A prelude to almost 7 years of waiting.
I am grateful to you for taking the time to read these words, so that I can talk to you and tell you about my Youth journey: with two trips to Vietnam and 11 Southeast Asian countries. Asia with her bike.
I have been waiting patiently for this day since the end of my first bike ride through 60 provinces in 6 months. I’ve always wanted to write a book that recounts my journey, a book for those who love the experience and those who have been and are in the same situation as me. Fortunately, I have been waiting for this day, I have been patient for almost 7 years until I am 30 years old, when I have really passed the best years of Youth, I sit down and reflect. Think back to what you’ve been through…
Nearly 7 years for me is very long, with so many events and experiences happening. As soon as I had the idea of writing this book, I thought of two options:
- Write when the journey ends: with this option I will share with a fresh and hot perspective.
- Option 2: wait until I’m 30 years old, when I’ve really gone through all of Youth, to look back objectively and share something with my young friends, something valuable. More than just an exciting exploration… And as you can see, I’ve been patiently waiting for this day.
I once lost faith in life
I used to be a happy boy, with Dad being a gentle, hardworking man, not afraid of hardships, loving his wife and children, I was fortunate to inherit that from him. And my mother is a beautiful and sharp woman. Although the family on the inside and the outside are not well off, but everyone is very emotional, it is also a great luck in my life… Until, one day, the storm came and the war started. erupt more in small families, happy moments instead of literal and figurative battles.
17 years old, at the most beautiful age of a boy, I used to think: “Or should I just jump into the car and die?”. I was fed up with this life, tired of studying, my life was in the dark, I couldn’t, nor did I know how to get out.
I came to games and became addicted to games, I was on the list of the most truant in class, I stayed at the game shop from morning to night, there were days when I played through the night, I was thin and weak, sometimes I only drank a few days during the day. Bottle of soft drink to play games, Mom and Aunt came to the game shop to call me and didn’t care. I spent all the money to pay for school at the beginning of the year, and the extra tuition money was added to electronics. I act unruly like a careless person… just to show the people around me that I’m tired of living and resenting life.
I look at my friends, the families in the neighborhood, see everyone happy, I’m ashamed and jealous of them…
The essay gets 8 points
Until one day, she sat down at the top desk, gave me a 45-minute test in literature, and said to me, “Hey! You got 8 points for social commentary! The teacher praised: “This boy often skips school but writes with fire!”.
Do you know? That moment in my life I will never forget, you will understand how I felt at that time when I thought of a person lost in the dark, scared, lonely to the point of despair in life. , the more you struggle, the deeper you sink in the swamp, until you are tired and want to give up, then suddenly someone gives you a stick and pulls you out of the mud.
At that moment, a new door was opened, the boy was recognized, saved, given another chance. And since then he’s lived a fresh life, though his family’s turmoil got worse and worse, then broke up a few years later.
New journey begins
After that 8-point essay, I still skipped school, still played games, but I had a new love: literature. I dream of becoming a journalist, going to many places, meeting people and writing about them. I also want to be a writer.
“Shall I write about my life?”
I left Hai Phong and went to Hanoi to study after graduating from high school, with only one thought: I want to leave that house… I don’t have enough points to pass university, but I don’t give up on my dream, I still follow pursuing hobbies of writing, hip-hop, graffiti and later travel.
Dreaming of writing a book for young people, like me…
Looking back on the past journey, the first trip through Vietnam at the age of 22 by motorbike, the cycling trip to 63 provinces and cities in Vietnam at the age of 23 and the cycling trip to 11 Southeast Asian countries at the age of 25, stories, memories experienced the urge to write this book to share my story with young people who are in the same situation as me, who are from average backgrounds, average academics, average looks. I only got 10.5 points in the college entrance exam for all 3 subjects, but I am actively living the life I dreamed of, and actually more than I ever dreamed of in high school, I started to have an impact in my life. The field I pursue, as the founder of business and social projects, I have my own dreams and ambitions. I actively designed the life I wanted, I turned my high school dreams into reality, my dreams and confidence grew bigger and bigger.
And I realized that: we absolutely can make dreams come true. I am the one who experienced that during my younger years. I first came across these ideas when I was 22 years old, when I read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, that self-help book about getting rich, but wealth here is not just defined as money, physical assets, but also the spiritual aspect – anything you really want or desire can become a reality if you set clear goals, plan, determine, persevere, persistently do it.
I also cherished writing this book with the desire to inspire young people to: overcome adversity, perfect selves, pro-actively design my life, dare to think, dare to do, dare to live, dare to dream , dare to untie the mast to take the boat out to sea to explore the World, thereby discovering Yourself.
