30 August 2012

Throwback Thursday: big brother & mini me

I was uploading a throwback photo on my Instagram of my brother & I and realised that this is one of few pictures that I have with him. I have a different relationship with my siblings than most siblings have with each other. My sisters are pretty close and my brother and I are both sort of loners. Because we are both loners, we have a different relationship with one and other than my sisters have with us. My brother and I rarely speak with or to each other, but when we do, it's short and to the point. Somehow we always manage to understand each other. We both share a profound love for sports, especially for football. We support different clubs and don't mind rubbing it in each other's faces whenever our favourite team beats the other team.

Although we don't have the close-24/7-communication-type of relationship, I know that I can always count on my big brother. He's probably the one who I would call if I needed to be bailed out of jail, because he would never judge me for whatever I've done, simply because I'm his little sister. Not that I would ever end up in jail of course. J

This throwback Thursday is for you big bro!

28 August 2012

First teaching day

Today was my first 'real' teaching day as a teacher. Blog posts about my new career will definitely follow in the future. Just wanted to share this picture that my friend Walker (his name is Danny Walker, but I call him Walker) dropped in my mailbox today. Only thing that the message said was 'Thanks miss Vu!'.  Funny Walker, very funny! ;-)

23 August 2012

Life's not easy, but so worth it!

My friend in the States just sent me this image. Just wanted to share it with you. Life isn't always easy, but it's definitely worth it!

Sweet dreams!


20 August 2012

I'm Dutch not Vietnamese… right? Soooo confused!!

People close to me know that I'm pretty touchy when it comes to my ethnicity. Whenever someone says that I'm Asian or Vietnamese, I always correct them by saying: 'I'm Dutch with Vietnamese heritage'. It's not that I'm ashamed or that I'm running away from my Asian roots, it's just simply that I feel totally and utterly Dutch. This has always caused confusion and difficulties in my life and it’s the main reason why I literally have an identity crisis since forever.

19 August 2012

You can have more than one 'the one'

Despite of the heat wave that is going on in the Netherlands, the summer is coming to an end for most Dutchies as study and working life is about to start again. I don't know if the end of summer is the reason, but many people around me are going through breakups. All I can say is: yes, it might suck now, but it will be okay! 

18 August 2012

Bye bye summer…

Although there's a heat wave going on in the Netherlands, the end of my summer break is near. I'll be diving back into my study books on Monday and be back at work on Tuesday. Before returning  to the hectic working life, I want to look back at these previous weeks first. What a summer I've had: South Africa, Trai He Thieu Nhi & Fladderen are just a few things to mention that have made this summer very memorable!

13 August 2012

Every tear has its own story

I was enjoying the shower of falling stars with my friends last night. As I was witnessing the magical sky, my mind drifted off and my friend caught the single tear of happiness at the corner of my eye. He gave me a hug and said: 'There's nothing wrong with showing your tears, it shows that even Bao-Nhi is human'.

11 August 2012

Wishing on a star

I've a huge fascination for the moon and the stars. When the sky is clear, I often stay up late at night just to look up above for hours and hours. There is something magical about looking up there into space and seeing those bright dots in the sky. It gives me a soothing feeling and makes me feel at peace.

09 August 2012

I'm special, my name says so!

People often ask me what the meaning of my name is. This is rather complicated to explain, since I go through life with several names. My Dutch name is: Bao-Nhi Vu, my full Vietnamese name is: Maria Vũ Nguyễn Bảo Nhi, my nickname is: Titi and then I have a bunch of aliases… confusing, I know!

08 August 2012

Beer, my kind of drink!

I think that it's time for me to write a post about something that is very important to me: beer! There is a huge argument/disagreement about beer not being a ladies drink. If you Google it, then you will find polls about men finding women less attractive when they drink beer. Well, I say I drink whatever I like and those men can go find themselves some posh wine zipping ladies! ;-P

07 August 2012

God is good

I was born and raised as a catholic. From the age of twelve till sixteen, I got lost for a bit, but re-found my faith at seventeen and never doubted my Lord ever since. The last eleven years has been challenging at times and I've had my fair share of ups and downs, just like any other human being on this planet. I simply ordered myself not to ask God the 'why' question, because I knew that He knows best and someday He would make me understand. This is easier said than done of course.

These last couple of years, I've really been wondering about the purpose of me still being here on earth. People around me were taken away from me and they all got to be with Him. I never asked Him why, but this left my heart aching and not understanding the situation.  I kept on living like I think that He would want me to continue. I'm doing what I do best: working with youth.

Throughout my work, I'm starting to receive glimpses of what He still has in store for me. This summer has given me a lot of time to think and to reflect on things, on life. I'm starting to see that He has a greater plan for me and that is why He doesn't want me near Him yet. This summer He's clearly showering me with love through my volunteers, my South African friends & family, the children of the Vietnamese summer camp & the five boys.

Summer is not over yet so who knows what else He has in store for me. All I wanted to say is that: God is good! I know that I don't often say it out loud, but I truly believe it. I still don't always understand, but He does and that is all that matters.


06 August 2012

Trai He Thieu Nhi 2012

This summer has been a rollercoaster ride between my youth work, South Africa and two children's summer camps. It's all good though, because there's nothing I enjoy more than to work with youth. My last post was about me preparing to say goodbye to Cape Town again. Once I got back in Holland, I had two days to prepare myself for Trai He Thieu Nhi and didn't had time to write another post until now.

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