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Love, Traditions and Southern Wedding Cake

In the previous blog, we briefly explained what a Southern Wedding is but this time we want to go a little more into detail.

 

Pre-Wedding

After the big question has been asked, and the answer was ‘yes’, the wedding planning begins. The groom will ask a special person to be his best man at the wedding and form a wedding party, and the bride will find here the maid of honour and the rest of her bridesmaids. In American weddings, during the ceremony, you will often see a “wedding party” consisting of bridesmaids and groomsmen that will be on each side of the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony. These people are often family and closest friends. The history behind this tradition comes from very long ago. The groomsmen were originally there to help ensure the bride’s safety during the wedding and keep away other potential suitors until the ceremony was completed. This is also why the groom and groomsmen stand to the right of the bride, to this side it would be easier to reach for their swords if any fighting was necessary. The bridesmaid, on the other hand, is one of the oldest traditions and began in biblical times. Women had other females stand with them, noting the wedding of Jacob to Leah and Rachel, where there were “literally the bride’s maids” in attendance.

Nowadays, the bridal party has slightly different tasks and we’d hope definitely no drawn swords or fighting! Before the wedding, the maid of honour and the best man will each plan a bachelorette and bachelor party for the bride and groom to celebrate their “last night of freedom” before they tie the knot with one another. The bridal party is the bride and groom’s most trusted friends and family, and are there to help guide them through the planning of the wedding and overcome any second thoughts or “cold feet”.

Another tradition for the bride and groom before the big day is to ‘bury the bourbon’. As the folklore goes, the key to a rain-free wedding day lies in this well-placed bottle of spirits. The bride and groom must bury a full bottle of bourbon upside down at the ceremony site exactly one month prior to the wedding to keep the rain away. This tradition is still celebrated in the southern wedding.

The Big Day

Like everywhere else in the US, the Southern Wedding begins with the wedding ceremony where the newly-weds share their first kiss as a married couple. This can either be in a church or outside, but what is very common at all southern weddings, is the rural vibe. At many southern weddings, you will experience a lot of nature, flowers and lace.

After the ceremony, it is tradition to form a ‘second line’ made up of the bride and groom, the wedding party and the wedding guest parading from the ceremony to the wedding reception celebrating the ‘I Do’s’.

The reception will usually be a beautiful setting, inside or outside, where everyone will enjoy a beautiful meal together. Family and friends will give speeches, sharing their love for the new couple and their newfound happiness.

Later that night, there will usually be a party where you can experience, the father-daughter dance, a special moment between the father and the bride, or the newly-weds’ first dance. You can also experience the ‘tossing of the bridal bouquet’ where all the single ladies gather behind the bride. The person to catch the bouquet will, after tradition, be the next to get married.

The Southern Wedding Cake

First and foremost, the Southern Wedding Cake must be white. Today’s wedding cakes can be whatever colour the couple desires, but during Victorian times, the sugar used to make the icing was white hence the white cake, and the tradition goes on in the traditional southern wedding cake.

Every person in New Orleans will know the flavours of the traditional southern wedding cake, and this is still a common flavour in many weddings today. A white, almond-flavoured confection with a beautiful filling and white icing.

Before anyone gets to taste the beautiful wedding cake, it’s a tradition that the bride and groom must cut the first piece together. Following this moment, you’ll experience that many couples will be feeding each other the first bite of wedding cake. Everybody has their own take on this tradition, but many couples use this moment to be a little playful and silly with each other.

Lastly, we have the cake pull.  If you are ready to foretell the future of your bridesmaids, cake pulls will do the trick. The ribbon laden charms are placed in the wedding cake for each member of the bridal party to pull out. Each charm has a separate meaning and is believed to reveal the fate for each member of the bridesmaids.

  • Ring: Soon to be Engaged
  • Airplane: Exotic Travel is in the Near Future
  • Highchair: Blessed with Children
  • Four Leaf Clover: Always Lucky
  • Owl: Full of Wisdom and Intuition
  • Rocker: Blessed with a Long Life
  • Heart: Lucky in Love
  • Ballet Shoes: Dances Through Life
  • Tiara: Forever the Princess

 

This is of course not all the traditions that exist. The traditions also vary from wedding to wedding as not everybody wants the exact same wedding or value traditions equally, but hopefully this gives you an idea of some of the different fun and quirky traditions you can experience at a southern wedding.

