Thấy anh Phúc là thấy Tết

Mình định viết tặng anh Phúc một bàn post từ hồi tháng 11 hôm sinh nhật anh, nhưng rồi cứ việc này đến việc khác xong lại lười và quên mất. Chủ đề mình định viết hồi tháng 11 là khi bạn thành công và nổi tiếng thì lời nói của bạn sẽ dễ được tin tưởng hơn và việc thực hiện những gì mình muốn có vẻ sẽ dễ dàng hơn. Nhưng mình nghĩ chỉ cần tìm một ngày trong khoảng thời gian Tết đến xuân về thì cũng vẫn thể hiện được nội dung mà mình muốn. Vì hôm nay là 30 Tết nên mình sẽ nhất định không để qua năm mới nữa.

Người ta nói rằng mọi việc xảy ra trong cuộc sống này đều có lý do của nó, như việc gặp gỡ một ai đó, hay việc bạn có thể trở thành bạn, thành người yêu, hay ngay cả việc chia tay một ai đó đều có lý do chính đáng. Hồi tháng 6/2020, khi dịch bệnh có dấu hiệu được kiểm soát tốt và du lịch quay trở lại, mình đã quyết định dành thêm thời gian để tập trung vào marketing để tiếp tục xây dựng hình ảnh và quảng bá cho TUI BLUE Nam Hội An – khu nghỉ dưỡng mà mình đang phụ trách kinh doanh. Lần hợp tác này là công việc còn dang dở với Ban Khoa Giáo VTV2 sau nhiều lần hứa hẹn mà chưa thành. Lần này VTV2 dự kiến sẽ xây dựng một chương trình truyền hình thực tế thông qua việc mời một nhân vật trải nghiệm tới tham quan một địa danh mà còn ít người biết đến ở Tỉnh Quảng Nam và qua đó giới thiệu thêm về tiềm năng phát triển du lịch của vùng đất này. Ban đầu, mình được thông báo là nhân vật trải nghiệm là một nhân vật khác, nhưng do một số thay đổi, mình được thông báo rằng nhân vật trải nghiệm là MC Dương Hồng Phúc. Mình được hỏi là có biết anh Phúc không, mình trả lời ngay, MC Hồng Phúc thì … ai-mà-chẳng-biết. Có lẽ một phần là vì anh cũng xuất hiện nhiều trong các chương trình của đài truyền hình Việt Nam, mà ngoài Bắc thì mình không xa lạ chút nào, mặc dù bản thân anh Phúc thì là người miền Nam. Mặc dù vậy, mình cũng đã dành thêm một chút thời gian để tìm hiểu về nhân vật này để coi có thể kết hợp như thế nào thì phù hợp. Mặc dù không cố ý nhưng nhiều khi mình phải khẳng định rằng bản thân con người mình khá là mâu thuẫn và có khá nhiều định kiến. Mình không thích mấy cái vỏ bọc hào nhoáng của giới văn nghệ sĩ và mấy người chạy theo tiền bạc và danh vọng quá nhiều, cũng có lẽ vì vậy mà trong suy nghĩ cũng có phần tiêu cực khi tiếp xúc với những người của công chúng. Anh Phúc cũng không ngoại lệ, mình “Google” anh Phúc coi kết quả tìm kiếm sẽ ra bao nhiêu cái nhà lầu, xe hơi, nhưng xong rồi khá bất ngờ vì kết quả khác hoàn toàn với suy nghĩ.

