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WORDS TO LIVE BY........

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '97,
Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis or reliable then my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice....now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, nevermind, you won't understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded, but trust me in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future, or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind: the kind that blindsides you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Sing.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts; don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Floss.
Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive; forget the insults. (if you succeed in doing this, tell me how).
Keep your old love letters; throw away your old bank statements.
Stretch.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives; some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.
Get plenty of Calcium. Be kind to your knees -- you'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40; maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary.
Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body: use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or what other people think of it; it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance...even if you have no where to do it but in your own living room.
Read the directions (even if you don't follow them).
Do not read beauty magazines; they will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents; you never know when they'll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings: they're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but that a precious few should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps and geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.
Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Travel.
Accept certain inalienable truths: prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old; and when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse, but you never know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you are 40, it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia; dispensing it is a way of wishing the past from the disposal--wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it's worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.

Lyrics to "Everybody is free to wear sunscreen" -Baz Luhrman

MY INSPIRATION.....

"I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down."- Abraham Lincoln

How the addiction started…

I met my best friend Lena through work, actually I was her boss. Lena was a terrible worker- always late and always making mistakes but what drew me to her was her carefree way of life and positive attitude. We quickly became friends and once she left the company (no I didn’t fire her) we became closer friends.

Lena introduced me to traveling. I made many excuses for not traveling at that time- no money, no time, and it’s too dangerous for women to travel alone. Then I met Lena. I came over to her house one night and saw over 20 photo albums of all the places she has been to. She had pretty much traveled the world. She asked why I haven’t travel much. I had no excuses at that time. Lena isn’t rich, she doesn’t have a steady job, and she is a small soft-spoken Asian woman that traveled mostly on her own…I was too embarrassed to even make up an excuse. From that moment on, I made a pack with Lena and myself that I will go out and explore the world. A few days later I went out and bought myself a big map of the world and some pushpins so I can start marking all the places I have been to and I was off to travel.

That was 5 years ago and I haven’t stopped traveling since. Rather then travelling once a year to a new place, I’ve managed to travel twice a year. I didn’t think it would be possible but like they say ‘ if there is a will there is a way’. Traveling has become an addiction, I get such a rush from it. After I get my fix I plan for my next fix…I’m in too deep I don’t think I can ever stop!

There picture here was taken in a bar on our girl’s trip to Montreal. I call Lena my Yoda because she is wise, loving, cuddly, and looks great beyond her years(she's 14 years my senior)…just like the great Yoda.

Who is Yoda you might ask? I met him when I was watching one of the Star Wars episode. He is this cute, small, green, robe wearing character in the movie. I fell in love with him right away. What’s not to love about him? I love how he talks…so wise. Here are some of my favourite quotes from him:


"No, try not! Do or do not, there is no try."
"Fear is the path to the dark side... fear leads to anger... anger leads to hate. hate leads to suffering."
LUKE: I'm looking for a great warrior...
YODA: Ahhh! A great warrior. (laughs and shakes his head)
Wars not make one great.
"You will know. When you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack."
"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hm? Mmmm."
"Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future."


If you are still in doubt of his greatness...click on the link below and ask him questions yourself.
Ask Yoda

MY PAST....

My first travel experience was when I was 4 1/2 and I have to say it wasn't enjoyable.

This family picture was taken just before we fled Vietnam back in 1980, I'm standing next to my dad ( I'm the one that looks like a boy with a big head). My dad did not feel it was safe for us to stay in Vietnam so we fled along with hundreds of other families by boat. Where were where going? I don't think anybody really had a clue as long as it was away. I was very young so I don't remember much of the whole ordeal but I do remember bits and pieces of it...mostly the sad and horrible parts of it. Hmmmm...is this not a great start for a book or movie? The journey took us to Malaysia and from Malaysia to Canada. The condition we were travelling in and living in was no Club Med and I wouldn't wish in on anyone.
Does this even count as a travel experience?

