On Wednesday, 12 February, ILV member Sybille led a group of ladies on a fantastic shopping tour around Saigon, sharing her favourites stores and vendors for cards and stationary, T-shirts, embroidery and souvenirs, dried fruits and nuts, bed linens, where to get your pictures framed and the best place for coffee beans too!
Shopping, friends and lunch – what more could you ask for in an ILV day out? Thanks so much for organizing, Sybille!
On 15 January, over 30 ILV members went on an epic day trip to Sa Dec to see the Têt flowers in full bloom ready for the holiday season. Along the way, members visited the 150 year old Tan Hoa Temple and enjoyed an amazing meal on river boats on Tien River. It was a long day but a wonderful trip enjoyed by all.
On 23 December, ILV members enjoyed watching Mát Biéc, a beautiful film shot in Central Vietnam – a semi-autobiographical love story that brought a tear to many an eye. Afterwards, they convened at the the author’s restaurant, Quan Do Do to sample local delicacies such as bánh beo and mì quang. Thanks to ILV member Camilla Leigh for the great idea and for introducing Central Vietnamese foods to us!
On 11 December, ILV members enjoyed a morning of fashion, fun and jewelry hosted by ILV Discount Provider, Saigon Spring Jewelry. Owner and designer, Trang Pham selected accessories for each lady who then walked the catwalk to show off their look of the day!
On 23 October, ILV members visited with Ms Nga of Hoang Nga Fine Arts, a long-time ILV supporter and Discount Provider, at their showroom in D9. Members enjoyed a close up view of how traditional lacquer products are made and were offered a special discount on the day!
On 7 October, a group of ILV members visited the 200-year old Sri Thenday Yuthapani Hindu Temple in District 1. The ILV Activities Coordinator, Piu, explained the stories behind the main Deity of the Temple and the Mother Goddess, as well as the symbols. Members also had the pleasure of meeting Mr Mutthaiyah, the priest at the temple who is a descendant of the original financiers and builders of the temple.
On 11 September, a group of 15 members were led by Piu ( ILV Activities Coordinator) and Anne (ILV Secretariat) on a visit to the beautiful Jade Emperor Pagoda, followed by a wander through some interesting back alleys. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of Banh Xeo with help from ILV member Trang (cam on Trang!), then a visit to Tan Dinh church and market too. More photos can be found here!
On 26 June, our members had a fun morning enjoying a workshop with the multi-talented Mr. Gobi (complete with singing Carpenters and the love of Trinh Viet!) and trying our hand at the ancient art of calligraphy.
On 12 June, Morry Tafakory of Tafakory Therapy & Trainer took our group of members through optimum breathing techniques, posture improvement, the use of rollers for circulation and other useful techniques for a pain-free life. After the workshop, the group went for a relaxed chit chat and enjoyed vegetarian delicacies.
ILV members learned to take better photos on their smartphones at a workshop by Livia Ramirez on 22 May. We experimented with lighting, angles and finally figured out all those editing buttons!
We had an intimate and enlightening workshop titled ‘Passions, Possibilities and Priorities’ facilitated by GerlieMa. The participants got to engage in a Passions Test, which gave them clearer pathways to make most of their transitions as expats.
We had an interesting day. Unfortunately we were delayed to the factory because of closed streets around the US consulate, and all workers in the factory were having lunch brake. But we could see the factory and buy some nuts. There was a quick visit to the Segafredo factory before heading back.
A small group of ladies tried their hand at preparing popular Vietnamese cuisine this morning. As they say “Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.”
We had the honor to have Mr. Mai Van from
‘Art Floral Ikebana Mai Van Thai Thomas’ share his skills in the Japanese floral art of Ikebana at Maison Mận-Đỏ. A wonderful way to get into the Tet festive spirit through flowers.