Author: Joanne Watson (page 1 of 3)

February Event – ILV Appreciation BBQ

The ILV Appreciation BBQ on Saturday, 29 February was put on by the 2019/2020 Committee to say a huge THANK YOU to our members for their support this past year. ILV simply wouldn’t exist without its members. We were delighted to welcome over 60 members and their spouses / partners who all enjoyed a fun evening at Estella One podium.

Our deepest thanks to Mary Lower for liaising with and organizing the venue and facilities; Jake’s Catering for the yummy food; RADA Wines for the wines, and last but not least, Jay Kruytbosch for getting Heineken sponsorship for the beer and cider! THANK YOU ALL!

February Outing – A Shopping Trip with Sybille

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!

February Outing – Drinks at the Mad House Wine Bar

The Night Owls group enjoyed a relaxing evening at the newly opened MAD House Wine Bar on Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien on Wednesday, 19 February. Our members sampled many delicious wines from the extensive list and had a fun time mingling and chatting with each other.

January 2020 outing – A Trip to Sa Dec Flower Village and Cruise on the Tien River

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.

December Outing – A Day at the Cinema – Mát Biéc and Lunch

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!

December Activity – Christmas Delight Poses

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!

November Activity – A Wine Tasting with Chocolate

On 20 November, the Night Owls group plus spouses enjoyed an evening of wine pairing with chocolate at Red Apron in District 1 with Matthieu Dutreuil. The ILV Night Owls meet monthly in the evening. If you would like to join in, please contact Piu, our Activities Coordinator at to be added to the Whatsapp group.

November Outing – A Visit to Ong Bon Pagoda

On 20 November, 23 ILV members visited the Ong Bon Pagoda in District 5. ILV Activities Coordinator, Piu, made the temple come to life explaining its history and recounted wonderful stories of the gods represented inside. After a delicious lunch, members were also guided around the area known commonly as “Christmas Street” and the market “Buttons and Bows” by ILV Secretary, Anne Ross.

October Event – A Drinks Evening at Bamboo Chic, Le Meridien

On 26 October, a record-breaking 63 ILV members and their spouses and partners enjoyed an evening of freeflow drinks and delicious canapés at Bamboo Chic in Le Meridien Hotel. Thank you to Jayne for specially organizing this event for us and more importantly, to all the members for supporting it!

October Outing – Hoang Nga Fine Arts

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!

October Outing – A Temple Visit

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.

September Outing, 2019 – A Visit to Jade Emperor Pagoda and Tan Dinh Church

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!

August Event, 2019 – Drinks & Canapés at Madame Sau’s

On 24th August, from the 67th floor of Landmark 81, a record number of members and their spouses enjoyed drinks and snacks with a spectacular view on the balcony of Madame Sau’s. A great welcome back to Saigon after the summer holidays! More photos are available here.

June Workshop, 2019 – Calligraphy Workshop

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.

June Workshop, 2019 – Movement Workshop

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.

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