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I wanted to do my homework during this class but…my homework requires textbooks, which I didn’t bring…or that I play a game…which I can’t really do while taking notes. So….I’ll just get this over with. Lolz!

Ok so…er…let’s see…so this past weekend I went to the Tinh Tam Mien for HT. I have to say…overall it was pretty good.

On Friday, A. Phat picked me up and took me to church. There, we hung out for a bit while the rest of the HT were arriving. A. Phat gave me $55 to pay the fee for the Tinh Tam. I know that when he and A. Phong told me not to worry about the fee, I thought A. Phong was just kidding about A. Phat taking care of it for me. And, A. Phong’d said it was just $20. But the actual fee is $45…even though we do get a $20 refund later. Anyway…yea so A. Phat paid for me but told me not to tell anyone. He said that they (Idk for sure who “they” are) really wanted me to go and didn’t want money to be an issue. So yea.

Thao, An and I went with A. Nguyen. The drive there was fun but sooooo creepy!!! So this place…it was in the middle of nowhere in Delaware. It was…an aquatic center or something like that. We passed the house on the way in and ended up U-turning real close to this really creepy plant (like chemical plant, not flower plant) thing. At some points the roads were completely deserted. Also, on our way there A. Nguyen was playing NNN reading Can Nha So 24 through his Ipod. Man…that story is creepy! We didn’t get to finish because on the way home it was already day so A. Nguyen said we should just save it ’till next time. But yea…the house OMG…soooooo creepy! It wasn’t completely run down or anything but the surroundings…there were plain fields on all sides and this swamp/lake thing in the back. I should have taken a pic of the place when we first got there because I never left the house after we went in. Lolz. But…I do have this pic taken the next day…O ok so I guess I went outside once to take some pictures and camera whore myself but…anyway…

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i swear…it was creepier at night…

Ok so…Friday night we got there late…had the opening mass…did a little confession thing…hrmph…And then ate…and went to bed. There were a LOT of rooms in the lodge. Each room had a buncha bunk beds with actual beds! It wasn’t bad at all. That night we went to sleep at around 1ish because we were watching a movie…which was supposed to be a horror movie but was more just a weirdish kinda thing. It was made up of a buncha stories and we ended up only watching 2. The second one was pretty good. This girl who usually isn’t into looks gets obsessed with a ghost’s beauty and the ghost takes advantage of that to “switch places” with her…if you know what I mean. I can’t remember what the first story was though…o wellz. It reminded me of those Japanese horror anthologies. But this one was Chinese. Ok yea.

So Saturday the retreat really started. We did blah blah and blah. I can’t say it was the most exciting…alotta discussing of this and that…Although each doan did do a skit, was sorta funny. Ours was based on the biblical phrase “When I was naked, you clothed me…” Or something like that. And the other HT decided to plan the skit on Friday night…so we were going to just do this other thing that we did before but change the needs to clothing…it was pretty straightforward…But then a lot of the other skits were sorta…not so straightforward…so I started thinking metaphorically and came up with the idea of abuse. I asked A. Huy if we should make our skit a bit more not so straightforward but he said it was OK. But then later Thanh said that we should change it. At first I thought that was sorta rude because I hadta write up the “straightfoward” skit by memory…and then she just says we should change it. But whatever. I thought about it too.

So basically what I was thinking was…clothing is supposed to protect us. Say, outside, you would wear clothes to protect you from the weather…or if someone hit you and you’re wearing a thick jacket, the thickness of the jacket would offset a bit of the pain. So to me…I think that nakedness doesn’t just mean a poor person without clothes…it’s anyone or anything that lacks protection. The other people in my doan got the idea and liked it a lot. So we changed our skit and made it a kid that was getting abused by his alcoholic father, with the absent minded mother, and the sister who throws herself between her father and brother to protect her father. Yes…if you know me and you’re thinking…I did come up with a story that reflected my life…but change it slightly to emotionally abusive mother, dead father, and…the rest is the same. Lolz!

Ok anyway…long ass story short, no one got it. I had to explain it a bit to my group, and A. Huy himself had to go around and explain it to other groups. It wasn’t that confusing! It was metaphorical but, I guess it was too much for the other ppl. A. Nguyen was the abusive father…he’s really good at it. Lolz! Chinh Hai was the little kid…Thao was another sibling and they played it pretty well…An was the absent minded mother but she didn’t do her part right. She was supposed to say something to her husband quietly, he’d snap at her and she would just leave and then I’d come in…but she kept hanging around Chinh Hai (the kid getting abused) and so basically did my part…which woulda been fine except that we wanted to make it totally obvious about the protection part so whoever was protecting the kid, supposed to be me, was supposed to literally throw themselves in front of the father’s kicks…but An just kept hanging around…she didn’t do a dramatic protection, she just walked around and shizz…so the skit kept draggin…Aish…whatever…Anyway…Lolz…

Ok so all that…and then…that night (Saturday), we did this thing that…Idk, I don’t remember ever doing it. We had a chau at first…and then we all sat in a circle…I was thinking “OMG SEANCE!” half the time…but it was really just bonding time. Lolz. We passed a candle around and whoever wanted to talk did. I said something or other. It was cool. Kinda.

