The unsent letter

Back in university, there was a time when I composed quite a few poems. Actually, it was more like poems coming to me than me writing them because the words came and fit one another so naturally… It was in the first hours of my last day in Saigon before I come back someday I don’t know when. Not long after I woke up, when I was sitting at my table working on an unfinished report, I picked up my pen and a piece of paper. And the words started to materialize themselves, in the light of a breaking dawn.


Even a Psychology Professor at Wharton gets the MBTI wrong!

The other day, I came across this article on by Adam Grant, Ph.D., a professor at Wharton and the author of Give and Take. Adam argues that the MBTI is a fad that deserves no real merit as it is an unreliable, inaccurate, and uncomprehensive instrument. It’s nothing new that the MBTI receives criticism despite being one of the most (probably the most) widely practiced personality archetypes. And I’m not surprised when critique comes from a highly respected and globally influential psychologist like Adam. But it takes me by surprise how loose and superficial his argument is – frankly, I find most of it invalid. Here’s how.

The wedding vow

Great I have found something that would save me the headache of writing a wedding vow (if someday I turn out to decide that getting married is a good idea). I would just have to play this song for my part lol.
I can’t promise to be someone for a man to protect. Actually, I will promise to be “his remedy”.
Come whatever, I’ll be the shelter that won’t let the rain come through. […] I promise you will see that I will be your remedy.

A springtime story of my purest Hanoi

A piece written on airplane in tonight’s flight from Hanoi to Saigon The spring’s meetup. With this special person who is the first and one of the only two people who feel like Hanoi to me. The purest and most beautiful essence of it. * Because of my job, I used to travel to Hanoi…

A conversation about confidence versus cockiness

The other day, I had this unexpected conversation on Facebook with a friend I made back in Colorado State University. I’m thankful for his sharp and informed response and argument that provoked me to think more deeply about what I meant, which, by consequence, helped me hone my vision of who I want to be. I have a feeling that sometime from now looking back, I’d likely find it to be one of such change-inducing moments. So I document it here for my own reference. And also, I hope it means something to you.

Choosing employers based on personal Learning Styles or Which one to work for – a Corporation or a Startup?

Which one should I choose to work for – a big, established company or a small starting one? A well-known multinational company or a start-up? This kind of question, though posed in differing variations, is probably shared by many young people who are embarking the first steps in their career path, including myself a while…