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Vietnam’s food and beverage scene is evolving in so many delicious ways, from street food inspired tapas to coconut worm shots to organic produce from the highlands. Each fortnight, join The Bureau Chief Matt Cowan and guests as they share industry insights, discover bars and restaurants, and chat to people in the know. If you’re a foodie, traveller or just wanting to discover the best places to eat and drink in Vietnam, The Bureau Podcast is for you!

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Vietnam’s food and beverage scene is evolving in so many delicious ways, from street food inspired tapas to coconut worm shots to organic produce from the highlands. Each fortnight, join The Bureau Chief Matt Cowan and guests as they share industry insights, discover bars and restaurants, and chat to people in the know. If you’re a foodie, traveller or just wanting to discover the best places to eat and drink in Vietnam, The Bureau Podcast is for you!

    Bureau Bites Ep 12 – Staying fit & healthy in isolation

    Bureau Bites Ep 12 – Staying fit & healthy in isolation

    With the biggest public health crisis we’ve confronted this century playing out, it's forced us indoors for the foreseeable future. Governments are demanding that we stay home and leave only for essential purposes like grocery shopping or medical checkups.

    Schools have been closed for most of the year in Vietnam, students aren’t likely to return until at least June and workers in non-essential industries have either been stood down or are required to work from home until further notice.

    As this existential threat to our health and livelihoods is mostly seen as coming from beyond the four walls of our homes, what about the impact it’s having within them?

    To find out, I spoke to health and fitness professional Phil Kelly, the founder and master trainer of Body Expert Systems based in Ho Chi Minh City.

    We ask Phil the following questions:

    1. What impact has COVID-19 had on the health and fitness industry in Vietnam?

    2. How quickly do you believe the industry will bounce back and why?

    3. How have you adapted your program/s to the restrictions that have been put in place?

    4. What advice and activities do you have to keep us moving?

    5. Are there any online challenges that we should just simply avoid?

    • 10 min
    Bureau Bites Ep 11 – World Renowned Venetian Tattoo Artist Crez

    Bureau Bites Ep 11 – World Renowned Venetian Tattoo Artist Crez

    When you think of Italy, you think of great food and wine and great cities like Milan and Venice.

    In 2018, over 60 million tourists visited Italy, making it the 5th most visited country in the world behind France, Spain, the US and China.

    Meanwhile, Venice is Italy’s most popular city for tourists with close to 28 million foreign visitors checking out its romantic canals and architecture in 2017.

    However, sadly, Italy has become the epicentre of the COVID-19 spread, with the highest number of recorded deaths from the virus (at the time of recording this episode).

    To find out more about life on the ground in Venice, we speak to world-renowned Venetian tattoo artist, Crez, who operates from his Adrenalink studio in Marghera, not far from his city’s tourist mecca.

    Crez is one of just 100 tattoo artists globally who earned the right to be included in Anna Felicity Friedman’s World Atlas of Tattoo published in 2015 – an honour that recognises inductees as the most significant practitioners in the history of tattooing.

    He also has a strong connection to Vietnam.

    We ask Crez the following questions:

    1. Where in Venice are you in relation to the tourist areas that many people listening would know about?

    2. How has your neighbourhood been affected?

    3. How will this change Italy?

    4. Usually you would be spending your days tattooing people, how are you spending your days at the moment?

    5. You have a strong affinity with Asia, including with Vietnam, what message do you have for listeners in this part of the world?

    • 7 min
    Episode 10 – The Bureau Bites Top 10 Countdown Part 1

    Episode 10 – The Bureau Bites Top 10 Countdown Part 1

    In this episode of The Bureau Podcast, we're celebrating the first 10 Bureau Bites episodes, our new shortened "pod-bite" series in which we interview a whole bunch of interesting people with a connection to Vietnam. In this first part of two, we revisit the first five stories which delve into the impact COVID-19 is having on travel and hospitality in Vietnam. And for a little added extra fun, we mix it up with a playlist of songs befitting of the stories and the pandemic experience we're going through right now. So crack the top off your favourite beer or mix up your favourite tipple and kickback for 30 minutes as Matt and Mel recap with a mix of fact, fiction and fun. 

