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The 34th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon… and how little I know about Vietnam history.

April 30 2009.

The Real Vietnamese Flag.

                              The Real Vietnamese Flag...

Today is the 34th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. On April 30th 1975, 34 years ago, the city of Saigon in South Vietnam was overtaken by the North Vietnamese communists and renamed Ho Chi Minh City, after a North Vietnamese (communist) leader. Each year since then on this day, the communists have celebrated the day in honour and memory of their success, while those who had fled the country to Canada (like my parents), or America (like my aunt, uncle and cousins), or other places around the globe (I hear there are a lot of Vietnamese people in Australia), mourn the loss of their home and the loss of democracy, and hope that eventually change will come for Vietnam.

I’ll be turning 20 in a few months. In the past 20 years, I have been unaware of the significance of this day. I’m quite positive my parents have told me about it at some point throughout the years, but it probably went in one ear and out the other, much like a lot of the stories they’ve told me about their experiences in Vietnam, fleeing Vietnam and starting over in Canada. This year my father mentioned the date, just once, over lunch, and as usual it kind of went in one ear and out the other. I nodded and murmured some form of acknowledgement and went on with eating or talking about whatever I happened to be talking about that day. Then for some reason, a few days later, out of the blue, I remembered that brief conversation we had had, with him saying something about April 30th being the day that we mourn the loss of our country, and I decided to google it.

And it was through Google that I learned about the Fall of Saigon. Which, as it happens, is a famous date in history, and one that on one news website, was part of a list of “Events that Changed the World.” Pretty monumental I’d say.

It’s not my parent’s fault that I didn’t know about this until now. I take full responsibility for the fact that I’ve just been uninterested and unquestioning in the history of my heritage and well ultimately, my parent’s lives before they came to Canada. I mean, they’ve spent years giving me anecdotes about Vietnam and getting out because they didn’t want to live under communist rule, how before the war, New Years over there was the most festive and happy times, how they’d sell things at the marketplace and go for Vietnamese dessert with their friends, how they went on a boat to refugee camps before coming to Canada, and all kinds of little bits of information here and there. I just didn’t really pay attention all that much to what they said.

Maybe my lack of knowledge of Vietnam and its history also stems from the fact that I still haven’t been there. In the past 20 years I haven’t yet gone back to Vietnam. This is ultimately because my dad refuses to return while its still under communist rule. He feels very passionately about that. He said he’d go back when Vietnam is democratic again… I don’t know how realistic that ‘vow’ is. I don’t know if Vietnam will ever be democratic again… but my dad’s feelings about the matter is really why my family and I haven’t gone back yet. And to be honest I never really cared to go back that much anyway. I’m happy I’m in Canada. I’m glad my parents hadn’t stuck around for a Communist-ruled Vietnam and I’m extremely grateful that I was born and raised here.

But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t know about my family’s history and my heritage. And before I started writing this blog post, I didn’t realize just how little I know about Vietnam history and I didn’t realize just how little an effort I had made in the past to know about it.

This changes now of course.

I really, really am going to make an active effort to learn about the history of my motherland starting now.

I had come up with this idea a few years back… that I’d sort of “interview” my parents, and record them talking about all of their experiences and everything they could remember about living and leaving Vietnam, and then I’d put it all together and write a book about it. I mean I was probably in Grade 12 when I had said that and I probably had no intention of writing a book anytime SOON. And to this day I still haven’t ACTUALLY “interviewed” them about it at all. But this idea has been resurfacing a lot lately, and I think I will start the interviewing process very soon. And obviously it will help me in learning more about my country and my culture, as well as bonding with my parents. (Which, I do do a lot of anyways, just never really bond-talking about Vietnam).

Anyway, so that’s me admitting that I’ve wasted far too many years not trying to learn about where my parents come from and the history of my people, not asking for more details when my parents would mention something about life in Vietnam, and that I want to start learning about it now.

And just as a side note, I would like to go and visit Vietnam one day.

Here’s some External Links for reading/learning about the Fall of Saigon:

Linda

April 30, 2009 at 11:24 am 2 comments

Must-watch Summer movies! Here’s my list, what’s on yours?

April 26 2009.

Hey everyone!

