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Dandelion Plant – Love and Hate Posted by on Apr 12, 2021

In Vietnamese, the dandelion plant is called cây Bồ công anh. Other common names are cây diếp hoang, bồ cóc, mũi mác, mãn địa kim tiền, and hoàng hoa địa đinh. This plant is considered a type of cỏ dại (weed). You know it’s Spring when hoa Bồ công anh (dandelion flower) blooms everywhere. Most…

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Basic Ingredients in Vietnamese Cuisine Posted by on Apr 5, 2021

Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world in my opinion.  Maybe I’m biased, since I am Vietnamese, but with a lot of fresh ingredients; herbs, and vegetables in every traditional dish, this diet is pretty low in calories but very flavorful and tasty. If you have to pick what basic…

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Words of Colors in Vietnamese Language Posted by on Mar 29, 2021

I don’t know about you, but when I think of the word “colors” or màu in Vietnamese, the first thing that comes to my mind is the image of a cầu vòng (rainbow), along with the popular classic song Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Just like the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Passport: Future New Travel Requirement? Posted by on Mar 22, 2021

As Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are more widely available to the public in recent days, like everyone else, I see light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t wait to be vaccinated and be able to freely travel around the world again in the near future. At this point, the Government of Vietnam is still…

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Spring, oh Spring! Posted by on Mar 15, 2021

When we talk about the start of Spring season, or mùa Xuân in Vietnamese, it depends on where you are geographically. In the northern hemisphere, Spring 2021 will start on March 20. In Vietnam, people generally consider the start of mùa Xuân (Spring season) as the start of the Tết (Vietnamese New Year) celebration, which…

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International Women’s Day Posted by on Mar 8, 2021

March 08 is International Women’s Day. In Vietnamese, it is called Ngày Quốc Tế Phụ Nữ and it is celebrated. Generally speaking, it is a global day to celebrate the achievements of women, as well as a day to mark the revolution of women striking for equality in all aspects of life. Individually, for the…

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Vietnamese Currency Posted by on Mar 1, 2021

The đồng, sign ₫ or đ; code VND is the current Vietnamese currency, issued by the State Bank of Vietnam (Ngân hàng Nhà nước Việt Nam). The current average exchange rate of 1 USD is around 23,000.00 VND   Money Units Coins: 200₫, 500₫, 1.000₫, 2.000₫, 5.000₫. Note that coins are not commonly used and may not be accepted in…

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