Taste of Southern Wedding Cake

This month, PJ’s Coffee is excited to announce that we are going to kick-off the wedding season with the emotional taste of Southern Wedding Cake. We want to celebrate love, traditions, the sound of smooth jazz and enjoy the delicious flavours of Southern Wedding Cake! We want to create a warm and welcoming environment, where everyone can be themselves, have a good time with friends and family, bonding over a heart-warming cup of PJ’s Southern Wedding Cake Coffee and piece of cake or pastry that will touch your soul. We might not geographically be in the beautiful city of New Orleans but we will bring you some of the New Orleans experience. New Orleans, is where PJ’s Coffee has its roots and it’s the home of Mardi Gras, smooth jazz and many more traditions, that we want to share with you.

Treat someone you love with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, and remind them how important they are to you because that is what the Southern Wedding is all about – spreading love.

What is a Southern Wedding?

That’s a great question!

All around the world people are celebrating love. The love you have for your family, your friends, our planet and much more, and not to forget, the love between two people. When you find that one person you want to spend the rest of your life with – your partner in crime, the Bonnie to your Clyde or the PJ’s Coffee to your cake. Weddings are celebrated differently all around the world as every culture has its own tradition, and everybody enjoys a wedding celebration.

You might assume that all weddings in the US are celebrated the same way as it’s one country. Yes, you are right, and the overall wedding concept is the same. However, its size, the many different states with their own history, result in multiple different wedding themes and traditions and the Southern Wedding is one of them.

The American wedding is a gathering of friends and family to celebrate the love between two people – the bride and groom. After the wedding ceremony, there will be a reception where everyone shares love, fun, food, and most importantly, wedding cake! And this is where we get our Southern Wedding  Cake flavour inspiration, the taste of almond and vanilla. The wedding cake is the centre of attention in a Southern Wedding, besides the bride and groom obviously. So, hurry up and visit PJ’s Coffee for a taste of this beautiful tradition!

 

Combining the beautiful flavours of PJ’s Coffee and Southern Wedding Cake

At PJ’s Coffee we’re excited to announce that on October 19th, we launch new drinks that combine the smooth and round flavours of PJ’s Coffee with the beautiful flavours of the Southern Wedding Cake. It’s going to be an adventure for your taste buds. You can experience a cup of coffee in New Orleans surroundings that will give you the taste of coffee that you love and let you experience the smooth taste of almonds with the sweet and creamy whipped cream on top. Whether you like your coffee hot or cold, we have one for you!

This is not all! On October 19th, to celebrate the Southern Wedding and the traditions and values that come with it, we’re going to have an event at PJ’s Coffee Sala where you can taste PJ’s Coffee’s Southern Wedding Cake Coffee, enjoy a piece of actual wedding cake, and enjoy the various activities we have planned for you.

For this event, you also have an opportunity to test drive and experience the Mini Cooper besides our exciting activities. All you need to do is register with them on the day of the event when you arrive (make sure to bring your driver’s license). Everyone who registers for a test drive will get 01 free PJ’s Southern Wedding Cake Coffee.

Bring your friends and family, have a bit of fun and create some beautiful memories with us at PJ’s Coffee.

Time: 08:00– 10:30

Date: Saturday 19th October 2019

Place: PJ’s Coffee Sala, 145-147, Nguyễn Cơ Thạch, TP. Hồ Chí Minh

Saving lives one run at the time, with TRG and PJ’s Coffee at BBGV Fun Run.

Saving lives one run at the time, with TRG and PJ’s Coffee at BBGV Fun Run.

Once again TRG attended this year’s BBGV Fun Run to help give a little back to its community, this year with PJ’s Coffee refreshing attendees with free coffee and Lemonade.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – 30 September 2019 – Since 2000 BBGV has held an annual charity fun run that brings people out into the fresh air to have fun and exercise, while raising money for charity. Every year TRG joins the fun run to help give back to the community and give its employees an opportunity to relax and have fun with co-workers and family, while helping a good cause.

