Lacquerware has been significant in Vietnam art. They range from picture frames to boxes, trays, and bowls and traditionally embellished with mother of pearl or egg shells.
Years of living with raccoons have taught us that because they shared their habitat with us, they, too, want to share our living space with them. They often visit and see what we have to offer.
Around Hanoi, many villages have had the same craft skills for over a thousand years, long enough for legends to grow. Others are new with an eye on drawing tourists out of the heart of the city.
When you plan your trip for Vietnam, time it on TET Festival for a real experience of how the Vietnamese celebrate. Make sure you have your red envelopes with some red money to share with friends.
No TET or new year celebration is complete in Vietnam without Chung cake, a special savoury made from rice, meat, and mung bean paste. Every household get busy preparing this special delicacy.
Reaching back 700 years, the traditional pottery of Bat Trang continues to draw locals and tourists alike. The whole village is lined up with pottery of every design, both traditional and modern.
World travel is a bit of a dream for many of us especially in today's shaky economy but you can have a taste of the most important experiences of world travellers without ever leaving your city.
Portable mini speakers have made travel more enjoyable for us as now we can just plug it in any of our phones or tablets and they bellow our favourite songs beautifully.
The San, the Bushmen of the Kalahari, hit our radar screens in the movie, The Gods must be Crazy, and as perhaps, the world's oldest memory of our ancestors, they've never moved off our screens again.
Movies on the war in Vietnam tell us not so much about Vietnam and its people but about the psyche of the U.S in the 1970's and the post conflict agonies thereafter.
Exotic wood in most of Southeast Asia are gone. The jungles have been ravaged for development that very few of the exotic wood varieties have survived even in the so called national parks.
If you're an armagnac lover, Condom-en-Armagnac in the Gascon region of France is just the place for you. And even better, it is on the route of the pilgrimage. the way of St. James.
Travel is always fun for kids but parents may have their reservations as their concerns may just be different. Think about this when you purchase gifts for kids who travel. Give everyone fun.
Who doesn't want to travel in style? We all do but women seem to do so more than men so think of gifts that will set them apart from the other travellers.
Looks like every second house is rolling out the suitcases. Men who travel like their stuff. That means gadgets, new ones they can try out.
Home is where most people go for Christmas. It must be the main focus of our creative juices during the Christmas holidays. Let Beauty and Cozy dress up your home so the family can enjoy and relax.
Christmas is shooting down at us like a space invader on green apples! Do you have any idea on gifts to charm little boys on this occasion?
It's here again! December madness. The chaos and rush of Christmas! How do you beat this? For many, it is a thrill but for some, tips of how to beat it are welcomed.
If you're in search of an island hopping destination, look no further. In the same area as Boracay, the Philippines most famous beach, is Concepcion where white beaches in different islands await.
If you don't want to end up out of job and out of pocket in a country you have never ever visited, take extra care in preparing for your new international job.
Scuba diving has become a popular sport that most likely your friends and family are now into it. What gifts will these scuba divers appreciate?
Observed not only in Cambodia but also in Thailand, this ancient royal ritual of the ploughing ceremony marks the start of the growing season. Locals plant crops depending on what the oxen's eat.
Beautifully situated on the Mekong, Vientiane, Laos' capital city, still offers the village feel that most cities in Southeast Asia have already lost.
Sometime around April, when the harvest is in, the annual Buddhist Calendar based Khmer New Year festival springs to life and it's time to look back with thanks and ahead with hope and confidence.
Look no further when you are looking for small business ideas. The streets are your best sources as you observe consumer behaviour, going in and out of stores and businesses.
Places we visit have often been there for centuries and we hope they will be there for future generations to enjoy. Thus, the need to effectively promote sustainable tourism.
How do you choose a hotel? Stars are no longer tops. Diamonds are up there. Reviews are at times paid for so how do you choose one that will suit your fancy?
Choosing a restaurant can sometimes be daunting especially when you are celebrating a special occasion for someone else. Major considerations often pale when your guest has special requirements.
Gifts for retirees should show possibilities of the future not the consequences of a misspent youth. So choose gifts that open new doors, celebrate opportunities and show hope for years to come.
For most Cambodian Khmer, weddings represent more than a nod to the traditions of the past. Each one is a victory for their culture, a promise to their families and a commitment to the future.
Each culture has its own rituals around greeting. For Cambodia, it is the Sampeah. The Sampeah is not just a form of greeting for Cambodians. It is not just to show recognition but respect to someone.
All cultures honor their dead but Cambodia makes this an art form! Bon Pchum Ben brings Khmer, both young and old, to the temples each year to remember the dead relatives and friends.
Changu Narayan is dedicated to Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayan, the preserver of creation in Hinduism. Originally built in the 4th century, the Changu Narayan temple is the oldest temple in Nepal.
Tucked into the heart of the world's greatest mountains, Kathmandu hosts an absolute banquet of 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites offering trekkers to the Himalayas a unique peek into a unique culture.
Rosseau is a tiny village in Ontario perched on the top of a hill peering over the famous Muskoka lake of the same name.
Today's workplace has its demands and new entrants need to understand its expectations. Employers have expectations beyond just technical skills.
Phnom Penh is a city full of charm. Sitting at the confluence of great rivers, the city offers varied things to do and experiencing these will truly be exhilarating.
The must do list for Bali keeps getting longer as it continues to draw people to a unique experience of culture, spirituality and beauty.
Asia is so immense and so many of its top destinations are now in the radar screen of many tourists. But some places just stand out from the usual tourist draws.