Thanks to Saigoneer for unearthing this set of vintage stamps depicting colonial Vietnam
There’s a huge range in taxi prices in Hanoi. A trip from Tay Ho to Ba Dinh can cost as little as 70k and as much as 140k and still be legitimate. Companies such as G7 offer fares at the lower end of the spectrum, while a Taxi Group 7-seater could cost more than double.
Sometimes, however, we find ourselves in a taxi with a meter that’s running like a fan. If you’re confident that you’re being swindled, follow these steps:
- Show no alarm, emotion or any signs that you’re shocked about the price. Keep a poker face and don’t stare at the meter.
- Tell the driver that you’ve changed your mind about your destination, apologise profusely and direct him to a hotel. If you can’t speak Vietnamese, it pays to always carry the card of a hotel that’s close to your home.
- When you arrive at the hotel, the porter will of course open the door to your taxi. Kindly ask the porter to deal with your problem. Porters are used to dealing with problems like this and invariably take your side if you’re clearly being scammed.
- While the porter is assisting you, take a photo of the taxi’s number plate and the driver’s ID card, which should be mounted on the dashboard. This will show the driver that you intend to report him.
- Pay the taxi driver what the ride should have cost you – discovering you have a scamming taxi driver does not mean you don’t have to pay anything.
- Email the photos of the offending taxi and driver to the taxi company so that they know they have a dishonest employee on their books. Companies do want to know about shonky drivers, as they stand to lose their operating licence if caught by the transport police. Reporting scams will help to eradicate dodgy drivers & we will all benefit from that.
The street names in Vietnam actually mean something. Here’s a quick look at what’s behind the names of these famous streets in Hanoi
Xuân Diệu: a prolific poet
Đặng Thai Mai: a writer
Nguyễn Thái Học: a revolutionary
Lý Nam Đế: Vietnamese king from 544 to 548
Đại Cồ Việt: the name given to Vietnam between 968 and 1054
Tô Ngọc Vân: an artist, who died from injuries sustained during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu
Phan Đình Phùng: a revolutionary who led uprisings against the French
Hoàng Hoa Thám: a commander who fought bravely against French colonial rule
Phan Bội Châu: a 20th century revolutionary
Nguyễn Chí Thanh: A Vietnamese General
Digital Technology in Educational Settings
A workshop for educators based in Hanoi. Wednesday 8th May @ the Eastern & Oriental Tea House & Coffee Parlour, 26 Quang An St, Tay Ho. Register here
Digital technologies are often presented as solutions that can simply be transported from one context to another that solve problems and enhance student outcomes. In this presentation Dr Michael Phillips will argue that such ‘silicon bullet’ models inevitably miss their target. In contrast, Michael will introduce technological, pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK) as a way of understanding the ways expert teachers use digital technologies. Furthermore, Michael will provide insights into the ways in which individual schools and teachers can enhance powerful technology practices including Augmented Reality.
About the presenter
Dr Michael Phillips is an internationally recognised researcher and author who explores the challenging problem of teachers’ powerful integration of digital technologies. In particular, Michael focuses on the ways in which expert teachers develop understandings of the most effective uses of digital technologies in particular contexts.
Additional workshop: Benefits of double degrees in the age of multidisciplinary knowledge
After the workshop, you will also have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion with Monash University representatives from the faculties of Arts, Education, Information Technology and Science about the benefits of studying a double degree.
It’s Dengue fever season again & time to ramp up the battle against mosquitoes. These plants can all deter mozzies, but keep in mind that not exposing your skin is the best defense.
Lavender – not only do mosquitoes hate this plant, but so do flies and moths. It’s an all-round winner!
Citronella Geranium – only some varieties of geranium repel mosquitoes, so choose carefully.
Citronella – it looks boring, but mosquitoes hate it!
Peppermint – smells delicious to humans & it’s perfect in your iced tea. Also keeps mozzies at bay
Lemon Balm – so easy to grow – in fact, you’ve got to be careful it doesn’t take over your garden.
