Happy Lunar New Year 2017!


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It’s been a month since we moved to the new place and again started with a mess. Thanks to our hard working and dedicated staff, we are almost done with the renovation. Our 1st floor cafe, counseling room and training room have begun providing services. We would like to express our sincere thanks again to those who made the LOVE gift towards our renovation cost. Tea Talk is honored to have you as a part of our journey.


Love Room (Cafe space) - 1st floor


On 19th January, we had the privilege to welcome thirty nine 4th grade students and teachers from Concordia International School Hanoi for a study visit. Together with the bright and compassionate group of students, we discussed about social enterprise, helping that helps/hurts and how talking things through can give us ideas for how to solve problems. It is the very first time we have served such a big group of customers since we relocated. And yes, a good service to kick-start our new year!


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Goodbye 2016 – Hello from Tea Talk CoRE’s New Location!


FINALLY, WE FOUND IT! On the very last day when we had to make a decision for the relocation venue for Tea Talk, we found a place that matched our estimated budget, floor size and preferred location. It had not been an easy search ever since we embarked on the search last month. Thank you for walking with us on this journey of FAITH. Thank you for your acts of kindness expressed in the LOVE gift you made towards our renovation cost. As 2016 came to an end and 2017 has just begun, we wait in HOPE that the new Tea Talk location will bring more blessings to those who step into our doors.



Homemade with fresh ingredients, Tea Talk’s Pineapple Tart has a sunny yellow outer coat with a combination of sweet and sour filling. Also known as the lucky cake, we hope that it will bring much joy for the new year.
Wanna try Tea Talk Homemade Pineapple Tart?


The last Christmas celebration at the previous Tea Talk cafe was one of the fondest memories we had. Since our first opening day on 10th Apr 2012, with over 4000 people checked in on our Facebook page, we do believe that many wonderful memories were formed and countless friendships were forged. Needless to say, Tea Talk truly lived up to its name as “the popular meeting point for young people in Hanoi”.


On 17th December, our flagship project “Let’s Talk” celebrated its 7th course graduation. Although the training and mentoring have ended, we would like to congratulate 16 individuals who have gained better understanding and skills on para counseling. More than just acquiring knowledge, we believe they will become a better child in family, a better friend and last but not least, a better self. We are much thankful for all lecturers, mentors and students for being a part of our journey.


Tea Talk English completed three fall courses in December while continuing the weekly “Let’s Share”. Speakers from Vietnam, American, Singapore and the Philippines shared about what real beauty is, how to declutter our lives, and the art of personal branding. Perhaps the most special time was the last “Let’s Share” as Zonia Go shared about Christmas in the Philippines and what Christmas is really all about. We are thankful for “Let’s Share” which provided a platform for people to “express their soul” freely in a safe and trusting environment. We look forward to sharing more… and playing games together in 2017 at the new location! 


In USA, please click here and pick CoRE@Tea Talk.
In Vietnam, please click here for our bank details.
In Singapore, please write us for our bank details.

Dear November,


There is a quote that says, “November is the month to remind us to be thankful for many positive things happening in our life”. And yes, this November, Tea Talk was so thankful for the great support from our friends all over the world.


You may have heard that Tea Talk Vietnam is going to relocate to reduce operational costs. And now is the time for us to move! Tea Talk has been in its current location for almost 5 years. We are relocating to a nearby location with similar floor area but at a much affordable cost. Instead of paying US$2100 per month for rental, our new location cost only $1100 per month. This relocation project means throwing out some old (really old stuffs), and installing some new items.  As such, we are writing to ask if you would consider giving a one-time love gift to help us with the necessary expenses involved in this relocation. To date, about US$3000 has been pledged. We will share more about the new location in the next newsletter.


  • Items & Estimated cost ($US)

    Paint work – $1500

    Electrical/Pumping – $800

    Fire hazards prevention – $200

    Water filtering system – $600

    Installation of a glass-door – $700

    CCTV installation – $500

    Sound system – $600

  • Items & Estimated cost ($US)

