Do Son Tung from the northern province of Phu Tho's Thuc Luyen Commune has been jailed for nearly five months for stealing his own motorbike.
The story began when police stopped Tung for driving without a helmet on February 18. Tung also failed to produce his driving licence when asked by police, so the gendarmes decided to seize his motorbike for a week to punish him.
However, February 18 was the last day of the Year of the Horse and Tet, that eternally delightful Vietnamese Spring Festival (Lunar New Year), was again about to stir the nation.
Poor Tung, the motorbike was the only means of transport for his whole family - and we all know how important that is to Vietnamese.
Therefore, Tung decided to break into the police garage where his motorbike was stored and "borrow" it for a week or so. But his venture was a flop. Fifteen minutes after he rescued his bike, Tung was arrested at home.
He is now paying the price for his escapade - in jail. What a wonderful start to the Year of the Goat!
Two different worlds
Difficulty in pronouncing the letters "L" and "N" is not uncommon among people in some localities throughout the country, such as Hai Duong and Quang Ninh. Normally, this make listeners smile, but not for a female farmer from Hong Hung Commune in northern Hai Duong Province.
Le Thi Loi's name is, of course, recorded on her birth certificate. But in 2009, she moved from the hills to Gia Lai Province's Sao La Commune in the Central Highlands to become a coffee grower.
Problems started when Loi went to the Hong Hung commune's administration centre to close her household registration book and ask for a legal document to introduce her to Gia Lai Province, where, of course, she would have to re-register.
When administrative staff asked her for her name to add to the introduction document, Loi naturally said, "My name is Le Thi Noi". The Loi became Noi as it was pronounced back in her home town.
Commune staff wrote down the name just as they heard it, and Loi became Noi from then on. When she discovered the mistake in her new Gia Lai registration book, she thought, "So what! Loi or Noi it's all the same to me."
Several months later, the quirk in the way she pronounced her name began to be a bother because the name on her birth certificate did not match the name on her new household registration book.
And when her son handed in his file for the national high school exams, it was rejected because of the variance between his and his mother's names.
Loi began to panic and raced to Sao La Commune to ask for help. She eventually convinced them to give her a document verifying that the Loi on the birth certificate and Noi in the household registration book were one and the same person. Her son's file was finally accepted.
Now Loi is getting ready to return to Hai Duong Province to try and fix the situation for good, even if she has to start pronunciation lessons for her fellow villagers.
Party time for piglets
Music is an essential part of life. It relaxes you when you are happy, heals you when you are hurt, or makes you feeling better when you are tired. I bet that most of us, young or old, man or woman, love music. But in some cases, too much music is not good.
Nguyen Anh Tai from southern Ben Tre Province's Mo Cay Nam District complained that his ears were tortured by being exposed to too much high-volume music played.
His neighbours had apparently hired bands to perform at a multitude of local functions, from weddings to funerals, birthday parties to karaoke. One household even hired a band after their pig delivered a large litter! — VNS