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A year in Melbourne – What I learned (part 2)

What I learned over a year

Passion – Happiness
Work hard and Work smart
Be who I am

Hi everyone, how is it going?

To be continued on this topic, I would like share to you guys the other three things I learned over a year. Hopefully, you will acquire something new when reading this post.

For those who have not read my last post yet, you can visit HERE to read it.

Ok, let’s get started!

1. Passion and Happiness

During a year of living in Melbourne, I experienced or tried many new things here in order to figure out what I am passionate about. And then, I define my passion as being a coder and data analyst for now. How can I find out what I am passionate about? I just do that by using a simple math below:

My passion = Time-consuming + Level of Happiness

From my understanding, passion is measured by how much time I have been spending and how happy I am when I am doing things. I see that most people – I know here – have a wrong definition of passion when they define it as how much money they are earning monthly but not how happy they are. And, I also know that many people do not have a definition of passion in their mind. Why can I assert that? Because I see many people are chasing money by doing the job that they hate. Or they are doing things because other people tell them to do that. I am empathic for those who have to do that since they have to pay for rent or something like that. However, let’s step back and think that we just live one life. So, why do we have to do what cannot make us happy? When I write to this line, I just remember that many people define their happiness as how much money they earned. If you are this kind of people, I highly recommend you to listen to this VIDEO twice.

“I just live one life. So, I do not allow myself to do what I hate. And, I also do not allow other people to force me doing things I do not want to do. I just allow myself to follow my passion by doing things that make me happy. It is MY LIFE” – Unknown author.

2. Work hard and work smart

A year of living in Melbourne helps me understand deeply the meaning of “Focus on the process, not the result”. Not only that but I also understand what “working hard” and “working smart” actually are. After finishing the first year of university, I look back my process during the studying period and I realize that my result is 100% worth. I spent my time as much as possible not only on self-learning but also on supporting my classmates to understand what they were learning. My friends and tutors usually tell me that you are a smart guy. Although I am happy and accept that comment, I think that my friends can also be smart as me if they study hard. Aside from that, I also tend to tell my friends that I’m also a normal person but the difference between you and me is how much time you and I spend on digging into what we want to understand. When writing to this line, I start to think of people who always say that they prefer to work smart rather than working hard. And then, they will be beaten by those who are working hard and smart.

I would say that it is not only about who is smarter than each other but it is also about who is working harder than each other. There is just 1% of thinking and 99% of trying to do what you think.

3. Be who I am

One of the most important things I learned here is how to be myself. I used to be a person who did not do things that I thought that was crazy. I also used to be a person who was afraid of trying things I wanted because many people around me told that it was not good for my future. And, I also used to be worse than that because I think that was a period that I could not be myself. A year of living in Melbourne is an opportunity for me to live my own life, do everything I want and accept the responsibility once doing something wrong. I stop valuing opinions of people around me on myself and start listening to myself.

I see that most people – I know – value someone else’s opinion more than their own. For instance, they study this course because their family members say that it is good for their future. In addition, they study this course because many people around them say that it is a “hot” course to get “Permanent Residency” here. And, there are many other things like that. I have been listening to this kind of sentences many times from my friends. Then, I asked them if they are happy with that. Most of them answered me “NO” and the rest did not give me an answer – I think you know the reason.

Therefore, if you are not yourself, you have to figure out yourself now. And, you need to stop valuing someone else’s opinion more than your own on yourself. You just live one life, so you should do everything you want and be responsible with that. I highly recommend you read “How to stop caring what others think” – GaryVee twice.

That’s all for this post. However, it does not stop here. I will publish more posts on this topic next week. Hopefully, you can learn something from this post.

Thank you for reading.

Comment below to let me know your opinions.

A year in Melbourne – What I learned (part 1)

What I learned over a year
Chasing knowledge vs chasing money

Hi everyone, how is it going?

It has been a year since I arrived in Melbourne for studying overseas. Honestly, I learned a lot of things over a year. Therefore, I would like to share what I learned so far. Hopefully, you will gain some knowledge once getting into this post. Ok, let’s get started!

