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Finnegan's Irish Pub
16a Duong Thanh St., Hoan Kiem Dist.

The only Irish Pub in Hanoi on a mission to make itself into an oasis of festive hospitality.

Happy hours: From Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Events for the week: Monday: Fish & chip night Price: VND60,000-150,000 Special: Irish stew


La Cochinchine Fitness Club
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd., District 1
Tel: (08) 3 825 1814 or (08) 3 825 6134

Located in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, La Cochinchine Fitness Club is the new lifestyle center boasting a fully-equipped gym, two swimming pools, and a relaxing area near the pool. Sauna and steambath are free for members.

La Cochinchine Fitness Club is offering a 20 percent discount for ILV members, Vietnam Airlines and Jestar Pilots.

Promotion: from December 1 to 31 La Cochinchine Fitness Club is offering a 5 percent to 10 percent discount for yearly members

Bar promotion: Happy hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 50 percent for all drink by glass

Pool promotion: Happy hours from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Swimming pools, sauna & steambath US$5.7/adult; $2.88/child

Pendolasco-Italian Garden Restaurant
87 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Dist. 1
Tel: (08) 3 821 8181
Fax: (08) 3 914 4994

The oldest Italian restaurant in HCMC has an Italian cook, with classic garden and barbecue cuisine.

Shang Palace Restaurant
1st floor, Norfolk Mansion
17-19-21 Ly Tu Trong St., Dist. 1
Tel: (08) 3 823 2221

From December 1-31, 2010, Shang Palace is introducing a new special menu "Jiu in Chinese cuisine," recommended by great Hong Kong chef. "Jiu" means "alcohol" in Chinese. This menu highlights the use of spirits in Chinese cuisine to highlight and compliment certain flavors. Drunken pigeon, stewed oxtail (with a Chilean cabernet sauvignon), steamed live crab with glutinous rice wine, baked eel with "Gui Hua Chen Jiu," baked live scallop with Japanese sake and mustard and much more.

Jet Studio
688 Le Hong Phong St., Dist. 10
Tel: (08) 3 830 9809, (08) 3 833 5781

Professional studio specializes in recording, mixing songs and making albums for everyone from amateurs to professional singers.

A god voice is not necessary, just the desire to create your own high-quality CDs from recording to cover design.


Pandanus Resort
KP5, Mui Ne, Phan Thiet
Tel: (062) 3 849 849
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The Pandanus Resort will celebrate Christmas this year in style. The dinner menu includes ham and roast turkey with all the trimmings, plus a fabulous array of Christmas cakes and puddings.

Mr & Mrs Santa Claus will be there to pass out candies for the kids.

The evening will be filled with entertainment provided by the Pandanus' own "Stardust Band" from the Philippines performing great classic dance music, joined by the very talented International Choir of Ho Chi Minh City singing traditional Christmas Carols from around the world, and a special performance by employees of the resort who have been practicing Christmas carols with a Vietnamese twist.

Overnight on Christmas Eve in a superior room, the Christmas celebration and breakfast buffet the following morning are all only US$179.00++ for two people.

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