    Children play area – $500

    2 desktop computers – $1200

    Sofa for counseling room – $600

    Bookshelves for library books – $300

    Cake display cabinet – $1500

    Oven – $1000

    Other installation work – $300


In USA, please click here and pick CoRE@Tea Talk.
In Vietnam, please click here for our bank details.
In Singapore, please write us for our bank details.
This November, Tea Talk Cafe and CoRE had the privilege to welcome many different groups of friends based in the U.S. and Singapore. Resource Exchange International (REI) experts conducted Community Health Training for CoRE staff. Friends from Bethesda Bedok Tampines Church and Covenant Evangelical Free Church came to visit and organised baking sessions to equip our cafe staff. They also conducted skills-based workshops targeted at Vietnamese young adults. One of the highlights was the Service-Learning project with 8 students from Tanglin Secondary School from Singapore. One of the students truly touched our heart by his words, “I really want to thank the Tea Talk staff for being very patient with me, even forgave me when I broke their bowl, and especially for giving me the opportunity to learn how to serve people.”
November was such an exciting month for our flagship project Let’s Talk. Our trainers and trainees both had quality time at Team Building Activity and Mentoring Phase. Ms Tra My, Let’s Talk Lecturer & Mentor was full of praises: “I truly enjoyed myself at the team building session yesterday. It came to me when I need it most. Really appreciate Christine for your arrangement and Gwen for your awesome facilitating to bring us closer and stronger. Thank you so very much and wish you all the best!.”.
In addition to the small classes it continues to offer, Tea Talk English ran the Let’s Share program through November, welcoming speakers from America, Singapore, Laos, and Israel. The stir-fry of TED Talks, Toastmasters and an English Club continues to draw young students and working adults who are interested in developing cultural sensitivity as well as life skills. Guest speakers this past month shared about Thanksgiving’s (even dressing up as a turkey!) origins as well as how our upbringing influences us to view others. From week to week, the sharing goes from festive and familiar territory, to more of the uncomfortable and uncharted sort. Whatever the topic is, more and more young people are happy to be invited to “express their soul” on issues in perhaps ways they haven’t been able to before.
The month of autumn was memorable with Tea Talk Tour too. Ms Yen, the person in charge again helped our oversea friends discover the hidden charm of Vietnam especially Hanoi. The tours were arranged creatively that included Hanoi food trail, Ha Long Bay overnight trip and Sapa popular trekking base, etc.

Let Us Sing Our October Song


Our October began with the privilege of welcoming 23 Social Workers from @27 Family Service Center (Singapore) to Tea Talk for a visit. It again was a joy to share our stories of touching lives and inspire people to make an impact in Vietnam community.


October also marked a a new milestone for our community services. CoRE performed outstandingly in Inspiring CSOs 2016 Program as the youngest Civil Society Organization and emerged 12 out of 49. In addition, CoRE was awarded top 3 for the small organization category in Vietnam that has the best transparency and accountability practice. Bravo CoRE!!!



The great achievement of CoRE was followed by the feature of

Tea Talk Cafe as one of the “best place to eat and do good in Vietnam”

by Our Better World (Singapore).

Well done Tea Talk Cafe!!!

Read Up More Here!



Our Founder, Michael Ong was proudly featured in Singapore

International Foundation Magazine. Tea Talk was highlighted

as “the popular meeting point for young people in Hanoi” that

offers comfort and hope to troubled Vietnamese youth who need

a listening ear.

Read Up More Here!

Our October was also “beautified” by 2 passionate and motivated ladies from Singapore who conducted a Beauty Workshop for 25 Vietnamese ladies. They also brought along with them 60kg worth of skincare products, make-up tools and ladies apparels. These items will be donated to Tea Talk’s upcoming Garage Sale to raise funds for CoRE. One of the participants for the workshop, Quynh Trang, was full of praises “I really appreciate the time and effort they spent for us. I have learnt a lot about the beauty of woman especially the beauty inside every of us. It would be my pleasure to empower other girls the way they have been doing as well”.


October was an exciting month for Let’s Share, as we saw two Vietnamese friends share with us about their different perspectives on traveling in Vietnam and studying abroad and gave us advice on how to make the most of these experiences. Our Counseling Program Director Christine Peh also pitched in, while club facilitator Presley McFadden invited participants to consider how their weaknesses might be a gift just as much as their strengths in ‘The Power of Weakness’.


Beauty Class for Ladies – 28 & 29/10/2016



Our beloved ladies,

Ever thought about finding out more on proper skin-care, basic make-up, and hairstyling through a fun and loving class?

Build your confidence with us through practical skills and tips on your inner and outer beauty today!

Following the success of ShineWOMEN courses for ladies in Hanoi, CoRE is glad to continue organizing Beauty Class facilitated by 2 Singaporean trainers to build their inner confidence and beauty.

Time: Fri 28th Oct (6 – 9 PM) and Sat 29th Oct (9:30 AM – 4 PM).

Venue: Tea Talk Café – opposite to No. 91, Trung Kinh Str., Hanoi.


*Day 1 (28th Oct):

– Sharing on beauty and insecurities;

– Talk on personal hygiene and create organic shampoo and deodorant;

– Hands-on session on proper skincare and DIY blackhead remover.

*Day 2 (29th Oct):

– Discussion on different eye shapes, face shapes;

– Demo & hands-on basic make-up;

– Basic hairdo tutorial & hands-on;

– Confidence Photoshoot!

