Jan 14, 2021

I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family!

It turns out that in some moment, you feel like you fall down tilll the bottom of the world but then life push you up to the heavens. If my life is a song, It will probably have some tranquilling moments mixing with dramatic ones :)))) I love to be chilled in a pub but I definitely want to live in a hectic city. My “song” has been changed since I went to the Netherlands. It became slower and calmer. I wasn’t besy with projects anymore, I had more time to take care of myself, my family and my friends. I knew how to cook Vietnamese dishes, made the dessert, create my own blog.

Everything happens for a reason, so I just cherish every single moment that I’m still here, still can alive, learn and love. Nonetheless, I missed the previous time that I left home at 6am and came back at 11pm. My mom kept saying “Why were you so busy when you don’t even go to work?”, I just smiled and got my scooter then leave home. I didn’t realize how old my parents are, I rarely asked whether they were alright ot not, cause I was too busy and careless at that time. Now, when calling them from the other time zone of the Earth, I could see cleary the wrinkles on their forehead, the way they talk, their actions are slower than before. My parents become older.

It’s really funny when I had to admit the right of the statement: You realize how precious it is when you lost it. I don’t know why I talk about this topic today, It’s just hmmm I miss my family a lot.

In the evening, my dad and my grandpa watch the music shows, my mom composes the lecture for the class and my younger sister updates her day at school.

I missed the weekend time, when we’re ( hmm sometimes not me) free from the work and studying, my big family gathers together to cook lots of Vietnamese food.

Whenever I finished my work lately, my dad and mom don’t go to sleep well. They will go out the bedroom and remind me go to bed.

Although I’m not a child anymore but I will tell my mom to kiss and hug me when I see her do that with my sister. I’ll pretend to be jealous and tell her It’s not fair :3 Then she have to give me a hug and kiss :3 I win❤️

I remembered that mom will buy 2 ice cream sticks although she keeps telling about how easily I’m going to be get cough when eating too much ice cream. Even my sister also buys 2 ice cream cones for me whenever she buys it. Before going to the supermarket, mom will ask me what you want to have then my sister say: Ice-creammm, I know you :3

I remembered whenever my friend who is a boy ;))) any boy, take me home or pick me up, my dad won’t open the gate but he will stand somewhere near by it. The distance is close enough for him to see who is it :)))) In the next day or maybe when I come home, he will ask me about that friend :3

Time flies and my dad become easier to me than mom. It’s totally contrast to the past. I remembered there’s once time I came home very late about 2am. My dad didn’t say anything, just ask for the reasons then done. The situation was different with my mom, she was upset me for a few days about that.

Back to my childhood, mom told me that before I went to the Grade 2, I always asked my dad to carry me on his back from the bad room to the restroom :))) Unless he did that, I wouldn’t leave my bed.

Ah :3 there are so many memories that I can’t recall.

Now, I just hope that they will be always healthy and happy, one of my resolutions of this year is try to videocall my family at least 5 times a week! I’ll commit to that.

So :3 today seems not a diary although I’ll put it in my diary. Let’s say, today is my family’s day, so I told you about my family❤️ Thank you for reading :3

Good night and love you all!

Jan 13, 2021

I’ve just known that the lockdown is extended 3 more weeks after Jan 19, so might be near the Vietnamese Tet holiday. That’s sad😭

Today, I woke up at 9am. It was sooner than usual because I had a meeting with my boss in Vietnam. We updated about the scope of work I’m going to be in charge till the end of January. I’m excited to have something to do besides studying, I believe I can learn new things in the incoming weeks.

I received the time slot for the presentation yesterday. It’s quite late, I’m afraid that the teachers will be tired after listening to a number of presentations from the morning to the afternoon. And it somehow could affect to our team’s evaluation, hope not:3 We’ll conduct our final rehearsal tomorrow then we can confidently join in the pitching.

