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From the moment new expats arrive, whether full-fledged adults or young and fresh out of college, they have to navigate a host of new and often bewildering challenges while adjusting to life in Ho Chi Minh City. This month AsiaLIFE looks at new arrivals in the city

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  • | SEPTEMBER 2014

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  • Why we love out of the box

    thinking

    Nozomi & Thijmen, Early ExplorersISHCMC Students

    Because at ISHCMC we understand that out of the box thinking leads to originality and

    innovation.

    Todays students need to do more than memorize information in

    traditional classrooms. They need a more evolved approach to education

    that allows them the freedom to pursue their passions fearlessly. In

    addition to a strong academic foundation, they need opportunities

    to be creative, innovative and analytical, all of which lie at the heart

    of the ISHCMC philosophy.

    Come and seethe difference we can make

    in your childs life.

    The only school in HCMC fully accredited to offer all 3 International

    Baccalaureate programmes for students aged 2 - 18 years.

    28 Vo Truong Toan, District 2Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Tel: +84 (8) 3898-9100Email: admissions@ishcmc.edu.vn

    www.ishcmc.com

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    MY RISING SUN Discovering the wonders of Japan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    PADDLE FEVER Walking on water in the Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    F R O N T

    C O V E R S T O R Y

    F E AT U R E S

    S T Y L E & D E S I G N

    IMBIBE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LOCAL EATS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .FITNESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PERSONAL FINANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HOME IMPROVEMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .HOT PROPERTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PEOPLE MATTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .FASHION RULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ODD ONE OUT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LETTER FROM HANOI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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    THE FIRSTSipping on novelty whiskies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TUK TUKHo Chi Minh City's Thai eatery has arrived . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VIVA!Savoury tapas to live for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SAIGON GRILLA feast above the city skyline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    F O O D & D R I N K

    T R AV E L

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    SEPTEMBER 2014 VOLUME 78

    www.asialifemagazine.comCAMBODIA // THAILAND // VIETNAM

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    WORLD-CLASS VIEWLA-based designer Sean Knibb's District 1 apartment

    FASHION: DESERT FLOWERCambodia's hottest fashion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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    4 2DE-MINING WITH MAN'S BEST FRIEND Clearing mines with canines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    NEW ARCHITECTS Vietnam's progressive architecture firms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    WRITERS' DILEMMAExpat writers struggle to publish modern Vietnam's stories..

    WHY I LIKE LEAFY GREENS Reflections on becoming vegetarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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    ARRIVALS Adapting to life as a new expat in Ho Chi Minh City. . . . .

    EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TOP 5 ALTERNATIVE WORKOUTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Q & AWith Ray Kordupleski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PHOTO ESSAY Curtain Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..

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    This Month's Cover:

    Art Direction: Sarah Joanne SmithPhotography: Romain Garrigue

    Art Director:Sarah Joanne Smithsarah@asialifemagazine.com

    Photo Editor:Vinh Daovinh@asialifemagazine.com

    Style Editor:Ruben Luongruben@asialifemagazine.com

    Contributing Editor:Dana Filek-Gibsondana@asialifemagazine.com

    For advertising and marketing enquiries please contact: +84 938 298 395 / +84 8 6680 6105 or adsales@asialifehcmc.com

    Production Manager:Hoa Nguyennguyenhoa@asialifehcmc.com

    Administrative:Nguyen Hanh Trinhtrinh.nguyen@asialifehcmc.com

    Director:Jonny Edbrookejonny@asialifemagazine.com

    Editorial Director:Brett Davisbrett@asialifehcmc.com

    The second annual Vietnam Mountain Marathon will take place 20 September with 21km, 42km and 70km runs. With an expected field of 400 runners, competitors from Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, France, Denmark, Hong Kong, Brunei, England and Switzer-land have already signed up. Set in the beautiful mountain ranges of Hoang Lien National Park, runners can expect an extraordinary adventure along twisting, buffalo-beaten trails. The route will run across bamboo bridges and through small villages where color-fully dressed ethnic minorities will be out in force to cheer runners on. This year the event will also feature a 10km fun run on 21 September. Each entry fee for the event includes a USD $20 donation to Sapa OChau. Sapa OChau runs a variety of local projects, including its own school with over 70 students. Many ethnic minority kids from the villages surrounding Sapa have limited access to educational opportunities beyond the age of 10. Vietnam Mountain Marathon runners can enhance the educational opportunities of ethnic minority youths in Sapa with their donation. Email info@vietnammountainmarathon.com for more information.

    Register at info@vietnammountainmarathon.com

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    The third annual charity bike ride from HCMC to Ho Tram to support water safety for young children will take place Saturday, 18 October. The charity event will raise money to teach water safety to children in Ho Tram. Last year raised USD $7,000. Cyclists either start at Cat Lai at 6am for the 140km ride or at Long Thanh at 7am for the 80km ride and finish at the Ho Tram Community Pool. Each participant is encouraged to ar-range sponsors and the target is to raise USD $300 per person. Sanctuary Resort and Ho Tram Beach Resort have special deals on offer. For more information and registration, email hotramwatersafety@gmail.com. Payment for registration is at The Bike Shop, 250 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien, D2.

    Register at hotramwatersafety@gmail.com

    Travel back in time and visit the fictional school of Alexandre dRhodes (the French Jesuit mis-sionary who created Vietnams written script) established by six Vietnamese artists. Phan Thao Nguyen recreates history with careful gestures of oil on photographic film. Nguyen Thai Tuan's canvases are haunting reminders of another war-torn history left in fragments. Nguyen Van Du visits a local abattoir and explores violence. Photographer Phan Quang presents TV Time, reflect-ing on humans monopolised through televised propaganda or the structures we choose as limits in our lives. Le Hoang Bich Phuong thinks about the mechanisms we manipulate in order to ma-neuver our desires in society through The Man I Have Met. Last, Le Phi Phong proposes a debate about nature with ink drawings. Can nature be assisted through technology? Or will human's new nature be dominated by the realm of machines? The exhibition runs through 31 October at Sn Art, 3 Me Linh, Binh Thanh district.

    ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

    FITNESS & LEISURE

    Vietnam Mountain Marathon 2014

    www.asialifemagazine.com

    Ho Tram Water Safety Charity Bike Ride

    Image courtesy of San Art

    Sn Art, 3 Me Linh, Binh Thanh District

    Autumn Galleria at Sn Art

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    FITNESS & LEISURE

    Photography Intern:Romain Garrigue

    Intern:Kieu Khanh Toan

  • One of the lead vocal-ists of the acclaimed group and world-wide phenomenon that is WestlifeShane Filan is coming to Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday, 16 Septem-ber for his first solo concert in Vietnam. The concert will feature the hit singles 'Everything To Me', 'About You' and the latest release 'Knee Deep In My Heart' as well as several of Westlife's greatest hits. Shane Filan You and Me Tour tickets are available at Tick-etbox: Meet & Greet Special package + VIP ticket (limited) are VND 3,000,000; VIP tickets VND 1,500,000; General Admission early bird (limited) are VND 500,000; and General Admission tickets are VND 700,000. Concert runs 8pm-11pm at Cargo Bar, 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh, D4.

    Shane Filan You and Me at Cargo Bar

    Last month Chill Skybar debuted its fabulous campaign FASHIONISTA which will take place every Tuesday from 9pm. The night of style aims to unite fashion and shopping addicts and offer exclusive exposure to all