HCMC 2014

HCMC 2014

Monday, 27 October 2014

Day 1# First impression on vietnam(Sasank)

I thught that Ho Chi Minh was a developing country and motorcycles are popular in this city.I think this aso a very beautiful country.
    The First Impression of Ho Chi Minh is the rusty third world country that doesn't follow the strict traffic rules. It also lacks technology with mostly motorcycle on the streets, Ho Chi Minh also tolerate jaywalking etc. What i like about the city is the way that connects the city with the people.All of the people seems to be all busy in their daily lives with their own business.
                                                                                                                                     ~ Thuta Soe

Can Gio Biosphere

Located in the coastal district southeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Main advantages of Can Gio is that it provides the opportunity to work on environmental protection on a continuum of habitats, from the sea to the boundary of Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest industrial city in Vietnam. The mangrove forest is regarded as the “green lungs” of the city.
Declaration Date: 2000
Surface Area: 71,370 ha
Administrative Division: Ho Chi Minh city

History and uses during the Vietnam

The mangrove forest in Can Gio was originally  over 2000 years old, was dense and the interior was cold, foggy and dark, and full of dangerous animals. During the war, they were used to hide personnel to launch attacks on the city, thus, it was extremely difficult to penetrate or patrol. This lead to the Americans dropping chemical defoliant or dioxins on the area like agent orange, significantly damaging the mangrove forest, in an attempt to maintain control.

Human Activities

  • Eco-tourism
  • The successful model of using households living inside the mangrove forest to protect forest and use open-water for doing fishing and aquaculture in small ponds for livelihoods
  • The snail and shellfish culture are friendly using the mangroves for local development.
  • Salt pan, eco-aquaculture and handicraft production and marketing are good practices

Ecological Characteristics

Covers about 40 thousand hectares of planted and natural mangroves in destroyed areas during the Vietnam war, this is a luxury mangrove in Vietnam.
There is diver habitats including mangroves, wetlands, salt marsh, mud flat and sea grasses .
18 mollusc, 27 crustacean, 45 fish and three amphibian species have been recorded at the site. An Estuarine Crocodile Crocodylus was found in around 1990, although there have been no records since then. Dugongs sighting occur seasonally in seagrass beds at the site, although reports are not confirmed.The intertidal mudflats and sandbanks at the biosphere reserve are an important habitat for migratory shorebirds. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola, Common Redshank T. totanus, Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos, Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola, Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus and Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus occur here. Several globally threatened and near-threatened waterbird species have been recorded as well.
The mangrove forest gives a lot of ecological services including protecting the shore lines, extension of mud flats and as a “green wall’ to protect the city from storm surges, typhoons and sea level rise.
It is situated in a recently formed estuary complex of tidal flats, where the Vam Co, Saigon and Dong Nai rivers discharge into the sea. The topography of Can Gio is low-lying and dynamic.

Other documented values

The mangrove forest at Can Gio performs many valuable ecological functions, including coastal stabilisation, and protection against coastal erosion, oil spills and storm surges. The mangrove forest is a source of fuelwood and construction materials.
Being close to Ho Chi Minh City, Can Gio Biosphere Reserve has great potential as a site for tourism, public education, scientific research and training. Already, the site receives a large number of visitors from Ho Chi Minh City. Can Gio could also serve as a demonstration site for mangrove afforestation projects elsewhere in Vietnam.

Protection Classifications

At the national level

It is one of the most important of wetland conservation site of the country

Day 1 - First Impressions (Keene)

At first, I thought that HCMC was an undeveloped place, but instead, it is very developed with a lot of automobiles. Besides that, it seems that the motorists don't give way for you. The food also contained many vegetables.

First Impression on HCMC

By Lakshaya

From the view above Ho Chi Minh City, it looked really beautiful. The airport was really well decorated. The staff were very kind to me. The street looked really neat and kempt. Overall, I have a good impression on Ho Chi Minh City.

Day1-My first impression on Vietnam(Lim Yi)

I feel that this place is like Chinatown in Singapore,which gives me a feeling that I have went back to past with a time machine.

