First of all, I can’t believe I was able to have THE Cardin Nguyen to produce this song. I love his music. I remember dancing to Trái Tim Dại Khờ and going out there to get his CD. If he made a DVD, I would have bought it. Cardin was actually the reason why I got into dancing in the first place. Such an honor to have him work with me.
So with this song I came up with when I was talking to my mom. Every now and then she would ask me if I had a boyfriend yet. Then, whenever I went to a family outing they would ask me too! Truthfully speaking I was really focusing on my job as a UNIQLO manager at the time. Opening up a store was tough work and quite frankly there was no time for me to date. I feel like a lot of girls could relate to this song so a beat came to my head and BAM, Ế Chồng was born.
I was very careful about this song. I didn’t want girls to feel a certain way because they were not married, but at the same time be able to make it comedic and allow others to laugh about it. I wasn’t sure how to approach it, but when I started writing, I was able to simply just write truth from my story. This song just comments on our Vietnamese culture how the older generation values family and marriage juxtaposed to my generation where we value career and personal goals. I am not saying that one value is better than the other, rather, times are different, people now value different things.
I hope this song creates a lot of laughter and opens up conversation so that family members can openly support each other on career/family decisions. What do you think of the new song? Please let me know in the comments below!
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.
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).