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12.12.2014

Someone told me that “you don’t always need a plan, sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens…just follow your heart.” I did it. I was happy,  at least until I knew things happened…

I always remind myself: thing happens for it reasons. So true. Time to wake up, listen to my brain more.

a little piece broken inside.

But…

Learned something, grown up and understand life more. What can I expect more? :)

La Bella Vita ^^

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A day in Napa, part 2: Wineries

We were visiting 4 wineries: Castello di Amorosa, Beringer, Opus One, and Peju. Hope I remember all those names correctly lol.

For a non-alcoholic like me, visiting those places is a very new experience :) A new line written in my goal’s list: someday I will take my dad here, he will be pleased for sure lol :))
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A day in Napa, Part 1: Chasing Balloons :)

It was a great day in Napa Valley. We were “chasing” hot air balloons from very early in the morning and visiting some wineries in the afternoon time :) 3 hours sleep was totally a worth lol !!

Looking at those balloons flying in the sky was such a simple pleasure…

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go…

Dreams are worth for chasing… Nobody knows the future. Follow your gut and feelings, and of course, try your best, everything will fall into places soon.

An adventure has just started.

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A FRIDAY IN SF :)

It was a wandering day in SF with some new friends. Such a long time I didn’t have chance to enjoy the ocean’s view like that… feeling myself so tiny…It is where I re-find myself, where I feel peace, and feel my deepest thoughts, which have been ignored for too long…wished I could have sit there for hours…

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Life is like an ocean. It can be calm or still and rough or rigid. But in the end, it’s always beautiful. My “ocean” is kinda cloudy and stormy now, but I believe sunny day will come back soon. God will never give you more than you can handle. Everything will fall into right place if you try your best and stay on the right track…

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO U, my best of bestieees! ^^^

Your birthday was 2 days ago. was supposed to write you this note last night but I forgot lol.

My bestie officially gets older 1 more year, but still a baby :))

Well, Im not gonna write a lot here, just wanna attach some “presents” for you ! ^^ Since you kinda lost all your pictures in your laptop,  so I will post them here! Come and get it :))

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Cant believe its more than 1 year since we took those pics. All the past memories have come back to me so clearly, like it just happened yesterday… One of the best times of my life… Thank you for being an important part of it :) Its the past, but it still matters, it is not dead. A year has passed, so many things going on for both of us, I have been through many tough times, but in the end, Im happy that we still remain great friends :) I truly hope we will be besties 4ever, like what I wrote in my Santa wish last 2 years…I wont forget our best memories… never regret, never will :) I wish you all the bests, wish you will find your perfect other half soon :) I will always be here, support you in every way. I believe you will do the same to me. U better be! lol

Okay, enough words! here is your pics! Enjoy ^^

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Ron plays violin :)

Ron has a new “toy” today! He got a violin! Its funny, he kept falling asleep when doing some homework, but totally awake when I said: “lets have a break, you can play violin outside!” He seemed enjoying his new toy a lot :) me too lol! Its kinda ashamed, this was the first time I touched and “played” a violin! =)) felt great! made horrible sound tho lol :))

Seriously made a promise: when I have my own kids, I will let them learn whatever they want to: sports, dancing, singing, painting, playing instruments, etc. I will support them no matter what so that they wont be suck like their mom, who knows nothing lol! :(((

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MALEFICENT!

Movie night! Have just watched Maleficent. An awesome movie :) I kinda like the way they updated/ changed the original tale a bit. It makes more sense indeed :)) As always, love Angelina Jolie so much! She has a genuinely heroic presence as Maleficent.