So… I love movies. And, I watch the most movies during the summertime because, well, more free time = more movies I’m able to fit into my weekly schedule! Today I was reading the Edmonton Sun’s Sunday entertainment pullout and it had a four-page preview of summer movies!! I took a look through them all and selected the ones that piqued my interest, did a little bit more online research about the movies myself, and have come up with the following list:

(Yes this list starts with movies with April release dates because these ones came out this month and I still want/need to watch them!)

Release Date: April 17 2009

Movie: State of Play.
Starring: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck.
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
A thinky thriller involving an old-school styled Washington journalist trying to solve a murder entangled in political connections.
Why I want to see it: I love movies about journalists and journalism! Also, the cast alone guarantees a great film. Plus, you gotta love those thinky movies.
Official Site: www.stateofplaymovie.net | Trailer: State of Play Trailer

Movie: 17 Again.
Starring: Zac Efron, Matthew Perry.
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
A man gets to be 17 again. In the form of Zac Efron. There’s dancing and life lessons and starting over and all that fun stuff.
Why I want to see it: I love Chandler. I love cutesy comedy movies like this. I loved Freaky Friday so the whole body switching thing is always a good topic for me, lol. Also, Zac Efron is pretty…
Official Site: www.17againmovie.com | Trailer: 17 Again Trailer

Release Date: April 24 2009

Movie: The Soloist.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx.
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
The story of how an LA Times columnist met a musician with schizophrenia, the friendship that grew & how music helped them both. TRUE STORY!
Why I want to see it: Because I loved the book. Because it’s based on two very real people and very real situations. Because Robert Downey Jr. is the man. And like State of Play, because I love movies about journalists and journalism!
Official Site: www.soloistmovie.com | Trailer: The Soloist Trailer

Release Date: May 1 2009

Movie: X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Reynolds.
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
The story of how Wolverine came to be, his revenge on the man (Sabertooth) who killed his girlfriend, and other superhuman stuff.
Why I want to see it: I am a movies-based-on-comic-books nut. I love them! And I love movies where people have powers. Plus, I loved all of the X-Men movies and I loved Wolverine in them, so watching this is just a natural action. Plus Hugh Jackman is talented and yummy.
www.x-menorigins.com | Trailer: X-Men Origins: Wolverine Trailer

Release Date: May 8 2009

Movie: Star Trek.
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg.
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
The early days of Kirk and his crew. Kirk deciding his life route and what not. *does Star Trek hand symbol*
Why I want to see it: I’m a dork, remember? But also, finding out that Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg would be in the Star Trek remake months ago instantly made me add this to the list of Must Watch as they exude awesome. Plus the trailer movie looks epic and awesome.
Official Site: www.startrekmovie.com | Trailer: Star Trek Trailer

Release Date: May 15 2009

Movie: Angels & Demons.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor.
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
A mystery thriller based on the popular book about a symbologist’s unraveling of an ancient society called the Illuminati and their secrets.
Why I want to see it: The book was amazing. I loved the Angels & Demons book way more than I loved The Da Vinci Code book (even though I did love that book. Movie, not so much). Tom Hank’s hair is horrifying to look at, but I like seeing my books translated on screen so I can’t miss this.
Official Site: www.angelsanddemons.com | Trailer: Angels & Demons Trailer

Release Date: May 21 2009

Movie: Terminator Salvation
Starring: Christian Bale.
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
Set in 2018, John Connor is leading the resistance against Skynet when he discovers the secret behind the potential extermination of humans.
Why I want to see it: I love action movies. I loved the couple of episodes I watched of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. (I really should watch that entire show as I hear it is really, really amazing). But mostly my brother is in love with the Terminator story so its rubbed off on me as well. It really is fascinating and this should be a great movie. Plus I was never really a fan of Arnold in the other Terminators so I think Bale being the star of this one is a great change!
Official Site: www.terminatorsalvation.warnerbros.com | Trailer: Terminator Salvation Trailer

Release Date: May 22 2009

Movie: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams.
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
Museum models Jedediah and Octavius are accidentally shipped to the Smithsonian Institute so security guard Stiller breaks in to rescue them.
Why I want to see it: I thought the first Night at the Museum was GREAT! A pleasant, funny surprise. Sequels tend to suck though, so hopefully this one doesn’t.
Official Site: www.nightatthemuseummovie.com | Trailer: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Trailer