Lần đầu tiên gặp anh Phúc là ở sân bay Đà Nẵng, cảm nhận chung là rất thân thiện, ăn mặc bảnh bao, trẻ trung, năng động và quan trọng nhất là phù hợp với hình ảnh nhân vật trải nghiệm mà mình đang tìm kiếm. Mình còn thấy là ông anh này có phần hơi ‘tăng động’ vì cứ nói cười, chụp hình, quay phim không ngừng nghỉ. Mình đã nghĩ trong đầu là chắc chỉ được một lúc thôi, vì mới đến nên hào hứng như vậy. Nhưng sau gần 5,6 ngày trời làm việc ròng rã, thấy anh ấy vẫn miệt mài làm ngày làm đêm, vẫn làm việc, vẫn vui cười cùng đoàn làm phim. Nhiều lúc có thấy mặt hơi mệt nhưng mình vẫn cảm thấy có nhiều năng lượng tích cực và thực sự điều này làm mình thay đổi suy nghĩ khá nhiều về người-nổi-tiếng. Có lẽ những điều mình nghĩ không phải như mình vẫn nghĩ. Gặp được anh Phúc và biết thêm những câu chuyện mà anh và vợ anh là chị Quỳnh Phượng đã cùng nhau vượt qua những giai đoạn khó khăn nhất và việc gia đình họ lúc nào cũng xuất hiện vui cười niềm nở trước công chúng thực sự làm cho mình cảm thấy có nhiều điều phải suy nghĩ, liệu rằng những khó khăn mà mình đã vượt qua từ trước đến giờ có đáng để mang ra so sánh?

Ảnh selfie cùng MC Dương Hồng Phúc tại bãi biển Tam Tiến

“Năm nay anh xác định là cho nó qua luôn, nghĩ thế cho đỡ nhức đầu em ạ”. Anh Phúc nói thế khi được hỏi về tình hình dịch bệnh đã có ảnh hưởng như thế nào đến anh. Chương trình đóng máy vào cuối tháng 6, cả nước lại đón thêm một đợt bùng dịch mới do COVID-19 gây ra. Mình chỉ biết thầm cảm ơn là cũng may là đoàn làm phim đã đóng máy, trong tay cũng có cơ số các videos và hình ảnh có thể sử dụng lâu dài. Anh Phúc nói lần sau nếu có cơ hội quay lại anh sẽ mời gia đình cùng đi.

Đoàn làm phim của Ban Khoa Giáo – ĐTH Việt Nam trong chuyến công tác tại TUI BLUE Nam Hội An – Tháng 6/2020

Tháng 12 vừa rồi khi dịch bệnh có vẻ đã được kiểm soát, mình đã nghĩ ngay đến việc tiếp tục cộng tác cùng anh Phúc nên đã gửi lời mời anh và gia đình quay trở lại với vai trò là người dẫn chương trình cho Tiệc Gala Dinner Cuối Năm tại TUI BLUE Nam Hội An, ngoài ra anh và gia đình có thể nghỉ ngơi và tận dụng thời gian để sản xuất các hình ảnh, videos phù hợp. Lần này do có thêm nhiều thời gian để chia sẻ hơn và vì có thêm gia đình nên mọi người lại có thêm nhiều cơ hội tâm sự. Về bản thân mình mà nói thì mình tự thấy bản thân quá may mắn khi vẫn sống sót thành công qua cả một năm thực sự khó khăn, mình cũng chúc mừng anh Phúc, vì thực sự vẫn cảm thấy với 2020, anh Phúc đã “được” nhiều hơn là “mất”. Cái “được” ở đây là mức độ phủ sóng của anh tăng đáng kể, ít nhất là kể từ khi mình biết anh ấy, và ngoài ra là thành công của anh trong chương trình “Màu hạnh phúc’ để gây quỹ cho các bé ở bệnh viện nhi đồng II có dịch tật tim bẩm sinh. Mình có nói là em thấy làm nghệ sĩ thật buồn, em thấy bọn anh quá vất vả, như cái guồng quay không có hồi kết. Anh Phúc thì nói là, nỗi buồn này cũng không phải riêng anh đâu, giới nghệ sĩ ai cũng thế, mất show, mất tiền, bao nhiêu dự định và kế hoạch. Cái khổ nhất của giới nghệ sĩ bọn anh không phải là sợ nhiều việc, sợ vất vả, mà là sợ…không có gì để làm, không những là không có tiền, mà còn là bị khủng hoảng tâm lý, vì mình đã quá quen với việc phải làm, phải đi, phải diễn và phải có khán giả…”.

Mình vẫn luôn tự cảm thấy bản thân là một người hết sức vô tâm. Hồi tháng 12 vừa rồi cũng là những ngày cuối cùng làm việc tại khách sạn cũ, mình trở về làm việc với một tâm trạng không quá hào hứng, vì đây là việc phải làm nên không có lựa chọn nào khác. Mình có thể kết thúc sớm hơn để nghỉ ngơi, nhưng nếu như vậy thì quả thật là không trọn vẹn. Cứ như vậy, như một người vô hồn, làm việc dựa vào lý trí và khả năng và nghĩ là kiểu gì cũng thành công và kiểu gì cũng xong. Thực sự mình đã không nghĩ quá nhiều về việc Tết đến xuân về.

