Ho Chi Minh

Rent-a-Friend in Vietnam

Van | February 21st, 2014

Need a companion for a short trip? Or your parents want you to bring a girl home? Fret not, because you can find that girl– all with one click, and of course with fees ranging from US$20 to US$200. One company offers a hundred profiles for you to choose from. And yes, this is for real.

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I am Gifted, So are You

Van | January 31st, 2014

Lecturer Tran Dang Khoa, 30, has a dream.  He hopes that within 10 years, he will be able to help 1 million people discover their own potential.  Read More

“Bake” the Risk

Van | January 22nd, 2014

Just like the beginning of any other entrepreneur’s bio, Pham Thanh Tuan was never satisfied working as a Marketing Director with a 10,000,000 VND (about US$500) monthly salary.  Read More

Three Ways Vietnamese Design Can Better Your Life

Asia Scout | August 15th, 2013

(A rebellious look from Kenh14)

Forget the Formula:

Experimenting with new trends and styles is an adventure. Hip youngsters all have the urge to express their identity, and to stand apart from the crowd. Some of those in the older generation think that youngsters are obsessed with fashion, but this is how youngsters are under the influence of commercial globalization.

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Linda Tran – For the Love of Fashion

Asia Scout | July 15th, 2013

“You’ll have a better life if you wear impressive clothes,” Vivienne Westwood once said. In Linda’s case, she has more than that. By seeding her love for fashion on her blog, she has become a phenomenon. People love her style and her sketches. Read More

Linda Tran – For the Love of Fashion

Asia Scout | July 15th, 2010

“You’ll have a better life if you wear impressive clothes,” Vivienne Westwood once said. In Linda’s case, she has more than that. By seeding her love for fashion on her blog, she has become a phenomenon. People love her style and her sketches. Read More

Nam Quan, “The Smell Of Film Is ‘Sexay'”

Asia Scout | July 10th, 2010

Nam Quan was sitting in a coffee shop. He cracked open the film box, popped off the film container top, took a whiff of the film, extracted the cassette, clicked open the back of the camera, pulled out a knob to insert the cassette, threaded the leader, closed the back of the camera, and finally advanced the film. Now he was ready to shoot the world. Working with film is a sensuous experience when it’s compared to just switching on and off a digital camera.

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Maschio – Gay is the Way

Asia Scout | July 8th, 2010

Most of my favorite male friends are gay. They always have a very special take on fashion. They find ways to express their identities through how they dress. No, they don’t wear skirts, high heels, wigs, or anything like that. My friends simply adopt a masculine image with Maschio. Read More

Sensoap – A Little Bit of Love

Asia Scout | July 6th, 2010

Kissing goodbye the days of granny’s ugly homemade soap that was harsh to your skin and smelled like ‘ew’.  A bar of handmade soap turns the daily bath into something new, something zen, something exotic. Read More

Frexy – The Drop-Out Champs

Asia Scout | July 5th, 2010

When everyday  is just “another day, another dime”, a new cool icon set on your desktop can cheer you up big time. On www.the10most.com, they listing the 10 greatest websites you can get your free icons to build your next web app, blog or corporate website for your clients. One of 10 suggested sources is IconEden from Vietnam. Read More

Vietnam: A Case for the Retro/Modern Style (P.2)

Asia Scout | July 1st, 2010

Walking with Lukas, I feel like such a nerd in my t-shirt and jeans. In a plain white shirt, retro-like glasses and a hat, he has all the spotlight. Everybody kind of stops what they’re doing just to watch him. Read More

Vietnam – A Case for the Retro/Modern Style

Asia Scout | June 29th, 2010

Lukas Huynh
Age: 26
Nationality: Chinese Vietnamese
Occupation: Sales and Marketing Executive

Retro is a style that evokes a previous period, usually the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s or ’80s. Vietnamese youth are digging the retro look (especially the ’80s). It has never been a better time to look retro and they don’t have to visit a second hand shop to do it. There are some unknown stores and many more outlets selling retro stuff from fashion, accessories, motorbikes, cameras, and so on. Read More

Teen Lingo – New Design in Writing and Speaking

Asia Scout | May 19th, 2010

(Translation: Lúc trước đẹp zai lém, bi giờ đỡ nhìu zồi = Lúc trước đẹp trai lắm, bây giờ đỡ nhiều rồi)

It’s hard to define “slang” as being in the category of design. But if a teenager doesn’t talk in slang, it doesn’t matter how hip s/he dresses up, s/he will be out of place. Teenagers are identified by this formula: Teenager = Fashion + Slang.

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A UFO Returning Rises Over Vietnam

Asia Scout | April 26th, 2010

We all watch Desperate Housewives. Do you remember this scene?

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Hey Shopaholics, You Know You Want This Konheo Tee

Asia Scout | April 26th, 2010

I saw a girl who was about 13-years-old walking on the street of Hanoi with an “I’m a b**ch” quote on her tee. I wondered if she understood that so called provoking message. Maybe, maybe not. Now, she or those who don’t speak English can be sure of the very clear message in Vietnamese with Konheo. Read More