With only three elderly blacksmiths left in Paro’s Woochu village, which is known for its fine products, it is feared that the village’s craft is on the verge of being history. Today, no one is willing to take blacksmithery as a profession, not even the family members. Having caught up with age, lack of manpower is a major hindrance to the three blacksmiths. Despite paying Nu 600 to 700 a day, they said it is difficult to get helping hands. Chencho Sithup, 72, said he could no longer work like he used to and takes only few orders to work. “This is the only source of income besides working on the paddy fields,” he said. For him, the craft is not something that he inherited like the other two blacksmiths. “I took it up out of interest after settling down in Woochu,” he said. “Back then it was a good source of income but not anymore.”

Rotary North Melbourne invites you to a dinner dance in support of Lifestart Foundation. The event, featuring a four course meal, including wine, beer and spirits, will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 at 7pm in White Rose Receptions, Thornbury, Victoria. Funds from the dinner dance will support Lifestart Foundation’s charity work in Hoi An, Vietnam, providing education scholarships, free rehabilitation for disabled children and adults, vocational training, outreach projects to homeless disabled adults and building houses for the poor.

Authorities at the Angkor Temple Complex in Siem Reap province yesterday announced the discovery of two statues dating from the 10th century, uncovered during the digging of a water channel. In a statement released on its website, the Apsara Authority, which runs and manages the Unesco World Heritage site, said the two statues will be sent to archaeologists for research purposes. “We found them while digging a small canal around the Banteay Srey temple,” said Apsara Authority spokesperson Chao Sun Kerya. 

The lure of rock-climbing has been bringing local and foreign visitors to Cat Ba in recent times. It is an ideal place for those who love adventure sports to indulge in their hobby. Cat Ba is an archipelago of 367 islands of various sizes. The main island, Cat Ba, is about 100sq.m in area, roughly 30km from the northern port city of Hai Phong. Cat Ba Island is linked to Ha Long Bay by a fascinating complex of islands and caves. There are many beautiful cliffs in Lan Ha Bay, Dau Be and Van Boi Island and the Fish Cave, which are tourist highlights here. They are beautiful, romantic and not so challenging for beginners. 

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