31/12/2020

Gia đình anh Phúc đang di chuyển khắp các địa điểm tại khu nghỉ dưỡng, mình thấy kể ra cũng vui vì nhà anh này lúc nào cũng vui như Tết. Đúng tối ngày 31/12/2020, mình đã chuẩn bị một bộ trang phục phù hợp nhất có thể và di chuyển ra sảnh để đón khách, vẫn chưa thấy Tết đâu cho đến khi gặp được gia đình anh Phúc. Những ngày cuối của năm nên thời tiết ở miền Trung hơi se lạnh, anh MC của tôi mặc một bộ vest trắng vui cười niềm nở khi đang quay livestream: “Thưa quý vị, chỉ còn vài giờ nữa thôi là chúng ta sẽ nói lời tạm biệt với 2020. Phúc đã thấy không khí Tết tràn ngập tại đây…”. Hai anh em lại có thêm dịp “song kiếm hợp bích” trong một dự án lần đầu tiên mình có cơ hội làm, đó là việc tổ chức một phiên đấu giá tranh gây quỹ cho Operation Smile. Vậy mà cũng làm được nữa. Rồi cứ nhìn thấy anh Phúc thật sự chu toàn trong vai trò MC, bất kể chương trình là lớn hay nhỏ, anh tương tác cùng ban nhạc tham dự chương trình, cùng khách hàng và các bạn nhân viên. Đứa vô cảm như mình bắt đầu nhận ra, thật may là có anh Phúc nên ở đây có Tết.

Hồi tháng 1 vừa rồi mình cũng đã có những thay đổi nhất định trong công việc, chuyển qua chỗ làm mới nên cũng muốn thông báo với những đối tác thân thiết, trong đó có gia đình anh Phúc, vì mình cũng hứa với Chíp Sún là về Sài Gòn rồi sẽ hẹn cả nhà đi ăn. Nhưng có phải cứ muốn đi ăn là xong, mấy người ưa bận rộn này chỉ cần có cơ hội là sẽ kết hợp với công việc, mình và anh Phúc lại tổ chức một buổi tiệc tối gây quỹ từ thiện cho “Màu hạnh phúc” tại nhà hàng The Post Duck Kitchen. Mình đã mất 3 ngày để lên chương trình, mình đã nghĩ là không quá khó nên sẽ làm, cái video này là kết quả của một buổi tối suy nghĩ, sáng hôm sau thức dậy từ 5h sáng và ngồi suốt mấy tiếng để hoàn thiện. Buổi tối thì lại lung linh 🙂

Vậy đó, đây là những lời cuối cùng trong năm mới dành cho một người anh mà mình thấy rất yêu quý. Chúc anh chị, bé Chíp Sún và bé Ny một năm mới thật nhiều niềm vui và sức khỏe. Và vì yêu quý nên mình cũng mong anh chị sẽ có thêm cả những khoảng thời gian sống chậm lại chút xíu và đừng làm việc quá vất vả, vì những khoảnh khắc không đứng trước ống kính cũng quan trọng mà.

Video: Màu Hạnh Phúc
MC Dương Hồng Phúc và gia đình tại nơi làm việc mới của mình – Công ty Q Industries Việt Nam tháng 01/2021

Thank you for TUI-ing this together!

How do you look at the one you love and tell yourself it’s time to walk away?

Tam Tien Beach 🏖

I was told to be one of those overachievers at work, I thought I was one of those who has been blessed to have met so many amazing mentors, partners and beautiful colleagues who have been a great motivation for me to keep striving.

I’ve been very busy doing the things I love and loving the things that I do, this is all thanks to the people who have got my back and myself for not giving up on pursuing my own dreams.

Discover your smile

It was me delivering one of my presentations to give an introduction of TUI during the first Partners’ Briefing Series – a nation-wide roadshow to promote TUI BLUE Nam Hoi An. TUI stands for Touristik Union International – the world’s largest travel company.

