Today my MC club gave me an alarm clock as a present. They think it fits me nicely. I think so too :) . I have been running around the city like crazy for the last week. Today I helped a foreign friend to buy an aquarium and had a MC show in the evening. It’s hard to find motivation to write English at night after a busy day, but I know I have to do it to make myself better in writing. At least I feel happy about getting a bit skinnier from playing badminton 3-4 a week. Big thanks to the coach who keeps yelling at me to make me work hard. It was very fortunate that I bought a good badminton racket from Japan when I was there. Badminton was actually a class in the university in Japan :D . Too bad it’s not possible to major in it.
Time is a really relative to every place in the world. My Japanese friends can surely remember me being a bit late sometimes. Here in Vietnam being late isn’t about missing the appointment time but missing the whole appointment. This morning I had agreed to a photo-shoot with a friend of mine. I was running late but since I hadn’t received a message from my friend asking where I was, I assumed I was all right. I turned up to the agreed place only to find that my friend had already left! So no photo-shoot for me today :( . I have noticed that here in Vietnam people has less of a habit to check on people who are running late. People assume that they will turn up and people tend to be quite relaxed about stuff running behind schedule. Missing todays photo-shoot makes me want to learn to be more punctual. This mean I have to fight the urge to sleep late much harder :) .
Trying to find sunglasses that fit me has been horrible. I often end up looking like an 80’s rock star. In the picture on the side I’m wearing a friend’s glasses. I had one good pair but I lost it a few weeks back. Maybe next time I should buy two pairs so that once I lose or break one I still have another one left. Maybe I should just accept the fact that I can't find pretty sunglasses and join a rock band instead. Do you think I look cool enough to join one, in this picture :D ?
Sometimes cultural differences are things you are most annoyed about but you can learn a lot from them :)
This morning I was driving to an appointment with my friend. He is a Finnish guy with whom I talk a lot on Facebook because I sometimes give him explanations for the Vietnamese language lessons he is now taking. So on the way to the meeting I called him to confirm the time, and he didn't pick up the phone. When he called me back, he said he is already home, so no meeting. I felt very annoyed, but he said we didn't agree on an exact time and place though I thought we did. How come this happened? Here is the answer.
For Vietnamese people when we say somewhere close by the University of Social Science and Humanity (USSH) after 12am, could mean “I’m okay for an appointment”. I assumed that of course I can drive to USSH around 12 and call him. It is very common for Vietnamese people to make assumptions or understand something on your own. But to a Finnish guy, he said an appointment should have exact time and place. Unfortunately, we didn't have an agreement about that. That's why he went home, because he didn't think that there was any agreement about a meeting. The picture beside is of the conversation between him and I on Facebook. When he said "Sure" I thought it was all set and that's why I went there.
I learned my lesson. In the future I will be more careful when making appointments and what is even more important for me, is to learn that when making friends with foreigners, its sometimes difficult but it's absolutely worth it. You learn about your own culture as well as learn to understand them.
P/s: I can only say this after arguing with him about him not waiting for me, haha.
Seriously, I am now 24 years old and I can't even tell you where I am now on my career path. I have been thinking about being a professional MC for some years. Though at this time after 3 years pursuing it, I can't tell you how good or bad I am.
Anyway, yesterday I did quite a good job with the show according to the feedback from the customers. The biggest guy of the company - Commonwealth bank office in HCMC said my English is good. Thank you so much for saying that, Sir! That means a lot and will make me more confident on the way of becoming a good English MC.
But frankly speaking, getting into showbiz or being part of it is not easy in this country. Some of my friends have told me: "That field is "sour."
Fortunately, I am not super discouraged now. I think even if I cannot become someone in showbiz, I'll find my own path and end up doing something I like.
I will start linking my blog post to Facebook so that it’s easier for my Facebook friends to follow me here.
Today is a hard day for me with the hangover from drinking last night. It was nice and cool to chill out with my buddies in Pandora Sky Lounge in Bui Thi Xuan Street. The night view was awesome and the cocktail was nice. But to be honest, having hangover in the morning is not cool at all especially when someone needs to go to work the day after.
I will have MC work tomorrow in Ho Tram Grand Strip, so I’ll have to commute from HCMC to the place early in the morning. I am both excited and anxious for the fact that the show will be hosted in English. I hope that the show will go well. Good luck to me! :)
Well what do you think? Is it pretty :) ? I’m no genius when it comes to computers or internet stuff but I still managed to make my very own website. Nowadays there are many services that help you create a website even if you don’t know anything about coding or web design. You can pretty much drag and drop the elements you want to the website. The service I used to create this site is called Weebly but there are many other service providers that are equally good.
Now that I have my site running I’m going to update it regularly with blog posts about my life. I wish that you will have a pleasant time following my adventures.
I'm a happy Vietnamese girl who enjoys traveling and meeting new people. This blog is about my travels and life.