Thursday 05th March 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

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
Trying to fit in

Trying to fit in

Have you heard: Bill Gates’ daughter is in our class? Don’t you know: so is Rob Lowe’s son? Hasn’t Obama’s firstborn already pledged allegiance to Stanford? My friend’s Mom asked me where to buy a Stanford shirt and I suggested Walmart because it’s cheaper than the bookstore. She thanked me but later on I heard [...]

November 13, 2014 Chip Stanford, Thoughts 5
“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
Living Selfish

Living Selfish

I’m selfish. The problem is not that I’m selfish. The problem is I don’t know whether it’s a good or a bad thing. I’m selfish, in a sense that I do everything for myself. When I set out to do something, I never do it because it’s going to save the world or to change [...]

May 28, 2012 Chip Thoughts 2
Vietnam: State of Social Media One Year after Facebook Block

Vietnam: State of Social Media One Year after Facebook Block

An article that I wrote for Global Voices Online back in January 2011, still seems to be true nowadays. Featured picture – TechinAsia – When Vietnam blocked Facebook, everyone was talking about a smaller China. One year after the government’s endeavor, Facebook Vietnam tells another story. Not only does Vietnam remain on the list of [...]

January 16, 2012 Chip Technology, Vietnam 0