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HCMC guide

Once dearly called Diamond of the Far-east with the luxury level overriding that of Hongkong orBangkok,Ho Chi Minh Cityis now the most populated city inVietnam. Modern office skyscrapers, Chinese style pagodas and food stalls along the street, create a dynamic urban area in very special sense. It is not oddly tidy like inSingapore, nor is urban slumps omnipresent like inIndia.

Ho Chi Minh City’s architecture and lifestyle is the reconciliation between American and Chinese influence, with many dots of modernity yet without losing Vietnamese traits and as much historical as it is modern.

Reunification Palace is definitely the place to visit, for its significance and archival of Vietnam War. If this building still does not impress you enough, rest assured that museums are abound and the admission fees are generally low. Among the most recommended ones are: Ho Chi Minh Museum, Revolutionary Museum and Vietnam History Museum.

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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in About Saigon, Living in Saigon

 

A glance at Vietnamese folk painting!

Folk painting is a combination of traditional cultural values with ancient artistic methods that have been created through the labor of past generations. There are two types of Vietnamese folk painting, Tet holiday paintings and worshiping paintings.

Long history.
The folk painting’s journey is the story of the Vietnamese traditional art from the past to the present. During the Ly Dynasty (12th century), there were many families who specialized in woodblock carving. By the end of the Tran Dynasty, they were also printing paper money. At the beginning of the Le So Dynasty, the Chinese technique of carving printing boards was adopted and improved. The History Museum and the Fine Art Museum in Hanoi still keep old printing boards as archives.

During the Mac Dynasty (16th century), folk painting developed quite extensively and was popular among the aristocracy in Thang Long. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the art of folk painting was stable and highly developed.

Depending on artistic style, drawing-printing technique as well as the materials used, folk painting are classified into painting trends according to the name of their place of production.

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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in About Saigon, Entertainment

 

LAW: Property and income transparency

Materials below are only for reference
THE GOVERNMENT
No: 68/2011/ND-CP

SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence – Freedom – Happiness
Ha Noi, day 08 month 07 year 2011

DECREE

Decree No. 68/2011/ND-CP of August 8, 2011, amending and supplementing a number of articles of the Government’s Decree No. 37/2007/ND-CP of March 9, 2007, on property and income transparency

THE GOVERNMENT

Pursuant to the December 25, 2001 Law on Organization of the Government;

Pursuant to the November 25, 2005 Anti-Corruption Law and the August 4, 2007 Law Amending and Supplementing a Number of Articles of the Anti-Corruption Law;

At the proposal of the Government Inspector General,

DECREES:

Article 1. To amend and supplement a number of articles of the Government’s Decree No. 37/2007/ND-CP of March 9, 2007, on property and income transparency (below referred to as Decree No. 37/2007/ND-CP)

1. To amend and supplement Article 3 as follows:

“Article 3. Interpretation of terms

In this Decree, the terms below are construed as follows:

1. Property and income declaration means the clear writing of types of property and incomes to be declared by a person who is obliged to declare property and incomes in the form promulgated together with this Decree;

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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in About Saigon, Living in Saigon

 

LAW: Recruitment & management of foreign employees

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THE GOVERNMENT
No: 46/2011/ND-CP

SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence – Freedom – Happiness
Ha Noi, day 17 month 06 year 2011

DECREE

Decree No. 46/2011/ND-CP of June 17, 2011, amending and supplementing a number of articles of the Government’s Decree No. 34/2008/ND-CP of March 25, 2008, on recruitment and management of foreign employees in Vietnam

THE GOVERNMENT

Pursuant to the December 25, 2001 Law on Organization of the Government;

Pursuant to the June 23, 1994 Labor Code; the April 2, 2002 Law Amending and Supplementing a Number of Articles of the Labor Code; the June 29, 2006 Law Amending and Supplementing a Number of Articles of the Labor Code;

At the proposal of the Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs,

DECREES:

Article 1. To amend and supplement a number of articles of the Government’s Decree No. 34/2008/ND-CP of March 25, 2008, on recruitment and management of foreign employees in Vietnam as follows:

1. To add the following Points k and l to Clause 2 of Article 1:

“k) Business societies and associations established under Vietnamese law;

l) Households and persons licensed for business operations by competent authorities under Vietnamese law.”
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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in About Saigon, Living in Saigon

 

Social and economic situation, five beginning months of 2012

1. Agriculture, forestry & fishery                                                        

a. Agriculture

As of May15, 2012, provinces in the North finished cultivation of spring rice, with estimated cultivated area of 1,156,100 ha, equaling 102.4% from last year’ same crop. According to initial estimation, spring rice productivity in the North reached 6,200 kg/ha, reduced 80 kg/ha; yield reached 7,166,400 tons, equaling 98.2% from the same crop in 2011.

As of mid-May, provinces in the South reaped 1,908,400 ha of spring rice, equaling 96.7% from last year’ same period. Together with this, provinces in the South also sowed seeds for 1,319,400 ha of summer rice, equaling 105.4% from last year’ same period.

Provinces over the country were speeding up cultivation of vegetables. As of mid-May, the country had 591,300 ha of maize, 92,800 ha of sweet potato, 167,200 ha of peanut, 58,700 ha of soybean and 519,100 ha of vegetables cultivated, equaling 87.5%, 94.4%, 93.3%, 50.2% and 103.4% respectively from last year’ same period.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in About Saigon, Living in Saigon

 

Ho Chi Minh City – ongoing dynamic & enchanting

Here, new buildings, there, persons in a hurry… It is the picture of a busting, dynamic but beautiful and friendly city – Ho Chi Minh City, the Chief Southern Centre of Vietnam!

Introduction & Location

 If you have visited a number of cities in Vietnam but forgot Ho Chi Minh City, you have not known much about Vietnam for real. It is considered the capital of the Southern area of Vietnam. It is located near the Mekong delta, about 1,760 kilometers south of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam with the population of 7 million in the area of 2095 square kilometers (908 square miles). Ho Chi Minh City is the second heart and soul of Vietnam, to Hanoi. It’s a bustling, dynamic and industrious center, the largest city in the country, the economic capital and the cultural trendsetter. Yet within the teeming metropolis are the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture.
 
 

LAW: Adoption Procedure

Materials below are only for reference
THE GOVERNMENT
No: 19/2011/ND-CP

SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence – Freedom – Happiness
Ha Noi, day 21 month 03 year 2011

DECREE

PROVIDING IN DETAIL FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF A NUMBER OF ARTICLES OF THE LAW ON ADOPTION

THE GOVERNMENT

Pursuant to the December 25, 2011 Law on the Organization of Government;
Pursuant to the June 17, 2010 Law on Adoption;
At the proposal of the Minister of Justice,

DECREES

Chapter 1:

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1. Scope of regulation

1. This Decree provides in detail for reception, management, usage of humanitarian aids to nurture, care, and educate children in special circumstances upon Article 7; authority for the collection, rate, the exemption, reduction, usage and management regime of adoption registration fee, expenses for settling inter-country adoption according to Article 12; procedures of adoption settling between Vietnamese citizens and neighboring countries’ citizens permanently residing in border areas referred to Article 42; rate, usage and management regime of fee and procedures of granting, extending, modifying the operation licenses of foreign adoption agencies in Vietnam referred to Article 43; procedures for adoption registration between Vietnamese citizens before the date of January 01, 2011 but have not yet registered referred to Article 50 of Law on Adoption.

2. This Decree guides for implementation of a number of issues on competence, sequence, procedures for settling domestic adoption, adoption at the Vietnamese representative agencies in foreign country (hereinafter called as the representative agencies), adoption involving foreign factors under Article 9, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36 of Law on Adoption; re-registration and recognition of adoption which was registered at competent agencies of foreign countries.

