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The world is your oyster in beautiful Quảng Ninh



ZEN: Tuấn Mai Resort has a Buddhist temple and a beautiful Japanese garden with precious bonsai. Photo courtesy of Tuấn Mai Resort

by Nguyễn Mỹ Hà

If you look at the map of Việt Nam visualising it as a woman wearing a conical hat, Quảng Ninh is a large province on the northeastern tip of the hat. The province has a long shoreline, thousands of islands and heavenly beaches. 

We were surprised to learn that a private resort was located at Cọc Sáu, Cẩm Phả, in Quảng Ninh. Cọc Sáu, Cẩm Phả used to be known around the country as one of the biggest open coal pits. The area used to be covered in coal dust, and if you visited you would only see coal mine workers covered from top to toe, showing only their eyes. 

Today Cẩm Phả has a completely new look, overlooking picturesque Bái Tử Long Bay. This bay seems to be even more beautiful than Hạ Long itself. 

Bái Tử Long means bay of Little Dragons, which is not any less beautiful and even more charming than the bigger Hạ Long Bay area. 

Located in Cẩm Phả, Tuấn Mai Resort has a small mountain alongside the new Lương Ngọc Beach. A staircase has been built to take visitors to the top of the mountain, and it only takes about 15 minutes to reach the top. 

The small resort has five bungalows, and each has only two double bedrooms, suitable for a small company on a team-building trip. But the restaurant, separate from the bungalows, can be booked separately, and we all envisioned a beautiful small wedding by the beach. 

Lương Ngọc is a graceful small beach with a natural curve and golden sand, pretty as a picture.

HEALTHY VEGGIES: The highlight of the food was this beautiful stir-fried morning glory mixed with beansprouts. VNS Photo Mỹ Hà

Located on the terrace overlooking the well-lit mountain by night, the restaurant serves great food, and diners will be satisfied after an afternoon swim here.

We ordered for a seafood party with fresh steamed shrimp, roasted baby squid, and a big clam soup. We also had boiled chicken, roasted duck and cheese grilled oysters. The seafood at this seaside restaurant is delicious due to the fresh ingredients, and the considerable expertise of the cook.

But our attention was taken by a simple dish that every Vietnamese grew up with. Rau muống, or morning glory, was sauteed in a wonderful yet creative and nutritious way, as it was mixed with beansprouts.

It’s not easy to mix it this way as the texture of the green vegetable is different, and it takes more time to cook. Beansprouts can be stir-fried for five minutes but if cooked longer, the dish will be ruined and become runny. 

SEA VIEW: Tuấn Mai Resort has a beautiful private beach where you can climb up a staircase to have a bird’s eye view of the bay. VNS Photo Mỹ Hà

Over the delicious food, our group of future university students talked about their future endeavours: some will go to college in Hà Nội or HCM City, and some will study abroad at colleges elsewhere in the world. Some will study medicine to become doctors and pharmacists, and want to be engineers, another wants to sing and perform in musicals, a passion grown from the school’s theatre club. 

This small group has a diverse mixture of future jobs and careers. Some still have not figured out what they want to do with their lives. Some may end up changing jobs or places. It won’t matter too much what our companions end up doing or where they go; we only wish them good health, a keen interest in their subject choice, and above all, happiness. 

As they venture out into the world, there will be days they shall survive on instant noodles, there have already been talks about which flavour and name to bring along (the two-shrimp Miliket and Hảo Hảo spicy sour were top suggestions).

They will look back at the feast, perhaps longing for the meat gourmet dishes, but also getting more creative and being inspired by this simple morning glory sauteed vegetables to get by.

“Đói ăn rau, đau uống thuốc,” (Have some veg when you’re hungry, and take medication when you’re sick) goes a popular Vietnamese saying. When you’re a student, there’s nothing wrong with feeling broke every once in a while. You will survive, even if you have only vegetables for food.

As we enjoyed ourselves that day, someone put on the song Our Last Summer, which rang out from a speaker on the quiet beach by Bái Tử Long Bay. It is no doubt a song they will keep humming in their minds.

The future is bright for these youngsters. Go explore the world Little Dragons, the world is your oyster. VNS



Việt Nam crush Philippines in Southeast Asian U19 event



Striker Nguyễn Văn Trường (left) vies for the ball with Jaime Domingo Rosquillo of the Philippines in the 2022 Southeast Asian U19 Football Championship held in Indonesia on Monday afternoon. Photo VFF


By Thanh Nga

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam crushed the Philippines 4-1 in the 2022 Southeast Asian U19 Football Championship held in Indonesia on Monday afternoon.

Following the goalless draw against Indonesia in the first match, Việt Nam were determined to secure three points.

From the off, Việt Nam were on the front foot. After missing two good chances in the opening exchanges, striker Nguyễn Quốc Việt found the net with his third early effort to open the scoring.

In the 16th minute, striker Nguyễn Văn Trường had a good chance to double the lead but after dribbling through the defence his effort was saved by Lance Jeter Aquino Bencio.

With the sun beating down in Indonesia, Việt Nam conserved their energy in the first half to ensure they never ran out of steam.

The Philippines pushed for an equaliser but couldn’t beat Cao Văn Bình in Việt Nam’s goal.

After the break, Đình Bắc’s pinpoint free-kick was met by Việt who headed home to double the lead.

In the 51st minute, the Philippines had the opportunity to narrow the gap when Sandro Reyes was clean through but his shot went over the crossbar.

However, two minutes later, Sandro Reyes did manage to claw one back for the Philippines.

As the clock ticked, Việt Nam made the game safe, with midfielder Nguyễn Văn Khang scoring from the spot after he was fouled inside the penalty area.

In the 77th minute, Antoine Ortega fouled striker Trường in the Philippines’s penalty area giving the referee no choice but to point at the spot for a second time.

