about Japanese folk art
An exhibition of Temari
balls, a Japanese folk art that has a history of more than 1,000 years, will be
held by the Viet Nam-Japan Human Resources Co-operation Centre (VJCC) and the
Japanese consulate in HCM City from October 2 to 6.
The temari ball is a folk
toy for both adults and children, and is used in New Year games in Japan. These
balls are also used as wedding gifts and decorations during Hina Matsuri, Japan’s
Doll Festival or Girl’s Day.
The organisers will hold
six free classes to teach people how to make temari balls during the exhibition
to be held at the VJCC HCM City in Binh Thanh District.
to host Spanish food fiesta
Salt cod fritters with
spinach, rice with chickpeas, Catalan fish stew, Catalan burned cream, pan-fried
milk, paella, and a variety of tapas will feature at the Spanish Food Promotion
to be held at Ha Noi’s Melia Hotel from October 9 to 14.
The food will be cooked by
two chefs from Spain. There will be a buffet dinner daily from 6pm to 10.30 pm,
priced at US$24. It will come with a free flow of Spanish wine, beer, cocktail,
celebrates good beer
Windsor Hotel will host
the beer-guzzling Oktoberfest this year’s for five days beginning on October
3. The festival will feature music, dancing, German food, and, naturally, a
The German consul in HCM
City will do the "O’zapft is," the traditional tapping of the first
beer barrel to signal the opening of the festival. Visitors can party the night
away with all the draught Lrombacher and bottled Schneider Weisse beers they can
The event will have live
music by the German band die Notenhobler.
Pacific increases flights
Cathay Pacific Airways has
announced an increase in the number of fights from Ha Noi and HCM City to North
America and Australia, with the aim of increasing choices and convenience for
The added fights will
begin in October and November, respectively.
hotel wins clutch of awards
Sofitel Metropole Ha Noi
has been named the city’s best business hotel in 2007 by readers of Business
Traveller Asia Pacific magazine.
Each year they nominate
the premium hotel in each city in Asia based on location, room facilities,
customer service, technology, and food and beverage.
The hotel was also named
in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Gold List this year and designated as one of
the 500 Greatest Hotels in the World and Best 50 Hotels in Asia by
Travel+Leisure magazine, and the best hotel in Ha Noi by Hong Kong magazines
DestinAsian and Asia Money.
At home, Vietnam Economic
Times nominated it as the most luxurious hotel in the country and Viet Nam
Tourism Association ranked it among the top ten hotels. — VNS