At 45, Ho Xuan Vinh, was almost three times older than other high-school graduates at exams in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.
Vinh studied via distance learning, a mode of delivering education and instruction, often on an individual basis, to students unable to be physically present in a classroom.
Vinh, who is chairman of the Hong Van Commune People's Committee in mountainous A Luoi District, told a reporter from Dan tri (People's Intellect) online that he was a State official and was determined to study.
He said his efforts were in line with the nation's development. Vinh is studying to update his knowledge about management.
Vinh has three children. One of them works as a school guard. The other is a student at Hue University.
Vinh promised his family and friends that he would pass the exam this year. He said if he failed he would keep studying until he passed.
Just goes to show that age cannot deter the determined.
Watch what the wind blows in
On a recent wet and windy night, Tran Van Tai, 24, left his Yamaha motorbike alongside his brother-in-law's house in Binh Thang Commune.
As he returned,Tai saw a man about 1.6m in height wearing a raincoat and helmet sitting on his motorbike. Thinking that the man was a relative, Tai went to invite the man to come into the house, but the rider revved up the machine and sped off. Then at 9pm, police received information that a man driving a motorbike had been swept into a sewer by swirling flood waters. The bike was found next morning, however, there was no sign of the thief.
Police in Bu Gia Map in the southern province of Binh Phuoc have continued to search for the man, even though it is possible he may have been drowned.
Blind fisherman can see with his ears
Blind since the age of eight due to smallpox, 67-year-old Nguyen De is famous for catching fish in Trung Hung Village in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.
With sensitive ears, De listens to the wind and works out its direction. Then, by listening to the sounds of fish swimming, he knows where to cast his nets. Believe it or not!
De's wife, Nguyen Thi Duong, told the Gia dinh & xa hoi (Family and Society) newspaper that for 15 years, the couple have caught fish in Tam Giang Lagoon to earn a living and bring up their seven children. Sometimes they catch dozens of kilogrammes of fish in a day.
Fishing activities are guided by De who tells Duong which direction to go. Knowing De's capacity, many local seamen follow him whenever he goes fishing. Not only does he know where the fish are, he knows by heart all the narrow passages throughout Tam Giang Lagoon.
Some people also said he can name all bank notes by just touching them and never be mistaken.
A true entrepreneur, last year, De invested in a one-hectare pond raising fish, shrimps and crabs. He obviously knows where the money is!