So I decided to hand in my two weeks to my work place last month, I used to work for UNIQLO as one of the managers. This conviction was inside of me for weeks: every time I went to church, after a sermon, when I was at work. There were too many signs to deny it.
I loved my job. I enjoyed being a leader and being able to develop others every day at work. Not only that, I got to help open a UNIQLO store in Ontario, CA. I got to see so many people come from knowing nothing, to training others in something they finally mastered on their own. That made me proud. I always worked my hardest and pushed my body to the max. However, with time this job slowly became my identity. It gave me a status that gave me a nasty pride where I started to think that I’m better than others. I was becoming a monster internally.
I was studying in the book of Matthew, “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.” (Matthew 5:29) If one part of yourself causes you to sin, get rid of it. That’s how serious sin is. For me, it was this job. I was comfortable to the point I was convicted to be uncomfortable. So I prayed and prayed, “LORD, what do you want me to do?” This verse came into my heart: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) So I trusted in God that He will make my path straight.
I went to Vietnam for 2 weeks. Every night this haunted me. What have I done? I’m not going to have a stable income anymore! Then God rebukes me. I was reading Matthew 8 when I came across this story:
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” -Matthew 8:23-27
I was a bit confused. Why did Jesus rebuke his disciples? Then the LORD opened my eyes. Jesus said two things 1. You men of little faith. 2. Why are you so afraid? Their reality was that they were going to drown, but they failed to see that Jesus was on their boat. Jesus needs to be our reality. If He lead us in the boat, we better trust that He will keep us safe IN the boat, all the way until we have reached our destination. We don’t need to worry. We don’t need to fear. Jesus is on our boat.
It reminded me of a song I sang as a kid:
So now I am making video and investing in Vietglish Fun. It’s a whole other journey, but I going for it. Jesus is on my boat.
This week I got to go to YouTube Space and meet many Asian Americans out there that are also pursuing the arts. I was able to meet Wong Fu, Dia Framption, the kids from Fresh Off The Boat, Modern Family, and Anna Akana. It was great being able to meet other people with similar passions and dreams. There were also some Vietglisheners!! I was able to talk to some Vietnamese people and share to them my vision for the Vietnamese community. That is this: we are going to build an entire new empire.
Going to this event encouraged me to follow my dream and never stop. It made me want to go into my room, drop a new beat and release another music video. It made me want to write an entire drama series and produce it right away. I love going to events like these. Have a dream, have a plan, execute it, make this dream come to life.
I want to be a Vietnamese Pop star one day. My dream is to perform on stage for thousands of fans. Not many people know but I write songs. Some that you probably know is Vietnamese Numbers, Asian Life, Mikawaya Mochi, all were original creations.
So this year I wrote a song called Chết Mày Chưa and decided to collaborate with Johnny Newyen. He and his friend came all the way from Boston! After picking them up from the airport we just chilled. Johnny and Dang were down to do basically everything and anything. I couldn’t have asked for a better team.
Long, AKA my su phu AKA the DP, came all the way from LA just to help us film our video. We had some technical difficulties but then Johnny played with the camera, loosened the head and dropped it, but because of that we discovered that the reason it wasn’t working properly in the first place was because the head was not screwed on tight enough. Good job, JOHNNY!
We filmed for a good seven hours and all of us got really sunburnt, but after looking at the footage, we realized that it was all worth it. It came out so good. I’m hoping that Vietglisheners and Sinh To Famz will be able to dance and sing along with us. I hope that everyone will love this song as much as we do.
I just want to say, thank you Vietglisheners for all your support and all of your ,”Ráng lêns.” I was going through a time where I couldn’t focus on Vietglish Fun and I really think that all of your encouraging words was what made me get back up. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
The Tet Fest was on February 13th. It was really fun! I was hoping that some Vietglisheners would send me some photos or at least hashtag me on Instagram so I could see, but I didn’t see a lot. Oh well. It was really fun getting to meet all of you there! I hope you enjoy this video. My family was there I wish I documented more of their trip. I wish I could eat more of the food there, but I was wayyy too full from the pho eating contest. There were three people: me, this guy and this girl. Only two of us finished our bowl and I was one of them. Came in second place. It’s all good, I’ll beat them next time.
