by Hoang Ha
Caring mother's post goes viral
Comments on the social media site ViTalk.vn have stirred up talk on the internet, especially among those who like to show how much money they spend on various activities, from the mundane to the extraordinary.
But there are a few generous souls who would rather show how much they care about others. A mother, for example, has posted a list of all the so-called costs for a lifetime of caring for her child. She labelled it "for free".
Her post, which inspired and moved many people, quickly went viral and was shared among many Facebook users in Viet Nam.
The post was an extension of an earlier internet phenomenon: the recording of bills paid for material possessions - for example, big bar bills of VND181 million to VND400 million.
In another case, two Ha Noi students have kept records of what they call their "love costs", or how much they have spent during their five years of being together. They reportedly have kept all their bills, which have so far totalled VND500 million (US$22,300).
One of the students, Ngoc Quan, said: "It's not that much if you consider it was over five years."
They have spent VND60 million for a laptop and camera, and up to VND4.5 million ($120) for a restaurant meal. Now, they are cooking more at home, eating at roadside restaurants or buying food from hawkers to save costs, Quan said.
Bitches in Town talk show too offensive
A Vietnamese talk show on YouTube called Bitches in Town, a gossip show about the country's showbiz industry, has been suspended by the Ministry of Information and Communication for "impolite" and "offensive" content.
The three hosts - VJ Thuy Minh, stylist Le Minh Ngoc and young writer Nguyen Ngoc Thach - aimed to have honest, frank and funny talks about anything related to movies, music, fashion and entertainment.
The purpose of the show was "mainly for fun", they said. However, several Vietnamese artists who have been topics of discussion have complained, saying that chats about their private lives had been damaging.
Phan Dinh Tan of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that such talk "could be humorous but if discussions were exaggerated, they could be offensive". However, Tan said the artists involved have also said "bad words" about others, and this "is also a lesson for them".
VN's beauty as seen through drones
Video clips taken with drones by freelance photographer Le The Thang and posted on Vimeo and YouTube in August and September have attracted tens of thousands of hits.
The clips show some of the country's most well-known destinations: Viet Nam Nhin Tu Tren Cao (Viet Nam from on High), Neo Duong Tay Bac Nhin Tu Tren Cao (Northwest Road from on High) and Cam hung Viet Nam (Viet Nam Emotion).
They depict the northern resort town of Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province and Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the northern province of Quang Ninh, as well as the capital city of Ha Noi and provinces and cities in the Mekong Delta.
Earlier this month, Thang uploaded several clips of the southern countryside with typical images: quiet rivers, sand dunes and ducks running around farms.
Neo Duong Phuong Nam (Southern Roads) and An Giang – Mien Dat La Phuong Nam (An Giang - Strange Southern Land) are two of the videos of southern and central provinces An Giang, Phu Yen, Dong Thap, Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan.
Thousands of people have commented. The viewer Silent Rain wrote: "So beautiful!" Yamaha Z VN said: "I like you as you have taken me back to our southern land." — VNS