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Sunday, April 17, 2022

 HI-TECH BIKE RENTAL - HCMC, VIETNAM


[one of the TNGO Bike rental spots in HCMC - District 1]

As Vietnam goes "GREEN", cutting down pollution and living healthier, big cities like HCMC have or will soon adopt environmentally-friendly transportation. The city government has encouraged its citizens to embrace this transport practice - either using mass transit or riding bikes and electric scooters. 

Above is one of the 43 bike rental spots run by the TRI NAM Group. All you have to do is download the TNGO mobile app and follow its instruction to register. Using this app and scanning the QR code of a particular bike, you can unlock and use that bike to move around.

The cost is amazingly cheap - the first 15 minutes are free, then 22 cents for 30 minutes, or 44 cents for 1 hour (in USD).

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

 2 DIVISION MMA CHAMP OF ONE Championship - Martin Nguyen


Hello Folks:

I know it's 5 AM over there in Vietnam, but it's 3PM here in States. I want to share with you a song I've just written for Martin Nguyen - a 2-division champ of ONE Championship. I hope you like it.




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Monday, March 28, 2022

 REAL ESTATE TAX IN VIETNAM!


Aerial view of HCMC at night

I am shocked to know that Vietnam has almost no property tax! This is the revenue that the Vietnam government should collect annually, just like in the United States and other countries. 

In the United States, the property taxes paid by property owners is done every semester (about 6 months apart), and they are collected by each county. This is a very large revenue the local government can not miss.

The money from property taxes is used to pay for public schools - kindergarten, grade schools, to community colleges, including teachers' salaries - throughout counties, cities, and districts. Other city or county workers like firefighters, police, emergency medical technician and a range of other public safety workers are being paid by the city using this property tax revenue.

Property tax revenue collected by the counties can really lessen the burden of expenses on the Federal government so it can have enough fundings to pay for Social Security, Medical care, and others.


Property in Hoi An - a famous tourist destination.

I hope the Vietnam government will soon implement its law to include property tax collection besides other taxes in order to have the revenue big enough to fund its social security, and other necessary expenses for its retirees - just like in other developed countries.


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Sunday, March 20, 2022

 Infrastructure & Transportation in Vietnam - For Sustainable Growth and Beyond.


[Dong Tru Bridge of Hanoi, Vietnam - completely built by Vietnamese engineers - 2014]

Vietnam has continued to improve and expand its infrastructure construction, aiming toward sustainable growth. Mass transit transportation has been considered an infrastructure project to curb air pollution in an ever-expanding population. However, the recent development of Vietnam's private companies and governmental cooperation - full pledge of only EVs production by VinFast - has helped the country's goal to have clean air and sustainable growth toward a brighter future.


[In front of VinFast's VF9 - fully electric SUV - at Los Angeles Auto Show Nov. 2021]


[VF8 - fully electric SUV @ Los Angeles Auto Show Nov. 2021]

By the way one of the other most recent infrastructure projects just completed is Thu Thiem Bridge 2 in Ho Chi Minh City. It was built by a Vietnamese Infrastructure Real Estate Company, Dai Quang Minh. The Thu Thiem Bridge 2 is 1.4 km long and has 6 lanes - 3 on each side with an additional pedestrian walkaway.



[Thu Thiem Bridge 2 in HCMC]



[Thu Thiem Bridge 2 at night in HCMC]

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 War in Ukraine - Sad.


The war in Ukraine is still going on, and I am going to sing it again, folks.



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Monday, February 28, 2022

 War in Ukraine - Very Sad


Hi Folks: With the war going on in Ukraine, I have come up with a song called 'Sad Days for the Earth" and I want to share it with you for the weekend entertainment, folks.



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Thursday, February 10, 2022

 Ha Trang Song, Vietnam


Hello Folks: This song came up when the author - Trinh Cong Son - had a feverish temperature due to flu in the hot summer in Central Vietnam, Hue.



