World Lupus Day

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Today, 10th May is the 16th World Lupus Day and this year May is Lupus Awareness Month. Those annual events aim to gain attention to lupus and its impact on the live of millions of individuals and families around the world.

“Lupus is an autoimmune disease. In a healthy immune system, the body produces antibodies which destroy unhealthy cells such as bacteria, viruses and foreign waste. However, lupus causes an overactive immune system to produce auto antibodies which attacks healthy body tissue. This can affect most parts of the body including any organ.” Systemic lupus is the most popular type in which any organs can be affected, such as heart, lungs, kidneys, brain and skin. As statistical data, there are currently around 5 million lupus patients in the world of which 90% are female. “Symptoms of lupus include fatigue, fever, headaches, sensitivity to light and hair loss. People with lupus may also have a butterfly shaped rash across their cheeks and nose. Fatigue is one of the main symptoms affecting about 80% of people with lupus.” Currently, there is still no exact conclusion about reasons and treatment for lupus. (From http://www.whathealth.com)

That’s been more than 13 years since the day I was diagnosed that I have lupus after several months wich typical symptoms including hair loss, weight loss and fatigue. My kidney was attacked by my own immune system at that time, when I was just 15. I had to stop everything for a year to focus on the treatment saving my kidney. It has actually changed my life. After its flame, I suffer everyday its symptoms from fatigue, cramp, joint pain, quickly get exhausted, I become really sensitive to sunlight that can really quickly knock me out. Those symptoms are not clearly visible for others.

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Happy Lunar New Year 2019! Send back home all best wishes!

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Lunar Year 2019 has started in Vietnam (GMT+7) and some Asian nations such as Singapore, Korea, China, etc., and in Vietnamese it is called as Tet. This is the most important annual holiday in Vietnam, somehow like Christmas in western culture. We usually spend time with family and friends in this special ocassion and enjoy various specially traditional activities and food as well.

Another Tet away from home. Last year, after the last exam, we – Asian students – gathered to celebrate and introduced it to our international friends. We actually had fun but still felt homesick.

I’ve just been back from work and don’t have time to do anything to celebrate. Just quickly called my family to say best wishes to everyone there and everyone is now busy on celebrating to welcome another good year. I miss you all!

Happy Tet 2019!

Homburg, Germany

04.02.2019

Mạnh mẽ, Việt Nam ơi / Be strong, my Vietnam

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Một cô gái trong bộ áo dài truyền thống tham gia phản đối “Đặc khu Trung Quốc” và “Dự thảo an ninh mạng”/ A Vietnamese woman in traditional dress protested against “Law of Special Economics Zones” and “Draft of Cybersecurity Law” (*). Source: Facebook

Tôi đã đọc đâu đó rằng chỉ có 3 sự kiện để người dân Việt Nam đồng lòng xuống đường, đó là: (1) ngày Độc lập, (2) Ngày quần chúng đoàn kết chống lại chính quyền, (3) Đá banh. Sinh ra và lớn lên trong thời bình, nên tôi không có cơ hội biết đến sự kiện (1), chỉ có thể xem trên tư liệu. Nhưng với sự kiện (3) thì cách đây vài tháng, khi U23 Việt Nam xuất sắc dành huy chương bạc Asian Cup, tôi đã thấy hàng triệu người Việt Nam từ Bắc chí Nam đổ ra đường ăn mừng chiến thắng với sự tự hào, đoàn kết và tinh thần thể thao. Tuy chỉ xem được qua truyền thông nhưng tôi vẫn nhớ sự náo nức, rộn ràng của chúng tôi ở đây cũng không kém nồng nhiệt.

Và hôm nay, ngày 10.06.2018, cũng qua truyền thông (quốc tế và các kênh xã hội, vì truyền thông trong nước tuyệt nhiên không đưa tin) tôi đã thấy sự kiện (2), điều mà đáng lý không nên diễn ra vì khi nó diễn ra, đồng nghĩa với sự bất ổn.

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Hàng triệu người Việt Nam xuống đường phản đối – Hà Nội, Nha Trang, TP. Hồ Chí Minh/ Million Vietnamese participated protests in Hanoi, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City. Source: Facebook

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Peaceful Furtwangen

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It has been damn hot here for few days, which makes me miss cool weather in Furtwangen. We call it Fuwa as a short version. I didn’t think I would miss Fuwa so much before. I stayed there 1 year during which I totally enjoyed my student life. I have left Fuwa for more than 3 months, but whenever I get back, I always feel peaceful there. Its atmosphere, friends and people around can miraculously release my worries and tiredness.

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Es ist sehr warm hier und ich vermisse das ganz coole Wetter in Furtwangen. Das ist eine kleine Stadt in Schwarzwald und wir nennen sie Fuwa. Ich hab da für 1 Jahr gewohnt und total meine Studentzeit genoßen. Die kleine, friedliche und ruhige Stadt ganz gefällt mir.

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People have their own choices

Respect, don’t judge, don’t criticize!

I still remember the criticizable reaction from a guy when he knew that I had no religion. It looked like with his best criticism he asked why I was non-religious. “You must have a God to believe, otherwise your life is suck” he said. Wt* that was!!! No religion, yup, that’s it. So what?!?

All religions are good with their own philosophy and God that psychologically helps us stronger and to live better. I totally agree with it. But somehow no religion is also a type of religions (if it isn’t, it doesn’t matter). No religion doesn’t mean that I don’t have my own philosophy lightening my life. And of course I have my belief and my God too, in my heart.

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