    • 35 min
    Bureau Bites Ep.10 – Surviving Vietnam

    Bureau Bites Ep.10 – Surviving Vietnam

    Vietnam can be quite a perilous place to live. Traffic accidents remain the biggest single cause of fatalities in the country. While the number of fatalities has been steadily falling each year from around 14,000 deaths in 2010 to around 7,600 in 2019, there were still 48 reported traffic accidents that claimed 21 lives per day last year on our roads. Meanwhile, drownings remain the leading cause of death for children in Vietnam. A conservative estimate suggests that on average, 16 people drown every day in Vietnam, a rate that is believed to be ten times that of developed countries. And then there are all the other dangers at workplaces and around the home that pose a risk to everyday life. Fortunately, however, there are a few organisations in Vietnam that are working with government departments to turn things around. One of those is Survival Skills Vietnam, a social enterprise that strives to raise awareness of hazards in our environment and who conducts first aid and evacuation training for businesses and the general public. To find out more about Survival Skills Vietnam, we spoke to co-founder Trang Nguyen, who’s based in Ho Chi Minh City.

    We ask Trang the following questions:

    1. Why is there a need for social enterprises like Survival Skills Vietnam?

    2. What have been some of the challenges you and your co-founders have faced in setting up your organisation?

    3. What are some of the myths associated with survival skills and first aid in Vietnam?

    4. What are some everyday things that people typically overlook around home that can be dangerous?

    5. What are the essentials for an at-home survival kit?

    • 14 min
    Bureau Bites Ep.9 – Singapore Social's Eco Warrior Paul Foster

    Bureau Bites Ep.9 – Singapore Social's Eco Warrior Paul Foster

    Singapore has been widely praised internationally for its efforts in containing COVID-19 and limiting fatalities to two people so far. But concern is afoot as the number of COVID-19 cases in the small island state has doubled over a 48-hour timespan, with an estimated 200,000 citizens yet to return home from overseas. Meanwhile, the livelihoods of just about everyone in every industry have been hard hit, no less so for people working in the entertainment and creative industries in Singapore. In order to find out more about how Singaporeans are coping with COVID-19 and more, we speak to Singaporean actor, host, environmental activist and Netflix' Singapore Social star, Paul Foster.

    We ask Paul the following questions:

    1. How are things in Singapore at the moment?

    2. How have you been spending your time since the COVID-19 crisis started?

    3. What is it about Singapore and Singaporeans' ability to simply get things done?

    4. What environmental projects are you currently involved in?

    5. Is there going to be a Season 2 of Singapore Social? 

    • 15 min
    Bureau Bites Ep.8 – Nightlife in Saigon, eco issues & an electric car

    Bureau Bites Ep.8 – Nightlife in Saigon, eco issues & an electric car

    As of March 25, the Vietnamese Government reported that there has been a total of 141 COVID-19 cases since the outbreak, with 17 of those having fully recovered already, which leaves 124 cases, with 93 of those being Vietnamese and the rest foreign. It's a very impressive result so far, indeed, although those numbers have risen since this recording. According to the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister, “the virus is somewhere near everyone, thus anyone may contract it and transmit it to others if we do not seriously abide by official instructions.” One of the best-known directives the world over is for people to social distance and stay home, easier said than done if you don't have anything fulfilling to do. One person in Saigon who’s been keeping himself occupied with a side project for quite a while now, is Doru Tudose. By night he’s a DJ, but by day, he’s building his own electric car.

    We ask Doru the following questions:

    1. How’s the social distancing going?

    2. Tell us more about your electric car.

    3. What does the average Saigonese need to do to help the environment?

    4. What impact has COVID-19 had on nightlife in Saigon and how will it affect it in the long term?

    5. Who should we be listening to at the moment while we’re practising our social distancing?

    6. Is there any chance you have a playlist for social distancing that we can share on thebureauasia.com?!

    • 6 min

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