When I was 12 I was really into Trish Thuy Trang and Cardin. Trish inspired me to sing and Cardin inspired me to dance. They were like the gateway entertainers that helped me improve on my singing and dancing. Then when I entered high school two years later, I was reallyyyyyyy into Canto-pop. My favorite group: Twins. Ah Sa was my idol. I loved her cuteness. She was the most adorable human being on the planet, I thought. I learned a lot of Cantonese when I was obsessed with Twins. Then after my C-Pop phase I was really into K-Pop. My gateway song was “Wedding Dress” by Taeyang. My favorite band was CNBLUE. I even watched We Got Married and wrote a song parodying the “Banmal Song.” Just checked YouTube and that song I wrote got 47K hits. Not bad.
Looking back I did think that spending hours and hours watching and re-watching these celebrities’ videos was a waste of time, but then I realized that the inspiration that they gave off was definitely worth it. Without them, I would not be able to sing, dance, rap, speak a little Cantonese or Korean. It’s all about perspective. I’m glad I have Vietglish Fun now. I’m able to do a lot more. I’m thinking about creating a new channel. Maybe June this year? Not sure yet.
Oh well. Stay tuned and please shout out some encouragement. I definitely need it. To all my Vietglisheners, thank you for your words of support. I love you and am so encouraged by you.
Alright Vietglisheners, thank you for reading. Today I’m going to countdown all my favorite moments of 2015!
Let’s get started.
5. Vietnamese Numbers
I wrote this song when I was in New Jersey. So after finishing up the final touches, I was ready to create this piece altogether. So I called up my friend Long and asked him to help me out. He did a really good job with lighting and filming. Thanks, Su Phu!
A lot of people tell me I should make more so that their non-Vietnamese speaking husbands/wives/kids can learn more. Let me know what you think in the comments below and I’ll get started.
4. Mom Takes Over Switch It Up Saturdays
She stole the show. When we filmed this video I told her that she could practice the first time. I also recorded the take. When I pushed the record button I had no idea what was going to come out of the take. To a huge surprise what came out was pure gold. You could hear me and my sister cracking up laughing in the background and if you listen really closely I yell at my sister for laughing too loud in the video. Regardless whenever I watch this video I laugh because my mom is simply too precious.
3. Live Performance at MUAVSA
I love live performances. I really enjoy the stage, I feel really alive when I do perform. This was the first time I was able to go out there and meet my fans and really thank everyone for watching my video on YouTube. The MUAVSA conference was really inspirational and encouraging. Thank you MUAVSA for having me and I hope I can be able to participate in more events in the future.
2. Love Me Like You Do TDT
This video blew up the Vietnamese internet. Not only was it shared like crazy, it made it to many of the most popular Vietnamese new websites. I was really surprised and very blessed to see this video grow tremendously. I also heard people sing the lyrics to this song in the Vietnamese lyrics I created. That made me laugh.
1. Anaconda TDT
Okay I know, this video was posted like a year ago back in 2014. However, the video did not blow up until 2015. Facebook video shares were crazy. California finally acknowledged Vietglish Fun through this video. I’m very grateful of this and I was really excited to learn that so many people came to know and soon love this channel. Thank you everyone for your love and support!
A New Year
This year I want to be able to grow more in my YouTube channel. These are my goals for 2016:
Create a music video
Get a better website (any web designers out there?)
Find a team
Relaunch Chom Chom Productions
I am in the process of achieving these goals this year. Have confidence, come up with an action plan, follow through, pray and with the help of God, you will be able to accomplish anything and everything.
Let’s have an awesome year this year of 2016 (Year of the Monkey).