Wednesday 08th July 2015,
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Unpredictable India – 10 things only Indians do Why nobody in Vietnam will love me

Unpredictable India – 10 things only Indians do

1. When in India. If they agree, they shake head. If they disagree, they shake head. If they don’t understand, they shake head. 2. When

Why nobody in Vietnam will love me

(Expanded from a debate on Facebook) As I talked to my parents recently, they are very anxious that I find a boyfriend because they are

The Smell of Campfire

The Smell of Campfire

Display image courtesy of Anali Chanquia ** David lied down and shivered as he felt the dampness of grass on his skin. Elena was lying a few feet away from him. Her hands entwined on top of her stomach. Her eyes gleamed like those of a fox, staring at the vast emptiness above them. Her collarbones [...]

May 12, 2015 Chip Short Stories 0
My posthumous collection of letters

My posthumous collection of letters

The problem with emails nowadays is that how the hell my future publisher is going to scrape together enough hand-written letters by me to put into a book when I die? Look at the collection of letters by Saul Bellow, P. G. Wodehouse, Scott Fitzgerald, etc. and you will see what I mean. Now your [...]

April 21, 2015 Chip Blog, Fun 0
How they arrived

How they arrived

This essay is about students from a poor country, who get a scholarship to attend a university in the US. I was inspired by the transition theme of NoViolet Bulawayo’s “We need new names”. Its style mirrors the style of three short stories in in the book: “How they arrived”, “How they left” and “How [...]

January 12, 2015 Chip Cultures, Stanford, Thoughts 2
“The things they carry” for the free folks living outside their comfort zones

“The things they carry” for the free folks living outside their comfort zones

The things they carry depend on how much they can carry. Rob started the trip with a 15kg backpack, and later on acquired another backpack of 10kg as he picked up new tricks and gears on the road. Gaya’s backpack is more than one third of her bodyweight, making her shoulders stiff and sore all [...]

June 18, 2014 Chip Blog, Thoughts, Travel 0
Ethic vs dog eating

Ethic vs dog eating

“Do you guys really eat dogs in Vietnam?” Being Vietnamese, I’m entitled to being asked this question whenever I get out of my comfort zone. People’s reactions when I confirm their nightmare vary, ranging from quietly picking up their dogs and running as far away from me as possible to pleading me to kidnap their [...]

March 19, 2014 Chip Thoughts, Vietnam 3
Unpredictable India – 10 things only Indians do

Unpredictable India – 10 things only Indians do

1. When in India. If they agree, they shake head. If they disagree, they shake head. If they don’t understand, they shake head. 2. When you ask the way. If they know, they show you the way. If they don’t, they still show you the way. If you ask: “Are you sure?”, they shake head. [...]

March 17, 2014 Chip Fun, India, Travel 7
Why nobody in Vietnam will love me

Why nobody in Vietnam will love me

(Expanded from a debate on Facebook) As I talked to my parents recently, they are very anxious that I find a boyfriend because they are afraid nobody in Vietnam will marry me. The reasons are simple. Because in Vietnam, I’m ugly Admit it, to love somebody, first you have to find that person attractive. However, [...]

January 10, 2014 Chip Asia, Cultures, Fun, Vietnam 10
Vietnam for Dummies

Vietnam for Dummies

As I travel further and further, venturing into the areas where my fellow Vietnamese would normally avoid at all cost, I find myself to be the first Vietnamese many people have ever met. People tend to ask me a lot of questions about Vietnam, and it surprises me a great deal how little people know [...]

November 16, 2013 Chip Asia, Cultures, Fun, Vietnam 0
Daddy Girl

Daddy Girl

When I was in my Mom’s womb, due to strong kicks and some other superstitious reasons, everybody thought that I was going to be a boy. Even though my Dad swore he would still love me the same if I were a boy, he was overwhelmed when I turned out to be a girl. They [...]

November 16, 2013 Chip Thoughts 1
Boyfriend Application

Boyfriend Application

As I’m growing up and my life is expanding, there is an opening position that I’d like to have a guy to fill up (no pun intended). It’s called “boyfriend”. To be honest, I’m kinda sick of wasting my time with wrong ones. To save time of both, I’ve made a list of mandatory criteria [...]

July 16, 2013 Chip Fun 7