One step at a time

We all know the story of “Thanh Giong”. It was one of my favorite when I was a kid, and still one of my favorite now. The messages it delivers however, changes with time and with me growing up.

For me, it has two main messages, one of which we should keep at heart, and the other, forget. We should keep at heart that when anything happens to our country even a child can stand up and help, so do we. It shows our strength at one. What we should forget, is the other message, that a kid can grow up in just one day, go to war and win it. It delivers the wrong message, and make us think that we don’t need to train/study hard for most days; When the time comes we just need to focus, power up, then with some miracle and the genius we are within ourselves we’ll be able to tackle any obstacle (with the concrete example of studying English and passing the TOEFL or IELT test … 😉 ) Well, forget it. One needs to learn and practice from day-to-day. Learning is most of the time not very entertaining, even boring, but without it you’ll never get to your goal of a chance to study abroad.

So, today, let us enjoy an inspiring song by Jordin Sparks, One Step At A Time.

And One Step At A Time, win your English test 😉


Tragedy in Japan

I heard about it, but not only when my college friend post a note on facebook about his experience with the earthquake, as well as another friend update her status about how their lives have been affected, it hits me and feels so real…

And as if the largest recorded earthquake followed by a tsunami is not enough for them, now they are facing their worst nuclear accident, according to NY Times and VOA News. They are struggling to find food on empty shelves at the grocery stores, their houses and villages destroyed. International students and officers (like my friends) in Japan of course have the experience of their life.

Pray for Japan. And for my friends, I wish them well.

What’s your Six-Word Memoirs

So I came across my friend’s link on facebook: What’s Your Six-Word Love Story?, which is a part of  “What’s your Six-Word Memoirs” project.

Telling your story in six words is actually not easy. You have to get to the core of it, and choose words wisely. Both from the NY Times blog and the original Six-Word website you’ll find hilarious memoirs, serious memoirs, just western-style life memoirs (some of them are not suitable for U18!).

Right now, mine would be something like “Just do it. Till the end.”

What’s your Six-Word Memoir?