. This is a 2-hour activity that includes not only individual coaching but also group practice. Enhancing your tennis technique in an ultra friendly atmosphere. Contact Yu Ching by email, email@example.com or call 016 74 246 797 for more information. HIWC Tennis (Intermediate) - Every Monday and Friday 9am -11am We play doubles games for two hours, two days per week - intermediate or high level players welcome. We play at the end of Tay Ho Street, Tay Ho District . Bring your racquet, water, energy and come play!! Please contact Dounia Lujan, firstname.lastname@example.org 01627227447. HIWC Tay Ho Neighbourhood Coffee - We are looking for someone to coordinate this weekly informal meeting as our coordinator Carly is leaving Hanoi. Pick your favorite coffee place, time and day. If you are interested, please contact email@example.com HIWC Quilters group - Every Wednesday 10am - 12pm. Newly arrived member Natalia Tasovac organises a get together with other members who would like to learn more about quilting or those who share the same passion and are based here in Hanoi. If you love fabric and patterns and making something beautiful, feel free to contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org HIWC Writers group - On Thursday once a month, 6pm - 8pm. Contact Lillian email@example.com NEW CIRCLE GROUPS........... If you have wish to pursue a hobby or learn a new skill but are not sure if there are others who are in the same position, get in touch. Circle groups have been set up by members who want to share their passions and meet others with similar interests. We are happy to help make connections, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you wish to put a notice in the Lotus news to see if other members want to join you in your activity- please email email@example.com
What’s on: February in Hanoi?
OTHER EVENTS Around HANOI 08 & 09 FEB: “Celebrate the Year of the Horse” - Fun for all the family with traditional and local crafts and games throughout the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Nguyen Van Huyen Road, Cau Giay district, Hanoi from 8:30 - 17:30 every day (08 Feb All activities, 09 February only select activities on offer) 08 FEB: Opening of “PLAY” cafe for small children at 9:00 to 12:00 on Lac Long Quan, Tay Ho, for more infomation see www.playcafehanoi.com until 16 FEB: Mural Painting Exhibition by HITOTZUKI “ABILIGHT” Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, 27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem 17 FEB: Sam Thi and Friends: A Special Reunion Concert at 19:30 at Vietnam National Academy of Music Concert Hall, 77 Hào Nam,Ô Chợ Dừa, Đống Đa, Hà Nội - a special chamber music program featuring J.S Bach, J. Haydn, W.A.Mozart, D.Milhaud and Piazzolla. until 20 FEB: Exhibition "The Journey of Life" at Chula 43 Nhat Chieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi until 28 FEB: Vietnamese Folk Painting Exhibition – Trio Painting Sets at L’Espace, Institute Français de Hanoi, 24 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem 18 & 19 FEB: Concert “Mozart Cycle IV” at 20:00 at Institut Français de Hanoi, L’Espace, 24 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem 19 FEB: Spring Gala Opera and Ballet at 20:00 at the Hanoi Opera House, 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội. Tickets available at Hanoi Opera House or firstname.lastname@example.org For free delivery Call: 0913489858, 0983067996. 21 FEB to 01 MAR: German Film Week 2014 at the Goethe Institut, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Tel. 04 37342251 http://www.goethe.de/ins/vn/han/enindex.htm until 28 FEB: Paintings Exhibition at the Embassy of Denmark at the Embassy of Denmark, 19 Dien Bien Phu, Hanoi until 09 MAR: Exhibition "The Culture of Japan" at the Vietnam History Museum, 25 Tong Dan Str, Hanoi
CelebratingTet in Hanoi For more information about Tet please click HERE for a handy guide kindly provided by Santa Fe Relocation. (Page 6 has information on what to do in Hanoi.)