Anyway, here is what I like from the movie, I believe in all those things before, the movie helped me to confirm those in rational way :)

1. There’s no such thing like love at first sight lol. Phillip couldnt save Aurora when she got cursed by his kiss :)) Love develops with time, and comes from knowing the other person, of gazing into their souls, not just their pretty faces. Also, true LOVE’s kiss isn’t always what you think it will be. There are more other meaningful loves in this world, dont forget :)

2. Looks can be deceiving. It is what is on the inside that matters most. Maleficent and Stefan are great examples.

3. Selfishness brings about a darker side in anyone and that will begin to consume all things.

4. Friendship is a gift. A close friend is always a good thing. They can help you see beyond yourself. Ahh, wanna call all my besties, wanna say thank you to all and how much they’re meant to me!:)) Im so high now :))

5. Like Maleficent, all of us are both villain and hero :) The world is not divided between those who are good and those who are evil. Both forces are residing and fighting constantly inside all of us. In the end, what defines us is not our dark side (something we need to accept and embrace because it is a part of who we are), but our choices.

6. This is more about feminism: Women can have a “happily ever after” without Prince Charming. Aurora and Maleficent don’t need prince or a king to be happy. They have found their own happiness. Thats all matter!

Ok, thats it for tonight. feel like Im a moral preacher now lol :))

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It’s just not an easy day. So what?!

I didnt have a good start in the morning today. Woke up freaky early for some stupid things going on…and from a “nice” conversation last night.

Decided to have a “short” walk to library. The weather was nice today, not too much heat as yesterday, sunny and a bit cloudy, which I think it was perfect. I got these 2 pics! Along with music, taking pics surely helped me reduce some stress :)

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BTW, just randomly got it from internet. how true! :))

eb5ecf2b32161e3e02cde493664c757dI know people are different, but believe me: life is a long run and karma exists. We’ll see how far you go :)

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Our typical Conversation :))

Me: I may carpool with you and your mom today, Ron.
Ronnie: Where is your bike?
Me: well,…I dont bike today, it’s..
Ronnie: It brokeee, right??!

Me: (Mind crying out) Yes… :(((

Ronnie: why dont you have a car?
Me: Im too poor, Ron :(
Ronnie: you’re poorer than a Hobo?

Me: who’s Hobo?
Ronnie: oh, Hobo is a homeless guy =))
Me: lol oh, Im not that poor tho!
Ronnie: oh, so you’re just kinda poor!

Me:=)))

Ronnie: Hobo people have nothing, they should rob the bank! Then they can be millionaires! =))

Me: LOL but robbing a bank is not easy, Ron. To rob a bank, you need to be smart.. :))))) and I believe your Hobo people aint smart enough =))
Ronnie: oh yea, they just eat fast…then die fast, right?!

=))
Our conversation kept going til Ron’s mom came to pick him up. Im so blessed to have chance to work with kids like that, always crack myself up =)) They bring me smiles and happy time everyday :)

Thanks Nguyen so much!!!

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CRIME :(

I took this pic when I was on the way back home from school last Thursday (October 2nd). It looked pretty serious cuz they had to block the whole street, rerouted the bus line temporarily (thats why I had to wait for like 4ever for the bus!). Well, I dont know why I always pick the high crime rate cities to live in lol :)) used to be the Bronx, then Oakland :)). Ok, lets talk a bit about my lovely “hometown” :)) it has high violent crime rate: 1,683 per 100,000 residents. Oakland’s high levels of poverty and proximity to drug corridors combine to generate lots of violence. Yes, my “hometown” ranks first nationwide in violent robberies. Its kinda weird, now I dont live in Oakland anymore, miss it tho :( maybe a peaceful life is not what Im looking for lol!

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Hello October!

Such a long time I havent been awake after midnight like that…

Wanna write something for the first day of this special month, but dont know where to start.

It’s always much more complicated than it seems and because nothing is ever black or white – all is grey. Sometimes I much doubt on my decision making ability…it never works properly…

I’m still learning to accept things that don’t follow my way.

Its October. Birthday month. Gonna get older (officially), yet in middle of nowhere still.

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F.A.I.L.U.R.E

Yes. I failed. Cant remember how many times I have failed like that…

People said “Failure is a much more faithful teacher than immediate success”…”teacher” surely loves me, keep bugging around me.

Just my fault…cant blame to anything else.

Need time to look back on my life, my goals, and everything…need to discipline myself seriously also.

Wont let this failure happen again.

Monday, Sept 15th.

