Yet, every Tet is a new beginning and, for many - except those who prefer to live in the past and continue to grumble about how good it was "back in the day" we look forward to it with hope and excitement.
First off, I need to apologise to someone whose name appeared in last week's column. It was a mistake to use his actual name - despite the story being in public domain as most of the golf community knows the story and who was involved.
The European Tour did something so blasphemous that I simply cannot believe it. This earth-shattering news will undoubtedly cause ripples all the way to the farthest end of our galaxy and maybe even beyond.
In the space of a few months, it seems that the entire golf world has resigned itself to the fact that Tiger Woods probably isn't ever going to come back - except maybe on the Senior Tour.
Well, the new year is truly underway and, as usual, I played my first round of golf to see how this year will go. Normally, if I play well I know the year will be excellent. If I play poorly, I know its gonna be a nightmare.
Sometimes this gets really confusing. I still don't really know how old I am. In Viet Nam I am 58, but in the US I'm 57. I wish there was a place they deducted years after you reach 50, so I'd be 42 now and a lot happier.
I would like to say that I am still not "Teed Off" and that my general well-being and happy mood continues, but I am starting to get that "feeling" again where ripping someone's head off and kicking it down the street seems the best solution to any problem.
Well, the US$1.5 million Asian Tour Ho Tram Open is over, but the memories of an amazing week will last for a very long time thanks to the heroics of Sergio Garcia who pulled off an amazing win after two sudden death playoff holes against Himmat Rai.
I would not go so far as to say I am "happy", because that would be too much of a shock to my system, but for the moment, I am content. Hmm, it's an interesting feeling.
The above actually came about because there was curling on TV the other night and it was riveting. Well, OK, it was as interesting as watching paint dry, but considering there was nothing else to watch, I kept it on in the background for entertainment.
It seems to be a quiet week as I haven't seen one sensational story about Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth or even John Daly. Talk about boring!
Police fine pedestrians; should we applaud or not?
In an attempt to reduce traffic accidents in the city, Ha Noi police suddenly fined more than 100 pedestrians, starting early this week.
In a blossoming virtual world and a rapidly changing social network that rules everything today, any spontaneous trick can turn into a steaming hot trend within a few minutes.
Snow brings good times and sorrow
People flocked to Sa Pa and Mau Son Mountain in the mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Lang Son last weekend to enjoy the snow and ice produced by the exceptionally cold weather.
Normally, Vietnamese families make traditional food such as fried spring roll, bamboo shoot soup, mixed vegetables, etc. to offer to the ancestors.
A few weeks ago, I received a call from Hoa, a good friend, who invited me to a party to celebrate her new life in her new apartment.
Fire extinguisher rule latest impractical regulation
Car owners across the country have been hot under the collar the past few days after the government required them to equip their vehicles with fire extinguishers.
As most of us enter adulthood, one of the things that we encounter is the gradual disappearance of a habit, a place or a thing we loved as children.
Traditional, modern ways can coexist in Viet Nam
Together with the rapid development and modernisation of society, the lifestyles and thoughts of Vietnamese youths are changing.
When we think about travel, we tend to imagine ourselves lying on a beach in glorious sunlight, swimming in transparent blue water or breathing fresh mountainous air.
Unemployed put hopes in Masters degrees
Six months ago, 22-year-old Nguyen Ha Linh received her bachelor degree in international affairs from the Academy of Journalism and Communication and expressed her exciting feeling of, finally, being free from her so-called "study career" of the previous 16 years.
Teachers, students take test together
The public paid atten-tion to a competition for gifted and talented ninth grade students organised by Hong Linh Town's Department of Education and Training in central Ha Tinh Province last week as over 70 local teachers were also seated for the same test with the students.

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Teacher's long fight for justice pays off Teacher's long fight for justice pays off

Nguyen Than spent years trying to prove the innocence of his former student, wrongfully convicted on a murder charge 18 years ago.

Passion motivates circus artists to take risks Passion motivates circus artists to take risks

The circus has always been about performers attempting precarious and daring acts in exchange for the intangible reward of the roar of the crowd.

New flowers grown for Tet New flowers grown for Tet

Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta will offer new varieties of flowers for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which falls on February 8 this year.

VN strives to reform customs ahead of FTAs VN strives to reform customs ahead of FTAs

The World Trade Organisation's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) would boost customs reforms to facilitate trade across borders in line with international standards, an official has said.