About what? This place? Well then welcome to the home of entertaining thoughts and thoughtful entertainment. Ah! What else is better than that: an intermingling of depth and lightheartedness.

About what? Me? Now that is tough.

May I ask: Which Me is it that you are interested in knowing? Because I do not know them all; and of  those I do know, I’m not always and entirely sure which one is mine. I feign an utmost certainty in self-knowing for interviews and application essays. But this is my place, so I confess: I do not know.

Còn các bạn muốn biết mấy cái ai quen sơ cũng biết, thì mình là Quốc Anh, trước học chuyên Hóa Ams (05-08), sinh viên bằng cử nhân Chính trị tại Colgate University (08-12), giờ là PhD candidate Political Economy tại Duke University (12 – hiện tại). Mình có làm thơ, nhưng lại chịu khó đi gym. Ham đọc sách, nhưng thi thoảng cũng thích xem tin bựa trên gamevn/ từng đọc liền 2 tập Twilight/ và ngồi xem 5 tập Spring Waltz trước mid-term. Có khả năng vừa nghe Chopin vừa oánh Dota (và thốt ra những âm thanh không hòa âm với waltz Chopin cho lắm.) Thế cho nên mình cũng chả hiểu mình là cái vẹo gì nữa. 😀

Giá mà con người có thể được định nghĩa bởi cái gì đơn giản một chút, số đo 3 vòng chẳng hạn, có phải là sẽ đỡ phức tạp (và thiếu thú vị) hơn rất nhiều hem 😕

[Translated (for English readers)]: Just in case you are interested enough in knowing the describable, the reductive me, I am Anh Le, a former student of Chemistry at Hanoi-Amsterdam (05-08), an undergraduate of Political Science at Colgate University (08-12), and currently a PhD candidate in Political Economy at Duke University (12 – present). I am a gym-going poet. An avid (and serious) reader that quizzically enjoys tasteless jokes on gamevn/has read two Twilight books and has watched five episodes of Korean drama non-stop right before mid-term. Able to comfortably listen to Chopin, all the while playing Dota semi-competitively (and utter words that aren’t civil enough to harmonize so well with Chopin waltz.) So I have no idea what the freak I am – possibly a pitch black mass of contradictions*.

Were it possible to define a person by something less complex, like body measurements perhaps, then life would become much more simple (and much less interesting), would it not?

* Do you know, that simplistic and unitary as it is, black is formed by thoroughly mixing all the colors together?

This is the second of the two only pictures I have. Think I might as well post it here 🙂

23 comments
  1. Lang Tu said:

    Nói thật là hầu như những người vào đây, tính cả bản thân tôi (và có thể nói là tính cả tôi và người viết blog này tổng cộng sẽ là 2 người) không mấy quan tâm tới cái Me của anh lắm đâu :))

    Thứ hai, nếu như đối với anh đây là home of entertaining thoughts and thoughtful entertainment, thì chắc anh phải là một con người nhạt nhẽo lắm….

    Thứ ba, không hiểu số đo 3 vòng của anh là bao nhiêu mà anh ước ao được định nghĩa bằng số đo 3 vòng thế :))

  2. anhqle said:

    xuôi…xuôi…trộm vía nào…chỉ là chút hiểu nhầm thôi. ngoan…ngoan…đọc lại chút chút là bạn sẽ hiểu cái thứ 3 mà. Không thích là quyền của bạn, nhưng hiểu đúng cái bạn đọc là nghĩa vụ có đúng không nào? Trộm vía… bớt 1 chút thành kiến đi rồi mình thưởng kẹo nha :”>

    Những cái còn lại, đã gọi là ý kiến chủ quan của bạn thì mình đâu còn sự lựa chọn nào khác ngoài háo hức đón chào đâu nào? :”> Dẫu sao thì cái đáng sợ nhất đối với một người cầm bút, à keyboard, là chẳng ai nói gì về mình cơ.

    Thế nên là thấy comment này mình approve liền :”> Thật không hiểu sao wordpress lại cho phép blogger disapprove/edit comments nữa. Thật là giả dối quá đi.

    Lúc đầu mình có tính reply gì đâu. Nhưng mà tự nhiên thấy sau comment của bạn có bao nhiêu views ở page này, nên mình vào trả lời bạn cho lịch sự đây.

    New Year vui vè và chóng lớn nhé ^^

  3. Lang Tu said:

    ngược…ngược…sương sương… tớ đâu có thành kiến với blog của bạn, chẳng qua là tớ đi ngang qua, thấy blog bạn tốn công lập ra để mua vui cho khán giả (chả hiểu có bao nhiêu nhưng mà cứ cho là từ 2 trở lên nhé) mà lại vắng vẻ đìu hiu ko ai comment cho vài cái nên tớ vào comment ý kiến của mình thôi. Đáng lí ra thì ấy phải cảm ơn tớ vì đã làm tăng page view đấy.

    Cám ơn ấy đã chúc tớ chóng lớn. Tớ đang uống sữa và tập thể dục thường xuyên đây ^^ Mà kể ra thì ấy reply cũng nhanh thật đấy. Hôm qua tớ vừa thấy comment được approve xong, hôm nay đã thấy bạn lạch cạch reply rồi. Quả là một con người lịch sự. Clap Clap

    Năm mới này tớ chúc bạn đạt được ước vọng là con người được định nghĩa bằng số đo 3 vòng. Vì thế nên là tập thể dục thường xuyên, ăn uống điều độ, ngắm gái ít thôi để có body đẹp nhé 😉

  4. Huong said:

    Dearest you,

    You make a lot of sense 🙂

    Huong

  5. anhqle said:

    Dearest you,

    What’s often even more interesting is the sense that I don’t make 😀

  6. Chau said:

    How do you like Colgate?

    • anhqle said:

      The answer very much depends on whether you are a prospective student or a friend who cares about my well-being. (Your automatically generated avatar sure looks special by the way)

      Nah I’m just kidding. I’m notorious for having near-zero school pride, so rest assured that my comments will be as biased as an independent’s, plus having the insight of an insider. Colgate is absolutely beautiful – that is beyond any doubt. Of course I’ll have to admit that beauty becomes cloying after a while. But still, the scene is really mesmerizing. (seriously – you don’t know what it means “gió lăn trên đường lá” till you come here.)

      The other side of that is that Colgate is really remote. You won’t be able to do much shopping or visiting friends (not that you can’t, but the 2-hour ride to the nearest mall and the 6-hour ride to NYC deter most attempts) But I’m not that fond of the vibe and the hype of society and its people anyway, so I actually take remoteness as a plus.

      Academically, Colgate is sufficiently challenging if you push yourself out of your comfort zone and take advantage of opportunities. Somewhere in this blog I have expressed the near-infatuation fondness that I reserve for my political science adviser. Other professors are mostly friendly and willing to work with you individually too. They more than compensate for the “somewhat easygoing” academics here. *subjective standards alert* (none is even close to my adviser though, muahhhhh)

      The students are nice – I have not seen anyone that is overly disagreeable. I’m not incredibly happy with them though, but clearly it’s not their fault. Not mine either. And yet it’s also both.

  7. Chau said:

    Hi, I’m a prospective student (:

    Thanks a lot for the detailed response. This pretty much helps me cross Colgate out of my list. The reason is, I prefer to be surrounded by ambitious and/or passionate type of friends/professors/environment, and Colgate really sounds like an ‘easygoing’ place in your review here.

    Thanks again and best of luck to your college career!

    • anhqle said:

      Lmaoooo phá được cái huyền thoại về sự nerdy của Colgate như thế này không biết mình vui hay buồn 😀

      Edited: Not that I will back down on my comments about Colgate, but I just want to mildly feebly humbly subtly remind you that when one says his school is “blah blah”, what he is actually saying is that the school is “blah blah” to him, not that the school really is “blah blah” (Who knows how things really are, right?)

  8. shenkichi93 said:

    Thanks for your “home of entertaining thoughts and thoughtful entertainment”. Good work big bro :))
    Please tell me how you got into Colgate :D. I think I’ll give it a shot ♪

    • anhqle said:

      I was being myself – Colgate and I, we like each other, so we got hitched.

      So if you were yourself, and Colgate somehow didn’t decide to hook up with you – screw it would ya? Why bother over someone that does not appreciate you?

      (If you were yourself – hmm, interesting use of conditional mode there. Well, it ain’t something too uncommonly seen when any kind of application is involved.)

  9. Huy J said:

    Well, interesting thoughts and blog. I could not believe I had a chance to see you in VABC:)

    Keep moving, em:)

    • anhqle said:

      I can see that you share the interest in writing too. Can’t help but feel favorable towards such people.

      And VABC is probably one of the worse places to see me, really. As an organizer I see it ridden with holes, yet people heap praises on it just the same.

      Anyhow, I would wisely stop now before slipping on any word :D. I can’t imagine that stories of people jeopardizing their work with their blogging can one day be even remotely applicable to me. Not that I plan to work for VA any time soon…

      Keep on writing!

  10. Huy J said:

    Haha, in fact, we saw each other in Dzung’s house, but you kept looking at your laptop:)

  11. Huy J said:

    I was working in DR team in VABC:D (btw, I have added you on Facebook:p)

    One question: I really admire your writing. How could you exhibit such so wonderful writing? any tips you could share with me?

    • anhqle said:

      I’ve acquired such skills by looking at my laptop, not paying attention to my surroundings, and quitting Facebook.

      lolzzzz that ain’t true.

      (I did stop using Facebook though, so it’ll be a while before you can see me reciprocally “friend” you. I apologize without being apologetic about not using Facebook :D)

      And the keep looking at the laptop part isn’t entirely untrue either. I think that the “how to write well” question so often misleadingly collapses the two more subtle questions: “How to deliver ideas?” and “How to have ideas?” The former is a quick fix, but won’t help much, unless you we already have something original to deliver. And that involves a lot of looking at your own laptop (if you take that as a metaphor for spending more time searching inward and less time blurting outward.)

      Yet somehow voluble, high-profile folks are so often mistaken as “smart” and “quick”. What a pity. Take VABC meeting as an example that we can both directly relate to. If everyone thinks (that means silently – mind you people) before they offer their inchoate wisdom, wouldn’t every meeting be done in less than 1 hour? Wouldn’t people stop compensating for a lack of good-quality thought with high-quantity talk? And wouldn’t I have to retreat to my very own dear laptop?

      Oops, I apologize for sidetracking. (That’s writing mistake 101 btw: do not care about about your audience’s interest.) What I was trying to suggest is that, in order to have ideas, we must think more inside, must pay more attention to details. To find the unexpected convergence of the disconnected. To seek the sudden illumination of the obscure. That, is to observe, and not merely to see, as Sherlock Holmes’ famously cautioned Watson (You see, but you do not observe.)

      On the former question “How to deliver my ideas?” – I promise you a more thorough response some time soon. I am still waiting for a relevant video from the VAC people 😀

      I hope it helps a little 😀 Being lectured to is the deepest aversion of mine, so I refrain from doing so as much as I can, and I am deeply greatly apologetic if anyone ever feels like being lectured by me.

      Cheers.

      • Huy J said:

        Haha, your lecture makes senses. Thank em for the long response. At least for now we could share our interest in writing and ideas.

        I will resume my blog soon, and will frequently check back Anh Le’s wordpress for more interesting thoughts.:)

  12. ngachan said:

    Chào anh xD Ghé qua nên chào bác một câu cho phải phép 😀

    Học hành thi cử căng thẳng đọc blog anh vừa mang tính giải trí vừa mang tính giáo dục cao, cảm ơn anh Quốc Anh 😉

    • anhqle said:

      hehe tu ngay quay lai US xem ra chua co’ hung’ / thoi` gian de ma` viet’, dc doc gia va comment the nay that la duoc khich le. qua’ :))

  13. Marsha Evenson said:

    Hello Anh, I enjoyed reading some of your blog (the part that I could understand). You continue to amaze me as to what you write and your ability to write so well. You are better than you were when you were with us (I expected as much). Hope to see you at Christmas vacation. We would love to have you with us for whatever amount of time you choose to spend with us.

    • anhqle said:

      Hi, Marsha! I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw your comment. How did you find out about this place? (I’m a little embarrassed about this little project.) I’m glad that some of these distinctively college-kid ranting manage to delight you as a reader.

      And to be honest, some groups of friend already plan a Christmas and New Year trip with me, so maybe I won’t be able to join you guys on the exact occasion. But perhaps after New Year? – I will definitely keep your invitation in mind.

      Take care! And say hi to Brian for me 😀

  14. Glenn said:

    Thanks bro for such an entertaining blog :)) I remembered that you once had a blog created by Google account so it took me quite some time to find this wordpress blog :))) keep on writing and sharing like this! 😀

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