1. Read – Write – Listen

READ: I would say that I read a lot over a year. I spend at least an hour on reading books and at least three hours on plowing through many online materials related to my study fields every day. I realize that the great way to improve my understandings and personality is ‘READING’. I know most people say that listening and watching are two easy methods to approach new knowledge. However, I partly disagree with that because I think reading is the easiest way once I want to understand some new and complex problems or experience real-world practice. “The more you read, the more things you learn and the more places you will go” – Unknown author.

WRITE: I realize that writing is a great method to maintain my understandings. Not only that but it also the way that allows me to share what I learned from books and materials and get back many opinions and comments from others. It makes me understand how people think of what I shared in different ways.

LISTEN: Not only reading and writing but I also listen a lot. When I am alone, I tend to listen to podcasts and YouTube. However, I like to dig into a deep talk with each other since I can learn many at the time they talk. Most people ask me the reason why I am so quiet in the conversation. The reason is that I like to let people share all of their ideas before giving my opinions about that. Moreover, I can clearly understand the conversation and personality of each other. Importantly, I do not tend to communicate more and give a deeply talk once I do not understand enough the personality of the person I am talking with.  It is like some kind of respect.

2. Perseverance

Aside from all things above, I also learned how to be patient with what I am doing. I know that the difference between the CEO of a big company and the CEO of the small one is the distance of perseverance and patience. Therefore, I train myself to deal with the challenge and not easy to give up what I am doing. To do that, I usually encourage myself to complete the remaining 10% once I feel discouraged. Moreover, I also ask myself the reason why I get started once I seem to give up. I remember that I was so discouraged at the first time I learned programming because it was a tough thing with a beginner who has not had the fundamental concept before. However, I always asked myself the reason why I got into programming, and I then tried many different things to deal with the challenge since I believed that my goals would come true if I gave a try. And now, it is actually coming true once I feel confident with my programming skill. Nevertheless, it does not stop there, I continue on improving my skill sets since I believe that my other goals will come true in the future. It is like you set and achieve many small goals to complete or achieve your big goal. Yeah, I would say that this perseverance helps me earn the trust of my friends, including my Ph.D. lecturers, and importantly myself.

3. Crave for knowledge first, then money

I see that most international and domestic students spend their time more on working some part-time jobs related to hospitality and sales rather than on learning. I know that they have to pay for rent and their “desired things”. I am so empathic with that. When I write to this line, I would like to thank my relatives who have been supporting me for accommodation and food without expectation up to now. Due to that, I can focus 80-100% on learning in order to reach my big goal step by step. Back to the topic, if you are a university student and reading this post, I highly recommend that you should spend more time on learning, not on working as a “basic” job because you can earn better than that later if you focus on learning. For example, you are now spending 20-30 hours a week on doing a job with $10-18/hour, and your maximum salary next 5 years (or after graduating) will be able to evaluate at $25-40/hour. However, I think it would be different when you spend 60-100% of that 20-30 hours per week on learning with 0 income for now, and your maximum salary next 5 years will be able to evaluate at $60-100/hour or more than this. Let’s add this figure to the long-term image (5-10 years), you can absolutely understand what I mean. Therefore, you should chase knowledge first before chasing money. When writing to this line, I would like to thank my lecturer who is also my good Ph.D. friend now because he has been supporting me a lot up to now, and I honestly appreciate that.

“When you are young (20-29 years old), you have to improve your knowledge and gain experience as many as possible. Because you will be in the different fields in the next 10 years of that” – Unknown author

That’s all for this post. However, it does not stop here. I will publish more posts on this topic next week. Hopefully, you can learn something from this post.

Thank you for reading.

Comment below to let me know your opinions.

Programming is not as difficult as you think

Is programming difficult to learn?
Which programming language should the newbie get started with?

Hi guys!

Many people, including my friends and my relatives, ask me whether programming is difficult to learn or not. In addition, they also ask me that they should get started with which programming language as a beginner. Therefore, today I am going to publish this post to answer those two questions.

1. Is programming difficult to learn?

My answerNO.