About one and a half year ago, I got the offer as the Pre-Opening Director of Sales and Marketing to open the first TUI BLUE Nam Hoi An, which happens to be the first TUI Blue hotel in Asia – a member of TUI Group. And while people have the absolute rights to feel what they feel, I did feel very special while accepting this new offer. TUI for us is giant, it was like I got an offer from Yahoo or Google of my own industry. The TUI Smiley logo has become an icon in the world tourism industry for many decades.

Explore the more…

“You are Miss 001, because you are the first employee of TUI BLUE Nam Hoi An”, I was explained by the employer. It took me 2 months to warm up, the probation period is what it is called to get acquainted to a completely new working style and environment. After 2 months, I started seeing rainbow and butterflies 🌈 🦋 . I was able to build my own team and do take on the challenge to build a hotel brand awareness from the scratch, with a new hotel brand, located in an complete unknown destination.

Partners’ Briefing Series at Press Club Hanoi – October 2019
Partners Briefing Series continued in Hanoi 2019
Partners Briefing Series continued at the Deutsches Haus Ho Chi Minh City.
Partners Briefing Series in Danang – November 2019
Partners Briefing Series in Hue – November 2019
Partners Briefing Series in Hoi – November 2019
Christmas High Tea in Hoi An – Destination Wedding Briefing – December 2019
Some people dance in the rain, other people just get wet ☔️

Soft Opening – COVID-19 then now what?

We never really stopped our activities. For many reasons, the show must go on. 2020 was tough although we have been the luckiest people on Earth who have been able to live in Vietnam during Covid-19. And despite of a global pandemic still ranging, and followed by a tropical storm and rainy season, TUI BLUE Nam Hoi An has still been able to operate throughout the year while most hotels and resorts in the regions had to temporarily shut down.

Culture event with partner Y Van Hien – Celebrating the 45 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Germany 🇩🇪
New Year’s Eve Gala and Auction Dinner at TUI BLUE Nam Hoi An to raise fund for Operation Smile Vietnam.
Arts for Smiles Gallery was founded in 2020 – the first Art Gallery in South of Quang Nam, located at TUI BLUE Nam Hoi An.
Cooperation with Tohe Social Enterprise in 2019-2020

Until we are TUI-gether again!

I don’t know what people do out of a global pandemic. We made face masks, we followed the government instructions, we tried to keep our activities alive whenever we had a chance.

Thank you to all the senior leaders for giving me the chance to do what I am capable of. Artur, I haven’t been to Hanover yet 😔
Dieter and Tania – without you I will not be Miss #001
Thank you anh Kien for all your support!
Marko, I hope to see you again after the pandemic 😷

Last but not least, I am thankful that I had a team that would never give up on me, although I was the first person who came and found the team and I decided that I would eventually need to depart, for one and many other reasons that make more sense for my future endeavors.

Thank you to my (extended) Sales & Marketing team!
Don’t stop dreaming!
Thank you for TUI-ing this together with me! Chị Hồng & anh Hoàng Anh – two of my most senior members of the Sales and Marketing team.
When life gives you lemon, make lemonade. When life gave us a major flu 🤧, which turned out to be a global pandemic 😷, we made face-masks with a smiley logo 😊
Andreas and Bridget – it was a pleasure knowing you and thank you for your great support and trust!
Thank you lovely Hoa for being part of my incredible journey! This lady really made me cry on the day of my departure.
Thank you Tuan – this talented and young little brother for being a great multiplayer of the team. We won’t be able to have our name today without your support 💙
Thank you Trang for your resilience and commitment. I know we don’t talk much but just so you know I am very proud to have you to be part of the team.
This little sister was the first person that I hired to the team, one of the members that I spent the most time with in both professional and in real life. Chau has lot of potentials and I hope she would always find joy and peace in what she does in life.
Phuc I was really tough on you while you were our intern but I hope the experience was worthwhile. You are the best 💙
Thank you Thao – the newest member of the team – Our meeting was very brief but I have confidence that you will be great at what you do ❤️
Once upon a pandemic team 😇

This is definitely not Goodbye as I am sure our paths will cross again soon, one way or another. Please take care, don’t stop dreaming and till we are TUI-gether again! 💙

Aspirations

Interview 1:

Me: Can I ask you a question?

