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  • [HCMC] Rumba

    La rumba me está llamando...

    A hybrid of Spanish and African influences out of Cuba that has had an immeasurable influence on modern world dance culture, the rumba was already highly developed and wildly popular in Vietnam by the 1960s. It was considered a style suited to both young and old, whether in the salons or as a competitive sport, and many of the discotheques over the decades have not only played rumba but also considered it to be their signature style along with the cha cha, tango, Boston, and bebop. The

  • [HCMC] Pole Dancing

    The world’s most notorious risqué dance is apparently all about empowerment.

    At some point in the last decade or so, a highly suggestive form of dance escaped the domain of the strip clubs and entered popular culture. Incredibly, grinding one’s hips against an enormous rod is no longer considered an unsubtle display of eroticism, and indeed has become quite the trend – a fun, modern, and apparently wholesome form of rhythmic exercise. Who would have thought? Nowadays, pole dancing is commonly seen as the next step on from belly dancing, which became popular

  • [HCMC] Choosing the Right Milk for Baby

    Taking advice from other parents can be essential in making choices about baby formula.

    Possibly the most frustrating thing about being an expat parent in Ho Chi Minh City is the lack of access to local savvy. It’s difficult to gain any real insight into how local conditions affect the process of raising a child when you’re culturally excluded, and when you can’t read or understand the labels of locally-available products. The sheer number of brands may have you scratching your head This problem extends to choosing infant formula from the countless varieties

  • [HCMC] The Dao of Tea

    Tea reaches a higher plane in Vietnamese teapots

    The first thing any expat tea lover needs to know about Vietnamese tea culture is that to call it culture is to short-sell it to the point of disrespect. Vietnamese people rarely use the term ‘tea culture’, because it is not merely culture for them. In the Vietnamese dictionary, there is a specific word reserved for the cultivation, fermentation techniques, etiquettes, ceremony, lifestyle, philosophy, and enjoyment of tea. Never say ‘tea culture’. Say tra dao . The word

  • [HCMC] Weasel Coffee

    If the java doesn’t give you a jolt, the bill will.

    Weasel coffee, known as Weasel coffee , known as cà phê chồn in Vietnam, is touted as the most exquisite brew that money can buy. In a nutshell, it’s made by feeding coffee cherries to furry weasel-like creatures and waiting for the beans to come out from the other end. Despite the unsavoury production process, tasting a cup of weasel coffee is the dream of many coffee aficionados all over the world. Given that Vietnam is one of the main suppliers of the stuff, expats

  • [HCMC] French Cuisine

    Faire la meilleure nourriture à Saigon – à la maison.

    With Saigon’s colonial history, it would be a surprise if there weren’t baguettes being sold on every corner – and of course, there are multiple elements of Gallic cuisine that have insinuated their way onto local dinner tables here that have only served to make Vietnamese cooking even more vibrant than it was already. Still, there is a strong penchant amongst Western expats for the real taste of France – and given that it’s one of our most highly-regarded cooking

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