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CrystalPhuong.net is a Personal Style & Travel Blog based in Singapore, written by Crystal Phuong. The blog was nominated FOUR times in Top 10 Best Fashion Blogs in the annual Singapore Blog Award from 2012- 2015, voted as one of the Best Lifestyle Blogs in Singapore in 2013 by Hotelclub.com, and Best Travel Blogs in 2016 by Foodpanda.com. Crystal hopes to connect and inspire young women to lead a healthy and happy life. Be confident, be positive, and be kind.


There are only 4 days left; a new year will come to knock on the door of each family in the world. Before the old year comes to an end, I just want to briefly write down some highlights that happened to me in one year: my achievements, my happiness as well as my sadness so that I can look back what I have gone through.

January: the first New Year that I'm away from home, staying inside the house with much sadness and loneliness. I was really homesick so I called my mom. As soon as I heard her voice, I broke down. I cried so much that made her cry too.

February: I was still trying to adjust with the new living environment, new friends, new cultures, and new everything. It was not easy. 

March: I was selected to represent my university to join Speaking English competition among some universities. We did a short comedy and I acted as Cinderella. Since then, the nick name Cinderella went with me till now.

April: My first international dancing competition was taken place on 1st April, and I achieved 5th place in Pre Am category (the first time without much experience so the result was not really good as I expected). The second dancesport competition on 4th April brought to me a better result, 2nd runner up in Novice Latin and 5th place in Pre Amateur Latin. However, in this month, there was bad thing happened to me after all competitions, I was kicked out of the house which I have been staying for 1 year, because of the rule and regulations of Muslim owner (they saw me and my partner practicing dancing inside the house, only one time :(

May- June: Semester holiday started, I tried to look for a job to earn more income. I worked as sale promoter in Mid Valley, KL Plaza for like 12 hours a day. It was really tiring but I learnt a lot of things through this job. This was also the second time I had to move out of the house after 1 month because unlucky reason, the owner wanted to take my room and I had no agreement with them before I rented this room. I was stupid and I felt like being cheated :(

July: I joined another dance competition 15th July with another partner, Gary Cheah (his photo below). This time, we won Champion in Latin Beginner C. This prize was my present to him and I hope he really liked it. In this competition, Gary introduced to me one of the adjudicators (Ivy Por). The short chat with her made my life turn into different page. I joined her studio and started teaching there few weeks later on.

August: This month was really terrible to me when all the bad luck happened at the same time. The third time I had to look for a new room to stay because of being cheated by people staying with me. I had no where to stay, no money to rent a new room even for few days to survive, no friend to help me out, no family aside, and especially the guy that I put much love on him left me without any reason. I felt like falling from the heaven to the hell. One week locking myself inside the room, I couldn’t do anything besides crying and crying. At that time, I really wanted to surrender, wanted to throw everything and go back. But each time thinking of my dad’s advice, I didn’t dare to give up. I have to try to overcome it no matter what it took.

September: Early of the month, I tried so hard to solve all the problems one by one and I had no idea how could I do that but I did, like a miracle. 

October: I went through 2 more dance competitions with my ex partner (Tommy). This time, we really competed well and won many trophies and certificates. However, few days after competitions, I and my partner were banned to compete together just because the conflict of 2 different dancesport organisations that we went through. We were punished because of not representing Vietnam as well. 

November: My birthday. It was a small party that some of my friends and students organised to surprise me. I was really touched and happy. 

December: Finishing my final exam so well after almost 2 sleepless weeks, I helped my boss to organise successfully the Christmas party in studio which brought many smiles to all people who joined us. I felt exhausted but satisfied with what I had done. 24th Dec, Christmas day, people were so fun out there to celebrate Xmas, I was alone inside the room, felt missing home so much and kept thinking “perhaps this time, my heart is really frozen” I failed one more time…

Sad midnight, end of the year 2006.
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