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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Four New Freeway in Northern Vietnam, Vietnam

1. Van Don - Mong Cai Freeway is about 80 km long, and the driving time for one way is about 40 minutes. 

2. Ha Long - Van Don Freeway is about 60 km long, and the driving time for one way is also about 40 minutes.

3. Ha Noi - Hai Phong Freeway is about 105 km long, and the driving time for one way is about 50 minutes.

4. Hai Phong - Ha Long Freeway is about 25 km long, and the driving time for one way is about 20 minutes.

Recently, Quang Ninh Province has been impressively developed at lightning speed beside Hai Phong City. Some beautiful projects have been completed, and one of them is the "Love Bridge" which has been named and won by the majority of the people's votes.




Modern beautiful Love Bridge of Quang Ninh - equipped with spectacular LED lights changing colors constantly.



Location of the Love Bridge of Quang Ninh Province, Northern Vietnam


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Sunday, January 30, 2022

 Motherland.


This song is for those who can't forget where they were coming from. The song is called "Que Huong" which was written by poet, Do Trung Quan.



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Thursday, January 27, 2022

 China's Double Standard


Map of China

Looking at the COVID situation in China, I am not surprised to see the Chinese government treats its people like a herd of cattle. Their lives become cheap because their population is too large, and the concept of " the more death, the less mouth to feed" is always in its mind. BUT YOU will be surprised at how the Chinese government treats overseas Chinese. Why do they seem so protective on behalf of these overseas Chinese? There are two reasons:

The first is for propaganda purposes - letting the world know that they care a lot about their people. If there is persecution or unfair treatment of their citizens living in a certain country - they would speak out against the government of that country to protect or defend the rights of overseas Chinese. 

The second is showing its concern towards overseas Chinese will gain their gratitude and loyalty to this regime in particular and Mainland China in general - so that these Chinese can later become useful to them, doing business or spying for them if necessary.

Thus, there are 2 standards of treatment - One for the mainland Chinese and the other for the overseas Chinese.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

 Phu Quoc City, Vietnam




Aerial views of Phu Quoc City

Phu Quoc is a wonderful place with a beautiful tsunami-safe beach, unlike in Thailand Phuket and adjacent ones or those of Indonesia... The worst tsunami that hit Phuket of Thailand in 2004 killed hundreds of thousands of people including tourists from Northern Europe, and you will never hear of a tsunami hitting Phu Quoc due to its unique location.

Because of ongoing developments as carefully planned with consideration of environment preservation and sustainability, Phu Quoc Island has become another major city, Phu Quoc City.

Some of the following are major projects in Phu Quoc City - with an initial total investment of 16.5 billion USD. This is huge considering an area that is not big.

In the Northern part of Phu Quoc, the Megaproject number one is the GrandWorld of VinGroup - consisting of shopping areas, entertainment, and hotels.


A bird-eye view at Grand World

The second Megaproject is VinWonders - the largest theme park of VinGroup in Phu Quoc.


VinWonders in the northern part of Phu Quoc

The third Megaproject is VinPearl Safari of Phu Quoc - an 800 acres zoo consisting of over 150 species of animals roaming around.




Kids feeding a giraffe at Giraffe Restaurant at VinPearl Safari

The Fourth Megaproject is The VinPearl Bai Vong Phu Quoc, and its architecture adopts Dubai's Palm configuration idea. It is approximately a 1,300 billion VND project.



The VinPearl Bai Vong

The fifth megaproject on the list would be the Marriage Proposal Bridge



The Marriage Proposal Bridge of Phu Quoc - Will it outshine the Golden Bridge of Bana Hills?

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Monday, January 24, 2022

The World is still controlled by the "Big Shots" - Not A Good Sign.

VinFuture Prize - 01/20/2022 started in 9 min and 32 seconds

Sadly, the four big and powerful countries like the US, Russia, China, and the EU with their major 'Media' agencies are still running and dictate what the people in the world should be focusing on for a particular day or period. Most of the time their focuses, however, on some news that may not be very positive and constructive.