My explanation:

If you are a newbie and you think that programming is the hardest thing to learn, you are normal. I remember that I used to think like that when I went to programming class at university. However, I totally changed that thought until I got started learning statistics and things related to it on my own. At that time, I realized that programming was not one of the most difficult things to learn. For me, programming is basically the tool which supports people to communicate with computers by using computing languages. Therefore, learning how to use the tool is not difficult since the only thing you need is time. For example, if I would like to be familiar with the programming language such as Python or Javascript, I just need to sit in front of the computer, read through the documentation or watch online tutorials, and then understand and use them by following the instruction. I realize that the process takes me at least a month to wrap it up.

So, learning how to code is not as difficult as most people think. However, the hard thing about programming is creativity. It means that how you apply what you learn for creating beneficial things. For example, people use programming for creating a software that predicts disasters in order to reduce its damages. I know many people, including my friends, who dig into learning programming languages as many as possible since they think that is the good way to get a cool job. However, they do not know that the company does not care how many programming languages the applicant is familiar with. The only thing the company needs to know is how well the applicant uses those tools for solving problems. I know this from my friends who are the Ph.D. or have been working for a large company.

So, once you would like to get started with coding, the only thing you need to memorize is that you learn how to code in order to become an innovator, a creator, or a problem solver, not a coder.

2. Which programming language should you get started with as a newbie?

As I mentioned in the previous post, there are 2 programming languages such as Python and package of (HTML, CSS, Javascript) which are simple to learn if you are the beginner. The reason is that you can learn many basic syntaxes from these languages which are nearly similar with other advanced one such as C++ and Java. However, it depends on your goals in order to choose which one you should learn first.

If your goal is to become a web developer or web designer, I highly recommend you to grab the package (HTML, CSS, Javascript) as the first programming language. If you would like to learn this package online on your own, you can take a Udemy Course – held by Colt Steele as I did. This course covers some of the most exciting and relevant topics in the web development industry. Importantly, it is designed for the complete beginner, the instructor is very friendly. Aside from that, you can also take the online tutorials from many popular sources such as w3school,, Khan Academy, etc. These sources are free but some of them are not as comprehensive as the one I suggest above.

If your goal is to become a technical developer, data science analytics, or data scientist, I highly recommend you to learn Python at first. This recommendation is similar with the one of my lecturer who is studying Ph.D. of data science at Swinburne University. Python is the simple language to learn if you are the beginner since its syntax is nearly similar with other advanced object-oriented programming languages such as Java and C++. In addition, it has many libraries which contributed by many programmers. Importantly, some of these libraries are technically helpful for data science and data analytics. To learn Python, you can watch videos on YouTube – published by CS Dojo, or read through the documentation on the Python website. Another option is that you can take a Udemy Course – held by Colt Steele as I did.

That’s all about what I would like to share.

Thank you for reading.

Comment below to let me know what you would like to know.

How I learned to code, and become the Full-Stack Web Developer in 4 months

This post tells you how I learned to code from a beginner to an advanced full-stack website developer in 4 months

Hi everyone, how are you going?

Today, I would like to share with you how I learned to code from a beginner to an advanced full-stack website developer.

My personal experience

First of all, I would like to share with you my personal steps which I used to learn to code.

  • Take a few programming units at my university: First, I took two units at my university during my first year. The first unit was about some basic knowledge such as variables, loops, conditional expression, functions, and structures. Also, I learned how to use the terminal to get an output from my program. At the end of this unit, I understood how to apply basic logic into the program and started making sense of the coding process. The second unit covered things such as data structures and computing algorithms which are more advanced than the first one. The third unit covered all the things about Web Development from front-end to back-end development. This unit was a bit complicated but it was an interesting unit since it displays all the codes on the screen which seems to be in the real world.
  • Learn more on my ownDuring the semester, I also took a few online courses and learned on my own. I had taken the Web Development published on Udemy by Colt. This course helped me understood more about advanced website development by using different back-end programming languages such as NodeJs and NonSQL from which I was learning in school (PHP and MySQL). Finally, I wrapped up +40 hours web development online Bootcamp with the small project. Now I am doing the similar process with learning Python (the popular programming language for data scientist) and React (JavaScript framework – web development language).
  • Learn more by starting a few small projects: Then, I applied what I learned to build a few simple website applications to some complicated ones. I learned a lot from this step since I had to google many times when I got stuck. Fortunately, there are two websites (Stack Overflow and w3schools) which helped me a lot in those difficult situations. Up to now, I have finished 4 projects – including 3 projects from university and 1 project from online learning.

