Things are looking up in October as Vietnam prepares its phased reopening for tourists and cases in Ho Chi Minh City showing slow signs of recovery with cases on the decline. While you await for your favourite restaurant, bar and gallery to open, here is your weekly dose of fun things to do this week (free events too!) including an acting masterclass and a bitcoin podcast.

Monday - Hop On The Bitcoin Train With This Podcast Designed for Beginners

You’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard about cryptocurrency and Bitcoin. FYI: cryptocurrency is a digital currency that’s designed to be anonymous and secure. Despite its shaky and risky reputation, it has enjoyed booming growth in the past few months with many jumping onboard the Bitcoin bandwagon. Not only this, Bitcoin is also pegged to play an important role in the future of the economy.

Fancy learning more about this up-and-coming currency? Check out 'Speaking of Bitcoin!' (formerly Let's Talk Bitcoin, a podcast hosted by experts Adam B. Levine, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, and Jonathan Mohan. It's designed for newbies (definitely us) and goes into detail about the what, the why and the how of cryptocurrency, including mining, investing and exchanges (they have over 450 episodes) and is definitely a great stepping stone for anyone looking to dip their toe into Bitcoin/cryptocurrency.

Available on Spotify and Apple Podcast.

Tuesday- Flying Bike's Online Quiz Night

Hosted by the charming Niall Mackay, Flying Bike's Online Quiz Night is not your typical quiz night. Six rounds of questions to kickstart the night, Niall knows how to keep a good time going with everything under the sun from 'guess the logo' to Pictionary, pop culture and even treasure hunts (yes you heard that right). Get ready for an evening of banter and good company. There are plenty of prizes up for grabs including a 250k voucher and free Flying Bikes comedy tickets to enjoy when lockdown is over!

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 28, from 8:15 PM (Quiz will start at 8.30 PM).

Price: 110k/ person.

Bank details available or PayPal. Grab your tickets here.

Wednesday - Learn Acting With Samuel L. Jackson

If you've ever had dreams of making it on the big screen, this is your chance to bring all your movie star aspirations to life! Led by the one and only, Samuel L. Jackson, one of the world's most successful actors with over 100 films, including Pulp Fiction and The Avengers. In his online acting class, the Oscar-nominated actor shares how he creates memorable characters, master auditions and bring to life powerful performances. These skills can be applicable to many aspects of your life and the best part? They're currently running a 2-for-1 promotion so dial-up your best mate and share the good news.

2 memberships for the price of 1. Offer ends on September 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT.

Membership starting at $15/month (billed annually).

For more information, check here.

Thursday - (Animal) Flow it out with CrossFit Thao Dien

Committed to staying fit and active during lockdown? We suggest joining a virtual workout group to keep you motivated and consistent.

CrossFit Thao Dien is a crowd favourite fitness community not designed for the faint-of-heart. Think weights, aerobics and gymnastics all-in-one aimed at improving your stamina, flexibility, coordination and strength. Their Thursday classes are reserved for 'Animal Flow' i.e. an intense Bootcamp-style group training session. No equipment needed. Programs for children and teenagers are also available which means everyone is welcome to the CrossFit party!

And if Cross Fit isn't your thing, why not check out our round-up 10 gyms in Ho Chi Minh City offering online classes right now!

Date and Time: Thursday, September 30, from 6:30 PM to 8:15 AM.

Free Drop-in. 75K/class after trial.

Friday - Enjoy a Sunset Cocktail Hour with Lost and Found's Ready-to-Drink Cocktails

Heart of Darkness Brewery is delivering your quintessential grocery essentials from vegetables, fruits meat and chocolate to as of this week - ready-to-drink cocktails from Lost & Found such as Campari Negroni, Martini and Lost in Saigon (rye, whiskey, elderflower liqueur, orange bitters and honey). There's even a combo pack featuring four cocktails with savings up to 100,000 VND. Best part? Same-day deliveries are now available on the e-commerce platform.

For wine and spirit connoisseurs, Heart of Darkness also offers a selection of wines and spirits such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lady Trieu Gin and Cointreau. For the perfect food and drink pairing, here's our guide to eateries delivering food in Ho Chi Minh City right now.

Address: 31D Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam.

Hotline: 090 301 75 96

Place order online: https://heartofdarknessbrewery.com/en

Saturday - Swing By International Travellers Meet-up

Instead of your usual Netflix binge, why not connect with explorers from around the world and live vicariously through their stories? In conjunction with The Hive Hong Kong and International Travellers, this one-hour session is a great opportunity to share stories, learn history and explore new cultures from the comforts of your own home. Who knows! This could be your chance to develop new friendships abroad and perhaps even score a local tour guide on your next trip.

Date and Time: Saturday, October 2, from 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Free. All levels of different language speakers are welcome.

For more information, check here.

Sunday - Level Up Your Cooking Game

On top of offering free daily workout classes, Saigon Online Community also offers an array of events anchored in improving one's overall health and well-being. This time, the pandemic-born online community is hosting a cooking class featuring Danie Beer, a foodie enthusiast and seasoned home cook who will be sharing his coveted recipe - Danie's Croque Madame. From cooking the perfect egg to whipping up a melting Mornay sauce, this dish is a perfect treat after all those online workouts.

Date and Time: Sunday, October 3, from 11:00 AM.

Free. Donation of 100k per event registration is recommended. All donations go to charity.

For more information, check out here.

*Saigon Online Community is running a Blood Donation this week, so roll up your sleeves and help save some lives! For more information, check out here.