In May, Chris Slappendel started his six-month, 31-country trip around Asia. His purpose was to raise awareness about the plight of tigers. With only an estimated 2,500 to 3,200 wild tigers left on the planet, the Dutchman’s concern was that within 10 years, the creatures would be extinct.
When I heard a colleague of mine had test-driven the new, mark two version of the electronic Vespa, my inner child took over. “Wow!” was my first response as a smile erupted across my face. “I’d love to give it a try.” We ran an article on the original vehicle in the middle of last year, but none of us ever had the chance to take the bike for a spin.
This month’s pet spotlight descends on a sweet one-year-old male tabby, Mac. Mac was rescued off the mean streets by Animal Rescue & Care and is now in need of a loving home where he will feel safe and appreciated. Mac is a bit shy but has a sweet and affectionate nature and likes attention from his human friends.
When it comes to the lengths that fans will go to see their favourite music live in their own city, the crowd is the limit. After an epic show of community teamwork and passion, Vietnam hardcore community Corieror channeled local metal fans’ fiscal resources to bring American metal band, The Ghost Inside, to Ho Chi Minh City on May 14. Supported by Hanoi outfit 18+, who self-funded their flights to Saigon, the fans, themselves, covered the expenses to bring the band to Vietnam.
Open Culture World is one of those places that will never quite be finished — such is the nature of a space that is 47,000sqm. But only 2km along the dike road from Chuong Duong Bridge and a 10-minute drive from central Hanoi, the potential of this soon-to-be complete event space takes on Herculean proportions.
On the other side of the bay is Nha Trang, its nighttime lights illuminating the sea. In front of it is one of two pools, this one an infinity version. A little way off is a saltwater pool, like a lagoon surrounded by sand. And beyond is a beach and tiny bay, with crabs scuttling among the rocks.