Day 1# First impression on vietnam(Yugan)

I felt that it was a under developed country, but as soon as I arrived in Vietnam i felt that vietnam was actually developing country, my first impression really changed my thoughts on vietnam
Ng meng Tao (first impressions)

The people in the city are quite hospitable. The food is awesome. However the streets in the city isn't very clean. Otherwise Ho chi Minh has exceeded my expectations.

Day1-first impression on Vietnam by ryan

I feel that this place is like Chinatown in Singapore,which gives me an austentic feeling and for some reason makes me feel like i'm in a village

Tran Hoang Minh (21) S1-05 First Impression

Tran Hoang Minh (21) S1-05 First Impression

It looks like a usual normal day in HCMC. It feels very normal and it seems cleaner than I thought it will be. I feel a bit too full due to the two dinners, one on the flight and another is the dinner at the local restaurant. I feel more cooling here compared to Singapore.
Zhu Zhan Yan S102 (23)
Refection ( first impressions)
I feel that the people are kind but the place is kind of dirty and not too clean and also disorganised with electricity wire not handled properly.The trash in Vietnam is not seem handle properly well as well.The ads are everywhere.

First Impression of Ho Chi Minh City

At a first glance, Ho Chi Minh City lacks in technology and looks pretty poor. It looks more like a rural place with mostly motorcycles on the streets. But I found it to be quite interesting, jaywalking across roads. I hope it will be much more interesting.

Day 1 First Impression ( Joshua Chua)

My First Impression is that Vietnam was similar to Singapore as i saw a similar scene through the Airplane Window.But soon, as we got on the road, i saw a more "Third World Country" with the street-side stalls and the staggering amount of motorcycles.

Day1 - HCMC First Impression (varsha)

At first I thought that HCMC is not a well developed country and a poor country but after I entered the city I saw that it is more economically and technologically developed country as it has a proper traffic light system and nice shops

Day 1 - First Impression (Chiu Jianing)

By Jianing (sent by Lakshaya as I have no connection)

When I first arrived in Ho Chi Minh city, I thought that the city was a beautiful place. From the view above, I saw lights and it was peaceful.

When I entered the airport, the furnishing was nice and decorated. There were few people but all the staff were all very nice to me. They made me feel comfortable and at home.

The dinner was nice and filled up my stomach. The Vietnamese food was diverse and had many wonderful tastes.

Overall, I had a very good first impression of Ho Chi Minh City. I am eager for the five days ahead of me.

First Impression(VSIP and VINAMILK by Sasank,Yugan,Sid,Gabriel)

Final Report(VSIP):
              VSIP was established in 31 January 1996 with the cooperation of the Singapore and Vietnam Government.This project was proposed by the Vietnamese Prime Minister,Vo Van Kiet to the Singaporean Prime Minister,Goh Chok Tong in 1994.The project inaugurated on 14 May 1996 by the Prime Ministers of both countries at the site in Vietnam.From then on VSIP has expanded to 4 more parks which include in provinces such as the 2,045-hectare 2nd project,700-hectare Binh Duong Province(2005),Bac Ninh Province(2007),Hai Phong City(2010) and Quang Ngai Province(2013).It has also transformed from a traditional industrial park to an integrated township and industrial park.It has also brought solutions such as intenational masterplanning,sustainable infastructure and attracted foreing investors with higher value-added manufacturing.It has attracted tenants from over 23 countries.VSIP has many job opportunities such as Marketing officer, customer service executive and mechanical technician.In our opinion it is a good healthy way to establish a relatinship with Vietnam by making a industrial park signalling its purpose in a nice way.

Essential Questions:
                   1.Why did they come out with industrial park,not something else?
                   2.How does this show the collaboration between Vietnam and Singapore?
                   3.By whom are workers interviewed and selected Vietnam or Singapore?
                   4.How has VSIP had an impact in business in Vietnam and Singapore?
                   5.How has globalisation impacted the economic developement of VINAMILK?
                   6.How was VSIP able to expand into 5 parks in a short span of time?
                   7.How did Singapore contribute to VSIP?
                   8.How was VSIP be able to grow steadily through this short span of time?
                   9.Is this the root of more prjects to strengthen Singapore’s relationship with Vietnam?        
                 10.How was VSIP able to stay strong despite competitors?

