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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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Is it cheaper to charge an electric vehicle than buy gas?

Gasoline vs Electric

Dữ liệu cho thấy đó là nếu bạn sạc ở nhà với mức một hoặc hai đô la mỗi ngày hoặc một vài ly cà phê ngon mỗi tuần, việc sạc tại nhà sẽ rẻ hơn nhiều so với xăng và hầu hết chủ sở hữu xe điện cho đến nay đều là chủ sở hữu nhà.

Nhưng trong những chuyến đi đường trường tình hình sẽ đảo ngược nếu bạn dừng lại để sạc nhanh, xăng rẻ hơn pin. Tạp chí Phố Wall đã tổng hợp các con số để tìm ra chi phí cho một lần "đổ xăng" điện so với giá xăng địa phương ở 15 thành phố của Hoa Kỳ:

Chúng tôi đã chọn hai chiếc xe phổ biến Toyota RAV4 2021 và Ford Mustang Mach-e hai chiếc SUV crossover nhỏ gọn nhất có chỗ ngồi 5 người. Ford Mustang Mach-e chạy hoàn toàn bằng điện có giá trả trước cao hơn, nhưng đủ điều kiện nhận khoản tín dụng thuế liên bang $ 7,500.

ở Spokane, Washington, nơi có xăng tương đối đắt nhưng giá điện thấp Nhờ năng lượng thủy điện, chủ sở hữu Mach-E tiết kiệm được 899 đô la một năm so với RAV4. ở Denver, chủ sở hữu Mach-E tiết kiệm được 824 đô la một năm so với RAV4. Tại Thành phố Salt Lake, chủ sở hữu Mach-E tiết kiệm được 812 đô la một năm so với RAV4. Ở Los Angeles, chủ sở hữu Mach-E tiết kiệm được 721 đô la một năm so với RAV4 và ở Chicago, chủ sở hữu Mach-E tiết kiệm được 665 đô la một năm so với RAV4. ở Thành phố New York, một chủ sở hữu Mach-E chỉ tiết kiệm được 425 đô la Mỹ - ít hơn một nửa so với ở Spokane, Washington vì thành phố này có điện và xăng đắt đỏ.

Sở hữu xe điện dự kiến sẽ tăng lên để bao gồm nhiều cư dân căn hộ và chung cư hơn, những người sẽ cần mức phí hợp lý - một vấn đề lớn về chính sách công.

Chúng ta hãy thực hiện một chuyến đi đường dài 300 dặm - nếu trả cứớc phí tại một nhà sạc lẹ công cộng, khoản tiết kiệm EV phần lớn sẽ biến mất trong chuyến đi này.

Jennifer Hiller & Andrew Mollica from WSJ.


Saturday, November 13, 2021

 VinBus Services Officially Begun in Phu Quoc


These smart electric buses will serve tourists and enrich their visit experiences on this beautiful island of Phu Quoc. These Vinbus routes will connect all VinGroup Resorts and Entertainment locations throughout the city of Phu Quoc.

Locations are VinWonders, Vin-Safari, VinPearl-Golf, Corona casino, VinPearl, VinOasis, and GrandWorld. Vinbus routes schedule and wait time for each bus is from half to an hour wait. Its operation time starts at 8:30 am daily.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

 Successful IPO for Electric Car Startup, Rivian!

Rivian (pick-up truck)

Rivian, an electric car maker in the US, just went IPO successfully. It makes Rivian the second most valuable U.S automaker after Tesla. On the first day at IPO, its price was initially $57 to $62 but was jacked up to $78 a share - sold 153 million shares to raise $11.9 billion - a record just behind Facebook @ $16 billion USD. On the second day, its price appreciated to another 27% gain which is around $100 plus. As you can see, VinFast is in the right place at the right time! Can you imagine this new electric vehicle startup, Rivian, has only produced a few hundred cars and has been losing money, now after IPO it has a $100 billion Market Cap!

Rivian has been making electric pick-up trucks and SUV types of vehicles.


