We don't call it Chinese New Year, we call it Tết - Viet New Year. That is a very cute song tho. I don't see Tet as a cultural celebration, but a public holiday. I have never received much of lucky money from adults, and I think I'm going to receive even less than before as I'm becoming an adult (which is so scary). I have never given the proper greetings to the elders. I don't enjoy bánh chưng, thịt kho, canh măng, etc. I join almost no traditional activities. I just enjoy it because I have around two weeks off. Hence no school no work.

People often do shopping, a lot of shopping, before Tet. They want to renew everything before a new year comes (Well, did it just come at 12:00 AM January 1st? FYI, I'm the person who uses the solar calendar). Thỏ and I did go shopping, for Zara and beers. Don't worry; we only want to add up a few pieces, not renew our whole closets. We didn't buy beers for ourselves. We don't drink beers. We bought flowers for ourselves.

I planned to have a blog entry about a recapitulation of my 2016 but I was too busy to publish it on time. Swear to God I remembered most of the shit I did in 2016 before bed last night. Now I forgot half of things that I thought of.  Sometimes I wish I could just squeeze my brain to let all the memories out. Please scroll down to see some of the things that happened in my previous living year.

. Started my own blog on. Changed the platforms multiple times.

. Bought a domain called raw-shrimp.com

. Bought a new domain called liznroad.com. raw-shrimp.com sounds like a cooking site

. Learned new Vietnamese vocabularies. Forgot most of them

. Donated my old clothes

. Visited multiple museums for multiple times

. Made new friends in uni

. Received the first email asking for sponsoring my post. I rejected

. Traveled to Australia on my own

. In love with a new soul

. Received more emails from sponsors

. Bought a new camera

. Received another new camera

. Got weird sunburn on my feet

. Ate snails for the first time. Will never try again

. Got drunk on the last day of me being 18

. Ignored some people. It felt good

. Have been really sick three times. Thought I almost die 

. Got close to people that I like

. Stayed away from people that I don't

. Bought a Fossil watch. Sold it the day after.

. Received letters, cards and poems.

. Painted my nails red for the first time

. Helped a blind guy at the bus stop

. Helped an old woman at the bus stop the following day

. Bought my favourite people presents

. Turned from grumpy to very happy when I saw the workers doing morning exercises at a construction while I was sleepily standing on the crowded bus at 6:00 AM

. Became a second-year student. Can call them freshmen kids now

. Worked with new types of people

. Cut my hair short. Donated it to a breast cancer network

. Had a short-term job

. Got back to Twitter after 5 years

. Bought new socks. Still ran out of socks

. Tweeted in panic: "I'm on the bus & I've been stuck in the traffic for 1 hour & it's raining really hard rn & I have no clue about my current location ". Tweeted again, also in panic: "And mean it when you do because I need to get home". So thank you who prayed for me.

. Joined Apple music. Terrible Internet connection happened. Hence shit music.

. Was a stalker. Was busted.

. Went to a strawberry farm. Picked some strawberries

. Have been thought to be a Singaporean for several times. Ok lah!

. Said "yes" when a Japanese man asked me if I came from Singapore

. Dressed up in all black with a touch of gold. Very little touch of gold

. Talked about myself on this website. Some people care. I'm glad

. Prepared many blog posts. Didn't post them

. Some people thought running this blog is a waste of time. Didn't care

I'm currently having a technical problem with my template. I have been killing myself for hours to fix it. I'm glad that I'm publishing this post before distressfully continuing solving it.

Tell me one of your goals in 2017. I will tell you mine in the next blog post.

Happy Lunar New Year! (even if you use solar calendar, like me)


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Let’s be honest – the actuality of being a royal, of being responsible for being the chairperson of numerous charities, the obligations and more – are far less glamorous than a cursory glimpse through the glossy “royalty” or “majesty” magazines belie.

But what bonds the royals together is the sense of being very well put together. There’s a calmness to their demeanor, a quietness to their interactions and even the way they walk is elegant. It’s never hurried or rushed. What we’re trying to say is that being or behaving as a royal (the good behaviour, not the bad) is a combination of exuding a confident and calm exterior, whilst wearing a very well fitted and well-coordinated outfit.

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Royals are never trendy, but they are very fashionable. Many, many large, hardbound, coffee-table sized books were dedicated to Princess Diana and her fashions – from when she was Lady Di, to a newlywed, to an expectant mum, to an unhappy wife, to a fresh and lively, active divorcee.

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After all, show them your royal best on prom night!