Auditory Hallucinations

Auditory Hallucinations (Kill Me Heal Me OST, Jang Jae In ft. NaShow), here I post again on the occasion of Chester Bennington’s suicide, is a special and powerful song with its disturbing and eventually obsessing lyrics and tunes and raps.

The song, at its core, presents a world of darkness that a normal-functioning person wouldn’t want to experience. However, one would fall into such a world if he goes through enough pain and desperation. People couldn’t never imagine how it is if they haven’t been put through such situation. That world is so scary and dark and as deep as the ocean.

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career advice from a total stranger

It was a hot day of last May, when I was still living in Saigon. While I was waiting for the bus, a middle-aged woman came to sit next to me. We started talking. She was on a short visit to Vietnam, her home-country, after moving to Australia with her kids years ago. As I was curious, she gave me a few sneak peeks of how a daily life abroad of a Vietnamese looked like. She also offered free career advice though I didn’t ask. When I told her I was pursuing human resources and wondering if I should continue, she urged me to switch to medicine/healthcare. I didn’t took the advice; however, it inspired me to have new ideas, which later prospered into action. Here is the best part of her advice. Some points are fair enough. Continue reading “career advice from a total stranger”

Unfinished journal

When I was a kid, I used to be keen to explore the attic of my house. The attic was filled with some kind of faint ancient, damp musty smell, which made it like an ancient treasure trove. Among piles of boxes, old papers, bowls, dishes, sedge mats, punky wood items, and tons of other miscellaneous material, sometimes I found rare, out-of-print One or Ten Vietnam Dong notes from late 80s early 90s. Some other times I picked up several Soviet literature books and old newspapers in brownish paper.

One day I saw a notebook, having no idea what it was about or to whom it belonged. It was thin and had thick covers with yellowish paper inside. I opened the cover: it was a journal. The handwriting was clear and neat. I read on.

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Gửi tôi tuổi 20

Gửi Ngọc của 2010,

Chào cô gái 20. Tớ là cậu của 5 năm tới đây. Sao? Cậu đang thắc mắc tớ bây giờ ra sao à? Khiêm tốn mà nói thì tớ xinh hơn cậu bây giờ, lại khôn hơn nhiều nữa, nên cậu hãy vui vẻ yên tâm ở tương lai nhé. :))

Hôm nay không nhân một ngày gì tớ viết thư này muốn nhắn nhủ với cậu vài điều tốt cho cả hai chúng ta, và ước gì cậu đã biết. Đó là 12 bài học tớ rút ra từ những sai lầm mắc phải trong 5 năm qua.

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Đọc sách hay là chết?

Mỗi ngày phải đọc tối thiểu 500 trang sách. Đấy là cách để trở nên thông minh hơn, tỉ phú tài chính Warren Buffett đã nói như thế. Ông cũng chỉ ra rằng, cách đọc sách rất quan trọng: phải vừa đọc vừa ngẫm và vận dụng tư duy phản biện luôn luôn – lật đi lật lại vấn đề và xem xét ở nhiều góc cạnh. Nếu không việc đọc sẽ chỉ thuần tuý là lấy số lượng và bạn không thu được gì cả. Nhưng như thế vẫn chưa đủ: đọc xong phải biết nắm bắt lấy ý tưởng và làm những điều có lý (grab ideas and do sensible things).

Cuộc đời quá ngắn ngủi. Đọc sách hay là chết? Đấy là điều tôi ngộ ra sau khi đọc bài viết về cách đọc sách của Warren Buffett và cộng sự Charlie Munger.

Và một câu trong bài viết làm tôi phải nghĩ ngợi hơn nữa: “Chúng tôi không đọc ý kiến của người khác. Chúng tôi muốn biết được các sự thật, và rồi suy nghĩ.” (“We don’t read other people’s opinions. We want to get the facts, and then think.”)

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[Talk Summary] 5 Mental Debugs by Tom Chi – Founder of Google X

[Preface] Today is September 2nd, Vietnam National Day. Every Vietnamese person has his own way to celebrate this holiday. For me I would like to celebrate it by publishing a note I took months ago. =D This is of an interesting talk by Tom Chi, founder of Google X, and you can either just watch the video (with the link below) right away or read my note before deciding if it’s worth watching. Hope you’ll find some inspiration or something useful from this.
Happy Vietnam National Day!
Tom Chi: 5 Mental Debugs For Success And Global Prosperity (Awesomeness Fest Talk)
Tom Chi – Inventor and Google Genius – Founder of Google X
* Debug 1. Knowing = Enemy of Learning
 ‘Knowledge’ is a noun, and accumulating knowledge is great. But ‘knowing’ is a verb that we choose to do with our knowledge. It’s the enemy of learning.
You need to be in a state of learning in order to solve new problems; create new possibilities; to do something that hasn’t been done a million times before.