Final Report(VINAMILK):
                          VINAMILK is the biggest dairy farm in Vietnam.It was founded in 1976 as the state-owned Southern Coffee-Dairy Comapany to take over the operations of privately owned,Thống Nhất (belonging to a Chinese company), Trường Thọ (formerly owned by Friesland Foods, best known for its production of condensed milk that was widely distributed across the South), and Dielac (Nestle). It was then renamed to United Enterprises of Milk Coffee Cookies and Candies I in 1978 and finally Vietnam Dairy Company was formally established in 1993.In 2003,it was further renamed to VINAMILK.It serves Vietnam,Middle East,Cambodia,Australia and The Philippines.Vinamilk products such as powdered milk and condensed milk are also exported to the Middle East, Cambodia, the Philippines and Australia. Exports accounted for $180m in 2012.VINAMILK 's main competitors are Dutch Lady Vietnam, a division of Friesland Foods , Nestle Vietnam, Abbott and Nutifood etc.VINAMILK has 9 factories in Vietnam currently.

Essential Questions:
                1.How is VINAMILK able to stay strong despite competitors like Dutch Lady Vietnam    
                2.How is VINAMILK able to attract many clients?
                3.Is VINAMILK privately-funded,government-funded or milk-suppliers are partners?
                4.How is VINAMILK able to grow steadily through these years?
                5.Has VINAMILK become a trusted brand between customers for their good                             qua           quality products?     
                6.How has globalisation impacted the economic developement of VINAMILK?
                7.What do they want people to recognise VINAMILK for?
                8.Who are VINAMILK ’s suppliers or partners.
                9.How are VINAMILK ‘s product different from others?
              10.Does VINAMILK wish to embark on branches worldwide?
11.How was VINAMILK named VINAMILK.

First impression

My first impression of this place was nice.It has a rustic charm.I recently read a book based on the Vietnam war,last night I dreamed of peace.based on a bit of info I got from that I would like to know more bout the Vietnam war and the causes.

Day #1 Jasper

  At first, I thought Ho Chin Minh was like a places that lacks in technology, a third world country, that is poor. However, today, I found that it is like Singapore and does not lack much. Personally, it was above my initial expectations

War Crime Museum Research

Done by Jianing S107, Varsha S107, Lakshaya S108

Once known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum is consistently popular with Western tourists. Few museums anywhere drive home so effectively the brutality of war and its many civilian victims. Many of the atrocities documented here were well publicised but rarely do Westerners get to hear the victims of US military action tell their own stories.
While the displays are one-sided, many of the most disturbing photographs illustrating US atrocities are from US sources, including those of the infamous My Lai Massacre.

US armoured vehicles, artillery pieces, bombs and infantry weapons are on display outside. One corner of the grounds is devoted to the infamuos French and South Vietnamese prisons on Phu Quoc and Con Son Islands. Artefacts include that most iconic of French appliances, the guillotine, and the notoriously inhumane ‘tiger cages’ used to house Viet Cong (Vietnamese Communists) prisoners.

The ground floor of the museum is devoted to a collection of posters and photographs showing support for the antiwar movement internationally. This somewhat upbeat display provides a counterbalance to the horrors upstairs.
Even those who supported the war are likely to be horrified by the photos of children affected by US bombing and napalming. You’ll also have the rare chance to see some of the experimental weapons used in the war, which were at one time military secrets, such as the flechette , an artillery shell filled with thousands of tiny darts.

The Requiem Exhibition is located upstairs. Compiled by legendary war photographer Tim Page, this striking collection documents the work of photographers killed during the course of the conflict, on both sides, and includes works by Larry Burrows and Robert Capa.
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The War Remnants Museum is in the former US Information Service building. Captions are in Vietnamese and English.