Interviewer: Of course!

Me: What are your aspirations? Apart from making money and being an entrepreneur?

Interviewer: Well, we have three kids to take care of. I often go home around 7 or 8 depending on the workload but yes, I’d like to stay at home more than being outside, I guess this has made me a family man. I’d like to spend time with my family.

Me: What about your wife?

Interviewer: She has part time teaching job, part time only, most of the time she would spend with me and the kids, too.

Me: Okay


Interview 2:

Interviewer: What are the most important thing for you between time, money and health?

Me: Without having a good health, both time and money will be meaningless. I am blessed to have good health, hence the three factors are now equally important for me.

Interviewer: How do you see yourself in 3-5 years time?

Me: If I have all those three? I will be a full time muse! I think I am pretty good at that.

Arts for Smiles

I often find myself living in contradictions. Yes I want to make a different in life and I keep surprising myself every day now and then, for all the new things that I am able to come up with, knowing that the only way that I should live myself is to move forward. Another part of me keeps saying to myself that I should really live a quiet life because all the noise won’t bring us happiness.

Some people would like to help other people in silent, at their own capabilities. I wish I could do that someday, too, but it will take more time I guess. For now, I am pretty happy with the fact that I would at least still able to come up with new ideas regardless of having to bear with all the current burdens caused by the economic situations and plenty of social issues.

So I have come up with this idea to finally do something meaningful in my birth month, with hopes that I would be able to do something good to help ourselves and those who are in need.

Happy November – Here’s to celebrate the Arts for Smiles!

Ain’t No Sunshine

“Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone too long
Anytime she goes away

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
Only darkness every day
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And this house just ain’t no home
Anytime she goes away…”

This song has stuck inside my head over the past few days. For one, it is now rainy season in Central and South of Vietnam, we even have major storms in some parts of the country. By the way, thanks to this new job assignment, this is the first time that I’ve got a chance to witness the rainy season in Central Vietnam which I only knew via the songs I used to listen whilst I was a kid.

I am truly blessed to live in Lam Villa Riverside, a home away from home which is full of natural daylight. It’s small but cozy and I have everything, literally everything that I need for a young female professional. It’s got to do with security, comfort and privacy. Because of this, I would trade my time traveling to work so that I could go home everyday to enjoy my own space. For me, it’s always like a bit of a contradiction, I work in travel industry and I am ready to move all the times. But I don’t even think that I am an experienced traveler. I don’t even have interests to go to many different spaces but more into having a space where I can have my time and space, or else, I would rather be home, even if it means that I will spend most of the time by myself.

I also learned that whenever I am by myself, I tend to be a more responsible adult when it comes to having to set my own rules to keep the house clean and to be a super organized person when I can. I can’t do that when I am with my parents because whenever I am with them, I feel like I am Olaf and I have no skull or no bones.

Meet my friend – Detective Pikachu sitting on the couch.

My goal is to enjoy every moment, except for times that I overthink about many things ☺️

It’s really almost 2:30am now and I am still writing this, perhaps it will be the last blog post for this month, knowing that I will be super busy from now until end of the year. By the way, today is my official but fake birthday as it is written on my passport. The day is known as the Business Day Vietnam (13 October), I thought it was just a coincidence but it’s kind of fun to think as well. I never thought that I would see myself as a businesswoman. If I keep saying this then many people would get worried with the fact that I am in a position that I am today, as a so-called…businesswoman. But who knows…

October is the month that I often get a little crazier than usual because all my ideas would come all together at once. I often gain lots of energy to do everything everything but I am sure by middle of next year I will get tired again. So I will try to see this time how I manage myself more effectively.

P/S: I am so in need for a holiday after all this happening with all of this busy-ness!

My Celebrity Doctor 👩‍⚕️

Why would a doctor need a fancy photo-shooting at a five star resort? For fun? For her own interest? For her personal branding? Who else does she want to be?