I also received the refund from Stradivarius this morning as well as the apology from the agency who took responsibility in picking up my package to return to Decathlon. I had been waiting a whole day for them but nobody came yesterday. When they sent me a feedback email, I reported the issue to them immediately. Surprisingly, they solved it this morning for me. Additionally, I also had good customer service from H&M this evening when I typed the wrong email. I was quite worried that It could affect the order, I reached to the chat box of them right away. Although It was over 6pm, there were still some who answered my concerns. After that, I received a confirmation email of my order, I’m quite satisfied and happy with their fast process. If I own a company in the future, I will consider “customer service” as one of my top priorities.

Oreo Cheesecake made by meee

This is the oreo cheesecake that I made yesterday :3 yummy yummy. I shared it with my lovely Helix sis and bros. It’s a double joy when you share with others right? That’s a reason why I love to cook for people whom I love :3 Honestly, the cake still had a room for improvement, but I knew the ratio of ingredients after this one, so I can do it better next time!😉

Traditional green bean stiky rice cake of the Northen area

I have never tried this cake before, It has a strange taste at the first bite but you’re (or maybe me) gonna be addicted to its stickiness and sweetness of the cake. There are some copra inside the cake which enrich its greasiness :3

Last update, I came back with a new workout program, I’ll work hard and hope that I can get fit in 1-2 months!

That’s the end of my day, thanks for reading until now :3 love youu all.

Goodnight :3

Jan 12, 2021

As I promised, this is the Milo’s packaging that I told you on my pervious post. It looks eye-catching and interesting right :3

This picture was taken by my mom, in spite of the fact my sister could be seen as a high-tech generation, mom is always the best person who could understand my idea. Parents are whom love us and give us unconditionally, I really believe in that sentence. Because when I had members, I also taught them, trained them, like mom and children. Thus, I could probably know what are the feelings of being parents.

I had good news yayy, Stradivarius – the clothing brand that delivered me the package, which was missed 2 items sent me an email this morning to apologize for the mistakes as well as inform me about their refund process. I’m so satisfied with their customer service, I had just called them the day before and they did process it. I think I’m gonna come back in the future.

Another trial with oreo cheesecake

Yesss, I made one today. It wasn’t successful as I expected because of the oversized cake mold. The recipe is for 20cm and mine is 28cm, it’s pretty big. Anw, Phong – son of sis Chi said that it was delish, so It could be seen as a minimal success for my attempt. I had done it before, in Vietnam, but I think the different ingredients, different cake molds led to different results. In the end, it still tastes good. I think I have experiences and I can confidently remake it in the next time! Just wait for me :3

Nonetheless, I’m proud of the today’s result and I’m gonna share some pieces of the cake for my Helix’s friends :3 Maybe on Tet holiday, when having more time and more relaxable, I can make it – a better one!

This is Vietnamese roll. It’s easy to prepare and super super delish to enjoy with your family or friends. For the topping, It depends on your tastes so it can be varied from grilled pork to beef or shrimp. Normally, in order to make the roll fresh and crunchy, we add some lettuces, cucumbers or other veggies in it. The most important factor that affects the success of the dish is the sauce. It’s a combination of fish sauce, lemon, sugar, garlic, chili, warm water to balance, you have to have a proper ratio and it may change if you use another brand of fish sauce. The sauce is seen as the soul of any Vietnamese food, which can strengthen the flavors and upgrade the stunning of the dish :3

Besides above activities, most of the time I spend on studying for incoming exams hold in next week. I’m gonna have 2, ah and 1 presentation this Friday. Let’s kill them all, Annie! Hope that everything will be fine :3 I’ll endeavor for it.

Time flied, It’s on the new day again :3 I should change the title into a diary of today but posted on the next day 🙂

Anw, Good night guys :3 love uuuu to the moon and back.

Jan 11, 2021

I literally started my diary at 11.58pm, so it’s another debt from the Mr. God of Time.

First time getting up early

7.30am, the alarm from my phone rang, dragged me out of a sweet dream. I did have an idea going back to sleep after turning off the sound, but my mind didn’t allow me to do that. Today was exam day, so I needed to get prepared soon!!!

Yep, and I did it!

Although It was a bit uneasy because I haven’t awakened early since the beginning of this year, 2021.