Basil – apparently the oils from this plant can kill mosquito larvae. Mosquitoes loathe it
Mint – ordinary garden variety mint repels most insects. In addition, you can crush the leaves and rub it on itchy bites to soothe the pain
Marigolds – the pyrethrum in marigolds makes them toxic to most insects, mosquitoes included
It only takes two days of humidity for mold to start growing inside your home, so don’t wait until you can see signs of mold – take action as soon as the weather changes.
- Wash down your bathroom with one cup of lemon juice and a handful of salt, diluted in 4 litres of boiling hot water.
- Wipe down your kitchen surfaces with vinegar or eucalyptus oil. Both of these liquids have mold-inhibiting properties
- Put your pot plants outside during super-moldy weather, or douse the soil with water laced with apple cider vinegar or taheboo tea. The soil in your pot plants can harbour mold so deal with them immediately after an increase in humidity.
- Remove soap scum from your shower and bath with a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar – soap scum serves as an anchor for mold, so eliminate it. Use a wet pumice stone to remove a serious build-up of soap scum.
- Don’t throw away your old toothbrushes. Instead, keep them to clean the gaps between the tiles in your bathroom and kitchen to keep mold at bay.
- Think the colour red – give watermelon or dragon fruit, for example
- For children, money inside a red envelope or lì xì. Make sure the notes are brand-new.
- Orange or gold-coloured gifts are also great – two easy ideas are mandarins and pomegranates.
- Wrap gifts in red or gold paper, or with red or gold ribbon
- Scarves are an old favorite – you can’t go wrong, but don’t choose anything in white or black
- A cumquat tree or a peach tree branch covered in blossom – everyone will love you for this
- For old people, you can give a Dong Ho painting
- Wine – a winning idea, especially if it’s imported
- Preserved fruit is hugely popular – candied coconut & ginger are definitely good choices
- Nuts – peanuts are a bit lowbrow; instead choose cashews or pistachios. The more expensive, the better
If you have mastered”Chúc mừng năm mới” (Happy New Year), you may like to try these faves:
“Tiền vô như nước” (Hope money flows in like water)
“Sống lâu trăm tuổi” (Hope you live 100 years)
“Vạn sự như ý” (Hoping all your wishes come true)
“Hay ăn chóng lớn (Eat more, grow rapidly – only say this to children!)
“Năm mới, thắng lợi mới” (New year, new triumphs)
Emporium – 172 Xuan Dieu St: Business as usual, open 9am to 8pm every day
Emporium – 39 Xuan Dieu St: Closed 4th, 5th & 6th February
Villa Eatalia: Closed 3rd & 4th FebruaryO
Body & Soul Spa, 84 To Ngoc Van St: Closed 3d to 10th February
Sushi Dokoro, 95 Xuan Dieu St: Closed from 3rd to 5th February
Cugini’s To Ngoc Van St: Closed 3rd to 8th February
The Kneipe, 52 To Ngoc Van St: Open every day
L’s Place – 1 Xuan Dieu St: Closes 4pm on 4th February, opens 10am on 8th Feb
El Gaucho 99 Xuan Dieu St: Open every day
One Dental Clinic: Closed 4th to 9th February
Bookworm, Chau Long St: Open every day
Intercontinental Hotel, Westlake: open every day
Starbucks Xuan Dieu: Closes 12:00 noon 4th Feb; Opens 12:00 noon 5th Feb
St Honore – 5 Xuan Dieu St: Closes afternoon of 4th Feb ; Re-opens 9th February
Hung Long Minimart 71B Xuan Dieu St – Closed 5th February, opens 8th February
Republic – 12 Quang An St- Feb 3 to Feb 8: 12pm to 22pm. Open as normal from 9/2
Chops – Quang An St: : Feb 3 to Feb 8: 12:00pm to 10:00pm. Open as normal from 9/2
SOS/Raffles Medical: Closed Feb 4 to Feb 8
Family Medical Practice: Open 24/7 ph. 024 3843 0748
O’Douceurs – 90 To Ngoc Van St: Closed 2nd to 12th February