Release Date: June 24 2009

Movie: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel.
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
The Decepticons return to exact revenge upon Sam Witwicky and Optimus Prime, given the beatdown they got in the first movie.
Why I want to see it: Because the first one was freaking awesome. And as I said, I like action movies. I also love Shia LaBeouf (and to this day still can’t pronounce his last name or spell it properly on first try). But yeah, perhaps this word is overused but I feel this movie will be epic. Or can be epic.
Official Site: www.transformersmovie.com | Trailer: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Trailer

Release Date: July 1 2009

Movie: Public Enemies.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale.
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
Depp plays a notorious bankrobber during the the crime wave of the ’30s. Bale is part of FBI trying to take Depp and his gangsters down.
Why I want to see it: JOHNNY DEPP!!!!!!!!!!!!! Being badass and fabulous. Should be enough said.
Official Site: www.publicenemies.net | Trailer: Public Enemies

Release Date: July 15 2009

Movie: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson.
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
Harry and Dumbledore go on a dark and dangerous journey to try and ensure He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is weakened enough to be defeated.
Why I want to see it: Um. Because the Harry Potter book series is easily one my most favourite and the most amazing set of books that have ever been bestowed upon the world. Granted, the movies are always a thousand notches less unimpressive than the books but as I wrote way above, I LOVE seeing my books translated on the big screen and seeing HP on screen is like Christmas. I hope Luna Lovegood has a lot of scenes because the girl who plays her does such a brilliant job!
Official Site: www.harrypotter.warnerbros.com | Trailer: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Release Date: July 17 2009

Movie: 500 Days of Summer.
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel.
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
After being dumped by his girlfriend Summer, Tom, a hopeless romantic, reflects on his 500 days with her to see what went wrong.
Why I want to see it: HOW CUTE DOES THIS MOVIE LOOK? [go watch the trailer]. Now every single movie listed so far I knew about it before reading the Sun’s summer movie preview section, except THIS! My eyes would have just skimmed right over it if it hadn’t been for “Joseph Gordon-Levitt.” I love him! And here he is playing what I love about him most — an adorable dork. Anyway this will be REALLY cute. Fact.
Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com | Trailer: 500 Days of Summer Trailer

Release Date: August 7 2009

Movie: When in Rome
Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Jon Heder
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
Unlucky-in-love Beth flies to Rome for her sister’s wedding, steals some coins from a fountain of love, & gets chased by unimpressive men.
Why I want to see it: For the single fact alone… I am a HUGE fan of Kristin Bell. Ever since Veronica Mars I’ve been following her work. She’s a GREAT actress (even if some of her flick choices don’t really showcase her talents). If I had just read the synopsis for this alone without the knowledge that she was starring in it, I probably would have skipped right on over it but since she’s in it, I must support and see it!
Official Site: N/A. Check IMDB Profile instead | Featurette because trailer doesn’t exist yet?: When in Rome Featurette

Release Date: August 14 2009

Movie: The Time Traveler’s Wife
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana.
What it’s about in 140 chars. or less (like a tweet :D):
A love story about a man who has a genetic disorder causing him to travel through time unexpectedly, and his wife who must deal with it.
Why I want to see it: Damn. If I had read the book for this then I could have written the ‘seeing my book translated onto the big screen’ reasoning but as I haven’t read this book yet (though I will for sure before it comes out), I can’t use that. BUT. I am SO in love with movies involving time travel!!! And I love Rachel McAdams and I think this will be a really cute movie and one of those book-to-movie ones that actually work.
Official Site: N/A. Check IMDB Profile instead | Fan-made Trailer because real trailer doesn’t exist yet?: The Time Traveler’s Wife Fan-Made Trailer

Other Movies I’ll Likely Watch:

  • Up! ( Trailer ) May 29 2009.
    Will be visually awesome and cute and colourful.
  • Year One ( Trailer ) June 19 2009.
    Michael Cera is adorable and this should get some chuckles out of me.
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ( Trailer ) July 1 2009.
    Ice Age films are always fun to watch.
  • G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra ( Trailer ) August 7 2009.
    Yum, Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, need I say more? Plus action and what not.
  • Inglorious Basterds ( Trailer ) August 21 2009.
    I tend to radiate towards movies about Nazi-era Germany.

I was also TOTALLY disappointed that 2012, originally set to release this summer, has been pushed to November. Lame.

Anyway there are the movies that I’m excited to watch this summer!