Saturday, November 6, 2021

Viettel & Samsung Cooperation!, Vietnam

Strategic cooperation between Samsung (Vina) and Viettel of Vietnam in October of this year - 2021 will primarily accelerate digital conversion technology in business and other areas of society. Each company has its own strength, and together they can get more things done in the digital era of Industry 4.0 that includes IoT (Internet of Things). It is about promoting digital transformation in which 5G telecommunication equipment and Information Technology solutions are involved to completely achieve a  digital economy by a designated time frame.

Recently, Viettel has achieved significant progress in 5G speed - 4.7 Gb/sec! - the fastest in the world. Viettel owns and supplies both hardware and software of 5G broadcasting equipment. Whereas Samsung has a broad range portfolio of innovation in mobile devices and smart consumer electronics.

Thus, one can see there have been cooperations between these two companies to optimize and popularize 5G devices to Vietnamese mobile users and smart consumer electronic devices that Samsung manufactures. This perhaps is one of Samsung's primary interests.

The successful development of 5G by Viettel will help Vietnam's economy move forward easily and at a faster pace. Recent cooperation between a Vietnamese company and one of Singapore's in building SEA's first smart superport at Vinh Phuc Logistics Center. This will help cut the cost of shipping and thus increase Vietnam's export competitiveness.


Friday, October 29, 2021

 Vinfast Electric Cars, VF e35, and VF e36 in LAAS 2021, USA

[VF e35]

[VF e36 exterior and interior]

VinFast electric cars, VF e35 and VF e36 will have their first public showing at this upcoming Auto Show in Los Angles from November 19 to November 28, 2021. The location will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. I will be there to observe and enjoy this auto show. It will be exciting to see VF e35 and VF e36 up close.


Monday, October 4, 2021

Vietnam - Preparing for a Society of E-vehicles

Charging stations are installed in parking areas in front of the malls - across the country and also apartment areas.

Vinfast has been installing its electric vehicle charging stations across the country, especially at locations where apartments are located and shopping malls' parking structures according to research by several prestigious organizations. This is the company's strategy to cover charging stations in urban areas. There have been more than 8,100 charging ports for electric cars and motorbikes in 60 provinces and cities.

Vinfast's proposal to landowners of those apartments is so attractive that they can't refuse: Not only they don't have to pay for the installation of these charging stations, but also receive a certain percentage of income from electric vehicle charging revenue like 10 percent for as long as those charging stations in parking areas operating as expected. Furthermore, apartment landowners like the idea of having electric vehicle charging stations in their parking structures because they really modernize their environment and increase their property value.

There have been 25,000 orders for the Vinfast electric car model - VF e34 - which is expected to be delivered to customers by November of this year. Vinfast has been preparing an environment for this massive delivery where its customers do not have to worry about finding places to charge their e-cars.

VF e34 on the streets of Hanoi

Recently, the Ministry of Finance has officially proposed a policy to reduce the registration fee of electric cars by 50% compared to petrol cars [cars run by fossil fuel] with the same number of seats within the next 5 years.

Vietnam - right on the side with Europe - is heading toward an era of "green" modernized society in which people drive their e- vehicles everywhere.


Monday, August 30, 2021

 Mobile Vaccine Station - Made by THACO, HCMC - Vietnam

Trucks specially built for mobile vaccine stations by THACO.

Due to the rapid spread of COVID in the city and other areas, a program has been initiated by THACO - a Vietnamese Auto Corporation, to accelerate the speed of the COVID vaccination process. 

The company has negotiated with Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan for its technology transfer so it can start to put forward its idea, customizing and building its own mobile vaccine stations. THACO  built 126 customized vaccine mobile trucks - 63 for moving vaccine supplies and 63 for moving around the country, provinces, cities, districts, wards, and villages to vaccinate Vietnamese residents.

What is special about these trucks? Well, they have an automatic wing-roof and are equipped with chairs, tables, and systems to store and keep vaccines in proper condition.