My recommendation

Then, I would like to give some recommendation for those who would like to learn how to code as a beginner.

  • Start learning all the basic syntax: First of all, I suggest you should start learning from the basic syntax. For example, you can learn how to declare variables, create a structure, build a simple function, use loops and conditional statement. Then, you should combine them together in order to build your first simple application. Also, you should learn how to build an interactive website which could be easy for you to get started since it displays all your codes on the computer screen. If you have no idea about which programming language you should get started with, I highly recommend you to learn Python, a package of HTML, CSS and Javascript or C and C++.
  • Do not panic: Then, I recommend you not to panic anytime when you get stuck with your codes. Since you are a beginner, you are able to make errors. However, you have to learn from those. Once you make a mistake or do not know what to do next with your codes, you just need to calm down and google what you want to know or publish your question on some programming community website such as Stack Overflow and Reddit. Asking for help is also the great way to learn new things.
  • First studying hard, Then studying smart: Then, I recommend you to study hard once you get started, and then study smart once you are familiar with coding. You have to study hard at first because it is the time you need to understand all the basic things in programming. Once you are familiar with those, you can easily combine them together with a few simple logic to the complicated ones. For example, I had to sit in front of my laptop for at least 5 hours a day in order to understand all the basic syntax when I got started at learning how to code. However, I just need at least a month to understand all the syntax and logic once I get started with another programming language now.
  • Start working on personal projects: Finally, I recommend you to apply what you learn to build some interesting and meaning things such as a personal website or an app for yourself. Once you start working on your personal projects, you could memorize what you have learned as fast as possible. Also, it helps you think creatively and motivates you to learn more. It is like when you learn things you which you are interested in to build what you are excited about.


That’s all about what I would like to share.

Thank you for reading.

Comment below to let me know what you would like to know.

September 2018 – I decided to back as a blogger

Hello everyone, how is going?

First of all, I would like to write this post in order to say sorry to those who followed my every single post. Since there are some “Life Things”, I had stopped publishing a blog post every single week for nearly 3 months. During this 3 months, I have suffered from many stressful issues about study and family. Therefore, I seemed not to have any motivation to create the content for my page. However, I finally found again my motivation to write a blog post after a few stressful months. As a result, I write this post to notice that I decided to back as a blogger with various content related to technology, business, my experience and study.

I know that it would be hard to earn again your loyalty with my posts. However, I will never give up though. I plan to renew my page with diversified topics related to business, technology, my experience and study. I promise that I will publish at least one post a week as the previous time. Also, the content would be more interesting and informative than the previous ones. Hopefully, I have your attention to my next posts.

Importantly, I would like to say thank you to those who have followed my post up to now. I appropriate you guys. Hopefully, you guys will enjoy my next posts.

“If you want to see the rainbow, you have to deal with the rain” – John Green

That’s all I want to tell you guys.

Thank you so much for reading! And do not forget to comment below to let me know what you would like me to share in the next post.


Today, I would like to share with you guys 3 important things that you should know if you have a plan to become an entrepreneur.

1. Focus on your passion

I read many books and watched many videos on Youtube about the topic “HOW TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR”. And then, I figured out that most of the advice has the similar point – PASSION. So, the first thing you should consider when you want to start your business is that you have to pay your attention to what you love. Why? Because once you find what you actually love to do, you can spend most of your time digging into it. The most visible examples of this are Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg, and so on. All of them are the people who started their business by doing what they are passionate about. In my view, your passion drives everything including your business. Therefore, you have to define who you are and what you love to do once you want to start your business.

2. Permission

Once you have figured out your passion, you need to give yourself permission to do what you love. Most people defend themselves by staying in their 9-5 jobs even though they want to start their own business. The reason for that is they are afraid of taking risks when they leave their stable jobs in order to start their own business by doing what love. It means they do not give themselves permission to follow their passion. Therefore, they cannot take the huge opportunity and waste it when it comes. In regard to this, I do not mean that you have to leave your jobs to start your own business, but giving yourself permission to do what you love and leave what you hate. If you do not allow yourself to do what you want to do, I guarantee that you will regret when you are in your 60s.

As Linda Rottenberg wrote in her book “CRAZY IS A COMPLIMENT”, entrepreneurship begins with psyching yourself up instead of psyching yourself out. And the formula for this: heart + mind – fear = entrepreneur.

3. Start doing, stop thinking

Many people want to start their own business but they consider too much about the people around them saying. They are overthinking and planning too much about what they should do. They are wasting their time doing that stuff but they do not start doing. They do not give themselves permission to start doing due to the fear of taking risks. THEY THINK TOO MUCH! Let me tell you the secret is that the successful entrepreneurs are people who try and try. “If you want to try it, just try it, if something goes wrong, just come back.” – Jack Ma, the co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group. It is obvious that there is no reward without some risks. Therefore, if you want to become an entrepreneur, you should start doing and allow yourself to take smart risks instead of analyzing and trying to estimate the perfect situation.

I get all the ideas above from:

  1. Crush it! – Gary Vaynerchuk
  2. Crushing it! Gary Vaynerchuk
  3. Crazy is a compliment – Linda Rottenberg

And some videos on Youtube channels which I watch regularly.


Hello everyone, how is going?

Today, I would like to share two of my favorites, Maths and Reading. So, this post will cover two things below:

  • The reasons why I enjoy learning Maths and reading books.
  • How these two favorites benefit me.

1. Why I enjoy learning maths and reading books.

I loved learning Maths when I was studying grade 9 in Vietnam. However,  I hadn’t been keen on Maths in previous years because I had been bored with its tons of theories. So, why is it my favorite up to now? I remember that I had been a hot-tempered kid before stepping to the senior year of my secondary school in Vietnam. Nevertheless, Maths had converted that kid into the patient guy who is willing to think outside the box and solve problems logically, not based too much on his emotion. Moreover, when I wrapped up the complex Maths exercise, I was like I finally made it. That feeling is like when people achieve their goals after a long time of working hard. Therefore, it’s confident to say that Maths inspires me that nothing is impossible.

I started reading books when I was a freshman in university. In those days, I wanted to try something new in my spare time in order to get rid of playing video games too much. I remember that the first book I read is “How to win friends & influence people” written by Dale Carnegie – Vietnamese version. Although it was tough for me to read quickly and understand the whole meaning of the author, I just tried to read and figure out the values of the book. After a long time of reading, I looked back and was surprised that I had learned many things which no one had taught me before. At that time, I thought that was interesting. After reading that book, I continued purchasing some books (Vietnamese version) which are related to what I want to know more. I read every single day during my free time. After finishing many Vietnamese books, I started thinking of purchasing English books which would be great for me to practice my English. Due to that rationale, I decided to buy two English books (one is a novel book, “Fault In Our Stars” – John Green, and another one is non-fiction, “A Field Guide to Lies – Critical Thinking in the Information Age” – Daniel J Levitin. Though it was difficult for me to read books in another language, I just tried to do that because I thought I would regret if I didn’t try to do things that I liked.

2. How these two favorites benefit me.

First of all, I would like to let you know the benefits of studying Maths. I know that many students think that Maths is so bored because it has a lot of theories and it cannot apply to the real world. If you are a student and you have that thought, you need to watch the video below.

I ensure that you’ll change your mind about Maths like what I did. I remember that I started to realize the benefits of Maths when I was studying statistics, probability, physics and chemistry in grade 12. Especially, it makes more sense for me when I’m currently learning how to code and analyze data in today’s Information Age. So, the first benefit of Maths is that it supports me to make a better decision. I used to base too much on emotion when deciding to do things until I learned how to apply Maths to analyze things logically. I don’t say that I’m a master of making decisions but I’m confident to say that I can handle risks more logical than I used to do. The second benefit is that it supports me to improve my logic when gathering and analyzing what is the hoax. In my opinion, Maths is the great opportunity to improve the logic and think creatively.

Secondly, I figure out many benefits from my reading favorite. I prefer to read non-fiction books than fiction ones. However, both types of books help me think creatively. For example, I tend to imagine how things happen when I’m reading. Sometimes, reading books helps me connect what I learned with the real-world examples and gives me many ideas about starting a business. Moreover, it also inspires me to step out my comfort zone and start doing what I love. While non-fiction books allow me to experience many examples which were happened, fiction books allow me to go to the new world where I could observe every single emotion of characters. Furthermore, it helps me understand the personality of people who I communicate with. Not only that, it also changes my mindset and teaches me lessons that no one taught me. In my opinion, reading books is the great way to think outside the box and distinguish between good and bad things which are talked by people around me. I also think the more I read, the more knowledge I gain.

That’s all I want to share. Thank you so much for reading!


Hi everyone, what’s poppin?

Today, I would like to share with you many images I took when I visited Frankston in Melbourne.

Box Hill is one of the biggest suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. It once had its own large historic Central Business District. The vast majority of its population are Asian people, particularly Chinese. So, there are many Asian restaurants and retailers here. It takes nearly 30 minutes to travel from CBD of Melbourne to Box Hill Centre by train.


Outside Box Hill Central


The park near Box Hill Central


The place to taste any food or coffee inside Box Hill Central


The sidewalk near the car park of Box Hill Central

After meeting up at Box Hill, I and my friend started driving to Frankston. It takes us an hour to travel to there. However, it takes nearly 2.5 hours to commute from CBD of Melbourne to Frankston by train.

Frankston is one of the largest outer-suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. The vast majority of its population are European and Australian people. So, I felt like I was in the countries of Europe once I got there. Since it gets along with the eastern coast of Port Phillip Bay, its seawater is not too cold. I visited Frankston on a sunny day, its fresh atmosphere made me felt cool.

The first stop of us was at Frankston Foreshore Reserve near Frankston Pier. It would be easy for you to search the location on Google Maps.


We were on the way to Frankston


We were at Frankston. This is the car park of Frankston Foreshore Reserve.


The place near Frankston Pier.


We were on Frankston Pier. This is the right side of it.


On Frankston Pier.


The left side of Frankston Pier.


I stood on the cross-section of Frankston Pier.


The bridge is located at the right side of the coast.


The bridge above looks like.


The place is located near Long Island Dr once I went through the bridge above.

The next stop is Mt Eliza Foreshore Reserve near Canadian Bay. It takes 5-10 minutes to drive from Frankston Foreshore Reserve. You can easily search it on Google Maps. Its location is between Frankston and Mornington.


We were on the way to Mt Eliza Foreshore Reserve. Actually, we were finding the car park near the coast.


We were on Mt Eliza Foreshore Reserve. This is the picture I took once I stood at its car park.


This is the stair to go down the coast.


It looks like the crescent shape.


This is Oliver’s Hill Lookout. You can easily search on Google Maps its name.

Next time you are in Melbourne and would like to get away the crowd, go to the beach and take many outstanding photos, Frankston is the place for you. Fortunately, Frankston is still in Zone 1 and 2 so you can get there by train with the A$8 Myki ticket. Moreover, the journey takes an hour drive or 2.5 hours by train.

Thank you so much for reading!


Hi everyone, how is going?

Today I’m going to introduce to you BeWon restaurant at which they serve a tasty Korean food near Swinburne University.

Winter is coming to Melbourne, so the weather is really cold now. So, I need to go and find any hot and spicy food in order to warm me up. Because of that, I decided to visit BeWon restaurant with my friends so that we could taste hot and spicy Korean soup. We had come here many times before due to their delicious Korean food and its location.

You can find the restaurant at 652 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, Melbourne. It takes 3 minutes walk from Glenferrie station.


Outside the restaurant


Inside the restaurant


BEWON reception

I and my friends went here at lunchtime on a sunny day. Therefore, we had to wait for 5 minutes to have any seats since it was so crowded. I like to go here because of their tasty food as well as their cute and friendly staff. Their customer service is great because customers will receive a free drink as an apology once there is a long time for waiting for food. Personally, I am impressed with their waitresses who are so adorable and friendly. I think it may be the beauty of Korean girls.