I also plan on re-watching old favourite movies, and old movies that I’ve still yet to see as well!

So what about you? What movie(s) are you most excited to see this summer?

Also, side note: Imagine how awesome it would be to be paid to look up movies and movie trailers to put together a summer preview list! It would be AWESOME!! Kevin Williamson from the Sun definitely has a sweet job. He also got to interview Steve Lopez (author of The Soloist) last week when he wrote about The Soloist movie!! Suhweet.

Linda

April 26, 2009 at 9:26 pm 5 comments

I’m way too poor to want what I want, but I do! I do want these!

April 22 2009.

Hello all 🙂 As I wrote in my last post, I’m spending the next few months trying to save up money to pay for a bunch of things I want/need.

Here are 3 gadgets on that list that will add to my video blogging and photography arsenal, in more detail:

1. Flip MinoHD (customized for my pink-loving dorkiness ;))

Flip MinoHD: The Worlds Smallest HD Camcorder (CUSTOMIZED!)

Flip MinoHD: The World's Smallest HD Camcorder (CUSTOMIZED!)

What: The world’s smallest HD camcorder
Some Specs: Weighs only 3.3 ounces, convenient flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your computer, records high-quality H.264 videos that work with iTunes, iMovie, and iPhoto, silent mode for recording in sensitive situations, more specs @ official website.
Why I want this: I’ve wanted the Flip Video before the “MinoHD” version was even developed. Now this HD one, well… It’s portable. It’s convenient. It’s high quality. It’s customizable and it’s therefore adorable. And it uploads quick and easy to a computer. It’s perfect for video blogging, capturing random but awesome shots, and amateur film making, and this is why I want it!
Cost: $229.99 USD.
I say USD because the customizable option is only available for ordering online and shipping to the United States. Therefore I plan on getting it shipped to my cousin and having him bringing it over to me when he comes to Edmonton for my brother’s wedding in July! 😀
Official Website: www.theflip.com/store/MinoHD

2. Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash

Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash

Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash

What: A flash to attach to my Canon EOS Rebel XTi
Some Specs: Superior build quality, including a metal foot for added strength, virtually silent flash recycle, Full swivel, 180° in either direction, zoom flash head covers range of 24-105mm; maximum guide number 141 ft./43m at ISO 100, more specs @ official website.
Why I want this: I need a flash. The built-in flash on my Canon XTi is really bad and does ridiculous crazy blippy flash things during its recycle time. My friend and I have determined that we think all XTi built-in flashes do that because she has the Canon XSi which is one-up from the XTi and her built-in flash is fine and does not do weird blippy things. Anyway, I basically fear taking photographs in darkly or dimly lit areas with my DSLR because I don’t use flash (because of said blippy thingy) and I’d like to. Therefore, I need a flash! And this one will be fairly cheap!
Cost: Regular (new) cost is $369 but I’m buying a used version from my photojournalist teacher for $225!
Official Website: www.mcbaincamera.com

3. Canon EF 15mm F2.8 Fisheye Lens

Canon EF 15mm F2.8 Fisheye Lens

Canon EF 15mm F2.8 Fisheye Lens

What: A fisheye lens for my Canon EOS Rebel XTi
Some Specs: 180° Diagonal Angle of View, Rear Gel Holder (accepts up to 3 pre-cut gel filters), short minimum focusing distance of 8 in. (20 cm) gives new meaning to close-up shots, more specs @ official website.
Why I want this: Ever since I saw super wide-angle pictures posted by James Hill (a Best Job in the World candidate), I have fallen in love with the fisheye lens. I am so attracted to the effect that the fisheye lens has on images. Visually fantastic. Examples: 1 | 2 | 3 (All credit: James Hill) I knew that he had been using a fisheye lens, but I didn’t know the exact lens name and well, to be honest I didn’t try too hard to search for it. But then a few days ago on Jame’s blog, he wrote a post about the equipment he’s been using ( here ) and since then I’ve added this very expensive fisheye lens to my list of things to save up for! I want it hopefully before my trip to Los Angeles at the end of July.
Cost: Regular (new) cost is $949 but if I buy it through my photojournalist teacher he’ll get a discount!
Official Website: www.mcbaincamera.com

So there you go! (:

It is a shame because I’m way too poor to want what I want, but I do… I really do want these and I think they’ll all be quite an asset for me in terms of my filming and photography interests! 🙂

Linda

April 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm 8 comments

Time to take my life and go.

