Yeah, I get it. It is something to be excited about and Viet Nam is the biggest growing golf destination in the world, and The Bluffs is an amazing project, but c'mon!
I won't go into details for the sake of propriety, but let's just say that I should have left it alone and remained where I was and what I was doing. Sure, not a huge amount of money, but I was happy.
Well, another PGA Championship is underway and, as usual, the pundits have been quite active in their predictions and hype. All pointed at stirring up enough controversy to sell more magazines, newspapers and on-line hits. Nothing changes.
Who cares if Jordan Spieth is playing lights out golf? Who cares if Rory McIlroy injured his leg? Who care who won the Open, The Masters or the US Open? We wanna write about Tiger!
Sorry to burst your bubble Tiger, but we all knew your swing sucked and you were saving yourself time and again with the wedge and putter. Even an alien from another star system could see that.
At any given time 5-10 players had a chance at winning the Open and one by one they slowly fell by the wayside until only three were left to playoff and find a winner.
Well, by the time this column is printed, the Open Championship at St Andrews should be either or in the last round. My pick last week were for Jordan Spieth, so we will see if I am right for a change.
Stallings, ranked 154th in the world, has missed the cut in seven of 12 events and finished outside the top 60 in four others since losing in a playoff at Torrey Pines in February while defending his most recent career title.
Well, I turned 57 yesterday (58 in Viet Nam) despite my best efforts to punch my own ticket over the last 25 years. But hey, I wasn't alone in my efforts, I had a lot of friends and enemies trying to help me.
First of all, congrats to Jordan Spieth on his win at the US Open. He played well and deserved to walk out as champion. Also, kudos to Dustin Johnson for making things interesting as it came down to the wire.
Enough of my problems, let's talk about other people experiencing disasters - yes, it's that time again. US Open, and the USGA, doing their damnedest to drive the "best players in the world" completely out of their minds.
Rather than words of encouragement, they became a tool for intimidation when a Western man shouted at a Vietnamese girl riding her bike on a street in the Old Quarter, where motorbikes are banned from travelling between 7pm and 11pm on weekends.
Kindness should come from the heart
A story shared by Huyen, a young woman who took the Ha Noi-Vinh train last week, went viral online. Opinion was divided over whether she should have offered her bed to a senior when asked to do so.
How many hours a day will my children spend reading books? This is a question I always ask myself because I'm afraid that my children, and many others in big cities, might grow up without developing the habit of reading books as part of their everyday lives.
Boring school ceremony speeches to be cut back
More than 15 million students at all levels throughout the country are relieved at a decision by the Ministry of Education and Training to clamp down on boring speeches at ceremonies on the first school day.
New exam complicates university enrolment
For the first time, Viet Nam last month merged two national exams into one, thus obviating the need to sit separately for graduating the high-school students and then appear again in an exam to enrol in a university or college.
The famous aren't public property
The names and identi- ties of a well-known singer and a comedian recently used in the social media to condemn a real estate project in HCM City show just how easy the names of famous people can be used, or abused, in this country without their permission.
"Do charity" is a term we've heard more often than usual these days, as Quang Ninh Province and several localities in the northern region have been battered by prolonged torrential rains, flash floods and landslides over the past week.
It can be so hard  to do good deeds
Many people are outraged at Ha Noi police for seizing a 20 litre canister of free-tea-for-the-poor placed on the pavement in Giai Phong Street in Hoang Mai District.
Women learn lessons in love at ‘XXX' class
Mercury can reach 45 degree Celsius at noon during the hot summer days in Ha Noi, but that is not enough to keep a good number of women from leaving their offices to attend a special class? The "XXX" class.
More mums know benefits of breast milk milks as breast milk
Breastfeeding felt natural and right for Nguyen Minh Thu, a worker at a garment factory in Ha Noi, but doing so meant struggling against pressure to use infant formula.
Many women, successful at work, work hard at making a success of their marriage as well, even though they feel sometimes that they are doing it on their own, without their spouse's support.

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Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh

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Pham Ba Lu swore thousands of times that he "would not live under the same sky as the United States".

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Nearly 9 million people in Viet Nam, or 10 per cent of the population, suffer from mental disorders, including 2.5 per cent with serious mental illnesses under social protection.