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Delightful Delicatessen Night

ILV Evening Event for May 2018

A Delightful Delicatessen Night at the beautiful Social Club in ​M Gallery – Hôtel des Arts Saigon

What better way to celebrate being half-way through the week than by joining your partner and your friends at a Deli and Wine night!

The event was held on Wednesday, 23rd May.

The night included Delicatessen food by Social Club and free flow wine from Elite Wines. A fun time was had by all!

May Outing – Artinus 3D Art Museum

Artinus 3D Art Museum is an interactive art gallery, which gives it visitors a truly wonderful experience in the magic of 3D. This museum has more than 100 different 3D paintings, created by Korean artists. The artworks are created in a way that the visitors can step inside them and be part of some stunning 3D scenes.

After the museum visit, we met for lunch at Q.itchen Factory, an Asian inspired ‘destination dining’ experience in a surprising location!

Everyone had a great time at this outing!

ILV is in the News!

Be sure to check out AsiaLife Magazine to read Elijah Ferrian’s interview with Pärla Salomaa, ILV’s Vice President of Administration.

Pärla gave Elijah the inside scoop on ILV’s history and shared ILV’s main purpose: To help newcomers, and long-timers alike, meet friends and enjoy life in Vietnam.

You can read the article HERE.

November Outing – QLM Factory Tour

Wednesday, November 22nd, from 9:00am to 1:30pm

The factory manufactures a vast range of labels: primarily self-adhesive labels (ie stickers) for many companies including Lotte Chewing gum, Enchanteur cosmetics and Bong Mai Foods. They also make soft-fold cartons, garment labels and tags. The variety of products means there is a big range of press capabilities. The factory is modern and climate controlled.

November Outing – Nga’s Laquer Ware Factory

Wednesday, November 15th, from 9:30am to 1:00pm

The lacquer ware process is interesting to see. Nga offered us a 20% discount on purchases. Her lacquer ware is of a high export quality.

November Outing – Vietnamese Cooking Class

On Wednesday, November 8th, at 9:45am, at M.O.M. 39A Co Bac Street, D1, Level 2.

We cooked sweet & sour soup with Red Snapper, pineapple, and tamarind with local vegetables, Lotus Stem salad with celery, carrot, pork and prawns, BBQ’d pork with vermicelli, and a surprise dessert.

Terry Fox Run

The Terry Fox Run Vietnam is a 5km run/walk that was held at Tan Trao Street in District 7 on Sunday, November 5th. We had a good turnout from ILV members, and will plan for a larger group event next year.

ILV Holiday Bazaar 2017

The ILV Holiday Bazaar for 2017 was a HUGE SUCCESS!

See Below for our list of Amazing Vendors for this year’s bazaar, held at the InterContinental Hotel Saigon, in the Purple Jade. We went to great lengths this year to find vendors with exciting products for home and family, and the feedback from shoppers has been very positive! As well as five charity vendors, there were over forty other vendors, including over 25 new international vendors. At the ILV table, we are happy to report, we sold a lot of Christmas Party tickets and ILV Polo Shirts, and signed up several returning and new members!

Thank you to the InterContinental, our Vendors, our Shoppers, and the fabulous ILV volunteers for your support and help in making this year’s bazaar such a success. Special thanks to Beverley and Jay for helping with logistics, and a tremendous THANK YOU to MARIE for finding such wonderful vendors!

List of Vendors

Charity Vendor Tables

Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts – Christmas decor, Crafts
Friends for Street Children – Bags, Purses, Backpacks, Cards, Scarves, Accessories
Company of Grace – Jewellery, Hair accessories
Xuan Association – Greeting cards, Key rings, Pens, T-shirts
Hope Unending –  Jewellery, Jams & Pickles

