Door To My Dreams Posted by: | December 6, 2011

I can’t believe I would be writing this one day. Sometimes I still find myself pinching myself, but this is my life now. I am living my dream, literally.


I remember when I first started this blog, I was seeking an outlet, an escape from my everyday life. Never would I have thought that I would be finding my true passion and open the door to my destiny. From just cooking off random recipes I found online, to cooking from my growing collection of cookbooks, to my obsession with cooking shows and food blogging, I just grew so quickly into a person who is always thinking, talking, breathing FOOD. It consumed me. For the first time in my life, I had a dream, clearer than any dream I had had before (i.e. Talk Show Host, Radio DJ, MTV VJ, Pop star etc :P). I knew the one thing that would make me truly happy everyday, is to pretty much do what I do on this blog, which is to cook & write/talk about it, full time. It still sounds absurd as I say it today. My parents quickly dismissed that idea as it equals to bringing only food but not real “food” to the table (note the pun, lol). However, I never gave up on that thought and this blog helped me nurture that dream into something bigger. Much bigger than I wished for.


After moving back to Vietnam, I thought my dream would fizzle into my daily struggle to fit in and get by in this mystical and chaotic city of Hanoi. But on the contrary, it thrived. Back here in Hanoi, I found myself more inspired than ever to write about food, experience new tastes, and most of all, get to know like-minded people who are amazingly supportive of my passion. People on Twitter/FB, people at work, editors, producers, and lately, Giang, who became together with me, the co-founder of Kitchen Art – my dream come true. After only about 3 months of intense brainstorming, planning and late night chats, this was born:



I know Vietnamese can cook well, but I want them to discover new ways of cooking, experience different flavors and most of all, be happier in their own kitchen. This desire stuck with me throughout the existence of this blog and it is also the reason why we started up Kitchen Art. From now, this will be the a little haven for all foodies, cooks and bakers to grow their love and passion for cooking and baking, buy restaurant-grade tools to cook like a chef, take part in our regular events and workshops at the studio, or simply read and relax at our cookbook cafe corner. I will also star in my own cooking show at our studio to broadcast to our YouTube channel to teach people at home how to cook & bake international dishes, in friendly Vietnamese. Of course we also hope to have many chefs and food bloggers coming on board to spice up the classes and shows. Does all this sound too good to be true? It still does to me now, but everyday, we are turning it into reality, step by step. I’m loving every minute of it.


It’s been about 4 months of crazy preparations & planning, but we are getting closer and closer to opening in January 2012 (before Tet/Lunar New Year). It was originally planned to be in December, but of course, things don’t always go according to plan, renovation never finishes on time, and goods never ship as early as we hoped. Nevertheless, we are getting there!


I know I am still far from calling myself successful, but just the process of pursuing my dream everyday, feels pretty darn good. And now I know what Jessie J said in one of her concert is true: “Believe in yourself and know that you can achieve whatever that you put your mind to” (fun fact, Jessie J’s “Who You Are” was on constant replay on my iPod during the challenging days of starting up).


Now you can check out the Kitchen Art Website or follow our updates on our FB page or Twitter.  I’m counting on you guys!


Lastly, to wrap this blog entry with another dose of sugar-rush, I have just discovered that Door To My Kitchen was chosen as one of the best blogs of Hanoi in 2011, by The Word magazine (Vietnam’s leading travel, culture & food magazine). Can life get any better??


It can. Just stay close to your dreams.

Thank you Mom, Dad, Sis & My Bro-in-Law, Roger.

Thank you friends and everyone else who believed in me.



10 Responses to “Door To My Dreams”

  1. Chi Mai says:

    it can and will get even much much better! Good luck sizzy – we are so proud of you.

  2. :) says:

    You do great works with truly love. And the stunning word well. :)

  3. :) says:

    You do great works with truly love. And the stunning words as well.

  4. Mara says:

    I’m so happy for you! Wish I could come to your lessons at Kitchen Art and watch you achieve your dream! Good luck!!!

  5. Mrs Ergül says:

    Congrats on living your dreams!!!

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