Newsletter: February - Week 3


New Year’s Eve in Hanoi 2018  [ENTRY]

Fireworks is one of expected events on New Year’s Eve in Hanoi. In this year, it is displayed at 30 sites across the city

High-range fireworks: five  locations

·       Hoan Kiem Lake

·       Thong Nhat Park

·       Lac Long Quan flower garden

·       Van Quan Lake

·       My Dinh National Stadium

Low-range fireworks: 25 inner and outlying districts and town. The local authorities decide the exact locations.

New words:

1.     New Year’s Eve: giao thừa

2.     Expected events: những sự kiện được mong chờ

3.     Display (verb): trình diễn

4.     High-range fireworks: pháo hoa tầm cao

5.     Low-range fireworks: pháo hoa tầm thấp

6.     Location (noun): địa điểm

7.     Inner and outlying districts and town: những quận nội và ngoại thành

8.     Local authorities: nhữngnhà chức trách địa phương

9.     Decide (verb): quyết định

10.  Exact location:  địa điểm cụ thể                                                           

Source: Vietnamnet English, Vnexpress English, BlogHanoi

Time makes February 14th change [BASIC]

The traditional date night, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.

Originally, Valentine’s Day is known as Saint Valentine’s Day, an annual romance ceremony on February 14th. It honors an early saint named Valentinus.

Initially, Valentine is celebrated in regions of North America and Europe only. Little by little, it is organized more and more commonly all over the world. Interestingly, according to Eastern World’s culture, Japanese and Chinese usually perform Valentine’s Day on the 7th day of the 7th month on the Chinese calendar, which is called the Double Seventh Festival or the Night of Sevens.

Nowadays, Valentine’s Day is no longer just for romance. People will spend more time on family members, children, co – workers, pets, and even by themselves. 

Asian Stocks Swing; Yuan Drops After Trade Miss: Markets Wrap [BUSINESS]

Asian stocks fluctuated Thursday as investors continued to assess the implications of the recent market turmoil that has elevated volatility. The yuan dropped the most since August 2015 after trade figures missed estimates and amid speculation policy makers will step up efforts to rein in gains.

“There are a lot of risks ahead and we’ve been lulled into a false sense of security over the last couple of years with central banks keeping rates low for a very long time,” Steve Goldman, Kapstream Capital head and portfolio manager, said on Bloomberg TV. “Risk assets are going to continue to perform well albeit with a lot more volatility than what we’ve seen in the past.”

Concerns that the Federal Reserve could accelerate its tightening schedule this year has triggered a surge in government bond yields. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans said Wednesday sustained inflation could force more hikes. For equity bulls, a lingering issue is the wisdom of doing what they always do -- buy the dip -- when more selling by speculators may be imminent after Monday’s break in volatility markets. Accounts of losses and liquidations at hedge funds specializing in the asset class were rife Wednesday morning even as Wall Street strategists urged investors to consider the market’s solid underpinning in economic growth and earnings.

Source: Bloomberg

ENTERTAINMENT – Old folk games on Phung Hung pedestrian street

Folk games such as bamboo jack, mandarin square capturing have made a return to the newly pedestrianized Phung Hung Street Hanoi. The event opened on 3rd February 2018.

Phung Hung street is pleasantly quiet and nostalgic with the sealed archways of the railway. The group of artists from Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) have completely finished 19 paintings to bring a new, lively look to the area.

FUN – How about your Valentine?

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