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Our Amazing Trekking Trip in Ha Giang. Part 1: Day 1-2

I believe that we should take time to see the world and taste the fullness of life. We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; but in the end, the main goal of travelling is to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. It’s about journey of life. I love travelling. That’s undeniable. Every journey I have been through brings me happiness and unforgettable moments. That’s why whenever I can, I always urge myself to travel so that when I look back on my life in future, I will have moments of which I am proud.

            One of my most meaningful journeys has been my Ha Giang trip. Last year, we – I and my sister – decided to make a road trip to explore the northernmost part of Vietnam in November. That trip was not about us being tourists. It was about experiencing true risk and adventure. About Ha Giang, it is one of the less travelled places in Northern Vietnam. Only 179 miles (288km) driving miles from Hanoi; the town sits in a valley surrounded by four mountains and the Lo River bending in its flow. This area is still untouched to many Vietnamese travelers and foreign tourists. It is the land of the natural majestic landscapes, and the sharpness of long-standing living tradition of the hill tribe people that many tourists have not known.  It is one of the best trekking places for young Vietnamese. It is even being said that one could not truly consider oneself Vietnamese until having been there. I and my sister both felt the excitement about our trip.

Day 1 – early day 2:

            We took the bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang city on Friday evening, 9pm. It was a crammed-local-bed-bunk style bus. The driver surely did a great job in organizing and arranging people into the bus. We were told to stay on the upper level, which was a bit tight and it was hard to sit up because of the low ceiling. During eight hours on the bus, we only could lie down. Before sleeping, we spent two hours calling some local motorbike rental shops to make some deals about our renting. There were a lot of motorbike rentals in Ha Giang, therefore, normally people don’t need to call or make reservation in advance. After several calls, we decided to go for Mrs. Huong’s. She seemed very nice and offered us a very good deal. After 8 hours on bus, we arrived to the city very early in the morning, 5am. Although we were still tired, due to the long bus ride, we went straight to Mrs. Huong’s house to get the motorbike. Since it was dark at that time, and our phone had no Wi-Fi signal, it took us about 30 minutes to find her house. She was very friendly and helpful. She made us feel very comfortable; we chatted for one hour or so, and then we got the scooter. Because we are both female and the roads to our destination are very dangerous, Mrs. Huong recommended us to rent scooter instead; we were fine with it. Our scooter was a like new one, a Wave II. After having finished all the needed paperwork for the scooter renting, we officially started our journey to the northernmost of Vietnam. It was 7am.

on the bus!

on the bus!

off the bus, took a bit rest at a street store

off the bus, took a bit rest at a street store

Our journey started!

Our journey started!

its me! :))

its me! :))

taking pics for a couple :)

taking pics for a couple :) they were on their honeymoon! how cool! :))

our first pic together!

our first pic together!

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changing driving "shift" :))

changing driving “shift” :))

 

Ready!

Ready!

met a minority on the way...

met a minority on the way…

arrived the local weekend market.

were passing by a local weekend market.

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I looked so lost :))

I looked so lost :))

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Van Chai town

Van Chai town

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I looked so dumb lol :))

looking cool :))

looking cool :))

jumpinggg!

jumpinggg!

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little boy on the edge. it looked very dangerous, but they might get used to it.

little boy on the edge. it looked very dangerous, but they might get used to it.

 

Yes, Im ready again :))

Yes, Im ready again :))

the road is very curvy

the road is very curvy

 

...and dangerous to ride!

…and dangerous to ride!

But local people are used to it!

But local people are used to it!

Our destination was in

Our destination was in 39 kms

met a surfing-riding group! They had a bunch of people in a group. We had 2 lol :))

met a surfing-riding group! They had a bunch of people in a group. We had 2 lol :))

stopped for a bit!

stopped for a bit!

hurayyy!!

hurayyy!!

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=)))))

=)))))

see how crazyyy the roads were!!! lots of hairpins!

see how crazyyy the roads were!!! lots of hairpins!

But I was not scared ^^ kept moving!

But I was not scared ^^ kept moving!

arrived to the top!

arrived to the top!

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At Vuong’s Palace. Well, its outside. We didnt get inside the palace :))

keep moving!

keep moving!

just "a few" mountains to go :))

just “a few” mountains to go :))

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The kids were very excited to see us!

