The local media has published many stories about a man who has not slept for 39 years. He is Thai Ngoc or Hai Ngoc, 70, in Que Trung Commune, Nong Son District in the central province of Quang Nam.
Six years have elapsed since I met Pham Thi Hue who was honoured in 2004 as one of the 20 Asia heroes by Time magazine. Beyond all expectations, she looks healthier than when I went to see her in Hai Phong City.
On lunar December 29, many Vietnamese families started to make banh chung, the square cake made from sticky rice stuffed with green bean and pork. My family is no exception.