With stairs walking up to the vaccine station where there are tables and chairs.

These customized special trucks have been manufactured in Chu Lai, Vietnam - and will also be exported to neighboring Asian countries.


Friday, August 27, 2021

Human Rights Policy... A CCP's Opportunity

As being noticed, for the past couple of decades - America's Human Rights policy toward its "partner" countries has been an issue that CCP has successfully exploited and excelled in the international arena.

When high-ranking diplomats from the United States demand or impose its human rights issue on its potential partners, China has been seeing this as an opportunity. Some governments from countries of South America, Africa, the Middle East areas, and Asia were not so happy about this issue when they were criticized for their human rights records. Certainly, when given a choice to choose rich and capable business partners - for example between China and the United States - they will be likely to choose China to do business with.

From Myanmar, Cambodia, to Vietnam, American human rights policy does not seem to work. In fact, it is a hindrance for the US to establishing good relationships with these countries and forcing them into China's hands. China sees this as an opportunity to take advantage of the situation where it can set out its 'debt trap' strategies to achieve its international dominance across the globe - the Silk Road.

If the United States and its Western allies continue this path of human rights, especially when America has its own domestic and racial problems which do not present it as a good role model in human rights, then other countries will not be convinced but irritated.

This is just an expression of my thought and comment. Have a wonderful day, everybody. 

May Peace and Wisdom prevail.


Saturday, August 14, 2021

To Keep Production Steady, Companies Must..., HCMC - Vietnam

Nanogen Biopharmaceutical, HCMC - Vietnam

The way I see it - quarantine, isolation, and detection strategies are no longer effective this time when dealing with the COVID Delta variant

WHO - World Health Organization official in VN

Companies and factories will soon face exhaustion and fatigue due to not having enough workers to keep up production to meet the demands of customers inside and outside of Vietnam. To avoid losing customers, the companies' management team should order to buy as many doses of Nanocovax from Nanogen as possible and immediately start to immunize their employees.

Nanocovax - considered most potential Vietnamese anti-COVID vaccine of Nanogen Biopharm.

With this being said, these companies will be able to maintain a steady production from mid-September till the end of 2021 and after that. Thus, I strongly recommend the Prime Minister of Health to seriously consider this matter.  I believed skilled workers and factory employees are the first ones to be vaccinated, and the Nanocovax vaccine is economically feasible for companies' limited budgets since they seem effective, safe, and cheap.

The longer the companies wait, the more they will suffer. Every day passing by - without immunization - is another blow to the company's budget and the overall economy.


Friday, July 23, 2021

Domestic COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritized, HCMC - Vietnam

[Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chinh, executes his directives]

Vietnam's Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chinh, is doing the right thing. His directive is to facilitate potential domestic COVID-19 vaccine, especially Nanocovax, production and be available for mass vaccination in the combat against widespread SarCoV2 in Vietnam.

Giving special priority to vaccines:

This is the request of the Prime Minister in the process of speeding up procedures for licensing, manufacturing, and developing a vaccine against COVID-19 in the country. The Prime Minister requested the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Health, and relevant agencies to create favorable conditions and provide maximum support to the focal points of vaccine technology transfer, to develop specific standards, conditions, and criteria. , clearly, ensuring equality and transparency so that domestic vaccines are soon available for vaccination.

[Domestic COVID-19 vaccine, Nanocovax]

The Prime Minister also requested that in the current conditions, in the face of the urgency and present practical issues, the people's expectations must be dealt with at all ministries, and branches when implementing. The above task must strengthen inspection and supervision and resolutely fight against negativity, pessimism, and corruption. "We must put the interests of the people and the nation first,  setting the common interest above all," the Prime Minister said.

Depending on domestic COVID-19 vaccine production, I believe Vietnam will be able to get 70% of its population vaccinated before the end of 2021 if the process and vaccination program are carried out efficiently and effectively - even if having to send healthcare workers to people's houses and places to vaccinate them. In contrast to the AstraZeneca vaccine, most Vietnamese feel at ease with the domestic vaccine, Nanocovax. They are not reluctant to cooperate and be vaccinated with this domestic vaccine.