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looks pretty!! i’m not one to be religious but…i love the candles! and i thot it was just nice.

Ok so anyway…that night we went to bed…we were listening to another of NNN’s stories but…I couldn’t stay up for it. It was boring anyway. Lolz.

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winter pooh having a little fun on one of the poles of An’s bunk bed. : )

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ahhhh cuteeee!!!

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winter pooh and cu teo (thao’s bear)

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i was…er…packing…yea…

So ok…I dreaded going to the tinh tam, I really did. But I have to say that overall it was kinda fun. Something interesting with the HT, and I mean all the ones I’ve met so far, the ones from Mien…which can make it hard to make friends but also make it easy…is that once you’re together it’s like you’re automatically friends. There’s no introducing anybody. You come and it’s just like…there you go. I mean…I had random people squeeze themselves in between me and other HT…sit there…I’d turn around…turn back and they’d be sleeping on my shoulder. It’s not creepy! Lolz. I mean like…It was like…I don’t know. You can’t really dislike anyone. You can disagree with them and all when it comes down to doing things and stuff but…I don’t know. It’s hard to hate them. There was this one girl who I “met” at the first HT thing I went to in Richmond…God I thought she was so effin annoying but…at this tinh tam, we were taking group pictures and I jumped in front of her and she just reached around my neck and pulled me down like she knew exactly who I was. I mean…I guess that sounds weird to some people but, to me it was sorta cool. Even though there’s some drama amongst the HT…they bond a lot better than…other people…::cough cough:: NS ::cough cough::…Idk. Lolz. You still do have to keep an open mind and all but, that’s the way it is with everybody.

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on the way home…in a. nguyen’s car…he has a nice car..

Ok so that was probably the longest part of this blog…Lolz…

Alrighty moving on…

Picture time…? Yea…let’s do that.

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i read somewhere that something about how your favorite scents can really stimulate something in you that helps…memory and shizz? idk…but i love the smell (and taste of course) of these things.

My mother came into my room, saw the box in my trashcan…then asked me if I had some more because she likes them too. So I pondered it for a second and then decided…alright why not? And…if that sounds mean, you’ll see why I had to ponder in a second…

So I reached into my desk drawer and opened my last box, took one out, turned to give it to her…and when I look at her she’s staring back at me wide-eyed…and I think…o eff…and she goes…you’re not allowed to buy those anymore! They make you fat!

And so I go………………………………………………………..ok…………………………………………..

But then of course, because I’m not allowed to buy them anymore…yesterday I went out and bought some more.

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tina : )
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As mentioned in previous posts, I went to the movies with the NS. We didn’t take as many pics as I said we would…We never do…huh…But yea…those two were from after the fact…Isn’t Tina the cutest?? I say YES!

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chocolate croissant

There’s this bakery place on campus that has the BEST bagels. I absolutely LOVE their bagels! So I thought that their other pastries had to be a bit as good right? Wrong…I couldn’t even finish that croissant. The chocolate was chalky, disgusting. Tasted just as bad as it looks. I’ll be sticking to the bagels from now on.

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my violin next to my aunt’s wedding thingermajiger…

Otouto and I played our violin at my aunt’s wedding last summer. It went uber well, I might’ve mentioned it on some other blog…but yea Otouto came down and unpacked while I was doing someone’s hair…and I guess before I came down someone decided to take my violin and make a nice pic with it. Lolz, I guess it was one of the professional photographers. Otouto said it woulda looked better if my violin was clean of rosin but…I say it looks real that way. Lolz! I love my boo…the violin, not the brother.

Speaking of violins…and instruments in general…

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the orchestra i play with…the row i sit in…

Yea I play with a mini orchestra…Church music…it’s pretty fun…I do it for the music. Lolz. So we have…some violins…some violas down the line…then the row in front of us has woodwinds and some more violins. Lolz. I didn’t know which pic was better. The idea came to me as I was playing and happened to look over…Actually I’d messed up and glanced over at Otouto to see if he’d noticed…Hahaha…but yea…I wanted to take a pic candidly but since I was playing at the same time as the rest of them, I didn’t pick up my camera quick enough…so I had to spend a minute or too going “hold your instrument in play position, pass it on!” LOLZ! They’re pretty awesome, those kids.

