Paying a Tribute to Vietnamese Boat People

Waking up at three o’clock this morning, the first images came to my mind were the Vietnamese tombstones at the Westminster Memorial Park where I paid tribute to the Vietnamese Boat People who died during the escape of the Vietnamese Communist Regime after the Fall of Saigon in April 1975. It was my first time partaking in the 9th Annual Ceremony, taking place on last Sunday of the month of April. I wasn’t sure how I would feel, but I knew there would be tears rolling off my cheeks uncontrollably, so I hurriedly got a few tissues from my car with me before I entered the cemetery. The minute I set foot in the cemetery, I got emotional for seeing the familiar structures of the Vietnamese sty

Planing for my book signing

After throwing a successful baby shower for a good friend last week, I focus all my attention now on planning my book signing and interview on the television next month. I am happy and blessed to receiving support from my family, friends and the Vietnamese community. Thank you for all that you do. ❤️ There are about eighteen songs will be sung at my book signing, both in English and Vietnamese. There is one poetry reading in Vietnamese style, almost like opera 😀. (It’s my poem written in English. It was translated into a beautiful Vietnamese poem which follows strict rules. I like the translation piece even more than mine 😂.) There are book reviewers and last but not least my speech in t

“I Can Only Imagine”

Yesterday I went to see this movie, “I Can Only Imagine” with my hubby, Dennis. It was recommended by his coworker. I cried most part of the movie because it reminded me of my childhood. After the movie, I told Dennis that my life is somewhat similar to the movie and is even more traumatic because I didn’t find myself many years after I reached adulthood. I can imagine one day, perhaps many years from now, my life story unfolds on the big screen... Life is not what happens to you, but it is about how you manage the situations. I handle it alright through the power of prayer and forgiving. Recently, I've become more active in the church, learning the Bible and meeting many wonderful hum

I'm Grateful for the Continuing Support!

Yesterday my friend called me to order a book for his doctor friend. I told him I only have one book left (I plan to take it to a bookstore this weekend.) I asked him to wait for the next order. Last week I just received a packet of 25 books, and now I’ll have to order more books 📚, 200 more to be exact. The stories I put in my book are 💯 true. I don’t sugarcoat them. Perhaps, that’s why my readers like them. Money has never been the reason for me to pursue a writing career. If money was my passion, I would have focused on my real estate's career. Being able to pursue my passion and make a difference in someone’s life through my writing is more than money can buy. I’m truly thankful

Pain and Suffering

There are financial bankruptcy and emotional bankruptcy. The latter is the worse. It drains your will to live and ability to function. I have experienced both, but thank God I no longer feel emotionally bankrupt. Somedays difficult situations arrive, instead of reacting to them, I often take a step back to meditate, reflect and pray. Certain problems are beyond my control, so I pray for the powerful force to intervene. As long as I am able to open my eyes each day, I get up and deal with life. Pain and suffering are the constant reminder lessons for me to acknowledge that this is life. Many are suffering much worse. Having the knowledge and experiences urge me to go out there to lift up

A Compassionate Heart is Needed

I had a difficult last customer which kept me on the phone over thirty minutes. He even asked for a supervisor, but I was able to take the call without getting help. Frankly speaking, I almost lost my cool. I Dealing with the sick and poor every day is not an easy task. Somedays are decent; others I was the one to get blamed for everything went wrong. Being a public servant requires a compassionate and understanding heart. It teaches me to be humbled and kind to others becau se there are so many lives out there struggling tenfold than me. I have to remind myself often to treat them like a human, not just another case number. ❤️

Breakthrough the Dark Clouds

What would you do when you see someone you love falling into a pit-hole? Would you do all you can to pick them up or walk away after trying your best to convince them not to fall in the first place? Everyone is different. Some are more independent and strong-minded while others depend on others for every aspects of their lives. As a young girl, I learned not to depend on anyone for anything. Till this day, I hardly ask for help or rely on anyone or anything. Years ago, a doctor told me I had to depend on drugs because of the hallucinations and flashbacks I was experiencing due to childhood traumas. No, I did not follow the doctor’s directions. After taking exactly six months of drugs to ba

Don’t Let the Roadblock Stop You

Orange County, California has the most Vietnamese outside of Vietnam. I have always loved coming here for the community events, but I was hesitated of taking the freeways to get there, more so in the last few years. I felt nervous driving on the speed limit. Not sure what the cause is 😂. Anyways, lately, I’ve been taking the side streets everywhere, to LAX, Downtown LA to Orange County. When I mentioned this to my family or friends, they couldn’t understand me. It does not matter. The important thing is that I still am able to get to where I want to go, takes longer but I feel safe and free of stress as I drive. Our lives turn to different directions sometimes unexpectedly. Don’t let a l

Live to Love

I was born as a depressed child. The sky was always grey. As an adult, I change my life without the help of ”happy drugs”. Now the sky is always beautiful as I constantly meditate and say gratitude prayer each day. I may be a paycheck away from being homeless, but I often look at those who don’t even have a paycheck. I am always grateful for what I have and are always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Who knows one day I might be the person on the other side of the table. Love and live is my mantra ❤️

The Pursuit of Happiness

Toward the end of last year, for the first time in my life, I gave myself a permission to pursue my dream as a writer. I have cared for my family and always thought of making extra money for them before. I didn’t pursue my passion because I think I wouldn't be able to earn any extra money in doing so. But recently I decided I need not worry about my children. They are now grown and ought to be able to care for themselves. Each day being able to read and write are the greatest blessings I have ever received. It would be nice to make extra bucks in doing this, but I don’t pay too much time in earning money. The ability to share my thought and hoping to make an impact on one reader at a time

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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