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LAW: National program on labour safety

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THE PRIME MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT
No: 2281/QD-TTg

SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence – Freedom – Happiness
Ha Noi, day 10 month 12 year 2010

DECISION

Decision No. 2281/QD-TTg of December 10, 2010, approving the national program on labor safety and hygiene during 2011-2015

THE PRIME MINISTER

Pursuant to the December 25, 2001 Law on Organization of the Government;

Pursuant to the June 23, 1994 Labor Code; the April 2, 2002 Law Amending and Supplementing a Number of Articles of the Labor Code; and the June 29, 2006 Law Amending and Supplementing a Number of Articles of the Labor Code;

At the proposal of the Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs,

DECIDES:

Article 1. To approve the national program on labor safety and hygiene during 2011-2015, with the following principal contents:

I. OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAM

1. General objectives:

To improve working conditions and mitigate working environment pollution; to prevent labor accidents and occupational diseases; to provide healthcare for employees; to raise awareness about and assure observance of the law on labor safety and hygiene; to assure body and life safety for employees and safety for assets of the State, enterprises and organizations, making contributions to national sustainable development.
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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in About Saigon, Living in Saigon

 

Holidays and Celebrations

January/February

“TET” LUNAR NEW YEAR – “Tet” Nguyen Dan
(Official 4 day Holiday)

For many Vietnamese, Tet is one of the most joyous events of the year. People look towards the future, but they also remember the past. Red envelopes stuffed with cash are doled out to bowing children. The Lunar New Year calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. In
order to “catch up” with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years (seven years out of a 19-year cycle). This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Lunar New Year falls on a different date each year. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are
celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. No matter where they are or whatever the circumstances, family members find their ways to come back to meet their loved ones, gather for a dinner of traditional foods like bánh chưng (a square cake made of sticky rice stuffed with beans and pork), măng (a soup of boiled bamboo shoots and flied pork) and xôi gấc (orange sticky rice). The celebration is traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors.

The official holiday is mainly in three days: The First day is for visiting the family on the husband’s side, the second day is for the family of the wife and close friends. Last but not least, the third day is extended to the broader community outside the family by visits to teachers, bosses or a helpful physician. The Vietnamese continue to visit their teachers and physicians although long out of school and long cured of their illness. For three days, one takes extra care not to show anger and not to be rude to people. It is believed the first day and the first week of the New Year will determine the fortunes or misfortunes for the rest of the year. The first visitor to the house on the first morning of Tet is very important. Particular care is taken to arrange in advance to have the visitor be rich, happy, and prestigious.

Trees:While in the north people prefer the Vietnamese Peach blossom, symbols of life and good fortune which people bring into their homes to celebrate the coming of spring during Tet, Yellow Blossom (Hoa Mai) is more commonly used for this ceremony in the South because of the warm weather. Hoa Mai is a small, yellow
flowering plant that is used for decoration during Tet with the meanings of prosperity and well-being for the family. The value of these flowers is determined by the number of petals – the more petals, the more expensive the flower.

Activities: You can visit the Flower Market or the Flower exhibition in the center of HCMC. Please note that during the Tet holiday, the street can be very crowded or even blocked (no car/motorbike allowed). You can only walk there. Some shops are closed for 1-2 days.

Main restaurants will be opened as usual.
Giving a bonus as ½ month or 1 month salary to your personnel is customary. It is also recommended to leave a few days leeway to allow the employee to decide which day to come back to work. This day is very significant and can affect the luck and prosperity of the whole year. Often times fortune tellers areconsulted. If an employee does not have the option of when to return to work, you may end up with
“unlucky’ and ‘unhappy’ personnel.

14 February

VALENTINE’S DAY: LE TINH NHAN (offices open)
Very important celebration day for young couples. They usually give gifts, cards, flower or chocolate as a way to show their love for each other.

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Saigon in my eyes

Notre Dame Cathedral

Le Loi Street

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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in About Saigon, Entertainment