Friday 31st October 2014,
Huyen Chip
Unpredictable India – 10 things only Indians do Book about young Vietnamese’s trip stirs up controversy 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

Book about young Vietnamese’s trip stirs up controversy

A young Vietnamese young woman’s book about a trip to 25 countries caused skepticism among many readers. The writer, Nguyen Thi Khanh Huyen or Huyen

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 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 2
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. [...]

November 17, 2013 Chip Fun, India, Travel 7
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
Book about young Vietnamese’s trip stirs up controversy

Book about young Vietnamese’s trip stirs up controversy

A young Vietnamese young woman’s book about a trip to 25 countries caused skepticism among many readers. The writer, Nguyen Thi Khanh Huyen or Huyen Chip, held a press conference to introduce the book at L’espace in Hanoi, attracting the participation of many people who came there to question her. The book entitled Đừng chết [...]

September 19, 2013 Chip Asia, Books, Cultures, On the News, Vietnam 1
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, 2013 Chip Asia, Cultures, Fun, Vietnam 8
A Life-Changing Decision

A Life-Changing Decision

***Inspired from a conversation with my good friend Paul about his parents’ unexpected journey. When I was still unsure about my ability to adapt to Violet’s place in Kawangware, my friend offered me to share with him his 2 bedroom apartment. I agreed, but then changed my mind because I wanted to challenge myself at Violet’s. [...]

January 1, 2013 Chip Thoughts 2
The travel girl bites back

The travel girl bites back

On the back of publishing her controversial travelogue, Xach Ba Lo Len Va Di (Pack Your Bags and Go), Douglas Pyper meets Huyen Chip, the young author who, depending on who you ask, is either irresponsible, selfish, a fraud or a shining example to Vietnam’s youth At just 22 years old, Chip has achieved more [...]

October 1, 2012 Chip On the News 0
Traveling is an Equal Opportunity Foundation

Traveling is an Equal Opportunity Foundation

First, let’s just agree that traveling is awesome. Second, traveling is not only awesome. It’s actually very helpful not only for ourselves but also for those around us. I believe that mutual understanding is the key to peace, and traveling gives you the first hand experience to really understand the world around us. As we understand [...]

August 8, 2012 Chip Thoughts, Travel 0
What is your country famous for?

What is your country famous for?

When you travel, most people you run into are travelers. And I’ve realized that 90% of all the conversations go like this: - Hi, where are you from? - I’m from [Insert the name of your country] - Ah, the country of [a stereotype remark] Call me ignorant, informational impaired or just Vietnamese, but after [...]

July 16, 2012 Chip Fun 1