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I keep moving and telling stories. I serve in journalism.

My work in English

Pack a Basket, Fill up Your Water Bottle, It's Sugarcane Harvest Season in Đắk Lắk

In March, at early dawn in M'Drắk, long baskets follow farmers to sugarcane farms to bring back wealth. The people here were in the midst of a sweaty and sweet season. The sugarcane harvest lasts from December until April every year. This is the season when M'Drắk’s residents, who mainly belong to the Ê Đê ethnic group, eagerly await. M'Drắk is a rural district in the highland province of Đắk Lắk. The soil in this area makes it difficult to grow a diverse range of crops. However, sugarcane bec

Turn Off The Screens, Read A Book, Why It Makes Big Impact

As I often travel, I mostly read using my Kindle so I can move around with a lighter backpack. But I still love that feeling of reading a paper book. Once, I was doing a spiritual training course, and I was assigned some books from the library to read. I loved to take whatever I was reading to the park, sit on a bench with a cup of coffee and dive in. I would read under the gentle shade of trees, devouring both the words and the pristine air, loving the pleasing smell from the paper of the book

A Day in the Life of Madame Xuân, Hoi An's 85-Year-Old Vegetable Vendor

She is not famous but has silently become a part of Hoi An’s cultural beauty for years. At the age of 85 years old, she still walks more than 10 kilometers every day to sell vegetables around Hoi An. She has been doing this business for more than 40 years, rain or shine. Her name is Huỳnh Thị Xuân, a native Hoi An resident. Her husband passed away during the war, and none of her relatives are still alive except her two sons and one daughter who are grown up and married, so she lives alone. A lo

Vọng Cảnh, the Picturesque Hill in Huế That Even Emperors Cherished

The poetic Hương River flows calmly, the fresh air and breeze whisper through the lush pine forest, a coming sunset colors the peaceful natural spectacle. All of this can be experienced during a late-afternoon visit to Huế's Vọng Cảnh Hill. Vọng means "to observe" and "to watch" and Cảnh means "sight" and "scene," so Vọng Cảnh Hill can be translated to "the hill for sightseeing." It earned this name because the historical emperors of the Nguyễn Dynasty designated it as a special place for sight

Life on the Last Remaining Ferries in Hoi An

These ferry boat trips may no longer be seen in Hoi An in the future, but they have been reliable partners in daily life and work for years. Cam Kim Commune is in the countryside in Hoi An city. It's separated from Hoi An's downtown by the Thu Bon River. People from both sides travel across on a daily basis to conduct business. When there was no bridge, the ferry boat was the primary mode of transportation. Over time, bridges were built to connect the two areas, but they still cannot completel

In Lockdown, Saigoneers Draw Strength From an Unexpected Wealth of Support: Each Other

They largely didn't know each other, except for their flatmates. Then the COVID-19 outbreak began, and they got closer. They are now more accommodating, caring and loving. As Vietnam's business and financial hub, Saigon draws many people from other provinces to work and live. As a result, long-term rental housing in the city is extremely crowded, and oftentimes people rent one room in a big house or a building. Many people inhabit the same place, but they generally live separate lives. “Ordina

My work in Vietnamese

Hội An chống đỡ chùa Cầu, gấp rút chống bão

Trước dự báo bão số 5 (có tên gọi Noul) sẽ đổ bộ các tỉnh miền Trung từ sáng 18-9, các địa phương đã chủ động đưa ra các phương án ứng phó. Trong ngày 17-9, thành phố Hội An (Quảng Nam) mưa rả rích theo từng đợt và nặng hạt dần đến chiều do ảnh hưởng của bão số 5. Địa phương này đã gấp rút giằng gỗ chống đỡ chùa Cầu, tăng cường cắt tỉa cây xanh.

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