On the way to school, I felt more conscious and comfortable. It turned out that I could come back to my previous routine of waking at 7.30am. Nah, but I won’t do that, If I don’t have classes or exams, everything changed :))

Small actions but big joys

The exam went well, after finishing it, I realized only me and 1 student were still in the room, people were all done and left. When walking to outside, I saw my Helix friends were waiting for me to come home together, that’s so cuteeee :3 It reminded me of the high school. However, because I had to print the labels to return the clothes, so I couldn’t go with themm. That’s a pity. Nonetheless, their action really warmed me.

While trying to print the labels, I also received support from campus store’s staff. She was so nice that when I couldn’t purchase the print machine because the function of my student card wasn’t activated. She helped me for free :3 I was so blue yesterday because the print store near my home doesn’t work. This is quite true with the statement: after every storm comes a 🌈.

I was also given a box of mini choux cream :3 yummy, I have a sweet tooth so It’s kinda the perfect end for the exam morning.

Thank youuuu, for all of that💙 I appreciate what people do for me and I cherish every single moment, action.

Hungry, hungry, hungry

Recently, my breakfast has changed to brunch so I’ll feel hungry in the period from 4-5pm. However, because of having a rehearsal for my incoming presentation, I couldn’t eat. Thus, I was extremely starving. I just kept looking at the cooker and hoped it would turn to “cooked” signal as soon as possible. The rice I bought this time took more water and time to be done so the time seemed so longgggg.

During desperate waiting time, I posted a story on my Instagram account to express my upset, and you know what. Just right after a few seconds, the light turned to “cooked”, so amazing. Perhaps the cooker also love me like my friends as well, it didn’t want to upset me TT.TT I love you too, cooker :3

The meal was so good :3 both in visual and taste, so proud of me!

It’s a bit messy but still yummy :3 I bet!

9.00pm, I took a shower, It was so cold tho. Then I started with my first week of a scientific writing course from Coursera. The teacher gave me various tips and tricks to make the essay more constructive and professional in the scientific area. I think I’ll attempt to complete it. It’s always good to learn something new :3

I bought cream cheese today because I still had some whipping cream left, so I’m planning to make oreo cheesecake tomorrow. Let’s see :3

I think I’m gonna end today’s diary here. See ya!

Good night guys and love you alll :3

Jan 10, 2021

Evening :3 today is a full of love day so I think I’m in the seventh heaven😇

Love is a short word but have a huge impact

I had a video call with my grandmother and my parents this afternoon. I was happy and assured when I saw the smiles on their faces. Since the day I went to the Netherlands, I have started to say “I love you” to my mom and dad more. In Vietnam, It might have been in a blue moon that I said that sentence to them.

I tell you an adorable story related to that. One day, when I woke up, I saw there was a missed call from my mom, but It was nearly my class schedule so I had to leave it and go to school. Later on, when I came home, I called her as usual. After talking about some stories about my new school, new class and new friends, I suddenly remembered the call this morning and I asked her why did you call me. Before she intended to answer, I added one more question which was “Were you missing me?” – to be honest, I think I had never said it but It was just spontaneous coming out. In that moment, I could see her face had a bit of a change like surprise, she hesitated for a while then she said: Yes, I missed you, and she smiled. I was so touched and melted, I just would like to ask Mr. God of Time to pause that moment longer a bit for me. Sometimes, adding sweets in your life is nice :3 just try with your parents someday.

Speaking of love, friendship also needs it too. I think I’m the luckiest person in the world cause I had a chance to know these lovely brothers, sisters in Helix. Going out with them made me feel younger and happier, I could see my images sometimes in the way they communicate with each other, and that’s my luck to know all of them. Today, one of them invited me to join in their BBQ dinner but I couldn’t make it. I asked him remember to tag me when posting a story in Instagram, and he did it :3 It’s so cute :3333 I’ll definitely come back after January, after the exam weeks.

Workout is my axiom

Today is the last day in a workout program, It took me 60 minutes and more 15 minutes to stretch. In the beginning, I started with Emi Wong’s programs then my best friend highly recommended me to try with Chloe Ting. They’re more intensive and hard, but I think I prefer this one. Although I used to have 1 week off, because of being busy hanging out with my friends, I still could come back with the pace of the program. I even missed a lot. Sometimes, If I don’t have a workout schedule on this day, I feel a bit empty and uncomfortable. Am I addicted to it?🤔

Late dish – everything is in one bowl

Actually, It’s not my last dish of the day, after finishing it for an hour, I still felt hungry then I took a half of homemade dumpling from sis Hang – sis of sis Chi. She’s very good at her cooking, and her husband as well. They’re such a chef couple :3 One of my future spouse’s standards is cooking well, cause I love to cook together with people whom I love.

Exam is coming to townn

So, next week, my exam period will start, I will try my best in order not to make my parents and friends who help me down. I’m not totally confident but I think with my 101% effort, I can do it! And after that I think I’ll learn a scientific writing course on Coursera to enhance my skills. I came back to work for my previous company in Vietnam as a Coordinator role which requires me to create blogs, PR content.  I’m excited to reboot and try new areas. Nevermind, the most important thing now is doing well in the exams!!! Thus, I’ll finish the post here and go back to studying.

Good night and love you all! Btw, wish me the best :3

Jan 9, 2021

I believe today’s blog is gonna be a long one, I experienced a series of emotions both happy and unhappy moments. And I really would like to share with you.

Today is a beautiful day that the sky was blue and the clouds were alike lovely sheeps running on the meadow :3 My meeting ended at 6.30am, I thought that I would sleep until 1 or 2pm, but the sunlights woke me up :3

The weather is pretty great and shiny :3

My curry was not successful yesterday so I decided to fix it. I was wrong about the portion of seasonings. It should have been doubled than the previous dish I made, cause I used double the ingredients. Why didn’t I realize it sooner TT.TT Furthermore, the Khuc Bach sweet gruel was sweeter than I expected *hurt*, It might be because of the different milk’s brand. It was added more sugar than the one I bought in the first time I cooked. My solution was reducing the amount of sugar in the soup, so it was balanced.

It worked tho :3 In the end of the day, sis Chi came home and tried 2 dishes, she said the curry was cooked properly than yesterday and the sweet was yummy :3 Phew, I’m gonna remake the dishes and they will be better😤 And ofc, I’ll tell you guys :3

The curry dish that I remade it, looks better huh :3

Actually, half of my day was not filled with good news at all. My order from Pull&Bear still hadn’t been shipped to my home, although It’s nearly a month. Furthermore, when unpackaging the package from the other clothing brand, It missed 2 items. I was so blueeeeeee. Some of the clothes don’t fit me as I thought then I had to return them, after several days of waiting. *cry 3000x*

Besides, in the Netherlands, if you want to return objects, you need to print out the return label that the brand sends via your email or on their site. However, the print shop near by my home doesn’t provide that service anymore, because of the coronavirus TT=TT. I think I’ll wait until Monday, when I come to the University to take the English exam. After these “storms”, I concluded that I had better come home and stay there until tomorrow :))) Then maybe bad luck would not find me.

And you know what, It could be one of the most wise decision I have made in entire my life.

When I came home, my friend texted me and told me a funny story. In Vietnam, there is a web about future prediction, they give the suggestions for numbers that people should choose to play lotteries. My friend saw me twice in his dream and today’s result lottery had the number that in the suggestion. OMG :))) that’s really hilarious and unbelievable tho :3 I told him to try to buy some next time, in case he sees me again.

Ahhh there are two more things that cheered me up today. Firstly, after confiding in with my only female best friend about the issues. We don’t text to each other usually but when I talk with her, I can be eased and feel so comfortable. She posted a story about a challenge that requires people to answer a question. Her question was saying “thank you” to whom you are appreciate. She tagged my name in the last row with a sentence could be interpreted as “save the best for that last”. That was sweet of her. Awwwwww, love you and miss you so much. When I come back to Vietnam, we’re gonna eat all Saigonese food, together!!!

Next, the second moment was one of my close friend, he is the boy but I call him “mom” ^^ It’s popular for our generations that we usually play role as family members in a group of close friends. He read all my blogs and gave lots of suggestions that could improve my grammar, coherence and fluency of the words. That took him lots of time I believed so and; moreover, he always ready to answers my concerns about English :)))) Love you too “momm”, I’ll try my best in order not to disappoint you❤️

And the happiest moment today could be this oneeee: my first nails that made my meeeee!

Last achievement of my dayyyy

To be honest, It was thanks to the dedicated and patient support from sis Chi, then I could complete it without any scars or injuries on her hands🤣 I’m going to practice more, let’s start from tomorrow, I mean today :))) I think after the lockdown I can comeback to the nails shop and assist some scope of works :3 Hope that we can soonly back to the normal life. My life might be more busy in the future so I’ll have more stories to share with you, my dear friends.

I borrowed an hour from the God of Time today TT.TT please to not accumulate. I don’t want to wait for someone for entire my life, since I believed my debt is uncountable now. I’ll keep my eyes on the next days! I promise.

Good night people and stay healthy. Love youuu!

Jan 8, 2021

I think I’m gonna write my diary now then going to bed soon today because I have a meeting pretty soon tomorrow!

Questions: Do we add carrots into the curry?

As I promised yesterday, I cooked curry and made a sweet dish as well. When searching on the internet, they show many pictures and recipes of carrots in the dish. However, when I called to my family to ask for “consultant” :))) my parents said that It’s weird to add them in, even my sis aka my classmate told me the same thing. 😭😭😭 Nevermind, I still finished it, but I think I’ll add some coconut milk tomorrow cause sis Chi said that it lacked the seasoning of a proper curry. I’m gonna nail it! Btw, if you know I have a plan to cook curry in the future, remind me not putting carrots in 🧡

For the sweet, I made it smoothly and easily since I had made it once before, on Christmas night with my friends. If “Annie” in Vietnam is here, she will be surprised a lot with this Annie. Everything has changed since I went abroad. I have become more neat, known how to cook more dishes and the ones that I have never thought I might do. Thus, for people who intend to go abroad, just prepare yourself that you’re gonna “do” everything literally. If that is not you, who will do right? That’s what I proudly call my mature journey.

I feel something new

I’m pretty sure, hmm it’s hard to explain but I felt something changed, just a new energy running in my body. That’s weirdooo, but, I’m gonna keep my eyes on it :3 Let’s see what version that I will change into.

I found something old

When searching the sources for the post, I accidentally found pictures when I took a selfie with Vu Cat Tuong, a famous singer in Vietnam, so I decided to tell you guys about that moment. One more funny exploration is my first picture that me and my BFF sent in our messenger’s conversation is an answer of our math class 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 I can’t keep smiling when recalling about this one.

One of my close friend found someone alike me

It’s kinda creepy when he just goes over and over about a member in his club who has an appearance and voice just the same as me. He is so determined and dedicated in proving that. A vivid example of it could be today, he shared with me a video from the club which has her contribution as an actor. I didn’t find any points that we’re alike. I sent the video to another close friend and he also agreed with that. Maybe, there is a statement in Vietnam that could work in my situation: a knife couldn’t cut its hilt, which means a person isn’t able to evaluate themselves objectively. Anw, I’m gonna send it to more friends to check that!

End of the day

Besides cooking, I workout and continue with studying English. I’ve just finished the trial test a few minutes ago. I’ll attempt to get a good grade this time, hopefully🌈 Today is the day my charitable club in Vietnam goes to the venue to organize their event. Some of my juniors were robbed of their phones this week, I’m so worried for them but hope that they can overcome it and have a nice trip to the venue. Best wishes from your “mom”! We always call each other mom and kids, we’re as knit as a family and have been through many up and down moments. I’ll tell you some in My Memory.

I think I’ll end here and go to bed z.z.z.z, and wake up at 2am for the meeting. Byeee and love you all!

Good night.

First time taking a selfie with a celeb

This is the first time I had nearly full face selfies with a Vietnamese singer. Her name is Vu Cat Tuong, she has prominent talent in not only singer but also composing and playing instruments.

The origin of these pictures are from Festival Le Hong Phong 2019 in my high school – Le Hong Phong High School for the Gifted. Actually, I was an alumnus at that time, I came back to support as a content writer in the PR team. It was one of the busiest times that I had to cover lots of extracurricular activities. And the selfies were taken on the on-site day of the concert.

At first, I was a bit nervous, I felt like the “fangirl” blood was howling in my mind. After, hmm perhaps 3 minutes, going in and out the room, I decided to “take risk” :))) In a shaking hand and my heart was pumping in a beat that I had never had before, I borrowed my friend’s phone to take 2 selfies.

That’s fun :3

P/s: one of her songs that I’m really into is Vet mua, you can enjoy it with me 🌧️

Jan 7, 2021

Hello world!

I have been waiting for the whole day to tell you that I submitted the portfolio this morning yayy! A half of another stone is put away. Now, I can focus more on studying and doing the presentation for the Brand Building class.

It will not follow an order for today’s diary cause I’m kinda hyper proactive so I’m gonna tell you what I feel happy the most first.

Big achievement

Besides completing the portfolio before the deadline which is Jan 8, I was so proud of myself that I could figure out the mess from WordPress’s blog setting stuff, of course within the support of my sister. One more thing related to the moment she helped me was that my blog’s logo is the same design as her previous one. It’s kinda sisterhood destiny. On the other hand, I think I will design a new one :)) cause actually, I made it from Canva’s template, so It can’t avoid the overlap. But, in the end, it was fun when you found out more bonds between people that you love.

Sweet time

There are three moments of the day that made me feel extremely wonderful and nostalgic. Firstly, I saw my friend’s post about the common situation that when you praise that fruit or food, on the next day your mom/dad definitely will buy double, even triple these things for you. It recalled a memory with my dad. Several years ago, one day, my dad bought a box of passion fruit for me and I said I love it a lot. Sooo, I believe you can guess the result of the story. I experienced a week of passion fruit and It was such a scary and lovely period that I didn’t use them for a long time. The second memory is when I saw my ex-member practicing for an MC role in order to lead the charity event in Vietnam. Not only her but I’m also proud of all my members in that club. They have grown a lot after undergoing many up and down moments since I went abroad. I cherish the fact that they still continue to fight and development together, in spite of all the difficulties and bullsh*t things that life brought to them. Finally, the third one is I had a jinx with my acquaintance sister, like we all had an intention to text the other about love, but I forgot to text because of my struggle with the blog. At the end of the day, I received her message and it’s really a witty coincidence. Bonus, I ate all of Alpro chocolate ice-cream left in the box, so satisfied ~

A little unexpectedness

There are two things that didn’t follow the plan today. Hmm, although I said that I would cook curry today but I was lazy then didn’t buy the ingredients to make it. I’ll definitely do it tomorrow, cause I run out of protein in the fridge so I’ll go to the supermarket to buy some. Nonetheless, I made a dish with tortilla which I posted in the Dishes that I made (with recipes) yayy, first post, not as I expected but it’s okay! The second unexpected thing is the clothes I ordered didn’t ship to my home according to the email and I have to go to the pickup point, perhaps on Sunday this week. Arghhh, it’s cold outside and I just want to stay at home :3

I think that’s all for today, it’s a new day again :))) I borrowed a few minutes of Jan 8 from the God of Time to finish Jan 7’s diary. People said that there is a rule about “give and take” so I’m gonna end the diary now. I think maybe he or she will punish me by making me wait for somebody in the future :3

Just good night and love ya ~

Tortilla with shrimp and veggies

Time of preparation

15-20 minutes


Ingredients

2 Tortillas

1/4 Red bell peper

3 leaves of cabbage

2 spoons of corn

2 spoons of bean

6 shrimps

1 spoons of tomato sauce

Salt, pepper, butter, olive oil


Recipe

Step 1

Chop the veggies and shrimps into small pieces.

Step 2

Heat the pan then put olive oil and butter into it.

Step 3

Fry garlic first until it smells good then put the veggies, stir them for 5-7 minutes. Next turn is the shrimps yay.

Step 4

Put the “secret weapon” into the pan, it’s up to your taste, be careful cause it’s easy to get burn.

Step 5

Heat the tortilla by the oven for 1 minute each side. Finally, put everything that is cooked on the tortilla. And you’re done!