On a not-so-beautiful day of May 2020 for me because the tourism and hotel industry has got the largest hit of the century due to the destruction of the corona pandemic, I received an influencer-cooperation request for a photo shooting project at TUI BLUE Nam Hoi An from my favorite make-up artist cum producer Kyo Phan. I would love to work with him of course then I asked if he could send me a detailed program of the cooperation for my own review. We had worked before on different projects with professional models or people who work in the entertainment industry. But this time, it’s not really about a model, not even an actress or a singer. He said it was about Kha Le, a businesswoman and an entrepreneur. Oh what? I think I missed something, she is also a doctor, a dentist to be exact. But why would she need such a fancy photo-shooting in such a five star resort?

I was like why? Why would a doctor need to have a fancy photo-shooting in a five star resort? For fun because she’s rich? Maybe? Or for her own personal branding? Perhaps she’s working on a project? Maybe…

So I did a bit of homework and googled her name. I didn’t have to wait long, a number of articles came up. Of course I would be able to tell which article is paid on commercial and marketing purpose and which one is not. But I do see something different. This woman has really made an effort with her personal branding. Here are some of my findings:

“For a woman, fashion is a joy” (Image: GlobalWoman.vn)

Then on a beautiful summer evening in Hanoi, I finally had a chance to meet with Dr Kha Le, after spending a few days of doing my own research about her and her brand TrendSmile also.

My first impression? She’s an elegant and a beautiful woman yet very friendly and quite easy to talk with. Just like how I was convinced by the way she carried herself, I guess she would do a great job to make her client trust and love her as long as they get to see her. I like her more in the daily life or even when she’s in a uniform. No matter what she says or what people say, she’s a doctor after all. And it takes years and brainwork, lots of brainwork to be a doctor. But here’s even a beautiful female doctor, there’s a difference, too👩‍⚕️

Dr Kha Le and her selfie – This picture is posted with permission 😇

“I am a woman after all, apart from being a doctor and a wife and a mother. I think it’s important that I have time to enjoy life. I have seen my female class-mates from university. Although many of us ended up becoming dentists, and then becoming wives and mothers of their children, but many are doctor – doctors by own means. They get stuck in their uniforms the whole time. Some of them even seem to look older than their age and tired. But of course they do look like doctors in the world that is defined for us with lots of ethical standards and sacrifices”, Kha Le said. Then she continued: “But I want more, I want to enjoy life, I am a doctor but I am a woman also. I want to feel beautiful and look beautiful. I believe we should never put a limit on ourselves, you can still be a doctor and a beautiful woman at the same time”. I am not sure about you, whoever might be reading this, whether you are a man or a woman, but I personally adore the type of woman who has her own interests and simply knows how to inspire other people even with a small act of her daily selfie as a way of saying hello to the world 🤳

Yes I do like her selfie too ☺️

Then it came to my turn to ask “So what do you want to do from now?”, looking at Dr Kha Le as she was about to share more.

“I’ve started Trend Smile for more than 3 years now. It’s not been easy but I think we’ve got some very first encouraging successes. I want to live a happy life and bring happiness to people by helping them to design the best possible smiles. Some people are simply not lucky enough to have a good smile to start with. But I always believe having a good smile can change someone’s life”.

At some point I am glad that I have met her. Although I am actually not a big fan of all these beautiful stuff. I called it beautiful stuff because I really don’t spend lots of effort of searching the definition of “the best smile” or “the best beauty smile” or whatever. But this doctor has convinced me that she’s really been trying to make a difference, even if it only started by becoming a beautiful and successful doctor who is good at inspiring people around her.

This Trend Smile brand is another interesting story. I was quite fond of the design of the logo to be honest, although I need to admit that I do not know much about design. But it looks clean, fresh and quite modern for me. Maybe it’s just my own opinion because I am a fan of minimalism. Unlike other dentist clinics who often use the drawing of a “tooth” to design their logos, Trend Smile’s logo was inspired by the idea of a circle hugging and protecting a human body. The logo was created with the belief that when you know how to take care of your dental health, you know how to care of your own body and soul.

Vietnamese idiom has this saying “Cái răng, cái tóc là góc con người”. It means the teeth and head-hair are considered as human figure, which gives the meaning to the most important parts of human appearance”.

I have asked a few designers for what they think about this logo. They said, for a dental brand, they would prefer something shaper as it shows professionalism and accuracy.

