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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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!
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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.

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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

Controversial

Over the years, my opinions and beliefs have molded me into the person I am today. Now if you’re shaky on the idea of gun laws or terrorism. It would be best if you didn’t read this. Now even if you’re shaky, but want to hear other’s opinions, then by all means. I just wanted to say thank you for reading my blogs in general. Thank you.

Now, my opinions of a very controversial topic. In America, we sure do love our freedom and guns. Though, I’m not even sure how but some gun owners forget that guns kill!! One easy movement and someone’s freedom is taken away. They’re put into a casket 8 feet down below us. It’s crazy how a 12 year old can walk into a gun show and purchase an automatic gun WITHOUT a parent’s consent. Now I know my amendments and how it is the “right to bear arms” but the weapon is going into the wrong arms. Lot’s of people propose to do a full background check on those who want to purchase a gun. Others oppose due to privacy. I believe you can’t do a background check without a mental check for these types of purchases. The person might have a clean record but have mental issues. For an example, Jeffrey Dahmer seemed innocent to everyone. He’s known as the “milwaukee cannibal” who hunted boys and men. Now for terrorism, many people have different definition for it. But the real definition is someone, no matter the ethnicity, origin, or gender, using violence to go against the government. Not all terrorist wear a keffiyeh, some dress just like us. The Las Vegas shooter is considered a terrorist. The Sandy Hook shooter is a terrorist. The man who killed those 27 innocent children, women, and men in Texas is a terroist. We have terrorist in our country. We have American Terrorists freely walking around.

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sPoOky mOnTh

In just 9 days, one of the best holidays will occur. One that will absolutely make everyone forget about their work/school lives and get free candy. In my book, there is no age limit on dressing up and having fun. Though trick-or-treating is a different story. Finding a 35 year old man dressed up as Dora and asking for candy isn’t really normal. But, you gotta do what you gotta do to get that snicker. I haven’t really decided on what I’m dressing up as, but I do have ideas. I’ve thought about dressing up my pets as tiny dinosaurs and me being the alpha t-rex, but the only downfall of that is one of my pets hates having anything on her back. She’ll try to tear and rip it apart once she feels something touch her back. Though she sleeps perfectly fine on her back. She is quite the strange one. Another idea that I had was dressing up as Gordon Ramsey. It’s honestly just an excuse for me to yell at people and call them an “idiot sandwich” or tell them that I can still hear nemo asking for his dad. The last idea that I had was to become taxes. I guess a lot of people are afraid of taxes so that’ll spook them for sure. However I don’t know how to dress up as taxes. I’m assuming you just tape forums or paperwork onto your body? Anyways, those are my 3 ideas on what to become this halloween. Overall, I’m excited for it and the candy. I just hope a random kid doesn’t ruin it for people and dress up as Pennywise. Lots of people don’t appreciate it when groups of teen purposely terrorize kids. Not only does it scare the kids, it makes the group of kids look stupid and immature. Well, that is all for today. I hope your week goes well! Have fun at Halloween. Thanks for reading! (:

Surf Report

With all the hurricanes appearing around North America, the weather has been quite bipolar. In California, some days would reach up to high 90’s but will easily drop down to low 50’s. Along with daylight saving coming up, finding decent waves is going to be hard. Although on 10/8/17, waves around Southern California will reach up to 7 feet. I know it might not be as large but you can still get some barrels or reverses.  For that being, I intend on going and hopefully perfecting my “air reverse” ( I will update you guys in the next post)  You can easily find the height of a wave in your local beach by using http://www.surfline.com/home/index.cfm. All you need to do is input your region and all the beaches will pop up, along with the forecast and wave heights. It’s very helpful for people like me who have busy schedules and can’t physically see the waves ourselves. With that being said, I hope you guys have a fantastic week. Thank you for taking your time and reading my post. I appreciate it. (:

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Update

Hey guys! It hasn’t been long since I posted my first blog, but I just wanted to change some things..

I figured instead of just writing about surfing, I should include my adventures in Southern California. Let’s be real, Southern California is It’s own world. We have everything we could possibly need. With that, today is the start of my first official blog. Hope you guys enjoy (:

Growing up, I’ve always been exposed to different cultures and traditions. That’s one of the greatest things about SoCal. What makes us so different and unique is that were diverse. This upcoming friday I’m hanging out with my friends: Charlie, Kash, Cosmo, and Kaleb. ( yet again, unique names) We decided to try a Korean Barbecue place called Kaju. Kash and Kaleb have never tried Korean Barbecue due to the distance of our school and decent priced Korean food. All the ones near our school are too expensive and aren’t worth it. Though, I’m pretty excited to see their reactions and figure out on what they have been missing out on. Afterwards, we might go to a game or hang out around the plaza. We haven’t really decided on what we’re exactly doing, but I’ll update you guys with pictures! Until then(:

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