In Asian history, you always hear about the two failed Mongol invasions of Japan in the late 1300s. Yet me know very little about two, also failed, Mongol invasions of Vietnam. The Mongol invasions of Japan were relatively short, literally just a couple months in total for both campaigns. This culminated with the "Kamikaze", or "Divine Wind," destroying both Mongol fleets. In … [Read more...] about Mongol Invasion of Vietnam (1258-1288)
FirePoAm always puts some great video content on the fire department, police and ambulances in Saigon. Today he posted a video with the fire department doing a training fire drill at one of the VUS schools in Ho Chi Minh City. It was quite interesting watching those powerful hoses send water to the room of VUS. I just hope the windows were closed. One thing FirePoAm … [Read more...] about Saigon Fire Department Training
National Geographic is one of the many publications taking a look at the negatives affect of sand mining in Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia. In Vietnam, sand mining poses an additional danger: It’s contributing to the slow-motion disappearance of the Mekong Delta, home to 20 million people and source of half of all the country’s food and much of the rice that … [Read more...] about Sand mining negative affects on Vietnam
For those living in Saigon the last several years, it is becoming a norm to deal with rising air pollution as Autumn arrives. This year, in particular, the levels of PM 2.5 have risen significantly with a thick haze that covers the city all day. This haze started to show up last Friday in Saigon. With the haze came higher levels of PM 2.5. Normally with a rise in PM 2.5, … [Read more...] about Indonesian forest fires creating haze in Saigon?
Today, Saigon Siblings, formerly Vietcetera Cafe, had their rebranding celebration at their first coffee location. Saigon Siblings is run by a fellow University of Washington Alumni, Tam (tamkaizen), also a native of Seattle. Tam has a passion for boutique coffee shops and hotels. Just like the former branding, Saigon Siblings will still operate as a coffee shop and boutique … [Read more...] about Saigon Siblings (formerly Vietcetera Cafe)