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June 2017 Highlights – Part 2: An Informative (and Fun!) Outing: Water Treatment Facilities

Here in Ho Chi Minh City, we receive around 90% of our drinking water from two treatment plants on the Dong Nai River and the smaller Sai Gon River. There were eleven of us who got to visit the plants to see how their work is done. It was a super trip, and everyone had a great time. Thanks, Mary, for another awesome outing!

June 2017 Highlights – Golf Outing

This month’s golf outing was on June 6th at Song Be golf course. Tee off time was 8:00 a.m., and the group of four chose to go with 18 holes.

If you are an experienced golfer and want to join our next golf outing, you can sign up with our golf coordinator, Petra van Walt Meijer-Pen, at the next Coffee Morning.

June 2017 Highlights – A Month Long Project:

Over several weeks, ILV members gathered a collection of items to donate to a shelter in Dong Nai that provides care to mentally and physically disabled residents of all ages, from children to the elderly. We had a large outpouring of support for this project. Thank you to all who donated. A special thanks to all of you who volunteered to take the items to the shelter. Your efforts were greatly appreciated!

May 2017 Highlights – D2 Coffee

The D2 Coffee Morning was a great success. It was held at Art Space (3rd Floor, 104A, Xuan Thuy St., D2).

We occasionally hold Coffee Mornings in districts outside D1, for current ILV members and newcomers to Saigon who live in other districts and would like to know more about joining ILV.  Watch this page and the ILV Facebook page for information on upcoming events.

Evening Event May 2017: East West Brewing

Our May Social Night was a huge success!

This was the first of a new kind of evening event for ILV. The new concept invites husbands and partners to join, and in May we ended up with over 20 people at the East West Brewery. East West Brewery kindly offered us a 10% discount on all foods and drinks, provided a short tour of their facilities, and gave us an introduction to beer brewing. Fun night!

We will be holding these Social Nights at various times throughout the year. The ILV Social Nights are intended to be informal get-togethers, as chances to catch up with other members and to meet their spouses and partners. Be sure to check back on this page and the ILV Facebook page for dates and times of future Social Nights. We will also be holding some evening events in conjunction with Network Girls, so watch for news on those as well.

May 2017 Highlights – An Outing to the Mekong Delta

A great time was had by all ILV members who attended the Mekong Delta outing! See the Photo Gallery for lots of photos of this fun event

April 2017 Highlights – ILV Member Jee Hee Kim performed a piano recital

ILV’s own Jee Hee Kim, an internationally recognized concert pianist, performed a beautiful piano recital at the HCMC Conservatory of Music (112 Nguyen Du, D1).

ILV 25 years in 2017 – All the Planning!

ILV celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017

What an amazing week!

A big THANK YOU to all of you who participated in the Anniversary Week activities!·To all of you who traveled from far and very far to join us!·To all of you involved in organising the Anniversary Week!

To all of you sending nice memories and positive comments before, during, and after the week!

Seeing so many ladies getting together proves that ILV is truly an International group. Seeing so many of you return to Vietnam proves that ILV has an important function and a special place in many hearts.

We have posted some photos on the ILV website. If you have nice pictures that you would like to share with us, kindly email them to More photos can also be found on Vinh’s website:

This is the last email regarding the Anniversary Week. If you want to subscribe to the ILV monthly Newsletter, please fill out this form:

See you at the next ILV event. Take care,

Parla Salomaa
ILV 25th Anniversary Group Chair


Dear ILV 25th Anniversary Week participants

​Our Anniversary Week is nearly here!
Here is some useful information about tickets, food allergies, and the Anniversary Week program.

Anniversary lunch: Kindly inform us soonest if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions (if you have not done that when getting your ticket). The hotel requires 5 days to cater for all special dietary requests. Especially, if you have booked or bought the ticket for a friend who may not be receiving this email, kindly check with them.

Here are the times for picking up your Anniversary lunch tickets at our greeting desk:
Monday, March 20
2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
The Grand Hotel, Main Foyer (8 Đồng Khởi, D1)

Tuesday, March 21
10 am – 2.00 pm
Urban Kitchen + Bar (18 Ngô Văn Năm, D1)

For anyone unable to meet at these designated meeting venues, please contact Linda Ledl (mobile 0937 726 808) who will gladly arrange a meeting spot in D1 that is suitable to accommodate you.

Kindly note that ILV only accepts cash. There are plenty of ATMs close to both locations.

We will also have a week of activities. Every afternoon, there will be a Meeting Spot (a restaurant or bar), where to meet other ILV members for chatting, cathing up and relaxation. They are open for spouses as well. Look for the ILV logo at the tables!

All the week’s activities are open to all ILV members (except for the Anniversary Lunch which requires a separate ticket)!

All these activities, lunches and meetings are pay as you go. Our AGM is free of charge (ILV will cover the cost of the coffee and food) to all current and past members.

Monday, March 20

  • Brunch at Au Parc (23 Hàn Thuyên, D1), 9:30 AM
  • Bowling at Diamond Plaza (4th floor, 34 Lê Duẩn, D1), 11:30 AM – shoes can be rented, you may want to bring your own socks.
  • Meeting Spot: Hotel des Arts M Gallery (76-78 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, D1), starting at 5:00 PM

Tuesday, March 21

  • Games Day: Mahjong and Bridge, at Urban kitchen + Bar (18 Ngô Văn Năm, D1), 10:00 AM – we will provide Mahjong books and all other necessary material.
  • Lunch at Urban kitchen + Bar
  • Games Day continues at Urban kitchen + Bar: Shanghai Rummy after lunch – we will provide necessary materials.
  • Meeting Spot: The Racha Room (12-14, Mạc Thị Bưởi, D1), starting at 5:00 PM

Wednesday, March 22

  • Luncheon at Grand Hotel (8 Đồng Khởi, D1) 1:00 PM
  • After party at Grand Rooftop Terrace 4:00 PM

Thursday, March 23

  • AGM at Purple Jade in InterContinental (86 Hai Bà Trưng, D1) at 10:00 AM – free entry. The new ILV Committee will be elected, and there will be great door prizes!
  • Lunch: We will book different restaurants for groups to choose from at 12:30 PM
  • Meeting Spot: Glow Bar (President Place, 93 Nguyen Du, D1), starting at 5:00 PM

Friday, March 24

  • YKC spa morning (66/2 Pham Ngoc Thach, D3), appointments begin at 8:30 AM. For appointments, call 08 3820 1233 or 08 3820 1338.
  • Afternoon tea at Villa Royale (3 Trần Ngọc Diện, Thảo Điền, D2), 2:00 PM
  • Meeting Spot 1: The Deck (38 Nguyễn Ư Dĩ, Thảo Điền, D2), 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Meeting Spot 2: Tropicana Bar (41 Quoc Huong, Thảo Điền, D2), starting at 6:30 PM

This information can also be found on the ILV website ( > ILV25), so keep following that as well as our Facebook page (

Welcome, we loook forward to seeing you soon!

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ILV 25th Anniversary Luncheon on March 22, 2017

ILV celebrated its 25th Anniversary in style with a 5-course lunch at the Grand Hotel. It was a wonderful time, and we thank everyone who attended and helped make it a fabulous day!

For more information on our 25th Anniversary Week and ongoing celebrations in 2017, see our ILV 25 Years page.

February 2017 Outing – Coffee Tasting

Date: Wednesday February 22, 2017

Time: 9:30AM-12:00PM

Location: PJ’s Coffee, 145-147 Nguyen Co Thach, D2 (Near the SALA Residences)

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