Sign to save trees in Hanoi #6700cayxanh #manfortree

Update: Today is International Day of Happiness (20th of March), but I feel really gloomy. A mix of different feelings: angry, powerless, speechless… I personally do not hope that they will stop cutting trees, but I do hope that trees should be cut for right and true reasons, and people should know and be able to participate in deciding this Project.

I hope anyone who works in international environment organizations, and reads this post, please help us to fight this. We need to be organized and guided and supported, urgently. Thank you.


Hanoi authorities is cutting down 6700 trees in Hanoi for the replacement of new trees, however, Hanoi citizens are not informed and fully known about this Decision. Therefore, we urge to ask authorities to postpone this action and organize a public conference about this plan, also, present publicly the plan, cost and other related issues for people to know.

Please sign this to support us and raise your voice in this matter (draft translation of letter is below) (Letter of Hanoi’s Organizations and Citizens about tree cutting and replacing 6,700 trees)

Tên cá nhân / Tên Tổ chức *: (name of individual / organization)
Email *:
Nghề nghiệp *: (Occupation)
Lý do tôi kí đơn này : (My reason to sign)

(It’s pity that we have not had English version of this message, this is my draft translation)

The Letter of Hanoi’s Organizations and Citizens about tree cutting and replacing 6,700 trees

TO: People’s Council of Hanoi
Mr. Nguyen The Thao, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Hanoi
Mr. Le Van Duc, Director of Hanoi Construction Department

As organizations and citizens of Hanoi, we are very concerned and worried about the on-going Project of restoring, replacing urban green in Hanoi, with 6700 trees have been cut down. The purpose of the project is the beauty of Hanoi, people understand and support it. However, at present, due to lack of specific information on the project, current tree cutting activity in the city raises questions and opinions from the public.

Following the letter of the citizen Mr. Tran Dang Tuan, to Mr. Nguyen The Thao – Chairman of Hanoi’s PPC – dated 16 March 2015 (which has been reprinted in many newspapers), we propose the People’s Council, People’s Committee and Department of Construction three suggestions:

1. To postpone immediately cutting trees in Hanoi, excluding trees which can cause danger and accidents, to clarify questions of public and adjust if necessary.

2. To request the Department of Construction and project management to announce full detail of the Project with Statement No. 8452 / TTr-SXD and other relevant documents, including the approved budget, on electronic portal of the city.
To publish a list of trees which will be cut on each street, according to the code management of urban green city (if any), and reason to replace of each case, as well as the result of initial survey as a basis for approval of the Project.

3. After the announcement, the city held or attend an open and public meeting with experts and citizens who are interested in this issue. The meeting will help parties answer questions and clarify issues which people are interested in this Project, adjust if necessary, or extend time to review and research before continuing. We also recommend the city seriously consider the proposal of citizen Tran Dang Tuan.

We offer three suggestions on our wish to Hanoi government to do well the Constitution 2013, namely the right of access to information, right to participate in managing state and society of citizens, and corresponding obligation of the State (Chapter II, Article 25 and Article 28), the Environmental Protection Act and Ordinance No. 34/2007 / PL-UBTVQH11 on Implementation of Democracy at Ward, Commune, and Town.

We look forward to your reply and cooperation.
Please reply via the following address:
Contact person:
Duong Ngoc Tra
Phone: 043-556-4001, ext 102


#6700cay #manfortree

French version:

Lettre d’organismes et de citoyens de Hanoï concernant l’abattage et le remplacement de 6700 arbres.

Conseil du people de Hanoï
M. Nguyen The Thao, Président du comité du people de Hanoï
M. Le Van Duc, Chef du ministère de la construction de Hanoï

En tant qu’organismes et citoyens de Hanoï, nous éprouvons une profonde angoisse au sujet du projet actuel de restauration et de remplacement de la verdure urbaine de Hanoï, dans le cadre duquel 6700 arbres ont été abattus. Le but visé par ce projet, la beauté de Hanoï, la population le comprend et l’appuie. Présentement, toutefois, en raison du manque d’informations précises concernant le projet, l’abattage des arbres en cours soulève des questions et des préoccupations au sein du public.