Let me begin by picking a date to try to prove this point. January 20th, 2022 was supposed to be the day all these major News Agencies should cover the great positive news and event coming from Vietnam. It was the VinFuture Prize Event taken place in Hanoi, Vietnam - to honor deserving scientists around the world, including men and women from all backgrounds and creeds. This meaningful VinFuture Prize is the stepping stone and the foundation to build a better place for mankind and environment preservation. In my opinion, this should be the main "Event" that all major news agencies around the world should focus on and do full coverage, instead of focusing too much on other news that is usually full of pessimism and sensationalism. The VinFuture Prize event was played down, and there was no major international news agency that voluntarily covered this event on that day that I know of. 

Topics like the follow on Euronews on that day, Jan. 20th, 2022.

'Secrets of Playboy': The docuseries exposing the dark side of Hugh Hefner's empire.

"Secret ballot begins in Italian presidential election amid COVID-19 pandemic.

"Europe could be moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame", says WHO

"I'm struggling big time - more turn to food banks as inflation soars - United Kingdom"

Topics like the following on the US news on that day, Jan. 20th, 2022

Pres. Biden's low approval rating... and other political parties news between Republican and Democrat Party and Supreme Court besides other - but none covered any of VinFuture Prize event unless it is a paid service (it's money talk). I don't think they would be interested in even spending a "mini second" to cover this positive event without being paid.

It is sad..., folks.





























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Sunday, January 23, 2022

 Bai Xep, Ghenh Rang - Quy Nhon, Vietnam.


Bai Xep, a fishing village, in Ghenh Rang commune - Quy Nhon




Pristine Beach at Bai Xep - 2 sides Front and Rear with the fishing village in the middle

Bai Xep Beach is located in Ghenh Rang Commune of Quy Nhon. The beach is pristine and not crowded. If you travel to this area, Homestay Haven Vietnam is a nice place to stay over. 

While staying at Haven Vietnam, I noticed foreign local tourists who have been living in the area for a while collecting trash and litter along the beach of Bai Xep. 



Caring and concerned foreign residents help collect trash and litter along the beach

In the courtyard of the Homestay Haven Vietnam facing the beach, I saw the sign read "Help us keep the beach clean - 1 bag of trash for 1 free local beer". This is one of the smart efforts of business people to contribute to area conservation and natural beauty. I hope many places along the coast adopt this type of program or action.







BaiXep, Ghenh Rang Commune - Binh Dinh Province, Quy Nhon





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Saturday, January 22, 2022

 HELLO


Hello Folks: I just want to say "Hello" by Lionel Richie for the weekend entertainment.

You all have a wonderful weekend, folks.



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Friday, January 7, 2022

 The Rhythm of the Falling Rain


It's been raining a lot in Southern California lately, especially in the area where I reside.

To reflect the mood, I like to sing one of the popular rainy songs classic - the Rhythm of the Falling Rain - by John Gummoe.



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Saturday, January 1, 2022

 World Leaders' Cooperation to Save the World.


Our planet Earth

For the sake of mankind's survivability,  all world leaders should put all the differences behind them to serve the greater good and to defend the Earth from Outerspace aliens. The time is running out and we have to prepare now. Ask yourself, what would we do if there is an asteroid with a diameter of 6miles heading directly toward Earth from far away? [God forbid - sorry to be so dramatic].

An alien asteroid and Earth

In order to cooperate together, we must understand, respect, and trust each other. If we can put all the differences aside - from political ideologies to religion, we can and will accomplish a lot of good things together - lengthening our existence on this lovely planet. Money is the 'root' of all evil, and we should not let that dictate our destiny.

All talented individuals - young and old to small and big - should be nurtured because their working together can help us solve our problems, no matter how hard or impossible they may be.

In dealing with the question about an alien asteroid heading toward Earth, my proposal is that if we can establish a space defense mechanism stationed on the Moon rather than Earth to deal with a situation like this.


The Moon

Creating defense stations on the Moon is not a bad idea. All the nuclear silos with missiles are set up to deal with whenever an alien asteroid situation arises. This, of course, can not be done by one country alone. We have to put our resources together once and for all, folks.


Possible Space Defense Mechanism on the Moon

God Bless us all.



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Friday, December 31, 2021

Tran Quoc Nghien Boardwalk - the best jogging strip in Northern Vietnam


it's scenery during the day


its scenery at night

Tran Quoc Nghien road is in Ha Long town, Quang Ninh Province, connecting Bai Tho Bridge and the Ha Long - Cam Pha coastal road.

