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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

 Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks - Vietnam

Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) - Bac Ninh

There are 11 VSIP throughout Vietnam. 26 years ago, one of the first joint ventures between Singapore and Vietnam was Binh Duong Province located in the South of Vietnam. It shows that the two countries - Vietnam and Singapore working together quite effectively and synergistically. 

Singapore is one of the major investor countries in Vietnam. Thanks to its investment and expertise, Vietnam is now able to become one of the major world supply chains - just behind China. All the VSIP projects are well planned and well thought-out with the goals of sustainability for a clean and green environment. The plans can eventually be a part of the so-called 'smart city', and VSIP Binh Duong is considered one of them.

[Singapore & Vietnam national flags hung in the center of Bac Ninh VSIP]

VSIP Bac Ninh implemented the first project in 2007 in Tu Son city with an approved scale of 700 hectares, the occupancy rate of this industrial park has been100%, and the strengths of VSIP Bac Ninh are recognized by (international) investors. The only recognition is the management experience - attention to detail. Bac Ninh applies international management experience and effective operating methods from Singapore in the best way that it sees fit to the reality in Vietnam, taking customers as the center of focus. During the covid-19 pandemic, VSIP Bac Ninh with creative production and on-site quality control had helped businesses here to safely produce and overcome the pandemic together - steadily increasing production.

Other joint Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks are 500 ha VSIP- I in Binh Duong (1996), a one billion USD 1600 ha VSIP Hai Phong, 2045 ha VSIP-II in Binh Duong (2006) - home to 229 companies (multi-national corporations) with more than 40,000 jobs - just to name a few.

Each VSIP has parks, residential spaces for employees, companies, and other convenient amenities. This smart ecosystem is created by two countries, Vietnam and Singapore - Sempcorp specifically. I can visualize the gradual changes in the creation of VSIP over time. As FDI keeps coming into Vietnam, there will be VSIP level III which is certainly more sophisticated than level I (1997) and level II (2007) - emphasizing more 'green' and sustainable development which will make people live and work smarter and more comfortable and enjoyable. Recently, VSIP in Binh Duong Province has more companies from Europe and Japan planning to move in. Binh Duong local government is working on supplying well-trained and qualified workers and efficient and effective treatment of industrial waste. 

[Modern VSIP in Binh Duong]

The third wave of  FDI coming to "next generation" VSIP will be the type of "GREEN" FDI, consisting of heavy-hitter hi-tec like Norway, Sweden, and Japan...focusing on hi-tec development with great emphasis on "GREEN". Vietnam's PM - Pham Minh Chinh - has announced his commitment to 'zero' carbon emission by 2050 at COP26. Thus, every future project here at the modern VSIP will be expected to have 'green' and sustainability concepts as no less important to making profits.

[One of Vietnam's seaports - wonderful logistics for export]


Sunday, July 3, 2022

 How Vietnam Resists China's Might.

Vietnam's Flag

China's Flag

Meanwhile, CCP/PLA has "chinamized" everything in its path like the destructive tornadoes destroying anything in its way. Its presence in South America is alarming, ready to dominate this region with its economic and military expansion. its strategies are as follows:

1. First is to break the "ice" with good intentions like free offers to build roads, soccer stadiums, and big and beautiful public libraries with nothing in return. It sends its workers over to do the jobs and plans to move other Chinese companies over in the near future. This strategy benefits it both in terms of population control and at the same time has its people staying in the host countries to work for them - monitoring its economic progress in the regions.

2. Chinese companies start to move to those host countries. Its presence has been seen in Argentina, Peru, Chile, El Salvador, and Panama to name a few. When I was visiting Costa Rica 10 years ago, the taxi driver pointed at the soccer stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica, and told me that the Chinese had built this stadium for free. It sent about 2,000 Chinese construction workers for the job.

[Costa Rica soccer stadium in San Jose - built by the Chinese]

Throughout, South America there are Chinese banks, and ubiquitous Xiaomi smartphone retail outlets together with other Chinese subsidiaries.

But why is it that Vietnam is located next to China and has been able to resist Chinese expansion and not being "Chinamized" yet? This is something that African and South American countries need to learn. I know it's different and it's not easy but at least follow what Vietnam has done.

By understanding Chinese intentions and willingness to work hard and being clever and creative, these people will avoid China's debt traps. Certainly, other countries are not like Vietnam because Vietnam understands China better than anyone else. Still, they can learn a thing or two by watching it.


Sunday, April 17, 2022


[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).


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.


Monday, March 28, 2022


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.


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]


 War in Ukraine - Sad.

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


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.


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.


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


Sunday, January 30, 2022


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.


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.


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?


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.


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


Saturday, January 22, 2022


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

You all have a wonderful weekend, folks.


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.


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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As a Vietnamese American - graduated from college here in the US, I want to spend some time in Vietnam - a country I left when I was very young. Because of the war, I did not have any opportunity to travel much in Vietnam, except Saigon and Vung Tau back and forth during those years. Now is the time for me to learn more about my mother's country to appreciate its beauty, art, and culture.


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