Trường stepped up and cooly slotted home, Panenka-style to take the score to 4-1.

Việt Nam will next face Brunei on July 6, Myanmar on July 8 and then Thailand on July 10.

The regional event have attracted the participation of 11 teams who were divided into two groups, competing in a round-robin format. The first and second teams in each group win the right to the semi-finals.

The tournament will finish on July 15.

Việt Nam won the Southeast Asian U19 Championship once in 2007. VNS


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Lan to run against powerhouses at world athletic champs




Quách Thị Lan (right) on her way to gold in the women’s 400m hurdles during the SEA Games 31 in May in Hà Nội. Lan will represent Việt Nam at the World Athletics Championship in the US. — VNA/VNS Photo

Thanh Hà

HÀ NỘI — Quách Thị Lan has earned a place at the World Athletics Championship in Eugene, Oregon, the US, where she will face off against the best athletes in the world this month.

She is the sole Vietnamese competitor at the 18th edition tournament, receiving a wildcard position as Việt Nam did not earn any official berth from qualifications.

It will be her second time in the US. Lan enjoyed a one-year training course in Florida, the US, in 2015.

Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng, general secretary of the Việt Nam Athletics Federation, said Lan was chosen as the most successful of the Vietnamese competitors.

The 26-year-old was the only track-and-field athlete from Việt Nam to compete at the Tokyo Olympics last July. Her presence in the women’s 400m hurdles semi-finals was Việt Nam’s best athletics performance at the Olympics.

Lan won the 400m hurdles in the 2018 Asian Games and 400m hurdles in the Asian championship in 2019.

She claimed two SEA Games titles in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay, and a bronze in the 400m last month.

Lan will travel to Oregon with her Bulgarian coach Vladimir Simeonov who also accompanied her at the Tokyo Games.

“The selection by the sports leaders and coaches is based on different criteria. But I think that I am chosen because of my peak, which will fall in that period,” Lan told Việt Nam News.

“On my side, I have been working hard in my career and hope to contribute as much as possible to the nation. The world championship will be a good opportunity that will push me up and I will show off my ability as a Việt Nam representative,” she said.

Lan said she was honoured to be selected for the first time at the world event. After a short time visiting family after the SEA Games 31 success, she has been back in action to prepare for the event.

“My coaches and I are in an intensive training course. As you all know, my drive to the finish line in the last metres is not good. I understand my weakness. Together with my coaches, I will have to improve that.

“In a long-term job, we will have to build up a suitable plan which will fix my weaknesses and lift my results.”

In the coming event, which is scheduled from July 15-24, Lan will face the world’s strongest runners, including Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin who broke her own world record in the 400m hurdles at the US track and field championships last week.

“To me, participating in the championship and competing against world-leading athletes is an honour. I will have the chance to learn from them and enrich my knowledge and experience for my career. It will help me to strive to run as well as they can,” Lan said.

The Vietnamese athlete said she is not under any pressure of high results but is encouraged to run as best as she can.

Lan will run in the 400m hurdles qualification on July 19. If she qualifies, the semi-finals will be held a day later, while the finals are on July 22.

At the previous world championship in 2019 in Qatar, Việt Nam sent youngster Ngần Ngọc Nghĩa to compete in the men’s 100m event. He did not make the finals. — VNS


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Something fishy going on at Everton



Tottenham Hotspur are favourites to sign Richarlison from Everton. AFP Photo

Paul Kennedy

I’ve never been to Scott’s seafood restaurant in London’s exclusive Mayfair district, and chances are I never will.

It looks proper fancy, and although I’m sure worth every penny, a little expensive for my modest tastes. (Fish, chips and mushy peas will set you back VNĐ1 million).

According to one English national newspaper, on Monday evening earlier this week two men met there for a dinner meeting.

They were Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy and his good friend and Everton FC counterpart Bill Kenwright.

It seems the pair were discussing the sale of Everton striker Richarlison to White Hart Lane with the price thought to be somewhere in the region of $60m.

The 25-year-old Brazilian is a great talent, already a regular in his national team and still has his best footballing years ahead of him.

He will be a fine addition to Antonio Conte’s Tottenham side and could be the difference that will see Spurs finally win a trophy, their last being the Carling Cup in 2008.

But the big news here for me is not Tottenham’s attempt to buy the Brazilian, but Everton’s willingness to sell.

Maybe by the time this column is printed, a deal will have already been completed, and Richarlison will soon be revealed as a Tottenham Hotspur player.

Good news for Spurs, awful for Everton.

Last season the Blues hung on to their place in the Premier by the skin of their teeth. It was touch and go as the campaign drew to a close but in the end, helped massively by a galvanised supporter base, Everton clung on.

This coming season could see one of two things happen. Either they take on board the scare of last, and use it to push on and improve, or they spend another season desperately fighting for every point in the hope of survival.

In Frank Lampard they have a good, young, keen and willing manager, ready to do all he can to improve the club.

But it seems the willingness from those who hold the purse strings to sell their best players could be the death of Everton.

There have also been rumours surrounding the futures of striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and midfielder Anthony Gordon.

Goalkeeper Jordon Pickford, also England’s number one, is another soon out of contract. If those three, on top of Richarlison, also decide to leave Goodison Park then I fear for their future.

Everton are what you would class as a ‘selling club’. It’s highly unlikely a mega-star will choose the Blues over the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City or Chelsea.

But that said, Everton need to do all they can to hold on to their very best players, for at least next season, before deciding to cash in.

Selling the likes of Richarlison may bring a tidy profit, but it could just send Everton spiralling headfirst into the Championship.

And that will be something Evertonians will find hard to swallow, even if it is served with the best possible oysters on the menu at Scott’s. VNS


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