This year was no different. In the early hours of a beautiful Sunday morning over 20 employees from TRG, along with family and friends, joined together at the BBGV Charity Fun Run 19th to enjoy a fun morning together filled with exercise, good company, and the many amazing booths and activities at the event. Just from the employees that showed up for the event, TRG raised over 4,000,000 VND for charity, no counting the personal contributions from employees to the event.

However, TRG were not the only ones who joined the fun run this year. PJ’s Coffee, which is a part of TRG F&B, were also there and because they just joined the ranks of In-kind Gold sponsors for the event, decided to celebrate by refreshing attendees with free coffee, tea and lemonade the entire morning. Over 1,200 cups of coffee and lemonade was served during the event by the amazing barista from PJ’s Coffee.

This event is first and foremost an opportunity to have fun with friends and family and the employees at TRG certainly took that to heart. At the event, the Founder and CEO, Mr. Rick Yvanovich, along with two employees were dressed as mascots for PJ’s Coffee and ran the 5km course as giant cups of coffee, taking pictures with kids and adults alike along the way.

TRG and PJ’s Coffee expect to be back at the BBGV Fun Run next year to continue their contributions to charity and enjoy another great day together in the fresh air.

About TRG International

TRG International is an IT, Talent and F&B company. We help people and businesses to shine. We help people be the best they can possibly be by selecting the right people for the right job and developing them to their full potential. We help companies by providing an IT solution that works quietly and brilliantly in the background, freeing them up to focus on their core and not having to worry about their IT systems. We do this for more than 1,000 clients in 80 countries.

 

Fun, Games and Bright Futures with PJ’s Coffee Vietnam at RMIT Career Fair 2019

Fun, Games and Bright Futures with PJ’s Coffee Vietnam at RMIT Career Fair 2019

As usual, TRG International and PJ’s Coffee Vietnam, a company delivering IT solutions to companies worldwide and brewing the most delicious coffee, sponsored and attended the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s (RMIT) career fair on 27th August 2019. The RMIT career fair is an annual event that provides its students with an overview of the different opportunities they have on the job market. This year, 40 companies and more than 500 RMIT students joined in. Not only did TRG attend the career fair, they were voted one of the top five companies at the career fair by the students.

PJ’s Coffee baristas giving out free coffee to RMIT students

Besides having a busy stand inside the career fair, PJ’s coffee Vietnam, which is part of TRG F&B, put up a stand serving 200 cups of coffee for RMIT students to taste. PJ’s Coffee Vietnam is always looking for part time staff and welcomes RMIT students. PJ’s coffee is currently collaborating with RMIT student, as they are more than welcome to come to the store in Sala to work on their projects.

During the day, PJ’s Coffee Vietnam’s baristas had a lot of great talks with the RMIT students, bonding over coffee. As mentioned, PJ’s Coffee is always looking for new baristas, but not only that, as an intern at TRG, you’ll also be involved with PJ’s Coffee Vietnam whether this be content writing on PJ’s Coffee’s web site, helping with launching new products and much more! Additionally, PJ’s Coffee Vietnam is provided for free to all TRG employees as its conveniently in the same location as the main TRG office, another great reason to work for TRG!

All in all, we had a great day at RMIT and PJ’s Coffee Vietnam stand can be found once again at the next RMIT career fair. If you want to know more about internships at TRG or working at the all amazing PJ’s coffee Vietnam, follow the link below:

TRG internships

PJ’s Coffee Vietnam jobs opportunities

BBGV HCM 18th Fun Run For Charity

BBGV HCM 18th Fun Run For Charity

The British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV) proudly announces that the BBGV HCM 18th Fun Run for Charity (Fun Run) will take place on Sunday 30 September 2018. Since its inception, we have proudly raised over 10 billion VND for charities across Vietnam. Over the years, over 100,000 runners and walkers have taken part. The Fun Run is an excellent team building opportunity for companies or a great day out with families and friends. At the same time, all the participants help BBGV to support needy people throughout Vietnam.

Last year BBGV raised 900 million VND for the charities with 10,000 participants taking part in September 2017.

