The Bún Riêu Chronicles – Part 4

It was a hot, sultry morning in Hồ Chí Minh City, or as many of the locals called it, Sài Gòn. More than usual, the humidity was oppressive, but Carter Nash was used to it by now. It had been a little over a year since he arrived in Việt Nam. Carter was standing in … Continue reading The Bún Riêu Chronicles – Part 4


Last month, Opera, the company behind the Opera web browser, announced a unique partnership with Yat Labs. Anyone who uses the Opera web browser can start using Yats to navigate to a website. So, what exactly is a Yat? Well, it's not quite a yacht, and it's definitely not a yeti. According to Yat Labs's … Continue reading Pencil-Book-Tiger-Dog

Comprehensible Input

Sometimes in life, you have to take a step back in order to take two steps forward. Although I have been immersing myself in native-level Japanese content, I feel that my listening comprehension hasn't improved much and is still on the weaker side. I probably understand about 20% to 30% of everything I hear, whether … Continue reading Comprehensible Input

Language and Reflections

As 2021 comes to an end, I have been reflecting on my Japanese studies this past year. It has been about a year and a half since I hit the reset button how I have been learning Japanese. When I first started, I focused on studying grammar from textbooks and memorizing a list of vocabulary … Continue reading Language and Reflections

BR Stories – Drunk Sincerity

BR Stories is a collection of short stories in which I challenge myself to include five random, esoteric words that I learned from the lyrics/songs of punk rock legends Bad Religion. Ratiocination - (noun) the process of exact thinking; a reasoned train of thought.Rapture - (noun) a feeling of intense pleasure or joy.Inchoate - (adj.) … Continue reading BR Stories – Drunk Sincerity

Abduction – Part 2

2 Felix used whatever strength was in his body to get up, but he couldn't budge his body because he was strapped to the table on which he was laying. The room was extremely quiet and very dark. The light from the lamp hanging over caused him to feel disoriented. Felix attempted to say something … Continue reading Abduction – Part 2

Abduction – Part 1

Prologue Dan Stevens is running for his life as he meanders through the woods. The "green" people have been chasing him for almost ten minutes and were only twenty feet behind him. Growing tired and tired by the minute, Dan steps out of the woods and into a large open space. Would be caught and … Continue reading Abduction – Part 1

The Truth is Out There

A few months ago, I was cleaning out my closet when I happened to come across a short story called "Abduction" that I wrote when I was in junior high school. At the time I wrote the story, I was a big fan of a science fiction TV show called The X-Files, which influenced and … Continue reading The Truth is Out There

The Bún Riêu Chronicles – Part 3

Carter got home around 3pm and sat down on the couch. He felt as if he was in a food coma because he stuffed his face with so much food. He sat in a state of torpor for almost ten minutes reminiscing about today’s lunch. He had such a blast today exchanging old stories and … Continue reading The Bún Riêu Chronicles – Part 3

The Bún Riêu Chronicles – Part 2

It was a warm, sunny Friday with no clouds in sight. Carter pulled up to the restaurant a few minutes before 12pm. He got a text message from Ted on his way to the restaurant but didn’t have a chance to read it until he parked his car. Ted had arrived early and grabbed a … Continue reading The Bún Riêu Chronicles – Part 2