There was a fire Wednesday morning! Well…It wasn’t a big fire…but it was on our floor. A neighbor came pounding on our door to tell us to get out because there was an actual real fire. Sometimes the alarm goes off and it’s a false alarm so, people’ve stopped coming out. But this neighbor, he doesn’t live on our floor, so Idk what he was doing on the floor, probably visiting people, but he was running up and down the hall pounding on people’s doors to tell them to get out. He’s really helpful. Otouto and I like him a lot. He’s nice and friendly too. He’s probably the neighbor we talk to most. Apparently the house that had a fire was right next door to us…but…the smoke to me seemed to be coming from way down the hall…Idk…

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helpful hero : )
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firetrucks yay!!!

Speaking of neighbors…I went down to CVS the other day…and one of my neighbors was outside the store and asked me for $20. At first I thought she said $2…but she actually said $20…so I gave it to her. Lolz. Then she had me stand there for like…5…10 minutes while she talked about how everyday she thinks about my dad and his smile and shizz…and I was like…that’s nice…

And then I guess this dude saw me give her $20…or he just saw me…and came over and asked me to buy some Christian merchandise…$5 each…they looked real nice…and so I bought two of them and gave them to Mother.

It’s not that I just have the money to give away but…why not you know?

Anyway!!!

Had a project to do for HNRS 353…

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OMG kirbyyyyy!!!

I now love this game and want to buy the DS version… : )

The assignment was basically to map out an aspect of an old NES game. Idk if I did it right…but I did it. Me and this other girl got sorta…er…not upset…sorta…annoyed…at this other girl’s project on it. She did the same game…but she basically took the Kirby’s game for Nintendo and turned it into a board game. I didn’t think that made sense! I mean…take a book and make it into a board game…fine…but take a game and turn it into a…game…? It was just so complicated and “much” to me. She had game pieces everywhere. And the thing with the Kirby game is that there’s so much you can do, so much going on. And also, and Otouto actually said this before I did…Kirby’s Adventure isn’t a chance game…but the girl said that it was. And I didn’t get that at all. Anyway…lolz…unless you’ve played the game you probably won’t know what I’m talking about…or even if you have you still probably don’t know what I’m talking about. But this was the most colorful thing I’ve done since I started college so…yea…that Kirby on the star took me like…1o whole freakin minutes! I actually drew the star hoping that when I colored it in it would make the eraser marks less noticeable but…didn’t work. O well…heeheehee…I like Kirby second to only Pooh Bear.

Ok…Idk why but I always blog best when I’m at work. I started this post on Wednesday in class and now it’s Friday at work…LOLZ! I did a buncha stuff and finally had an hour to myself so…why not blog? Lolz.

Ok so before I end…just wanted to talk about this singer. Shady Stone. I’d never heard of him before I downloaded one of his songs…and recently I tried to look him up and I found some other songs of his but no information about him. Someone said he’s just an internet singer or something. At first his voice was a bit high and sorta whiny for me but…I like his songs a lot. Voice wise…it sometimes sounds like Cardin Nguyen’s. But I don’t like Cardin. He’s…Idk…he sucks. Lolz. But anyway, Shady’s voice has more variety…and it’s so relaxinggggggggg. He sounds like…Ok let’s just say that, if you (a girl LOLZ!) got in a fight with your boyfriend, and he serenaded to you outside your window and his voice is Shady’s…you’d forgive him. Heck you’d jump out the window to him. I don’t wanna make him sound too amazing…but I do like his voice and songs a lot. Especially “Chi Co Toi Yeu Thoi”…and “Thien Than Tinh Yeu.” The little rap parts in his songs are good too…not as good as Eddy Viet but…pretty good. The English attempts at rapping suck but, s’ok. I don’t think it’s Shady that raps in his songs too…I think it’s like…featuring someone or other.

OK camera whore-ing time!!!

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i randomly felt like making a cell phone charm thingimajiger. It photos better when it’s not swinging around.

Before I end…I’m probably not going to go over this post for grammar because I have to go pick Otouto up from school…and gdam it’s just too long a post! So sorry beforehand! Ok here’s some real camera whore-ing.

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sOmEbOdy can’t take a serious picture! you know one where they’re not making weird faces!?

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opp…there’s one…

chya neeee!!!

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Posted March 6, 2009 by .unpaused. in Life, Picture-ed

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