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Shirts made of leaves of 200-year-old tree in Ha Tinh



Unusual items made by craftspeople and cooks in Vietnam:

Shirts made of leaves of 200-year-old tree in Ha Tinh

The art works made of go lua

In An Giang Province, pieces of centuries-old driftwood are picked up from the bottom of Tien River to be carved into original and precious works by artisans.

Nguyen Van Nghi, 43, in Cho Moi district of An Giang province, is owner of a collection of items made of driftwood, or called ‘go lua’ by Mekong Delta’s people, hundreds of years old, picked up from Tien River bottom.

The collection has 40 large art works – two sets of 12 Zodiacs, Buddha statue, rockery, 24.5m long painting, house made of driftwood, 3D painting engraving table, and set of tables and chairs. The sculptures are lively and soulful, as if they are telling stories.

Leaf raincoats

According to Dan Tri Newspaper, Ha Tinh province has a special village where people have been sewing leaf raincoats for the last 200 years. The work is done all year round, but the third and sixth months of lunar year (from April to July) are the busiest time.

After a lot of ups and downs, the traditional career has been still preserved. Leaf raincoats not only helps people hide from the burning sun and nipping cold, but also help local farmers earn extra money.

The raincoat is made of palm leaves or rattan. It takes nearly two hours to make. For many farmers in Ha Tinh province, leaf raincoats are used in different weather conditions.

‘Ironed’ beefsteak restaurant

The restaurant in HCM City provides beefsteak made in a special way. No pot or pan is needed to make the dish. Beefsteak is cooked with an iron.

The owner is a lover of antiques, so he devised a way to cook beef in this way.

The dish is served in a special way at the restaurant. Beef pieces and an iron are brought to tables. Customers themselves put the iron on the beef, marinated with spices, to cook.

Each ironed beefsteak serving is priced at VND300,000-400,000.

Strange sour pho in Ha Giang province

The collection has 40 large art works – two sets of 12 Zodiacs, Buddha statue, rockery, 24.5m long painting, house made of driftwood, 3D painting engraving table, and set of tables and chairs. The sculptures are lively and soulful, as if they are telling stories.

Pho chua, or sour noodle soup, was introduced into the northern mountainous provinces of Ha Giang, Lang Son and Cao Bang 300 years ago.

In the past, sour noodles were only served at banquets. But it is now a favorite dish for breakfast for Ha Giang’s people.

The ingredient that creates the typical taste of pho chua is the sweet and sour broth. The special broth is made up of a very sour vinegar mixed with sugar, tapioca flour and a little spice.

Original balut in Hue City

Trung vit lon, or balut (fertilized duck egg) is a familiar dish to Vietnamese people. It is cheap and believed to be the best source of protein and calcium. This egg is eaten together with rau ram (Coriander), ginger and spices.

But in Hue City in the central region, ta shop sells balut prepared in a way that creates a new taste, thus attracting diners.

The eggs, after peeling, are mixed with some spices, including onion, pepper, fish sauce, ginger, rieng (Alpinia officinarum), rau ram, melon, lime leaves, fresh pepper, chili and garlic before they are served to clients.

Rotten buffalo skin in the Northwest

Rotten buffalo skin, also known as ‘nang min’, is a typical dish of the Thai ethnic people in the Northwest.

After preliminary treatment, buffalo skin is wrapped in banana leaves and incubated for about two days depending on weather conditions.

After a period of incubation, the smelly buffalo skin is washed, and the hair on the skin falls off. People then dry the skin and use it to cook soup or grill.

This dish may be disliked by many people because of its odor of rotten skin. However, it is a specialty for people who like the original taste.

Mekong Delta man turns waste into paintings

Old jeans, banana ocrea and cajuput bark can be turned into valuable paintings through the talented and creative hands of a man in Kien Giang province.

In 2004, Le Hoang Nhan recycled cajuput bark material into unique paintings. In 2019, the painter released eye-catching pictures made from banana ocreas and jeans. In 2020, Nhan created paintings made from jeans.

To date, Nhan has made about 1,500 paintings from cajuput bark, 50 paintings from banana ocreas, and 30 paintings from old jeans. 

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Vaccination progress “too slow”, minister urges ramp-up




People in Hà Nội get their COVID-19 vaccinations on August 2. VNA/ Photo Minh Quyết

HÀ NỘI — Minister of Health Nguyễn Thanh Long repeatedly urged localities nationwide to ramp up vaccination efforts, complaining that the vaccination rollouts were “too slow” in many places.

Up to Tuesday morning, more than 6.95 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Việt Nam and 712,864 people have received two shots.