Faisant suite à la lettre d’un citoyen, M. Tran Dang Tuan, à M. Nguyen The Thao, le président du PPC de Hanoï, en date du 16 mars 2015 (qui a été publiée dans plusieurs journaux), nous faisons au Conseil du peuple, au Comité du peuple et au ministère de la construction les trois suggestions suivantes:

1. Reporter immédiatement l’abattage d’arbres à Hanoï, sauf les arbres qui peuvent s’avérer dangereux ou causer des accidents, afin de répondre aux questions du public et d’ajuster les plans si nécessaire.

2. Exiger que le Ministère de la construction et les gestionnaires du projet rendent publics, sur le portail électronique de la ville, tous les details du Projet relative à la Déclaration No. 8452 / TTr-SXD, ainsi que tout autre document pertinent, y compris le budget approuvé du projet.
Publier une liste d’arbres à être abattus sur chaque rue, selon le code de gestion de la verdure urbaine (le cas échéant), et la raison du remplacement dans chaque cas, ainsi que le résultat de l’examen initial qui a servi de fondement au Projet.

3. Tenir, suite à cette publication, une rencontre ouverte et public entre les autorités municipales et les experts et les citoyens intéressés par cette question. Une telle rencontre aidera les parties concernées à obtenir des réponses et des clarifications au sujet des enjeux qui préoccupent la population, apporter des ajustements qui pourraient s’avérer nécessaires ou s’accorder du temps additionnel afin de revoir et d’étudier le Projet avant de le poursuivre. Nous recommandons également que la municipalité prenne sérieusement en considération la proposition du citoyen Tran Dang Tuan.

Nous formulons ces trois suggestions en nous fondant sur la Constitution de 2013, notamment sur le droit d’accès à l’information, le droit de participer à la gestion de l’État et de la société et les devoirs correspondants de l’État (Chapitre II, articles 25 et 28), la Loi sur la protection de l’environnement et l’Ordonnance No. 34/2007 / PL-UBTVQH11 sur la mise en œuvre de la démocratie dans les arrondissements, les communes et les villes.

Nous attendons votre réponse et votre collaboration.
S’il vous plait, répondez à l’adresse suivante:
Duong Ngoc Tra
No. de téléphone : 043-556-4001, poste 102
Veuillez agréer l’expression de nos sentiments distingués.

World of Cats – Ocicat

Ocicat is a very special breed. They have spotted coat, which exudes the wild beauty of the jungle or dessert cats.

In 1964, the original Ocicat was the unexpected result of an experimental breeding between Siamese and Abyssinian. It was named the Ocicat by their similar look like the South American wildcat (Ocelot).

Recognized for CFA registration in 1966, it took another twenty years to develop the breed and gain the support for provisional status. The Ocicat was advanced to championship status in May 1987. They can now be seen at many shows, and have been exported to many other countries, where they are very popular.

The ideal Ocicat is a large, active animal with an athletic appearance. It is very solid and well-muscled and has a short, tight coat with a satin sheen that shows off muscles and spots to their best advantage.

While the Ocicat looks wild, its temperament is anything but ferocious. It is a lot like a dog in that it is absolutely devoted to its people. Not a demanding, clinging-vine type, the Ocicat is confident as well as dedicated to its owners, and replies friendly to visitors or strangers when it is called.

The ocicat may look wild but they are anything but fierce. They are like a dog in that they are totally devoted to their owners. They are very intelligent and easy to train. Ocicats have been known to play fetch, walk on a leash and even respond to voice commands. Ocicats also easily adapt to traveling. Because of an ocicats social nature they are not suited to being left alone, however, they do well with other animals as companions.

Ocicats are also easy to keep. They require only occasional grooming and even though they look wild, they are not, and require no special diet.

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Communal house of Dinh Bang village

The communal house of Dinh Bang village (Tu Son district, Bac Ninh province) is one of the largest and finest village communal houses in Vietnam. It is entirely made of tali wood (gỗ lim), almost remained intact architecture after 300 years.

The construction started in 1700 and was completed 36 years later.

The communal house is used for the worshiping of Cao Son Dai Vuong (King of Mountain spirit), Thuy Ba Dai Vuong (King of Water spirit), and Bach Le Dai Vuong (God of agriculture), together with six individuals who rebuilt Dinh Bang village in the 15th century after it was devastated during the Ming occupation (1408-1428). The house also functions as the village meeting hall.