The kids were very excited to see us!

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its a valley. How beautiful ^^

its a valley. How beautiful ^^

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dont know what I did here lol

dont know what I did here lol

arrived the old town. I was sleeping right after checking in the motel. sis was walking around to take pics a bit at night

arrived the old town. I was sleeping right after checking in the motel. sis was walking around to take pics a bit at night

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Times Square – 30 Minutes Photos Challenge!!

Times Square is my most inspirational place on this planet! Its like my energy cabin! To make it clearer, here is my TRUE STORY: Once upon a time (lol!), I was stressed, bored, or whatever…! Then I went to Times Square, just for relax…When I looked at those vibrant, neon-lit buildings, there was a fight between my Strength and my Weakness! Here is their conversation:

  • Strength said: what’s the hell are u thinking you damn Weakness??!
  • Weakness replied: Heyyy!!! dont shout at me! Im upset now! My boss said…bla…bla…!!! I lost my…bla…bla…! then crying….!
  • Strength: you’re such a stupid ass! where are you standing right now? Its Times square! Its the heart of NYC, the most dreamy place in this world! so many people are wishing everyday to be here. You’re here now, so why do you let those weird minimal things bring you down?? You should be happy and have more enthusiasm than anyone else! Dont take this amazing view for granted! it has a price! taking it with a price or giving up, huh???!”
  • Weakness: *speechless* then stop crying….then keep being preached by Strength!
 
What a weird conversation ever! lol!! but anyway,  its repeated again and again whenever I need to fill up my energy…of course, it does work, I got my energy back so quickly! hahhaha!!
 
Today is just another day I’m wandering around Times Square…its freaky cold now! But still go!…just 30 mins for myself :)
About this album, this time, I’m back to my most favorite photo style: Black and White. So far, this album is the mix between 2 of my most favorites: my most fav style and my most fav place. However, it might not a good mix cuz Times Square in black and white style doesn’t look as fabulous as it should be. Times Square looks great in its vivid colors…and also, I have to admit that nightlife shooting is my weakness! :( some are blurry and shaking :( Anyway, I still like it…simple and emotional, as it always be :)
 
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Fall in love – Central Park 27.10.2012

Sneek peek in Central Park!

I went to Central park just a day before Sandy coming. the sky was not really expected (cloudy all day!) but at least I can capture  the beautiful fall foliage before the super-storm ruins everything!

Enjoy ^^

Take a rest after a working day….

I dont know why but I’m so obsessed with all the bridges in Central Park. They looks so elegant…like in the fairy tales! <3

Same bridge, different color tone :D

black n white tone. classic as always :D

which way should I go?


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Fall is coming into town…Central park has gladly received the embraces of fall foliage…Walking through these Autumn roads, I feel endless love…


Life sometimes sucks…at least for me right now…have to struggle….feel like I’m drowning…But standing in front of this stunning view, I just wanna forget everything, open my heart and enjoy every moment of this beautiful life…



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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” – so true!

One of the most romantic corners in this world! Just wish when I pass away (in 80 years :))) ), I will be buried right here! LOL!!!

peaceful…..

So many families pose under this tree!

another bridge :D

Brothers! LOL!! =))


Feel like I’m in a jungle!

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Close up 3 – so cute!

only in Fall <3


Close up 4 – simply beautiful :)

“falling leaves, hide the path, so quietly” – John Bailey

Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and enjoy this beautiful view…amazing nature.

Close up 5 – Sleeping leave :”>

Sunflowers in a flower shop

I can sit here all day long…do nothing but look at this huge tree =))

Lovely color!

Ending! so far this is my favorite pic in this album. not really because its in black & white, it simply inspires me so much! And I just wanna say something for myself:

“there is no rain without thunder and lightning, no ocean without waves….This is life. now you have to face with so many “thunders” and “waves” in your life…you’r exhausted…wanna give up? NO. Accept it. Fight till the end. Nothing is impossible. In the worst case, you might lose, but at least, you will be proud of what you have tried. Stand up and fight.”

Again, no pain, no gain.