please click HERE to access the guide WHAT IS OPEN DURING TET - just a few of your favourite haunts..... Grocery Shopping: L’s Place: Closed noon time Jan 30 to Feb 3. Open on Feb 4 Veggy’s: Closed Jan 30 to Feb 3. Open on Feb 4 Dan’s Shop: Closed noon time Jan 30 to Feb 4. Open on Feb 5 The Oasis: Open throughout TET from 10am to 6pm. Please contact 3719-1196 for opening hours. Nguyen Son Bakery: Closed noon time Jan 30 to Feb 2. Open on Feb 3 Fivi Mart & Metro: Closed noon time Jan 30 to Feb 4. Open on Feb 5 Restaurants & Bar: La Salsa: Open throughout TET Al Fresco’s: Open throughout TET but on from 12pm to 9pm Le Petit Bruxelles: Closed Jan 28 to Feb 5. Open Feb 6. Mediterraneo: Open throughout TET Moca café: Open throughout Tet La Verticale: Closed Jan 28 to Feb 3. Open on Feb 4 La Badiane: Closed Jan 29 to Feb 5. Open Feb 6 Luna d’Autunno: Closed Jan 29 to Feb 3. Open on Feb 4 Da Paolo: Closed Jan 29 to Feb 3. Open Feb 4 El Gaucho: Open throughout TET but from 4pm to midnight. Nha Hang Ngon: ( 26 Tran Hung Dao St – Tel: 39336133) Closed Jan 30 to Feb 2. Open Feb 3 Quan an Ngon Phan Boi Chau : Close Jan 30 to Feb 2. Open Feb 3 Tandoor: Open throughout TET Foodshop 45: Closed Jan 30 to Feb 2. Open Feb 3 Saint Honore: Open throughout TET Don’s: Closed Jan 30 at 8pm to Feb 2. Open Feb 3 from 5pm Joma Cafe: Open throughout TET Donkey Donut: Closed on Jan 28 to Feb 4. Open on Feb 5 Spas & Hair Dressing: Yakushi Center: Closed Jan 28 to Feb 4. Open on Feb 5 Santal: Closed Jan 30 at 3pm to Feb 1. Open Feb 2 Lan Hair Salon at Sofitel TET: Closed Jan 31 to Feb 4. Open Feb 5 Lancy Spa: Closed Jan 28 to Feb 6. Open Feb 7 Thu Cuc Exotical Spa: Closed Jan 29 to Feb 4. Open Feb 5 Page 20
HIWC in January - Gallery HIWC January Coffee Morning at Chula Over 100 Ladies enjoyed a wonderful start to 2014 with gorgeous colourful fashion and fine art at Chula in early January. Diego and Laura warmly welcomed the ladies and talked about the inspiration behind their latest collection and the special collection designed for a breathtaking one off Grand Canyon extravaganza. Pure origin coffee was kindly provided by KOK coffee. Those who wanted to do a little shopping, HIWC members were offered a 10% discount on all purchases made that morning.
Photos by Erna Hundt and Tiffany Banner and Natascha Senftleben
HIWC Gallery Contd HIWC Cycling trip A group of 15 intrepid ladies braved the streets of Hanoi to discover the quieter side of the city- who would know that less than 10 minutes away from Tay Ho is a beautiful island in the middle of the Red river. Few motorcycles and no cars- absolute bliss!
HIWC December Coffee Morning at UMA In preparation for the holiday season, HIWC members were welcomed to UMA for the December Coffee Morning. Festive treats from Donkey Bakery and warm apple cider were served so members could indulge whilst shopping for last minute gifts.
HIWC VACANCIES Do you want to meet new people? Do you want to volunteer and become part of an amazing team? Get involved and be part of the HIWC Board and make things happen! HIWC EVENTS COORDINATOR(S) FOR 2014 - OPEN NOW! The Events Coordinator is an energetic and lively personality that is responsible for organizing a small number of luncheons and of evening events during the year that are open to HIWC members (and the Hanoi community as guests). This scope and range is only a guideline and will depend on the proposals put forward and discussed. It is expected that the coordinator will be able to put together a small team to help with the organisation of the events and will have the full support and assistance of all on the HIWC Board. Previous events organised have been along the lines of charity auction lunches, themed evening dinners/galas and cocktail events. No experience is necessary. All interested in getting involved should email email@example.com HIWC LOTUS NEWS EDITOR - position vacant from Spring 2014 The Lotus News Editor is responsible each month for gathering information and articles from members, circles activities coordinators and the CAC as well as news on whatâ€™s on in Hanoi. No experience necessary and basic training can be provided during a handover. The candidate will ideally be a Mac user, though this is not a requirement. This is a board position so attendance at monthly board meetings is preferred. Those interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org GRAPHIC DESIGNER Are you comfortable with using Photoshop and Illustrator and have some free time to donate to HIWC to work on specific projects such as producing invitations for one off events, or special HIWC publications? This position requires tenacity and detail-orientation while giving you the flexibility you need to work from home on your schedule. Familiarity with other desktop publishing programs would be an asset. For more information about this position, please send a message to email@example.com.
