Sharapova beaten by birthday girl Suarez Navarro in New YorkThe Saigon Times Daily Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after losing a point to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in a fourth round match on day eight of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, NY, USA September 3, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro celebrated her 30th birthday in style at the U.S. Open on Monday by beating Russian Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-3 to book her place in the quarter-finals. Sharapova, the 2006 champion, had never lost a night session match in New York prior to her first Grand Slam meeting with Suarez Navarro. “Thank you so much guys,” Suarez Navarro said courtside after being wished happy birthday by the crowd. “It’s the first time I’ve played this year at night. I’m very happy because I played a good match.” Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova … [Read more...] about Sharapova beaten by birthday girl Suarez Navarro in New York
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The ancient town of Hoi An in central Vietnam has decided to celebrate International Happiness Day by making at least some people happy: those who were born on the same day. The local culture and tourism center has decided to offer free entrance tickets and gifts to any visitors who were born on March 20, which this year falls on Monday. Tourists simply have to present their identification papers, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted the center officials as saying. The city will also hold an exhibition at the An Hoi crossroads displaying pictures taken by local photographers to give visitors a glimpse of life in Hoi An and the pursuit of happiness. There will be musical performances on Monday night near the 400-year-old Japanese Bridge with a theme of love and happiness, the center said. Hoi An charges foreigners VND120,000 (more than $5) and locals VND80,000 for an entrance ticket that includes admission to a large number of attractions, notably the iconic Japanese Bridge and the … [Read more...] about Happy birthday: Hoi An to offer free entrance for visitors born on Int’l Happiness Day
Joe Ruelle, a Canadian who has lived in Ha Noi for eight years, has turned his love for the city into a humorous song. The idea for the song came on a winter’s afternoon when a group of Westerners decided to contribute to the city’s 1,000-year anniversary celebrations. They wanted it to be casual and, most importantly, fun since anniversaries can get heavy. After a few months, they ended up with an old-style pop song with a catchy melody and cheeky Ha Noi references, Ha Noi Boogie. "I wanted the song to have a real doo-wop feel yet be dripping with references only those with some connection to Ha Noi would pick up on. I think it works; it’s fun, which was the whole point," Joe said. The song’s simple lyric is about a love affair of a couple, who hang out around the city on a motorbike, try the favourite drink of many local young people – lemon and soda – and experience their first kiss in a park. I used to drive around this lake I did I did I … [Read more...] about Expats sing happy birthday to Ha Noi
One of the most beautiful towns in Viet Nam has celebrated its one-hundred-and-tenth birthday. Early buildings that went up in Sa Pa, in Lao Cai Province, were built by the French who ruled over Viet Nam at the time. Around the town are beautiful rice fields. To celebrate this birthday, photographers showed people the pictures they had taken of the town and the area around it. LAO CAI (VNS) — The famous town of Sa Pa in Lao Cai Province is celebrating its 110th birthday with various cultural activities. Famous for its stunning mountainous landscape and unique ethnic culture, Sa Pa attracts thousands of tourists every year. The cool climate and magnificent green vistas first attracted the attention of French colonisers in the first years of the 20th century. In following decades, hundreds of French-style villas were built in the area. Aiming to turn this town into a "summer capital", the French even built a railway route linking Ha Noi and Lao Cai. However, Sa Pa and its … [Read more...] about Happy birthday, Sa Pa!
The famous Central Highlands resort town of Da Lat commenced celebrating its 115th birthday Wednesday with a cultural festival. The five-day festival features many activities including exhibitions, art performances and sports competitions. The Da Lat government said it would hold a vegetable festival to showcase various kinds of fresh vegetables grown in the area. Also opened Wednesday was an exhibition named Da Lat xua va nay (Da Lat Now and Then) by the famous Xuan Huong Lake. The exhibit features pictures, relics and documents which tell the 115-year history of Da Lat since it was founded by bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin in 1893. Visitor Phan Thi Thanh Loan said the exhibit helped her verify the stories her grandparents told her about the town. Another exhibition, which opened Tuesday, features 60 photos depicting the town's immense beauty and history, as well as its development over time. The photos, taken by renowned photographers including Nguyen Ba Mau, Dang … [Read more...] about Festival says happy birthday to Da Lat