April 18 2009.

Hey everyone!

Okay so I’ve finally got around to writing this… ‘what’s next?’ blog.

WARNING: It’s definitely long. lol

If you prefer skim-reading, you can just skip to the end of this post and I’ll have a to-the-point bulleted list of my plans in bold. If you want to know what I cover in this blog, this is what I cover:

  • Los Angeles
  • Internships? Working?
  • Teaching English overseas & world travel
  • What The Best Job in the World has done for me
  • To sum up in a nutshell

If you want to read everything from top to bottom, read on!~


1. Los Angeles!

So immediately after finding out I wouldn’t be moving onto the next round of The Best Job in the World, I thought – Okay, must travel this summer!! The first place that came into my mind and I just knew that I had to go visit now that Australia was out of the picture? Los Angeles, California.

It kind of all came together rather nicely. My friend that I really wanted to go there with, didn’t want to go for as long as I did, but she said she could meet me down there for the last half of my trip and we could go to Las Vegas together too. Then my friend from Toronto told me that she had really wanted to go somewhere for the summer as well, and thought L.A. with me would be perfect! Along with that, for the first 4 days of my trip, I’ll be meeting up with some really great people that I’ve met online via the fansite I created for Mark Kanemura (a So You Think You Can Dance Season 4 finalist). So yeah, I’ll be with my friend from Toronto for the first portion of my L.A. trip in July, along with meeting and hanging out with “Markers“, then my Toronto friend will head back to Toronto on the same day that my friend from Edmonton comes down and we’ll head over to Las Vegas together! Perfecto!

I’ve got so much planned, so many SoCal areas to hit up and see, beaches, boulevards, boardwalks. I recently read the book “The Soloist” which is also coming out as a movie starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx next week, based on the real life experiences of an LA Times columnist Steve Lopez and a schizophrenic homeless musician, Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, and I absolutely want to see if I can find Nathaniel in downtown LA and hear his music!!!

Anyway, so to summarize that. I’ll be fulfilling my dream of visiting Los Angeles, my dream city, this July!!!! YAY!

2. Interships? Working? I need money to pay for my vacation!

Okay so also immediately after failing to make the next round of The Best Job in the World, I thought – okay, what am I doing in terms of my “career” this summer then? I have always been interested in television broadcasting and had intended on trying to get some kind of television station internship this summer or next, so I thought, well I could do that this summer before I go on my vacation then?

I already have a two-week internship lined up at the Edmonton Journal as part of my requirements to graduate my journalism program, which I’m stoked about. But everywhere you look there’s a hiring freeze, freelance budgets are being cut, and from what I had heard at least a month back, The Journal along with other media outlets weren’t trying too eagerly search for students to hire for paid summer internships in this gloomy recession and economy. Which is totally fair. Okay, but anyway I was interested in getting an internship (which also would have been unpaid, I’m sure, didn’t ask though) at CTV Edmonton. One reason why I’m particularly interested in CTV is because CTVglobemedia is basically, well a force across broadcasting in Canada. CTV owns Much Music, Star and E! Entertainment, MTV Canada, all of the major Canadian entertainment shows that I’m interested in working at. And I think it would have been (it still would be) valuable to be able to say I’ve worked at a CTV branch.

Needless to say, after what I thought was a really good interview (seriously, I thought it went very well!), I was told I’d be given a call after the Easter long weekend and alas, it is now Friday, Easter was several days ago, and there’s been no phone call or email. I did send a follow-up email about the internship yesterday… and yeah no response to that either, which I think means it’s safe to say I will not be working at CTV this summer. Which bums me out most definitely… and while I could try and get an internship at another TV station (Global? CityTV?), I think (again because I believe everything happens for a reason) that this was quite possibly a sign telling me “Linda!! You need to save up MONEY this summer!” which I would not have been able to do really, had I worked unpaid (though it’s always the question of what’s more important, gaining valuable career-related experience, or getting money. Hm).

Basically that leads me to this conclusion ~

I will be working evenings and weekends at my parent’s restaurant from May until I leave for my vacation in July, as a way to save up money for both my vacation and what I’m about to write about next…

3. Teaching English overseas / longterm travel!

Okay so this is a big one. I had been thinking a lot about life post-The Best Job in the World… like what I would be doing with my life, where I wanted to go, how I wanted to get there, etc., and I had come to this conclusion.

