500 Miles : A Song Away from Home

I am a big fan of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s music, “Oldies but Goodies”. The first time I listened to this song was a version performed by  Peter, Paul, and Mary when I was a student. Normally, I prefer to listen to the original version but this version is too good to ignore….

Movie Review: The Help

To raise your voice for the truth or fight against injustice, especially something recognized by a majority of people in society, you need great courage and determination. Being courageous to face failures and death. Being courageous to keep yourself moving forward despite of relentless and brutal attacks. The Help is a 2011 American historical drama…

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

You may not believe but there are millions of people wishing to live more than anything at this moment. It is said that in order to learn how valuable this life is, let’s visit those who are suffering from terminal or incurable illnesses. Let’s see how they fight back the illness to save their own…

THE CASTLE BY FRANZ KAFKA

Nonsense literature reflects human life “The castle” was published in 1926, two years after Franz Kafka passed away. The novel was an unfinished manuscript like two other his novels “The Trial” and “The Man Who Disappeared”, which was preserved by his friend, Max Brod. Max Brod refused Kafka’s instruction to burn his unpublished work. Thanks…

Being a volunteer Ted translator 

Why did I start?  In 2015, I got a job as a full-time project management staff in a construction company and I worked from Monday to Saturday. I’m a complete novice in this field, that’s why I needed more time to familiarize myself with procedures and tasks. Due to my workload, I often started from…

Travel in Typhoon

Mid-November 2018 I flew from Hai Phong to Danang. It was the time the typhoon No. 12 heading to my country. On average, there are about 10 to 12 typhoons hitting Vietnam every year, most likely from August to November. Since a long time ago, I decided that the weather has nothing to do with my mood…

Boracay, the Philippines

This blog is my daytime journey in Boracay, a sleepless island and an island of nightlife and parties. However, I am a daylight person; therefore I didn’t join much night activities there. Even so it was interesting to get in the lively nightlife hustle and bustle after dinner. One of Scottish guy in my dormitory room asked…

A short photography tour around Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin is a second largest city in the South Island of New Zealand (after Christchurch). It’s known for its Scottish and Maori heritage, Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Tunnel Beach, Dunedin Dunedin Railways is one of the finest pieces of Edwardian Baroque style architecture (the Neo-Baroque architectural style during the Edwardian era (1901–1910)) in New Zealand….

My terrarium plants

I always love to have some plants around me. They surely brighten up my day no matter what. However, when I travel somewhere for a long while, I cannot take care of them. I was so delighted to learn about terrarium plants some years ago. I did make a small one last time before I…

Work Away in New Zealand

I haven’t been to the West Coast and I thought why not give Workaway a try. I am not really interested in working in a hostel but comments from earlier workawayers in Noah’s Ark Backpackers changed my mind. Requirement is that I work about two or three hours a day and I can spend the…

Couchsurfing in Singapore

I booked the airline ticket to Singapore early May, 2018. I had known about Singapore as a modern country of high-rise buildings rather than natural scenery and wildlife while I prefer to outdoor activities like hiking, climbing or camping in nature; therefore, I decided to stay in Singapore for only 3 days and then heading…

Some conversations with friends

#1 Friend: Hey, finally I got to know what I like and I am doing my best to accomplish it.  Me: Great! Friend: But I think it is a bit late to change my path at the age of 3x.  Me: Oh, If at the age of 60 I am still alive and find out what I…

Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Do It – by Erica Miller

This is a motivational and inspirational book. I have read some books written by authors who are Holocaust survivors and the most common feature is their strong vigor and determination to get through tragedies or hardships. Yet they soon realize their meaning of life. For me, Erica Miller is like the “great wall” that would…

The Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hiarata

“The current world of education no longer saw school like Pak Harfan saw it—that knowledge is about self-value, and that education is a celebration of the Creator. That school doesn’t have to be merely a means toward getting to the next level, making money and getting rich. Rather, he saw school as a celebration of…

Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

“Wonder” is a beautiful novel for children by R.J. Palacio,  published on February 14, 2012. It was adapted into a movie in 2017. The main character Auggie was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was homeschooled until fifth grade. Auggie is a brave kid who went through twenty-seven surgeries within ten years and grows up…

The Courage to be Disliked by Koga Fumitake & Kishimi Ichiro

Alfred Adler (1870-1937) was an Austrian medical doctor, psychotherapist, and founder of the school of individual psychology. His emphasis on the importance of feelings of inferiority, the inferiority complex, and community feelings is recognized as an isolating element which plays a key role in personality development. He also opposes the dualism and considers a human…