Once we settled in to our new life in Canada we started traveling as a family. We went on quite a few roadtrips to visit family in the United States of America. If you ever saw a cute asian family packed in a green car with BC plates,driving down the interstate in the 80's- you probably saw my family. As we got older it was harder to get organized and do roadtrips so it pretty much stopped. To be honest we (my brothers,sister and I)were quite a handful to raise, I don't think they had time to even rest let alone plan a vacation.

Thats all I"m telling you about my past. You didn't think I was going to tell you everything did you? I like to stay some what mysterious. Besides, I don't want to incriminate myself.

ME

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

MY PRESENT...

My favourite colours are:
* Blue and Black (I've been told black is not a colour but it is still one of my favourite)



I like to collect:
* Magnets of all the places I've been to
* Anything that has to do with Trevor Linden (NHL hockey player)
* Crosses from around the world-actually this is new thing I just decided to start. I think it would be cool to collect crosses from different countries because each one would be unqiuely beautiful.



Movies I like (not listed in any order):
* Braveheart
* Titanic
* Grease
* The English Patient
* Chitty Bang Bang
* The Wizard of Oz
* Lord of the Rings
* Star Wars
* So Luu Huong (40 episode chinese martial arts/soap opera movie dubed in Vietnamese)
* Moulin Rouge
* Cold Mountain



I like listening to:
Janet Jackson
*Dixie Chicks
*Shania Twain
*Blue Rodeo
*James Taylor
*Coldplay
*Red Hot Chilli Peppers
*The Cranberries
*Metallica (their old heavy stuff)
*Black Sabbath
*Enya
*Sade
*anything 80's
*Taj Mahal
* and many more ..too many to list
Ok so some of them are a bit extreme from the other but it doesn't matter whether it's country or heavy metal, if it sounds good (to me) I will like it.



I like watching:
* The Simpsons
* The Family Guy
* The Kings of Queens
* Travel shows
* The Amazing Race
* Investigation shows about murders and sloving them
* Home and Garden shows



Books I like:
I'm embrassed to say I haven't read a lot of books so I really don't have any favourites. I can't even remember when I last read a book. So as promised (a few days go) I started reading again. I even started a book swap at work where we all buy a book and swap for a few weeks.
Since the promise to myself to read more in November 2004, these are the books I have read so far:
* CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?-author Sophie Kinsella
*CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC- author Sophie Kinsella
If you can recommend any good books please let me know. I'm up for anything as long as it is not porn (I guess people don't buy it to read) or romance novels...I don't mind love stories but not like Danielle Steels kind of stuff. Right now I am reading:
* THE LOVELY BONES- author Alice Sebold



I like to eat:
* Anything cooked by my mom (mostly Vietnamese food)
*Chinese food - especially DIM SUM
*Greek food
*Italian food
*Thai
*Japanese-especially sushi but I can't eat the raw stuff
*East Indian food
Ok so I'm a fatty. I love to eat. Who doesn't? I"m sure my list will get longer once I try other cuisines from other countries.


MY FUTURE....

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

MY TRAVELS IN A GLANCE...


AFRICA


ANTARCTICA

ASIA

AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA

EUROPE

*FRANCE-Strassbourg
*GERMANY- Lahr
*NETHERLANDS- Amsterdam-Harrlem
*SWITZERLAND-Zurich


NORTH AMERICA

CANADA
*ALBERTA-Banff-Calgary
*BRITISH COLUMBIA-Kamloops-Revelstoke-Salmon Arms-Vancouver
*ONTARIO-Ottawa-Toronto
*QUEBEC-Montreal-Quebec City


USA
*ARIZONA-Tempe
*COLORADO-Denver
*MINNIESTOA-ST Pauls
*OREGON-Portland
*WASTHINTON STATE-Seattle-Tacoma


SOUTH AMERICA
*MEXICO-Cabo San Lucas

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