I’m basically done my journalism education. Once I complete my two-week internship by about the second week of May, I’ll be finished. Graduated. Ready to go out into the media and journalism industry and get a job and start my journalism career full-time. Back in high school when I was planning out my post-secondary route, I had planned it like this – 2 years of journalism at Grant Mac, 2 years of television broadcasting at NAIT. That way the two programs would kind of compliment eachother, and I’d have something of a 4 year education as if it were a journalism degree (even though for both it would have been journalism diploma + broadcasting diploma).

Like I’ve said numerous times in Best Job interviews, I’ve wanted to travel for a very long time. I want to go out and really see the world and experience what life has to offer, and see all I can see. About a year ago I had decided that once I finished up my schooling, a perfect way to explore the world, travel, while still gaining an income, would be to teach English overseas.

That idea came back to me this month, and I decided that I will not be going to NAIT for their broadcasting program after all. Instead, I’ll be taking some courses in the coming months to become certified in teaching English overseas. Come September (hopefully I’ll find a placement), I’ll spend 6 months to a year in first Korea, and then travel around the Asian countries once I’m there and hopefully really utilize the teaching English certification and go all over the place to stay, make a living, while exploring and seeing the world. I’ll start taking photography more seriously once I’m over there (traveling photos! foreign photos! always great subjects) and I’ll also freelance write to English publications, as well as blog and video blog about my experiences wherever I end up going.

So there it is.

4. What The Best Job In The World has done for me.

TBJITW experience has made me want to really get up and explore. Adventure. Take my life and go. I’ve been bitten by the traveling bug and now, more than ever, I don’t see myself staying in Edmonton for very long. Yes, it will always be my home, but right now I need to leave. The experience has made me really realize that, and it has made the notion of my traveling and leaving on my own, something my parents are accepting easier than they would have if I hadn’t taken part in TBJITW.

To sum up, once I get certified to teach English and get hired somewhere around the world (again, hoping it will start in Korea because I’ve been hearing great things about teaching in Korea), I plan on traveling, exploring, blogging, photographing everything I encounter, doing freelance writing, growing up really, and seeing where life takes me… before returning to the print and broadcast journalism industry here in North America. (I say North America because I have had aspirations to live and work in both Los Angeles and Toronto… and maybe after a year or two of being in a foreign country, I’ll head to one of those places to look for work instead?)

5. So, in a nutshell, this is what I need to do from now until September…

This is where I’ll be from now until September:

  • May & June: Edmonton.
  • July: Los Angeles and Las Vegas. (for sure).
  • August: Toronto (maybe).
  • September and onwards: Korea + The World (pending being hired, lol).

And here’s what I need (in a more-detailed bulleted list) to get done from now until September:

  • Complete a two-week internship with the Edmonton Journal. (Thus graduating the journalism program at MacEwan and receiving my journalism diploma).
  • Work evenings and weekends at my parent’s restaurant to save money to pay for my two-week vacation in Los Angeles and Las Vegas in July; pay for a Flip Mino HD camcorder; pay for an external flash for my Canon EOS Rebel XTI; and pay for my Global TESOL Teaching English overseas certification.
  • Take and complete my Global TESOL Teaching English overseas certification courses.
  • Research/look into teaching abroad for September. (I’m interested in Korea right now).
  • Take more photos to expand my photography portfolio/increase my experience.
  • Freelance write (and blog more extensively) to keep my writing experience fresh and current (and to help expand my portfolio).
  • Figure out how to integrate WordPress into websites and create my own WordPress themes so that I can..
  • Freelance web design / build websites and actually make some money off of it!

And there it is.

I mean, so many things can happen and different opportunities may pop up so that my route from now until September, or when I’m actually in a foreign country, you know? Who can really say where I’ll go from there? A year ago I certainly didn’t think I’d ever be participating in a global competition to try and get “the best job in the world” in Australia. And two years ago I thought that 2 years of extra education at NAIT was definitely in the cards for me. But things change. Plans change. And as I say, things happen for a reason.

I’ve got this outline of where I want my life to go now. Just like I had an outline for where I wanted my life to go two years ago. For that tentative path I came up with in my mind two years ago, I’ve for the most part stayed on it pretty closely.