Please find the official information of the 2018 Fun Run below:

Date: Sunday 30 September 2018
Time: 7:00am – 10:30am
Venue: Tan Trao, Phu My Hung, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, HCMC
Some useful notes: Kindly see here
Run route: The 5km race will start at 08:00am. Please see attached Run Route

3210 Challenge – 3 Weeks, 21 Challenges, 0 Plastic

3210 Challenge – 3 Weeks, 21 Challenges, 0 Plastic

1/Introducing the “3210” challenge

Plastic pollution is a critical global issue, especially in recent years, with approximately 8.8 million ton of plastic waste dumped into the ocean every year. Currently, there are 5.25 thousand billion pieces of plastic waste in the sea, about 269,000 ton floating on the surface and a much bigger number submerged deep under the water. Many studies indicate that every square kilometer of ocean contains 4 billion microplastic fibers, contaminating deeper oceanic zones and posing a high risk of entering the food chain.
Vietnam is among the top 5 countries that release the most plastic waste into the ocean, approximately 1.8 million ton each year. Not only does plastic waste severely affect the life of marine creatures, it is also detrimental to human health. Plastic pellets are found in 83% samples of tap water, and in 93% samples of bottled water. Having regular contact with chemicals in single-use plastics (such as BPA, styrene) runs the risk of developing cancer, hepatitis, allergies, nervous system diseases, endocrine system diseases and infertility.
With the slogan “I change for a Vietnam with no plastic waste”, the iCHANGE Plastics Campaign is the first campaign of the iCHANGE series of projects that aims to raise the public awareness about the harmful effects of plastic waste on our life and environment. To appeal to the general public for their action towards this goal, CHANGE, in cooperation with PJ’s Coffee, is organizing a challenge called “3210” from June 25th, 2018 to July 16th, 2018. “3210” is a series of challenges that aspires to change the participants’ consumer habits, limit and gradually eliminate single-use plastics such as nylon bags, straws, plastic boxes, plastic cutlery, water bottles, etc.

2/Time

From 12 PM, June 25th, 2018 to 12 PM, July 16th, 2018

3/Eligibility

Anyone with a Facebook account is eligible to participate. The Facebook account that is used to participate must be authentic.

4/How to join the challenge

In 21 consecutive days, starting from June 25th, 2018, at 12 PM every day, a challenge will be published on CHANGE’s fanpage.
To join the challenge, please follow these steps:

5/How one challenge is considered as completed

The Facebook post must include information or a story on how the challenge is done, with images/videos to demonstrate, with the hashtags #3210 #iCHANGEPlastics #PJsCoffeeVietnam and is set public.
The participants can choose to complete all or only a few challenges of our event; however, a certain number of challenges must be done in order for the participants to be evaluated for the prizes. (for more detail, please see the Evaluation of participating entries section).

6/Prizes (to be updated)

Weekly Prize Category:
  • Week 1:
1 First Prize:
30 Consolation Prizes:
  • Week 2:
1 First Prize:
30 Consolation Prizes:
  • Week 3:
1 First Prize:
30 Consolation Prizes:

7/Concluding Grand Prize Category

1 Exclusive Prize: 1 package tour to Singapore worth VND10,000,000 for 1 person

8/Evaluation of participating entries

To submit a participating entry, the participants are to message CHANGE’s fanpage after:
  • Completing at least 2 challenges within the same week (For the Weekly Prize Category)
  • Completing at least 15 challenges (For the Grand Prize Category)
The 21 challenges are divided into 4 levels: starfish, turtle, dolphin and whale, whose scores are 1, 3, 6, 9, respectively. The winners will be chosen based on the total scores that they have accumulated through completing challenges. In the case that there are participants with the same score, the final decision is made by the organizers (with the following criteria: quality of the participating entries’ writing, enthusiasm, creativity, virality, etc.)

9/Awarding

The organizers will announce the results of the Weekly Prizes on July 4th, 11th, and 18th, 2018. The result of the Grand Prize will be announced on July 25th, 2018.

10/General notice

The participants must be fully responsible for their images and information, and must not use images that belong to other people as participating entries.
If the organizers detect fraudulence during the evaluation process, the organizers reserve the right to disqualify those entries without prior notice.
The organizers reserve the right to use images and information in participating entries to contact the winners and announce the results as well as for other non-profit activities.
The organizers hope to receive your enthusiastic participation to spread the message “I change for a Vietnam with no plastic waste”.
Change for sustainable living with PJ’s Coffee at Go-Green Day 2018

Change for sustainable living with PJ’s Coffee at Go-Green Day 2018

On June 3, PJ’s Coffee Vietnam had the opportunity to participate in the “Go-green Day” event organized by the Ho Chi Minh Department of Natural Resources and Environment. The event attracted many local Saigonese participants, particularly the younger generation, because of its meaningful message: “Let’s build a green life”.