Tran Quoc Nghien strip is a coastal boardwalk of 2.4 to 4.7 km long - perfect for jogging. Joggers run along on its boardwalk, passing along and viewing the breath-taking scenery of the world heritage site of Halong Bay.

Not surprisingly to see residents of Ha Long town are extremely happy to see this expansion project  Tran Quoc Nghien finished in 2020.

The locals, as well as tourists, enjoy bicycling through the park there and jogging on this boardwalk. Certainly, the scenery around this area is stunning - also an excellent place to stroll along taking in the fresh air and viewing the awesome Halong Bay. Believe it or not, there is exercise equipment installed in the park and free of charge for anybody who wants to use them.



The wide pavement of Tran Quoc Nghien Boardwalk.


Tran Quoc Nghien's location is in Ha Long town, Quang Ninh Province.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

PIN VinES in Ha Tinh, Vietnam


About to be a construction site for PIN VinES in Ha Tinh

Vingroup's factory of pin and batteries for Electric vehicles - Pin VinES - has just started its ceremonial construction site in Ha Tinh. President of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, was at the ceremony as well as other important guests, including city leaders of Ha Tinh.



President of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the keynote speaker at the PIN VinES ceremony

Here is the Vietnamese translation from Reuter Source regarding this opening of VinFast Pin Factory:

Tập đoàn ô tô Việt Nam Vingroup khởi công nhà máy pin EV trị giá 174 triệu USD
Chủ nhật, ngày 12 tháng 12 năm 2021, 3:08 sáng
[HÀ NỘI (Reuters) - Tập đoàn lớn nhất Việt Nam Vingroup hôm Chủ nhật cho biết họ đã bắt đầu xây dựng nhà máy pin trị giá 174 triệu USD cho mảng kinh doanh xe điện VinFast để công ty có thể sở hữu chuỗi cung ứng pin của mình.
VinFast đã trở thành nhà sản xuất ô tô nội địa chính thức đầu tiên của đất nước khi các mẫu xe chạy bằng xăng được sản xuất theo huy hiệu riêng của họ được tung ra thị trường vào năm 2019.
Họ đang đặt cược vào thị trường Hoa Kỳ, nơi những chiếc SUV chạy điện và mô hình cho thuê pin dự kiến ​​sẽ ra mắt vào năm tới.
Nhà máy pin, dự án pin EV đầu tiên của Việt Nam nằm ở miền Trung tỉnh Hà Tĩnh, trên khu đất rộng 8 ha (20 mẫu Anh).
Đi trước thị trường
Vào tháng 10, chính quyền địa phương Hà Tĩnh cho biết nhà máy dự kiến ​​có vốn đầu tư 387 triệu USD và trên khu đất rộng 12,6 ha.
Bà Thái Thị Thanh Hải, Phó Chủ tịch Tập đoàn Vingroup kiêm Phó Chủ tịch Hội đồng Quản trị VinFast cho biết: “Đây là trọng tâm trong chiến lược nội địa hóa nguồn cung của VinFast.
"Chiến lược này cho phép chúng tôi sở hữu chuỗi cung ứng pin và các bộ phận của mình."
Công ty cho biết họ đang tìm cách sản xuất 100.000 bộ pin mỗi năm trong giai đoạn đầu và sau đó nâng công suất lên một triệu bộ.
Hãng không nêu chi tiết về khung thời gian của dự án nhưng dựa trên báo cáo vào tháng 10, dự án sẽ hoạt động hết công suất từ ​​năm 2025.
VinFast đang làm việc với nhiều đối tác về pin, bao gồm StoreDot, Gotion High-Tech và ProLogium, đồng thời cũng đang tập trung vào R&D nội bộ và đang thành lập các cơ sở nghiên cứu để phát triển công nghệ sạc và pin, công ty trước đó cho biết trong một tuyên bố gửi qua email cho Reuters. ]

This factory will produce pins used for all e-cars and public transportation fully-electric buses and can be exported internationally besides domestic use.

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