We were so fortunate to visit a serial entrepreneurs’ garment and furniture factories, that stand well on the list of the economic contributors to Vietnam’s growth in the recent years. And we had tons of fun going to far flung districts and eating rice noodles with the workers who make it happen!
Ladies enjoyed the tips and treats at Aveda Herbal Spa in our today’s workshop on hair and skin care, ending in having Indian lunch.
We had a fun and informative morning at the Ao Dai museum in D9, where we were enlighted about the impact that historical events have had on this Vietnamese traditional clothing style.
The outing was followed by lunch at Villa Song, a riverside restaurant in Thao Dien,D2.
We had a fun and interesting day in D7, starting at Spin and Gogh’s pottery studio. After the pottery demo, we continued with our chit chat during coffee, proceeded for an American lunch, and then explored the malls and supermarkets of the area
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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!