I came to her dental place in Hanoi at 255 Pho Hue, I was also informed that she has another address in District 7 in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) since she knew that I live in Ho Chi Minh City now. My impression? I felt at ease, no stress because the design of the clinic and arrangement made us feel calm. I did some easy dental cleaning so it was not much of a big deal, but it was a totally a smooth process, it can be compared to the feeling of entering a Spa. The team including the doctors was very gentle, polite but still looking sharp and professional. I would definitely come back perhaps because of the dentists here who really have made me feel comfortable and safe ☺️

So that is it. Kha Le is becoming more and more admirable in her own way. I called her a “celebrity” doctor to hope that she will make her dreams come true. Be a successful and beautiful doctor, with a style! Let me share with you some beautiful pictures of hers taken at TUI BLUE Nam Hoi An. Looking at these images, I think I need to ask her to show her work license to prove that she is a real doctor, simply because she is too gorgeous to be a normal one. Thanks God she’s not normal and that makes her very special👩‍⚕️

I wish all women in the world would be able to find success, love and happiness no matter what they do. And the sky is not even the limit if you believe that so. Cheers to better days to come! 🍸

Hakuna Matata

For one and many reasons, April had never been the favourite month of the year for me and for many of us who live in the city of Hanoi. It is Spring here when we would rather expect to see beautiful flowers, but in this fast-paced developing city with full of ongoing construction projects, the sky could not look any sadder and greyer. Although the weather is not too hot, not too cold but you could easily feel the wet, dirty, smelly, sticky and humid air. By this time last year, I spent most of my time thinking of all the happenings with life, career, relationship and of course this damn weather too.

Like a day dreamer, I walked along a rainy street and I decided that I need to see a good friend of mine. The appointment was set up in only 10 minutes later in a coffee shop nearby, I guess this is why he became such a good friend of mine.

“How are you?” I asked.

“Happy”  He immediately replied.

“Why? and How?”

“Oh you know, I’ve got to do what I like, I quit the job that feel so stuck at it after three years. Of course there was a time that I feel hopeless, I even spent a month reading an over 400 pages long book about history of Vietnam. You know I could be historian now”. “You?” – He laughed and asked me back.

“Miserable”. I answered then looked away through the window and sighed.

“What are you looking at?” – He asked.

“The weather. I am so out of this place…”. I replied.

“What are your problems?” – He started to look at me and ask…

“Many problems” – I replied and went on: “But I’d like to blame on this weather so neither me nor anyone else would have to take this blame.

“Then let’s talk about the weather… What do you hate about it?”. He asked.

“It is messy here, there are times of the year when it is either too hot or too cold, too humid or too dry. Now it’s been raining for the whole month and no one seems to work… What kind of place is this? People are going crazy and so am I”. I felt guilty that I called him all his way to see me then have to hear all this but I just could not help it.

“Did you think about the upsides of this weather?” He asked and laughed a little.

“Okay, tell me, what’s up?” I asked.

“It’s raining and humid right? So that they could sell more home appliances like dryers, like raincoats or umbrellas. They are produced for a reason you know… Think about the law of supply and demand… And now you’re complaining that we have too many seasons huh? Thought you would be happy that you will be able to wear change your outfits after each season. The fashion industry in a city of four seasons will mostly have more things to do and to talk about than an all year round sunny city don’t you think?”.

He shut me up since then because I simply could not agree more…

I was asked to give lots of advices today to a new colleague of mine, who is an expatriate, completely new to the city and having full of doubts about herself and her future. We spent 03 hours of talk about everything then as soon as she started talking about the weather, I gave her a quick smile, realising the story is getting a little old. I said: “April showers bring May flowers, have you heard this before? I learned this some time ago.

And “Hakuna Matata” – I brought this from Lion King, it means “No worries”. Things will work out for the best.

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#From Work: Young & Innocent

#TinyStoryFromWork:

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To me, the worst thing about wearing a uniform and following the same dress code is the fact that you will not be able to tell who is who and you will not be able to tell if he/she’s got a style… Well, I am not going to have a uniform debate by the way, I am just making excuses for not knowing some of our junior colleagues’ names because they all look similar in their uniforms on a regular basis. But there’s one person that I am going to remember his name forever from today.