[The beginning of mass inoculation of the COVID-19 vaccine program in Vietnam to achieve "herd immunity]


Thursday, July 8, 2021

 Vietnam's Chance to Leap & Lead.

In the era of Industry 4.0, Vietnam has a chance to catch up and be equal to other rich and developed countries in two areas - Smart electric vehicles and vaccines protecting humans against COVID-19 and other lethal pandemics.

It is a level playing field for everyone with respect to research and producing smart electric vehicles based on battery technology and Artificial intelligence. VinFast of Vingroup realizes this level playing field opportunity and determines to succeed in producing smart electric vehicles to be used domestically, and later sold internationally.

[One of upcoming VinFast's smart electric cars - VF e36 - SUV Class E]

[Interior of VF e36]

These three initial smart electric vehicles - VF e34, VF e35, and VF e36 - are in the process of being rolled out this year and next year. Ex-Google Deep Mind Researcher, Bui Hung, is leading the VinAi of VinGroup to research and apply and assimilate Ai to VinFast vehicles. If VinFast can master self-driving vehicles on Vietnam city's streets, it can do it anywhere in the world.

VinFast has come up with innovative marketing and bested its customer service to improve sales of its smart electric vehicles. The salient feature of this boost is battery rental service with the first year is free. Subsequent battery exchange will ensure customers will constantly have a good supply of quality batteries that they can use for their VinFast electric vehicles. Expenses on using these batteries will be equivalent to those gas-running vehicles.

Another level playing field is in the area of biotechnology. Fortunately, Vietnam has been involved and doing research in the field of biotechnology for a while to produce vaccines and other biological agents to treat cancer and others like blood disorders. Because of COVID-19, Vietnam biotechnology companies like Nanogen have the experience and the knowledge gained through the years to produce vaccines against COVID-19 and other vaccines to deal with future viral diseases.

[Vietnam's Biotech Company - Nanogen - the maker of NanoCovax]

[Nanogen's Research and Production Facilities producing Nanocovax]

Nanogen is testing its Nanocovax in Phase III with 13,000 volunteers this time. The test has already started in the first week of July 2021. Phase I and Phase II were involved with testing Nanocovax on a few people, and the results are very positive and encouraging. All the people tested in Phase I and II have had antibodies...

Vietnam Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chinh, has listened and taken the request of the Nanogen CEO seriously. The Minister agrees to streamline and cut other "red tape" factors that are hindering the progress and production of this promising Nanocovax. Hopefully, this vaccine will be massed produced in large quantities and be used to innoculate up to 70% of Vietnam's population in order to achieve "herd immunity".  If this happens, Vietnam is back in business - opening doors to the world and doing business as usual. It will be good for the country's economy.

Vietnam can also export its Nanocovax to other countries and license it to other countries and guiding them on how to produce their own Nanocovax and use them to innoculate their own people. Nanocovax has the lowest cost when compared to other pre-existing vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna. Even lower when it is compared to J&J or Astrazenica vaccines.

Relating to using nanotech in Biological applications, Vietnam has successfully produced Wakamono masks that can be used to help protect humans from any kind of viruses. The masks are viricidal and bacteria-cidal after 30 seconds of coming in contact. This 'membrane' material called "Gecide" can be used to create protective clothing for healthcare providers in the battle against any kind of pandemic such as SarcoV-2. The N-95 masks are not as effective as the Wakamono masks because they do not kill viruses. Furthermore, viruses with sizes as small as 0.05 to 0.2 nm can get through the N-95.

[Vietnam's NanoTechnology company - Wakamono]

[Wakamono's facility producing Wakamono masks for protection against all viruses - both enveloped and non-enveloped types of viruses]

If successful in these two areas - Electric Vehicles and NanoTech in Biological application, Vietnam will definitely be one of Asia's rising powers in particular, and one of the world's rising powers in general.


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