Language: English and Vietnamese.

Trainer: Ms. Kim Ho Desiree & Ms. Jacquelyn Ruthelle (Singapore)

Fee: 200,000 dong/person (including tea break).


– Complimentary make-up products to be given away for each participant!;

– Get 01 free Love handbook – It’s UNcomplicated (from Focus on The Family Singapore) for those who sign up for 02 people or more.

Registration and Method of Payment at: http://bit.ly/BeautyClass2016_SignUp
Note: The link to sign up can be closed earlier when the number of participants is enough.
Deadline for registration and payment: Before Tuesday, 25th Oct 2016.

Hotline: 437 836 230 \ 0943 201 219 (Ms. Phuong Luong)
Email: office.vn@teatalkvietnam.com

Join Us To Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with Singaporean friends! – 5/9/2016

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Dear friends,

Mid-Autumn Festival atmosphere has come in every corner of Hanoi. And as the years before, CoRE, Tea Talk and international volunteers continue organizing “play and learn” activities to engage the community. Come join us for an interesting cultural exchange with friends from Singapore and celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival together! ^^

International volunteers: 9 Singaporean, diverse in areas of expertise, ranging from Social Worker, Journalist, Teacher, Drums Teacher…

Time: Monday, 5th Sep 2016

Activity 1 (2 – 4PM): Cooking class

*Singaporean dish guided by Singaporean volunteers: Muah Chee

*Vietnamese dish guided by Vietnamese participants: Traditional fried spring roll

Activity 2 (6:30 – 9 PM): Games night and party

Language: English and Vietnamese

Fee: 70,000 dong/activity

SPECIAL PROMOTION: only 50,000 dong/activity if you:

– Join us in both activities;

– OR Sign up for 2 people or more/each activity.

Registration and Method of Payment at: http://bit.ly/MidAutumnFestival2016_Register
Note: The link to register can be closed earlier when the number of participants is enough.
Deadline for registration and payment: Before Saturday, 3rd Sep 2016.

Hotline: 437 836 230 \ 0943 201 219 (Ms. Phuong Luong)
Email: office.vn@teatalkvietnam.com


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Dear young friends,

Do you love social activities?

Are you studying or working in the field of social work or psychology? Or do you simply find yourself interested in counselling and social work activities with the hope to learn more?

Would you like to enhance and develop your individual skills, including: building relationships and using body language, resolving conflicts in work and personal relationships, preventing risk of suicide, etc…?

Would you like to contribute your knowledge, skills and capacity to activities geared towards improving the quality of the social-psycho well-being of the youth and community? Would you like to be a part of Let’s Talk and stand to gain an opportunity to receive 1 full or partial scholarships offered by CoRE?

If the answer is YES, apply now!

1. About the organization:  CoRE

Center for Counseling, Research and Empowering Community – CoRE is a non-governmental organization, established in 2013 under Vietnam Union of Scientific and Technological Associations.

Mission: Providing highly qualified resources and service in the field of mental healthcare and social development; developing research programs in applying social service provision.

Vision: Building a friendly and sustainable community that is spiritually and physically healthy.

2. What is LET’S TALK?

Let’s Talk is a project initiated and operated by Center for Counseling, Research and Empowering Community (CoRE) since September 2013 with the objective of “Developing counseling services and offering training in counseling skills for the community by working with experienced/social workers, both local and international. Until now, Let’s Talk has organized six successful training courses for 121 Let’s Talkers.

For more detail, please see at: http://bit.ly/LetsTalk7_Booklet_ENG

3. What activities do LET’S TALK offer?

  • Training by local and international experts who utilize creative and effective methods to provide knowledge and practical skills in counseling;
  • Mentoring/Coaching sessions to help participants practice their skills;
  • Various social events held at CoRE and Tea Talk to raise awareness and understanding of issues in the community;
  • A growing network of people helping professional in Vietnam and abroad with expertise and passion to empower you in your development as a person.

4. LET’S TALK and the opportunities that awaits you:

  • A chance to work along side, local and international social workers and counselors;
  • Full or partial scholarship for Let’s Talk;
  • To see theoretical ideas put into practice;
  • To receive a Certificate of  Participation issued by CoRE;
  • To become a volunteer/collaborator with CoRE;
  • To work in a dynamic, innovative environment  that allows for flexible hours of commitment;
  • To be a part of the growing network of people helping professional. 


  • Be a citizen or resident who is studying and working in the city of Hanoi;
  • Have an interest and passion for the activities in the field of social work, counseling, and community development;
  • Have an understanding of social issues;
  • Have a strong desire to improve skills required in basic counseling (communication, conversation, dialogue, listening, observing body language…);
  • Priority on students who are studying or have studied social work/psychology;
  • Commitment (minimum 3 months);
  • English is an advantage.