Business Vendor Tables

Frock On – Silk kimonos, Jewellery, Wrap dresses
Chakra Clothing and Lifestyle – Indian dress, Shoes, Accessories
Monsal Boutique – Clothing, Accessories, Sunglasses, Jewellery, Shoes
Lily Rivero – Handmade ladies clothing
Ira’s Collection – Hand embroidered tops, Scarves, Fragrance, Marble products
Yoga Mommas Saigon – Yoga mats, Yoga bags, Yoga blocks
DeKara Collection – Organic coconut oil products
Chloe Cosmetics  – Cosmetics
Green Vietnam Investment – Painpass gel, Essential oils, Black peppercorns
Claudia Oporto Accessories – Leather bags
Mekong Quilts Creations – Cushions, Christmas accessories, Baby quilts
LP4Y (Life Project 4Youth) – Wooden decorations, Plants & pots, Lamps
Mooky-Moky – Natural wood and mineral oil wooden products
Living Coaster – Living coasters
Pilgrim – Clothing, Accessories, Notebooks
Les Saigonais – Scarves, Handmade natural soap, Candle/room diffusers
Sr2 Crafts – Table cloths, Table décor, Handmade crafts, Flower décor
Balai Maria – Capiz products, Buntal bags, Christmas decor
Maxmillien Art photography – Fine art prints
Sebastien Personal Hairdresser – Hair products and treatments
Aziet – Jewellery made of buffalo horn
Eli & Lou – Recycled jewellery
Japa Mala Saigon – Handcrafted healing jewellery
Saigon Spring Jewellery – Jewellery
Chocolat Frea – Packaged cookies and chocolate
Wara Designs – Handmade silver, Brass, Copper & Leather jewellery
Bamboo Bridge – Leather belts
V&P Creations – Silk/cashmere crochet baby blankets
Bright Solutions – Children’s fabric educational toys, Christmas decorations
Diggi by De Giorgio Italian Design – Urban streetwear
Italian Point – Ground coffee, Coffee pods, Coffee machines
Hatvala Tea  – Organic teas
Memoria Decor – Vietnamese memorabilia
Red Door Decor/Indochine  – Jackets
Bo-Saigon – Luxury towels
Saigon Motorcycles – Helmets and Accessories
Belladrew – Solar power lanterns
Lace by Ollie Baby – Women’s clothes and bags, Home accessories
Mastodesign – Men’s shirts, hats, and headbands
Punam Exports – Handmade Indian cushions, carpets, runners, scarves, bedcovers
Ella Henry Design – Boho beachwear, Swimwear, Accessories

Pictures

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Wine Tasting Event

ILV’s Evening Event for October 2017 was a Wine Tasting at Stellar Restaurant
A fun time was had by all, and the wines for tasting were excellent. Thanks to Chris and his team from Elite Wines for providing the venue, food, and wine. And a special thanks to Beverley for putting on another successful event for ILV!

See images from the event below!

ILV Tropical Night

As part of an ongoing celebration of ILV’s 25th year Anniversary, the ILV Tropical Night Cruise on the 23rd was a fun-filled event!

Thanks to Beverley, Dee, and the staff and crew of the Bonsai Legacy for throwing a bash to remember.

September Outing – Marou Chocolates

On September 20th, Mary took a group to see how chocolates are made at Marou Chocolates. There was a tour and a snack. Photos have been posted in the Photo Gallery. Have a look! 

August Outing – Xa Loi Pagoda and the  Jade Emperor Pagoda

On August 30th, a large group from ILV visited the Xa Loi Pagoda, the site that was the center of opposition in August 1963 when 400 monks and nuns were arrested. We also visited the Jade Emperor Pagoda, which was built in 1909 by the Cantonese community in Saigon and has statues depicting dieties from the Buddhist and Taoist religions.

We had a wonderful time on this outing! A big Thank You to Mary for setting up this outing, and to Cindy for getting us all together and giving the group such great background information on Buddhism and Taoism. Photos have been posted in the Photo Gallery. Have a look! 

July Outing – Womens’ Museum, July 12, 2017

This is a fascinating museum dedicated to the women who were significant in the struggles and history of Vietnam. We met at the museum (202 Vo Thi Sau, D3), and enjoyed a good day learning about the women who have played major roles in Vietnam.

Bowling Night 2017

For our June Social Night, we went bowling! It was a fun evening of bowling and socializing. Spouses, partners, and friends joined, and everyone had a great time. The location was the bowling lanes in Diamond Plaza (34 Le Duan Street, D1).

June Highlights – Part 3: Workshop on Online Security on Thursday, June 8

Fifteen ladies attended the workshop, which was given by Brian Caleda, Director of iknow. We learned about online security threats, how to identify them, how to get rid of them, and most importantly, how to prevent them from happening in the first place. It was a really good workshop, and we hope to have Brian return for more workshops in the fall. Thanks for sharing your expertise, Brian!

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