If (when) I end up on the other side of the world, I don’t know what’s going to happen there. I don’t know who I’m going to meet or what opportunities will arise. I just know that I’m so excited just thinking about encountering everything that I will potentially encounter.

Basically now, at this time, my actions are revolving around these lyrics from the inspirational song I blogged about earlier this month: Brendan James – All I Can See!

Those who journey can easily understand,
the more they see the more they’ll learn,
the more that they will be.
So this I swear to you, and this I swear to me,
I’ll never rest till I’ve seen all I can see.
No, I’ll never rest till I’ve seen all i can see.

For now though, I’ve got some serious budgeting to do!!!!!

And I still need to study for my final exams for next week, lol.

Linda

April 18, 2009 at 1:44 am 8 comments

Los Angeles. I am in love with a city I’ve yet to step foot in.

Hi guys! This post is just to tag along to the one I’m going to post after it…

I’ve wanted to go to Los Angeles for many, many years now.

A few months ago I had written a little list, like Top 10 cities I wanted to visit and why… anyways here is what I wrote for my reasons for wanting to visit (and/or live) in L.A. (including pictures I found on Flickr):

1. Los Angeles, California

I don’t even remember why or when I first wanted to go to Los Angeles but for as long as I can remember now, the past several years easily, this is where I’ve wanted to be. As Ryan Seacrest’s Top 40 radio show starts off by saying, “LIVE FROM THE ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL OF THE WORLD”… this is where all of the entertainment news, celebrity gossip, premieres, award shows, this is where it all happens. I am drawn to this place. I want to visit. I want to live there. I want to work there. I don’t care if people say it’s overrated or it’s actually really dirty or the people aren’t nice. I’ve had it set in my mind that this place is the greatest place on Earth for years now and I think when I finally get there I’ll just be so overjoyed that I’m finally there that I’ll make sure I have the best experience ever. Everything happens in LA, everyone goes to, lives or has lived in LA, and by everyone I mean, everyone in the entertainment industry that I am so in love with and want to be a part of. It is beautiful. I think the people there are beautiful. I think I’ve just got this notion that I can’t get rid of that everything is just happier and more wondrous in L.A. Those shows like Laguna Beach and The Hills are probably even more responsible for encouraging my itch to get down there– showing clips of beauuuuitful scenary and just overal glamorous lifestyles in the area. I mean I guess not even just L.A. but the area around L.A., all of Southern California, CALIFORNIA! You know how people would spend a ton of money to go to Europe and backpack through or just vacation and live there for a little while completely just sucking in the culture and the atmosphere and that? Well I would love to just go to L.A. and do that. Before working or anything, because I think I’d be too consumed by work to fully appreciate and experience the city and the area to the fullest and I so want to just experience all the beaches and the sunsets and the sunrises and exploring the city and the downtown and the beautiful areas rich areas along with the maybe not so glitzy areas, the poorer areas, graffiti-ed areas. All of it. I am in love with a city I’ve yet to step foot in.

(The above was written in December 2008).

Anyway, now you all now a bit more about my burning desire and passion for L.A.

My next blog post will be about my upcoming plans for the summer + near future!

April 18, 2009 at 12:22 am 2 comments

Linda-Hoang.Com Version 2.0

April 17 2009.

Hi everyone!! I’ve updated/redesigned my personal website (/online portfolio). Please check it out below:
My personal website/online portfolio / http://linda-hoang.com Version 2.0

    My personal website/online portfolio / http://linda-hoang.com Version 2.0

( http://linda-hoang.com )

P.S. You might notice the main picture is one of the pictures I had used to submit to The Best Job in the World. I didn’t want it to go to waste! 😉

April 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm Leave a comment

Let’s start a handhugging revolution!!!

April 14 2009.

Hi everyone!

So the other day I came across a term that I’d never heard of before, that I thought I would share so everyone else knows about it too!

It’s called..

HAND HUGGING


I did a little step-by-step demonstration with my friend Margaret today to show how one goes about “hand hugging!”

So there it is, that is how you handhug.

Let’s start a hand hugging revolution!!

🙂

Also, I know some of you (or maybe I’m just flattering myself) are wondering what my plans are for the summer (or life in general, lol) now that my stint with the Best Job in the World is over, so stay tuned I’ll be writing up a big ~plan~ blog later this week.

Linda

April 14, 2009 at 11:21 am 3 comments

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