Since ancient times, the land of Northern folk had a saying: “The first is Dong Khang communal house / The second is Dinh Bang communal house, glory is Diem communal house”. Today, the Dong Khang communal house no longer exist, Diem communal house is smaller. Only Dinh Bang communal house remains intact relatively.


Dinh Bang house was constructed in 1700-1736, by the official Nguyen Thac Luong, a Dinh Bang native and his wife Nguyen Thi Nguyen (from Thanh Hoa province). After retiring, Mr. Luong carried 8 rafts of tali wood from Thanh Hoa back to hometown. From 1686 to 1700, he built his family residence, until workers became skillful, he started to build the communal house.



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Nỗi Nhớ… [Missing someone]

10452372_875065242521041_3209271341104554288_nCảnh giới cao nhất của nỗi nhớ một người không phải là xuân hạ thu đông đều lấy nước mắt rửa mặt, mà là lúc nào cũng khắc cốt ghi tâm những lời dặn dò của người ấy, chăm sóc tốt cho chính mình…

Chờ em lớn, được không? – Diệp Lạc Vô Tâm


The highest realm of missing is not cleansing face by tears all spring, summer, autumn and winter, but always feeling his words in your bones, “take good care of yourself” … and “good luck”


Phat Diem Cathedral

Phat Diem Cathedral is located in Phat Diem town (Kim Son district, Ninh Binh) on an area 117 m wide x 243 m long

Phat Diem Cathedral is located in Phat Diem town (Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province) on an area 117 m wide x 243 m long

Phat Diem Stone Church was designed and constructed in 24 years (1875 - 1899) by father Pedro Tran Luc. Its architecture is a cross of oriental pagodas and Gothic Church

Phat Diem Stone Church was designed and constructed in 24 years (1875 – 1899) by father Pedro Tran Luc. Its architecture is a cross of oriental pagodas and Gothic Church


Front gate

Front gate

Phat Diem cathedral  includes a large church and 5 chapels, one of chapels was built by natural stone.

Phat Diem cathedral includes a large church and 5 chapels, one of chapels was built by natural stone.

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Wooden Bridges with Clay Tile Roof in Vietnam

These unique bridges in Hue, Hoi An, Nam Dinh … still retain theirs architectural beauty after few hundred years.


Chua Cau (Japanese Covered Bridge) is considered a symbol of Hoi An ancient town, and appears on the banknote 20,000 VND. The bridge was first constructed here in the 1590s by Japanese traders in Vietnam. This nearly-18m bridge connects two major streets of Hoi An’s Old Quarter, looking over the small stream to peaceful Thu Bon River.


The entrances to the bridge are guarded by weathered statues: a pair of monkeys on one side, a pair of dogs on the other. A temple built into the bridge’s northern side, for “Bac De Tran Vu” – a God of Flood


Binh Vong village (Van Binh commune, Thuong Tin district, Ha Noi) has a 5-span clay tile roof bridge on village's pond.

Binh Vong village (Van Binh commune, Thuong Tin district, Ha Noi) has a clay tile roof bridge on village’s pond.

Wooden sitting platform base for pedestrians is flanked on the bridge.

Wooden sitting platform base for pedestrians is flanked on the bridge.

Chua Luong bridge in Hai Anh (Hai Hau, Nam Dinh province) was built in the 16th century.

Chua Luong bridge in Hai Anh (Hai Hau, Nam Dinh province) was built in the 16th century.

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Sundial in Bac Lieu province


Center for Continuing Education of Bac Lieu city, Bac Lieu province, has a special historic monument: a weird solar clock approximates 100 years old


“Thai Duong” clock (Sun clock) was set up in front of Bac Lieu Governor’s house in French colonialism. “Father” of this clock is Mr. Luu Van Lang (1880 – 1969), a famous scientist of the South in the beginning of 20th century.


The clock has fairly rudimentary structure, the surface faces East. It is made by brick and cement, about 0.7 meter high and 1 meter wide. The dial is an inclined cross section, and a vertical rectangular protrudes in the middle.


Twelve Roman numbers were hand-carved on the dial, from 1 to 12 to indicate hours, The middle of numbers is divided into 12 areas to indicate minutes.


Operational principle of this clock is simple. Sunlight radiates the rectangular which will create a shadow mark on the dial. Time is determined based on this trail.

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