6. Tuition – Scholarship:

  • Tuition: 1,350,000 dong/student;
  • There are full and partial scholarships to be awarded to the most suitable candidates.


To complete the registration procedure, please take the following steps:

(1) Download and fill out the profile from this link: http://bit.ly/LetsTalk7_ApplicationForm.

And send the completed documents to the email address: banduan.teatalkvietnam@gmail.com.

Subject of mail: [DK Let’s Talk 7]_[Your Full name]

(2) Pay the registration fees in the Office of CoRE – No. 9 Block 1G, Trung Yen 6, Cau Giay District, Hanoi (opposite No. 91 Trung Kinh). Please call before coming via the following hotline number.

Fee for registration: 30,000 dong/profile

  • Application round: opens from 16/8 to 31/8/2016;
  • Interview round: 8 – 10/9/2016.

(For candidates who have passed the registration)

  • Training time:

+ Theory training: 14/8 – 8/10/2016 (sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings – afternoons for 4 consecutive weeks);

+ Supervision and mentoring: 10/10 – 18/12/2016.

For more information, please contact:

Call : (04) 37 836 2300168 7744 889 (Ms. Trang Nha)

Email: banduan.teatalkvietnam@gmail.com

Fanpage:  www.facebook.com/TEATALKNGO

Website: http://corecommunity.vn/

Workshop – Medical Social Work In Singapore – 21/6/2016

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The Center for Counseling, Research and Empowering Community (CoRE) would like to invite individuals and organizations that are interested in Medical Social Work to our workshop – Medical Social Work in Singapore.

Time: 7 – 9 PM, Tue, 21/6/2016

Venue: Tea Talk Café, opposite to No. 91, Trung Kinh Str., Hanoi

Speaker: Ms. Lim Song Lee (Singapore)


– History and Development of Medical Social Work;

– Areas of Specialization;

– Role of Medical Social Worker;

– Case examples and role play;

– Questions and Sharing time.

Fee: 60,000 dong (including one cake and drink)

Register at: http://bit.ly/MedicalSocialWorkInSingapore

Deadline for registration and payment: Before Tue, 21/6/2016

Method of payment:

– In cash at Tea Talk Café: 9 AM – 6 PM (except Sunday);

– By bank transfer:


*Bank Number: 22010000592607

*Bank name: BIDV – Thang Long Branch

*Reason for payment: Medical Social Work_FULL NAME

Hotline: 043 7836230 \ 0943 201 219 (Ms. Phuong Luong)

Speaker’s profile:

Ms. Lim Song Lee had worked in the field of Medical Social Work for more than 18 years. She had dealt with heart and kidney failure patients, involved in heart and renal transplant work. She also had the opportunity of dealing with trauma patients at the Emergency department. Her other areas of involvement include in the area of mental health, intensive care, general medicine, rehabilitative medicine and palliative care. She had worked with Singapore International Foundation doing palliative training to health care workers at K2 hospital in Hanoi previously. Currently, she is a part time Senior Community Coordinator with Eastern Health Alliance, Singapore. She is a registered social worker with the Singapore Association of Social Workers. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Social Work) and also a Master of Social Science (Counselling and Psychotherapy).




Tea Talk CoRE Fundraising Gala Dinner 2016

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Dear friends,

Tea Talk CoRE Fundraising Gala Dinner is here again and we would like to invite you to join us make an impact in the community and help us sending our invitation to your friend list.

Our social impact through the Centre for Counseling, Research & Empowering Community (CoRE) has expended. For a snapshot of our impact, you can review the videos of the various projects and events we have organized over the past few years at our official channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TeaTalkVN/videos
CoRE’s yearly operating expenses is budgeted at around US$59 000.  Our goal is to raise US$120 000 through the different fund raising events throughout 2016.  This will give CoRE at least 2 years of operating expenses. To date, we have raised near to US$15 000.
We are asking that you consider supporting us in the following ways:
1) Sponsor a table for a 9 course dinner at Fortuna Hanoi Hotel with a donation starting from US$800.
2) Buy a few tickets for yourself and invite your friends/ business associates to the gala dinner.
3) Buy a few tickets/tables for the beneficiaries of organizations working with disadvantaged children, orphans and people with disability.
4) Be a sponsor and give a cash donation directly to CoRE in support towards the fundraising effort.
5) Be a sponsor and give in-kind donations like gift vouchers, electronic and household appliances for lucky draws.
Below here are some videos highlighting Tea Talk CoRE Community programs and impact.

Yours sincerely,

Tea Talk CoRE