Joining the event with high expectations, PJ’s Coffee Vietnam wants to further raise the general public awareness with our own message “Change for sustainable living”. Many activities were organized at PJ’s booth to:

– Propagate the message of “Change for sustainable living”; encourage every visitor to “say no to plastic straws” and to “reduce the use of plastic items”.

– Introduce and sell reusable tumblers which help protect the environment.

– Give out tea and coffee samples.

PJ’s Coffee Vietnam hope to have inspired the go-green attitude to many customers. We were extremely delighted when people joined hands with PJ’s to spread this attitude to more people through photos with hashtags on their social network channels. Let’s “change for sustainable living” together for a better future!

#reduceplastic, #noplasticstraws, pjscoffeevietnam, changeforsustainableliving

 

 

TRG Talk: Project Management with IPMAV

PJ’s Coffee Sala is proud to coordinate with TRG International and SEA Management Consulting Company to host the event: TRG Talk: Project Management with IPMAV

 

PJ's Coffee Food and Drink

PJ’s Coffee Food and Drink

Project Management is all around us and is part and parcel of normal working life. Getting things done: at the right time, in the right place, to the right quality, on schedule and preferably under budget. It should be doable but these days given less time and resources it’s getting more and more challenging.

If everyone had some strong Project Management skills and mindset, maybe things would be a lot less challenging.

To address the above and much more, the International Project Management Association of Vietnam (IPMAV) is in the process of being born. IPMAV’s Vision is to be the premier Project Management organisation in Vietnam. IPMAV’s Mission is to promote the recognition of project management and engage stakeholders around Vietnam in advancing the discipline

To help grow the Project Management community we are holding a regular informal meetup every First Thursday at PJ’s Coffee in Sala. These events will discuss about Project Management and provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss specific issues and challenges they have with experienced Projects Managers in Vietnam.

The first event will be Thursday 4 May

REGISTER HERE

Speaker: 

1st speaker:

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Rick Yvanovich FCMA, CGMA, FCPA MSc

Founder & CEO, TRG International & TRG F&B

2nd speaker:

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Brian O’Reilly MBA, PMP

Managing Director, SEA Management Consulting Company

Fee: 100,000vnd/ person (including a drink and a bakery item)

Contact:

If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact: Ms. Nguyen Nhu Quynh (quynh.nguyen@trginternational.com) | Tel: (+84) 8 7309 3339 (Ext: 236)

– See more at: http://blog.trginternational.com/en/trg-talk-project-management-with-ipmav-1#sthash.qNR95iip.dpuf

TRG Talk: Talent – The Vision & Expectations of CEOs for HR in the next 5 years

PJ’s Coffee Sala is proud to host the “TRG Talk: Talent – The Vision & Expectations of CEOs for HR in the next 5 years” on 24 April 2017

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Many organizational HR people have been long bothered by endless questions by their C-level management regarding the employee cycle, from how they can make better talent management decisions including recruitment, leadership capacity development to building sustainable productive environments and healthy teams.

This talk aims to help clarify some of the expectations from the C-level’s perspective in how they want their Human Resource team to deliver results on such tasks.

Register now to join “TRG Talk: Talent – The Vision & Expectations of CEOs for HR in the next 5 years” to learn how to see any people related tasks in a CEO’s eye and how should HR play the “people game”. Also, free coffee for HR & C-level participants! Please show your confirmation email to get a free drink.

REGISTER HERE

Speaker: 

1st speaker:

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Rick Yvanovich FCMA, CGMA, FCPA MSc

Founder & CEO, TRG International & TRG F&B

2nd speaker: TBC

Event agenda:

TimeTOPIC
8:00 AMCheck-in, networking
8:15 AMMain topic discussion
8:45 AMQ&A
9:15 AMWrap up

Contact:

If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact: Ms. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Trinh (marketing@pjsvietnam.com) | Tel: (+84) 8 7309 3339 (Ext: 822)

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