People in Nhon Ai Commune often see a young man selling lottery
tickets every day to feed his seriously ill mother. At 7am, he says
goodbye to his mum, who tells him to take care of the money that he
earns that day.
"Foreigners know us through their friends' recommendations or our
website at www.saigonhotpot.vn or tripadvisor.com.vn," said Vu Thi To
Quyen, 21, the club's chair and a fourth-year student at International
University under the Viet Nam National University, HCM City.
An 83-year-old Ca Tu villager, who lives in the central coastal
province of Quang Nam, has spent years making musical instruments and
teaching youth about the songs and epics of the ethnic Ca Tu people.
HCM City-based drama troupes will stage several award-winning plays
in the city and neighbouring provinces during Tet (Lunar New Year),
particularly in rural areas with fewer entertainment choices.
Du, 64, has loved music for as long as he can remember. He received
his first guitar lesson from his older brother, musician Dung Dat.
Every day, he spent several hours in his room practicing while his
friends went out to play games.
Students at HCM City schools have been more than thrilled to play
thespian for the day in the Rhino at School programme that kicked off
last Monday, organised by the US-based WildAid, African Wildlife
Foundation and the CHANGE Centre, a Vietnamese non-profit organisation.
Ten years ago, the Blood Donation Centre in HCM City made an urgent
call at 10pm to ask a motorbike-taxi driver if he could rush to Thong
Nhat Hospital to donate blood for a patient undergoing stomach surgery.
A 40-year-old woman in Lam Dong Province lives virtually for her
two young, paralytic children. Ka Ben carries Ha Gia, 12, and Ka
Chieu, 10, to school, waits there for them to carry them to the toilet
if needed, and brings them back home.
Every day, the boy, who has had the highest marks in his class at the
Hoa Xuan Dong Primary School for the last five years, gets up early,
goes to school and returns to the market to make pancakes.
A 116-year-old ethnic Mo Nong man, who attributes his longevity to
manual labour on his farm, is Viet Nam's oldest living male, according
to the Viet Nam Book of Records (Viet Kings).