Courses on offer - Learn something new..... Community Education Programme
Open to Everyone! Get Involved!
Classes in the following areas are open to both adults and children of the Hanoi Community:
Arts and Culture Cooking Classes Languages Classes
Skills Building Sports Movement
We aim to provide opportunities for people of all ages to expand their skills, to have fun and to bring the community together.
Many classes are offered and open to all members of the Hanoi Community through the UNIS Community Education Programme such as: Art and Culture: Bat Trang Ceramic Tour, Old Street Tour…, Cooking: Indian Cooking, Homemade Baking…, Skill Building: Lacquer Painting, Decorating, Children Activities: Tennis for Children, Judo, Latin Dance, Painting, Indoor Games for Children, Swimming … PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL PROGRAMME Registration ongoing from January 2014 through the website.
Sign-Up online: www.unishanoi.org/comed (Opens 08:30am Monday 13 January 2014)
Offer a Class: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Member notices Having An Online Presence: A Pathway to Growth and Happiness It’s that time of year where some of us are looking towards preparing for a move home, to a new posting or simply for a fresh start. Having a thoughtful presence online is becoming a valuable tool to deal with the constant state of transition many of us face. The first step is deciding what personal and/or professional goals do you want to realize. Once these are clear deciding which social media communities (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest…) you want to join and engage with will be much easier. If you want to learn more about how to increase your presence online I highly recommend you check out the Global Niche website. Currently they are offering their online course for FREE. Click here to find out more and to register. Actively participating within these online communities can: • Assist you and your family with transition to a new home • Develop a community of people who are interested in what and who you are • Be a reliable system of support when you are physically away from friends and family • A place for you to grow and make connections for professional and personal success As you spend more time online share your knowledge and resources in a way that leaves you feeling comfortable, confident and empowered. If you have any questions or want to learn more about how to develop your online presence contact me at email@example.com; follow me on Twitter @camcooks
SWIM: Lower Stress, Higher Spirits, Better Brain! Swimming improves flexibility, keeps weight under control, improves cholesterol and lowers the risk of diabetes. It tones the body and also helps improve the most important muscle: the heart. The constant stretching and relaxing of your muscles combined with deep rhythmic breathing in swimming also evokes the relaxation response the same way yoga works: releasing endorphins making you instantly happier!
Adult Classes: Beginners, Stroke improvement and Deep water skills American Red Cross Learn to Swim program: 6 Levels Parent and child Aquatics: 6 – 36 months Pre-School Aquatics: Rudimentary levels of aquatic skills ARC Certified Instructor. Indoor heated pool. http://alexiaberta.wix.com/swim email: firstname.lastname@example.org call: 09 423 841 37
Play. Create. Imagine. Relax. Connect Play. Create. Imagine. Relax. Connect
Play! cafe is a social enterprise focusing on improving the health and development of children in Hanoi. It offers several fun play areas that encourage social, intellectual, and Play! cafe is a social enterprise focusing on improving the health and development of creative growth for children ages 0-8, as well as a cafe with comfortable seating for parents. children in Hanoi. It offers several fun play areas that encourage social, intellectual, and creative growth for children ages 0-8, as well as a cafe with comfortable seating for parents.
Please join us for the grand opening! Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 0900-2000 Please join us for the grand opening! Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 0900-2000
SALEUP TO40% SAVE
Lots of great kids styles at bargain prices Limited sales period 21- 25 February 2014.
PURE HEAVEN 55 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi