First blog post

Hi, my name is Vanessa Bui. I’m from southern California and as you can see, this blog is going to be about surfing. I’ve been surfing all my life along the coast of California as well as Hawaii. I enjoy it very much and wish to share my experiences with my viewers (: On my blog you wil find a range of: wave reviews, ‘how to’ tricks, or even a combinaton of food places near the beach. Thank you for checking out my blog! Hope you enjoy on what’s to come. (:




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Well this is the official last blog post for me guys! ): it’s been great being able to have a platform where I could express my feelings and thoughts. But since today is my last one, I thought I would just keep it up and happy. So, today I will talk about the fantastic things that are going to happen this summer. As you may know, its pride month!! How amazing is that? I still can’t believe how we are living in history and basically witnessed as gay marriage became legal. Other than that, it is still june and school is ending. I feel like as every year passes, it becomes faster and faster. Like I said in my last blog, it is crazy how fast time is flying and adulting is creeping up on me real quick. But I am seeing it as a good thing to be honest. I like to be independent and do my own stuff at my own pace. To continue with what I was talking about, I am also excited about my summer trips. I think after school ends, my family and I are heading over to mexico for a weekend. Then after that we are headed off across the sea and into a new world. I am pretty excited for it. Experiencing my culture even more and being able to be there in general is exciting. After that trip, we are heading camping for the week with my dad side. Then I am off for school again. But I guess this is the wrap up for my ending. I hope my one viewer enjoys the last one. Thanks (: until next time.

Update on life pt 2

Another blog post coming at you! This may be the second to last blog post I will ever write guys ): I want to say thanks to my one viewer who has been the pillars to this blog post. Shout out to you (: Anyways, I wanted to come and write about life in general. This past weeks have been the busiest due to back to back tests and projects due. Especially with Ap testing and having to stress about your life basically. Last week alone I had an essay for English due about the Great Gatsby and then 2 tests for math and Spanish. To top it off, I had a cultural project due as well as work. But even though it made me stressed out and on the brink of giving up, it taught me how to manage my time out. I worked on what was the most important and then slowly divide it up. I don’t know about you guys but I like to focus on one thing at a time instead of multitasking. I feel like if i do that, i’ll forget details and am only putting a little effort into it. There is no point in doing it if you’re going to not put effort into it. Might as well not turn anything in since the effort is not visible. Anyways, I only have like 3 weeks of school left! Exciting isnt it? Every year it goes by faster and faster. Before we know it, i’ll be graduating filing my taxes. Anyways that just a brief blog about what has been going on with my life. See you guys next time!


Green light

In class right now, we are reading this book that i’m sure you guys are very familiar with, The Great Gatsby. By far, the book is pretty good besides the beginning. I have already watched the movie and seeing it unfold explains the plot a lot. Anyways, today I am here to talk about the green light Gatsby sees. We had an assignment on what the green light symbolizes and it really got me thinking about what is my green light. At first I thought it was a college I wanted to attend to but when I thought about it more, I’m not really sure. Maybe it’s happiness but I feel something like that, you can’t just make it. It is something formed through a connection. I think I know the green light deals with success but with what? It is funny how success is my green light somewhat and people deem success as green. Green for money of course. Do you think money comes in hand with success? Jay Gatsby has all the success but no love. To others he is successful but to him, he seems like he’s missing something. After thinking about it, I think I got it. To me, you can’t be successful without surrounding yourself with support and love. I think that is my green light, having that success with my family and spreading love.


Summer Plans

Hey guys!! How have you all been? I’ve been alright to be honest. Especially with all the testing coming up and such. Though summer is almost here! Only 2 more months until school ends and i am off to a new country. In fact, that is my topic for today’s blog. My future adventures this summer. I’m not sure about you guys, but being able to go back to your family’s roots is probably one of the most exciting things ever. This will be my first time visiting a third world country and I am quite nervous honestly. I have been asking my friends what they thought about it (visiting the country) and if they had any tips for me. It seemed the one that I frequently got was to watch for my stuff. Now I know this goes for any country you go to, but this particular country is known for it. You have to keep your items close to you and make sure to watch your backs. Most of the time, it is the stealer’s job to scout tourists and wait for the right time to attack. They snatch it up so fast that you will not have time to react. So if any of you are traveling as well, you should get an over-shoulder bag that you know will be safe. Another tip would be to spend every second trying to enjoy it. The place I am going to feels like you’re sitting behind a bus exhaust. Now I am not talking about the heat the south gets, but the type of heat where you want to shower every single minute you get. It is more of humid than hot if that clears it up a bit. For an American from the west, I honestly don’t think I will be able to hang on the heat. I can barely handle 90 degrees. Over there, 90 is nothing. Hopefully we stay at a place that has pools and air conditioner. As bad as that sounds, I don’t think I would want a heat stroke in the middle of a tour or such. Anyways, I think the most important tip I will keep is to try to have fun through it all. I know there will be times where I want to go home but I need to remind myself that this is a once in a lifetime trip. I know my parents put a  lot of money into this and I want to make it the best I can. If you have any other tips or advice, feel free to comment or so! Thank you for reading ((: Until next time. 


Part 2 of “New Chapter”

Hello! I decided to pop in and just let my mind flow from everything that is to come. Anyways, I am just going to start in and continue off from my story about my vacation. If you’d like to read about what had happened, you can just scroll down and look for the title with “New Chapter.” Starting off from where I had left off from before, I was near the fire while trying to reheat my frozen foot. Honestly, besides the numbness and occasional pain, I didn’t mind being in that position. I had people coming and going while taking care of me. I had first picks for food and they would let me win at the small board games because of it. But other than that, my foot healed just fine and  I went back into the snow I could. No pain no gain right? You can’t learn without being tossed around a bit. To this day we still joke around about it. My family would say how we would have to bring my foot back to the doctor so they could sew it back on if anything happened. We could have just packed a cooler with ice and my foot so it would be fresh and nice for the doctor. Another one of my uncles said to just use glue as a joke. This might be gruesome for some of you and I apologize. We just joke around with one another, I’m sure you guys would understand. Continuing on, after a couple of weeks I still felt a bit numbness but I think the more I just kept moving it, more blood will run through. Surfing actually helped as well. As the sea child I am, I instantly get warm in the water even if it’s freezing. I continuously moved and that helped with the numbness. Now after 3 months, I don’t feel that numbing or pinching sensation anymore.  I guess I can say surfing and continuously moving helped me. Though then again, surfing helps me with everything. But that’s the full story of my frozen foot! I hope you guys somewhat enjoyed this. I’ll be back with a new story or even surf reports. Again, if you’re confused with the whole part 2 thing, you can just scroll down and click on the title with “New Chapter” See you guys soon!


Tribute to the Person Who Taught me Something

As a child, I was very rebellious. Now I’m sure you’ve heard of terrible twos and how it is just a phase. Well, for me that phase lasted till I was like 10. Though I would still call myself rebellious even if it ranges to being sneaking into a movie theater or stealing an extra cheese packet from Pizza Hut. But when I got older, someone taught me something that I still live to now. What the lesson is, is that this is your life. No one can tell you what to do with it. You determine your fate and how your life will play out. Everything lays on your hands when it comes to however you want to live.

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I don’t exactly remember what age I was told that but I was at my old house with my cousins. We were messing around with all the clothes of course until I received the boxes to put my stuff inside. My cousins were there because they were helping us move to another house. Anyways, I was putting my trophies and awards away into a box until my mom came up to me. She told me how proud she was of those awards and that I worked hard for them. She continued on saying hardwork and dedication is what it takes.  She’s right. My siblings are on their to doing their own things as do I and we can’t thank her enough for providing what we needed. Even when we lacked another parent. She has a baker, future forensic investigator, a future veterinarian, and future NFL player. We couldn’t have done it without her.

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My mother is one of the strongest women out there. Not only did she raise up to work in the government, she grew up motherless while traveling to here from Asia. She lost her mother and brother due to the sickness at that time and had to survive with her 2 other sisters and dad. Now she has 4 kids who are all set on what they want to do in life. She has reddish/brown hair as well as brown eyes. She’s very short. Shorter than me and I’m 5’1. She loves working because it gives her insight on how the world works and she works countless overtime so my siblings and I can get what we want. In fact, as of now she got awarded being one of the best workers and her whole team wouldn’t be able to survive without her. My mom deserves the world.


As I said in the second paragraph, she told me how proud she was and how we couldn’t have done it without having our striving personality. Then she says “You don’t need anyone telling you anything. I rose independant kids who will determine their life. This is your life and I will support you through it all.” Those were her exact words and I still and probably will forever remember them. You’ll have those words that you live by because they help you. Honestly for me it does. When I’m stressed out from all the work I’ve received and actually want to quit, her words replay through my head. I determine my future. I want it to play out how I want it to, not someone who thinks they know me better than I do myself.  I am in charge of my future.

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Lastly, what I wish I could find out from my mom is that, how did she keep going without a person to motivate her or done what shes done for my siblings and I. Her father was never there for her and was left with her sisters. They didn’t speak our language at all. They literally had to teach and buy themselves everything that we’re given for free. I know it was rough for her to live without her mother and dealing with stuff that a child shouldn’t even know exist. But that is what I want to ask her. She will probably give me the same answer when we talk about her past life, but like how I was raised, I will be determined to get the answer. Everyone has a past. Honestly, to me the past of a person doesn’t matter. What you are now does. The choices you made back then present the person you are now. That is your life.


Year of The Dog !

It is the year of the dog! If you guys did not know, many cultures are on a different time spectrum. Not like time zones or anything but since we are on the Northern Western hemisphere, our moon and sun meet up almost a day later than them. I know it might sound confusing but currently in China and Vietnam, it is the new year for them! The year of the dog consist of 1994, 1934, 1922, 2006, 1970, 1958, 2018, 1946, 1982, 2030 so if you’re born in those  years, you are the year of the dog. Men born in the Dog year are straightforward and genuine. They are energetic, though they’re more pessimistic inside.Very opinionated, they’re always ready to correct others and defend their stance. It’s not that they want to show off. They just feel it’s necessary to help others realize their mistakes.These men care deeply for their family. Their stubbornness fades in the face of their loved ones. They work to understand and compromise, resulting in a harmonious family life. While born in the Dog year are very cautious. They are indifferent towards people they don’t like, and don’t trust easily. But once they do, it’s permanent. They are intensely protective of their friends and family.They are genial and independent. They love outdoor activities and being in nature. However, they are also hard workers and don’t give up until they succeed. Security and a stable income are her requirements for a career. The animals they are compatible with are tigers, horses, and rabbits meaning if anyone was born in those years of the 3 animals, you will get along with them. Though if you were born in the years of a Dragon, Ox, or goat, you will not get along with them. Sometimes these really do work but then again people believe horoscopes are just myths.  Some of the traditions that follow with Lunar New year differs from Vietnamese and Chinese.  I’m not reallt sure about Chinese but in Vietnamese traditions, you pray for the food. You place all of the goods on a nice clean table before offering it to the gods in return of a good year. After that you could go to church or temple to do some more praying. At night is when the feast and money come in. Children recieve a red envelope that contain money inside. The amount could be anything as long as the money is brand new, meaning pure. That’s why the banks are always  busy and such. Anyways, Happy new years. Hopefully your year is filled with blessings and good luck! Chúc mừng năm mới!

New Chapter

I am back!! almost a month and a half without writing up my thoughts and or opinion. Glad to be getting back on here to express those. Anyways, it’s officially 2018!! New Year, New resolutions that will probably be forgotten about in a week or so. But overall, the starting of my year is going pretty great. Even though it is finals week for me, I just have to keep pushing on like always. That’s the only way things will get done. So for today’s topic, I am going to talk about my trip to Big bear 🙂 Just a little heads up, it’s filled with finding the largest mountain to snowboard down and almost frostbite. Fun weekend.

On the weekend of January 12th, my family and I drove up to Big Bear lake to our cabin. My dad’s side came along with us which led the cabin to be filled with almost 34 adults and 27 kids. Though it was always loud and busy, there were activities at each second so no one could get bored. On the first day there, we out to the backyard to create our own slope since the cabin rested on a mountain. It took us about 2-4 hours to pat down the snow and or cover up the lumpy rocks. But it was totally worth it. I remember having to climb to the upper part of the mountain and throwing down snow because the area we were building in was starting to melt. Despite the weather saying it was freezing cold, it was quite warm. Warm enough to not even wear a thick sweater. Perhaps we were just constantly working that our bodies heat itself up. Who knows. But, other than that we then had a large feast which included a mixture of Vietnamese food and American. At night, some of the older teens like I went with our uncles to snowboard down a mountain. Since it was too expensive (150 per person) to snowboard down a slope that wasn’t even that great, we decided to find our own mountain. It took us a half an hour to find the best mountain that didn’t have that many trees or rocks. We finally geared up and slid down the hill. Honestly snowboarding is way easier to control rather than surfing. You have to build up energy for surfing while snowboarding you’re just going downhill. We rode for about 5 hours until going back to the cabin and eating. Though as we drove back, I felt my feet starting to basically not be there anymore. I tried to shake it but I was unable to. Finding out my food had been covered in snow ( I honestly didn’t even feel anything at all) I wrapped it in all of the blankets we had as well as turning on the car heater. We came back to the cabin and my foot had turned blue on the way.  I spent the night next to the fireplace and trying to bring my foot back to life. The morning after I was able to move my toes but that’s still progress! Anyways, that’s my story of almost losing my foot. Thanks for reading! (: I appreciate it.

Crossing The River Again

For some time now, a recurring challenge has been popping up in my mind. From seeing objects that trigger the memory, to hearing the sound of waves crashing upon each other. Every single time I get into the cold waters of the ocean, I can’t help but take a step back. Though I push myself to overcome the challenge and take a step forward. As the water reaches my torso, I make sure the board’s leash is wrapped around my ankle tightly and is secure. I push myself once more and overcome my recurring challenge of drowning.


How the challenge first came up was when I was 7. I remember my family and I were visiting my family back in Maui and my uncle took us fishing and surfing. I went on the longboard with my cousin, who was 18 at that time, since he told me the waves weren’t that big. At age 7, I was as small as a pomeranian and barely was able to climb into my dad’s truck. But, as for my cousin who is 6’1, the waves were nothing to him. They were merely a little splash to him. When I got onto the board, I had fun the first 10 minutes until a huge wave came towards us. My cousin brushed it off and decided to surf it while having a terrified 7 year old hold tightly onto his leg. I ended up being washed off the board and into the wave. Those seconds I spent drowning felt like forever.  images-1.jpeg

But since then that happened, I was no longer able to go to the beach with my cousin. Even if I was allowed to, I was too terrified to get in the water. Having something like that happen, is traumatizing. It might sound over exaggerated but once you experience the feeling of drowning, you don’t want to ever face it again. I watched all my cousins go to the beach or swim in the pool. When I became 13, I decided to quit my fear and overcome it. I couldn’t let something that I enjoyed get destroyed by one event. It might be terrifying but gradually I’ll learn how to somewhat overcome it.Unknown.jpeg

Now, I’m so glad I decided to overcome my challenge back when I was 13. I surf almost every friday after school or when I have free time. I go out to surf for myself, even if it is only for 15 minutes. Every second counts to me. It allows me to control my life and not let something stop me. To be honest, I look at the challenge as a motivation to push myself harder to get used to the water. Drowning is basically part of surfing. Every surfer has drown before, it teaches us how to prepare for the next one. I’m just glad I faced it instead of running away.images-2.jpeg

Even though I’m surfing like nothing ever happened, it still plays in my mind. The fact that drowning could happen at any second scares me. I always double strap my leash and make sure my board is waxed. Especially with winter waters coming in, the waves are going to be bigger and harsher. I think that’s always the pro’s and con’s of being a Menako (ocean child). Risking your life basically to catch some swells and being able to talk about it is great. Especially to people who are daredevils, such as I. Either way, It still challenges me to always watch out for the small things when surfing. Small things can quickly spread into a big one, just like a fire.images-3.jpeg

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