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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!

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

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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.

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!

June Highlights – Part 2: An Informative (and Fun!) Outing on Wednesday, June 7: 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 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. Song Be kindly provided a a 10% discount.

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 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 Highlights – D2 Coffee, May 31st

he D2 Coffee Morning was a great success. It was held at Art Space (3rd Floor, 104A, Xuan Thuy St., Thao Dien, 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.  The cost is typically 100,000VND, which includes coffee, water, fruit, and cake. Watch this page and the ILV Facebook page for information on upcoming events.

May Highlights – An Outing to the Mekong Delta on Wednesday, May 17th

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

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