And finally, this book is a tribute to the benefactors who have helped me along the way, wherever I go, I am watered by the rains of Kindness. I am always grateful for those magical predestined relationships, because it was these strange people who helped me regain my lost TRUST in People, in Kindness in the world and above all, TRUST IN YOURSELF.
What if I don’t get an 8 in literature that day? What if the teacher didn’t give me a compliment in front of the whole class that made me happy to hear it again through her classmate? I guess those will be the sad days of Spring…
How happy and lucky I am when finally, after many days of worrying, after the failed attempts to start writing, I am here writing these lines at the age of 30.
Thank you and wish you happy, peaceful moments. And invite you to start with me on an adventure through the journey of discovering 11 Southeast Asian countries by bicycle, with the first leg: 63 provinces of Vietnam.
(To Parents, Benefactors and all the predestined things that have come in life!)
Contents Table of Contents:
Stage 1: Back to the North
- Why did I have that “unusual” idea of cycling?
- Leaving Hanoi: everything has a rough start. I cried when I left Hanoi
- Friends on the first road gave me motivation
- Ignoring people say! (Car repair story)
- Try asking for sleep for the first time
- Northwest welcomes me with passes and kindness
- Going down the pass alone in the night almost fell and got food poisoning in Mai Chau
- Broken chain in Moc Chau
- Meet Nina Pham, a French-Vietnamese girl who returned to Vietnam to find her father
- The house for the nomads in Son La
- Night at the foot of Pha Din Pass and Thai meals
- Passing Pha Din pass, tired of swearing!
- Lucky night in a Thai house in Muong Ang
- Kindness in Dien Bien
- Ma Thi Ho, no joke!
- 4 days in Sha Tong
- Out of money, exhausted and sick with fever in Lai Chau
- 1 day walking over O Quy Ho pass
- 4 days of resuscitation in Sapa
- Going to Lao Cai and kindness in Yen Bai
- Nguyet’s young silver coin and meeting Mr. Toan and Mr. Quoc on a rainy night
- Family warmth in Tuyen Quang
- 7 days wandering Ha Giang is memorable
- Cao Bang, Bac Kan, indebted to the Tay people
- Friends in Bac Ninh, Lang Son
- The enthusiasm and hospitality of Quang Ninh people welcome me before going home
- Go home!
- Back to childhood
- Explore Pho Hien (Hung Yen) and ancient temples in Thai Binh
- Going to the holy land of Nam Dinh on stormy days, meet the old man to see and help point
- Visit Chi Pheo’s hometown in Nam Cao’s story.
Stage 2: Down to Central
- Ha Nam – Thanh Hoa: the first Catholic family and meeting Tuan
- 4 days stay in Nghe An with Luong Plaza (hip hop friend)
- Dong Hoi, night in a Vietnamese American house
- 4 days in Hue, fall in love with the ancient land
- 4 days at Truc Lam Bach Ma Zen Monastery: a predestined relationship with escaping Zen Buddhism.
- Back to Da Nang on rainy days
- Quang’s brotherhood in Hoi An
- Rain and wind in the Central…
- Sick with fever in Nha Trang and a friend handed over the keys to the house
- Fundraising call
- Accept the challenge: 10,000,000 VND in Phan Thiet
- Swim on Nhieu Loc canal and become famous overnight
- Enough funds, back to Hanoi and the Spring Smile journey
Stage 3: Journey to the South
- Returning to Saigon, going all the way to the West, getting to know volunteer students and listening to ancient music in Ca Mau
- “Green Loo Loc – why should we throw the garbage”
- Forget the way back in the fun
- Going home on the 30th of Tet, pause the journey
End what has begun
- Back, finish what started with a new comrade!
- Do not abandon you!
- Kindness won’t stop
- A tour of the Central Highlands, visiting relatives and ending at the fork in Indochina
- Going back to Da Lat to blog, spend most of the money, take the car to Saigon, get bored, go to Cambodia overnight with more than 500k in pocket…
Chat with friends
- My stalwart companion!
- Before the trip, I was worried that I couldn’t sleep
- How did I prepare? And what do you really need for long journeys? Remembering the days before the trip…
- Biggest difficulty?
- The most valuable lesson after going through 63 provinces and cities in Vietnam?
- We can make dreams come true!
- Do you want to actively design your life, or just let it slip away?
- Things I wish I knew when I was 18
- How to make money for dfi trips like that?
- What are my two favorite books?
- Go for what? (Why?)
- Who am I, born to do?
- Gratitude for adversity helps me grow!
- Dream of the Young Generation Dare to dream – dare to live – dare to think – dare to do and the projects I am implementing
- Deep gratitude
- A new journey begins again