Where to start? I merely went for a general check up a V.I.P function at the hotel today to ensure the event was under control. Unfortunately, I got to know that it was actually not-so-under-control from the very first few seconds…

“Why?” – I asked the supervisor.

“One of our staff went unconscious for a few minutes in the V.I.P room and when the majority of guests had been seated”.

“Who? and Why?” – I asked while getting a little bit shocked.  I could not think of any suitable reason, did we make he/she work too hard? It was 12:00 and perhaps he/she skipped breakfast? “Was that a he or a she? Do I know him/her?”

“It’s a he”. She replied and continued: “I think you do know him. He had been with us for a long time but he worked as a casual staff. And today was actually the day that he has his officially contract signed with the hotel that makes him so nervous and then it happened… A bit unfortunate that there were so many V.I.Ps in the room but I hope they understood if we tell them the reason”.

“Where is he now? Is he okay?” – I continued.

“He’s right there, working like nothing has happened”. She answered.

“Oh”! I stopped for a second and looked to the right where the boy was standing to welcome the guests.

Yes, I do notice him, this tall and young male Sofitel ambassador who wears glasses, about 20 years old. He’s got a friendly smile with both politeness and shyness. At that very moment, I could not think of anything else – Who could be so mad at him now? And for taking his job too seriously? Hmmm I do not think so… Instead I thought it was cute and innocent of him – and I would say this frankly if and only if this did not make me any less of being a hospitality professional. I have not felt this way for a long time about someone I know. Perhaps it was just for a simple reason that I have met too many people, and yes including myself who often appear in the most ‘damn’ mysterious, confident and …fearless!

This ‘junior’ moment actually made me smile. I hope the boy is all okay now. But since he has taken this career so seriously and to the extent that he got so emotional like that, I hope he will end up being a good person and a good career advancement ahead.

And for me, it would be interesting to know what happened to Miss No-Longer-Afraid…!?

#IWorkInAHotel

Brighter

Following one of my recent conversations with a close friend that I have not seen for quite a while…

Me: You know what, I do not have to wear uniform but as a hotelier, we often choose black as a safe colour for clothing. But recently I have decided to go for some brighter colours…

My friend: Like what?

Me: Grey. Don’t you think it have lifted up my dress-code in a whole new level of brightness?

My friend: Right. Can’t agree more…

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Photo Credit: Internet

Me [thinking]: And do not forget within one single colour like grey, there are even at least 50 Shades…

#business #relativity #greyisnotthedarkest #betweenblackandwhite #fiftyshadesofgrey

Saying everyone can be replaced is a lie.

I think when I said everything will be okay and everyone can be replaced. I actually lied.

There are certain things in life which cannot be replaced. Like the Earth, the Sun or the Moon, like your family, your mother, your father, your brothers, sisters, yourself and…myself.

Hmmm, for a moment I was thinking of that special someone, but he can also be replaced since you can still make choices.

The reason I said “everyone can be replaced” was to reassure my team when the two key persons decided to walk away. And I made everyone believed that it was right, because those two people were immediately replaced by other people and other people and other people.

In the meantime, I had been playing multiple roles: A sales person; a marketing & PR person for which I had been given a fancy name as a Business Development Manager (BDM). I did not know how good I was. The only thing that I know and remember was that I really was part of the company, a major part. It was just enough to make me feel like I had a major heart attack on the day I decided to walk away.

I am all happy now with the new job and what I’m doing, because I learn new things and I meet new people on a surprisingly  regular basis. This is necessarily always a good thing but for sure it’s not easy to get bored at work.

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And I am still who I am and I still do what I do.

Last Saturday I went to the Hanoi’s Annual Charity Bazaar hosted by the HIWC (Hanoi International Women Club). I had always been there over the past 02 years, but this year I was with a different company. This is a strange feeling when I am not with my Italian team anymore and did not get to wear an Italian themed costume this year. What even more awkward   was the moment that I intended to come and say hello to the old team, but nobody was there. Absolutely nobody! My boss was (almost) never there (and because he wouldn’t need to when I was in my position) but what I meant was… nobody. I know none of them, after 8 months since I’ve gone…

I am not going to judge anybody over this matter. But I was not happy to see all this. And it was not I was not because I was so full of myself but I know that I am totally not that someone who can be easily replaced…