Monday saw the highest number of doses administered in a day with nearly 538,500 jabs given. During the past week, the number of doses administered daily has ranged from 200,000 to 400,000.

The country planned to vaccinate at least 50 per cent of the adult population (18 years old and above) within 2021 and 70 per cent of the entire population of nearly 98 million by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

In an urgent message that the minister sent to chairpersons of cities/provinces People’s Committee on Monday, he emphasised the importance of ramping up vaccination at this time and said Việt Nam expects to receive many more vaccines late this year.

To ramp up vaccination drives and increase COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the country, Long asked localities to offer vaccines to all people aged above 18 years old with priority given to people working in the front line, elderly people or those having underlying health conditions.

“There is no limit on the number of people getting vaccinated in a day to make full use of the capacity that a vaccination site can provide,” he said.

Local authorities are now allowed to decide the health monitoring time for people after getting the vaccines instead of a compulsory 30 minutes of sitting at the vaccination sites.

The move is expected to help vaccination sites receive more people and ensure safe person-to-person distance.

Those who have to wait for their vaccination will be monitored and arrangements will be made for them to be vaccinated as soon as possible. 

The Ministry of Health also noted in locked-down areas, local authorities could arrange appropriate fixed or mobile vaccination sites, so people would not have to travel to other areas for vaccination.

“Vaccination is now a priority and urgent task for localities,” the minister emphasised.

However, he admitted that some localities have delayed implementing vaccination drives because they were too slow in transferring vaccines to their storehouses.

Meanwhile, other localities were too cautious in delivering vaccine shots as they only opened vaccination sites in hospitals and health facilities.

“It’s OK to set up mobile vaccination stations as long as safe distance among people is ensured,” he said, adding that the Health Ministry would support localities to set up such mobile vaccination stations if asked.

“Vaccination drives must be rolled out as soon as possible,” Long said, adding that from October to December this year, Việt Nam could receive up to 47-50 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Storage for a large volume of vaccines is also an issue of concern in Việt Nam.

The minister asked localities nationwide to review their capacity to store vaccines, especially their cooling systems with temperatures from 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.

“Many localities do not have enough facilities to store vaccines. The Health Ministry has provided them with information about vaccine doses that are expected between now and the end of the year so that provinces can prepare proper storage for their allocation,” the minister said.

Localities that failed to ensure vaccination progress would have their vaccines transferred to other localities. —


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Dong Nai allows resumption of 145 taxis to transport patients to hospitals



A street is under lockdown in Dong Nai. Dong Nai Province has allowed 145 taxis to resume operations to transport patients to hospitals during the shelter-in-place period – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Dong Nai Province has allowed 145 taxis to resume operations to transport patients to hospitals during the shelter-in-place period, while permitting shippers to return to work from 6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. each day.

The 145 taxis, which belong to the Mai Linh, Saigon, Lado and Long Thanh taxi operators, will also be used for essential cases, mainly medical purposes, including transporting people from/to quarantine centers, the Dong Nai Department of Transport said on August 5.

The provincial department granted QR identification codes to the taxis to make it easier for anti-virus forces to check and control the operation of these vehicles.

During their operations, these taxis must comply with Covid-19 safety protocols and make hand sanitizers and face masks available, while the drivers must have a negative Covid-19 test certificate and make online heath declarations before work.

Earlier, the Dong Nai Department of Industry and Trade allowed delivery workers, or shippers, to return to work in the daytime, the local media reported.

These shippers were told to have identifying characteristics such as a uniform, boxes, a business logo or a travel permit. Each delivery man is allowed to work at only one commune, ward or district.

The provincial government on July 31 decided to continue adopting the social distancing order under the prime minister’s Directive 16 for 15 more days from August 2 until 15 and imposed night movement restrictions.


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Girl falls to death at apartment building in Hanoi



A 12-year-old girl died after falling from the 12th floor to the third floor of an apartment building in Hoang Mai District, Hanoi on Tuesday night.

The incident occurred at the HH4C building in Linh Dam apartment complex in Hoang Mai District at around 10:00 pm on the same day.

Residents of the building heard a loud bang at that time and ran outdoors to check.

At the skylight area on the third floor, they saw a girl lying immobile.

The victim died on the spot, according to local authorities.

She was later verified to live in a flat on the 12th floor of the apartment building, a representative of its management board told Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper on Wednesday morning.

The girl was determined to have fallen from the window ventilator of her flat to the skylight.

“The girl’s parents had separated,” the management board’s representative said.

“During their investigation, the authorities discovered a suicide note allegedly written by the girl.”

Hoang Mai District police are investigating to clarify the cause of the incident.

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