Anyway, the meal finally served to my table after 10 minutes. The hot and spicy of Pork Bulgogi Stew warmed me up under the cold weather of winter. It was the memorable moment! Although I have just had a dinner, my mouth starts watering once I look at the picture below.


Pork Bulgogi Stew with Rice + Tofu Twigim

Pork Bulgogi Stew: This is the Korean soup which is served with a bowl of steam rice. However, you can order one more bowl of rice as long as you want. Its flavor is a bit sweet which is the pretty authentic Korean flavor. It is topped with spicy chargrilled pork, kimchi, mushroom and sweet potato noodle. I couldn’t name all the ingredients, but the flavors all harmonize really well in a sizzling bowl.

Tofu TwigimThis is just snacks. However, its flavor is so delicious and a bit sweet. I highly recommend tasting it with a bowl of steam rice.


If you study at Swinburne, this is the best place to go for lunch. I saw most customers ordered a lunch box for their lunch so it may be tasty. For me, I suggest you should taste Pork Bulgogi Stew, Tofu Twigim, Kimchi Soup and Bibimbap topped with fried egg once you visit this restaurant. I rate this Korean restaurant 4.3 because of its delicious Korean food and friend staff. I will definitely go back for more!

Thank you so much for reading.



Hi guys, how’s going?

After a few busy weeks of the assignments and final exams, the first semester of my course is officially over. I’m sorry I haven’t been active on my blog recently, but I have 3 weeks break from now and I’ll find the motivation to write up a few more posts for you guys.

So, this post is the first post during my break. I’ll show you what I’ve experienced at university, especially Swinburne University.

1. I didn’t think that I made it BUT I actually made it:

I’m currently in the first year of Information Systems degree, so there are 4 subjects I have to study in semester 1:

  • Introduction to Business Information Systems
  • Problem Solving with ICT
  • Database Analysis and Design
  • Technical Programming

There are two coding units which I thought it would be difficult to get a good result because I had no basic knowledge about those. However, it’s fortunate to say that I got an HD grade in those two units. Although I couldn’t get an HD grade in IBIS and PSI, I was so happy to say that I made it. Basically, I thought I tried so hard to learn how to code and draw diagrams. In order to get a high grade, I spent too much time not only on self-learning but also on helping my classmates to understand the core things of those two units. Once my friend asked how to be good at coding, I replied that I just tried hard to understand the logic of it. Technically, I’m also a normal person but the difference between you and me is how much time you spend on digging into what you want to understand. It’s not about who is smarter than each other but it’s about who is work harder than each other. For me, there is just 1% of thinking and 99% of trying to do what I think. And, I finally made it.

There are also three other things I experienced during the semester 1:

  1. Volunteering for “The Amazing Race” celebrated by VISS (Vietnamese International Students at Swinburne).
  2. Joined Business & Networking Event celebrated by Swinburne Business Society.
  3. Volunteering as a content writer in Youth Support Organisation.

2. My tutors:

The more I talked with my tutors, the more I learned from them. I felt so excited once I had a small talk with my tutors because I could know more about their background as well as the major I choose. Sometimes I am confused about which major I should choose for my degree because there are many choices such as Business Analysis, Data Science, Data Analytics, and so forth. As a result, I went to ask my tutors if they could give me a piece of advice. Fortunately, they were willing to share what they know and the future vision about those majors. Since I was willing to communicate with them, I discover that they also have their own business and tutoring is just their minor occupation.

So, trying to communicate with your teachers as much as possible is the great way to learn and get close to them. Although they look like professionals, they are willing to give you a piece of helpful advice once you ask them. I know that sometimes you’re afraid of asking questions. I think you should try to do that at least once though. For me, asking questions is the best way to learn more and understand others from their experiences.

Overall, I have definitely enjoyed the first semester since I have learned many things related to business and technical skills from the units as well as real-world experiences.

Thank you for reading! Hopefully, you enjoy this post.

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