Family History

My entire life (so far), my parents never talked about the Vietnam War. I know it brings up bad memories for many people. Heck, many people don’t talk about it at all. But because many people don’t talk about it, I get more curious about it.

My parents left Vietnam before the war ended. My mom was a “boat person” and snuck out with her relatives. My dad was an army medic for the South Vietnamese and aided Americans in the war. From what I was told by an older cousin. My dad came to USA because he was on a mission of some sort, and the other chopper accompanying them, got shot down. So they rescued who they could, and the chopper he was on went straight out to sea & was taken to Guam by a Navy ship.

I remember growing up and doing history projects about our family was so difficult for me. I was always that one student where my family tree ended at my grandparents (with unknown birth dates). I felt so ashamed of that! But I couldn’t press my parents for more information because they both left Vietnam at a young age. My mom was around 5-ish, and my father was 18-19. Both left their family, not knowing their outcome or how their families were. A lot of the times their answers were, “I don’t know or remember.”

Now that I’m older, I’m still curious, but I understand the pain to talk about a painful memory. When people ask me about my dad, I still get sad and teary eyed about his passing.

Hopefully, in the future, I can hear more stories of my parents. What their childhood was like, and our families.

Leaving the Nest….

Well, after years of trying to subtly hint that I’d like to live on my own, or have my own space. My mom has kind of come to terms that I’m moving. To be honest, Asian cultures, they often do not let their kids grow and they tend to “nurture” us into adulthood. And it makes sense that you live with your parents and then you end up taking care of your parents in their old age. Plus, with the cost of living here on Maui, it’s literally impossible to get your own place unless you get roommates, and trust me the pick of people here… ahem, I just wouldn’t.

I’m very excited to finally leave the nest! I’ll be moving to another island and I’ll still managing another store in our company! J I’ll also be paying rent and staying with my uncle for a couple months before I find my own place.

I think my mom is only letting me fly because next year when my little sister graduates, she can come stay with me… lol.

But yay me, little birdie is getting out of the nest! Finally finished with my Bachelor’s in Business! Yeeeeyeeeeyeee!

Any tips for moving? Especially for a first timer?