Jan 9th –2010

Mom has to get a Spanish tutor for Kevin since he’s not doing too good in the linguistic department ( I think Kevin is not doing very good in every department because he’s not working hard.) He thinks you just jot down the correct answer without studying. Dad is cutting him off all games and TV, still Kevin manages having fun without these devices . He would go outside to play with the dogs or climbing on the big oak tree and barking down orders to Scott like getting him something to eat or Kool-Aid to drink .

Poor Scott becoming Kevin’s slave whenever occasion arrives.

The tutor came. She is a college student, very pretty, native Spanish speaking. Mom was trying to coach Kevin but it doesn’t work since she doesn’t know any Spanish .

The fee is very high for this tutor so she makes Scott and I sit at the table to learn with Kevin. With this many students, the fee per hour seems cheaper since there are 4 students instead of one. Mom always likes deal and this deal is so good to her. Mom also becomes a student taking notes for the Prince since he doesn’t know how.

Half way through the first session, Scott was falling asleep right there in front of the tutor like he doesn’t even care. Mom let it slide since she was busy taking note.

Mom is on a new agenda to train us to be the best “Citizens”. Every article about kids’ reform will be saved and read to us for entertainment like “ Taming the tantrum.” This article in the Sunday newspaper described how a 2- year old picks mid – Target to throw the Titanic of fits…everybody’s watching…what do you do…?

While they were shopping at target, the 2years- old wanted something which the Mom didn’t let him. So the little boy started screaming and threw himself on the floor. The mother did the same thing and repeating everything that the boy was saying. A store employee came over and ready to call security. Suddenly, the boy stopped and stared at the Mom. Then with light crying, he asked if the Mom was O.K.

That Mom reported the boy never throw tantrum again.

Maybe Mom should start breaking window every time Scott does it so he can stop his odd behavior. I think he should see a mental doctor. But he just tried out for basketball and got accepted into the program so maybe all this anger could go to the ball from now on.


Jan 19th – 2011

We had 3 days weekend but that seemed not enough for Kevin . He claimed he was so sick when arriving at school’s parking lot; so Mom had to take him back home. Mom said later he went back to sleep immediately ( I think he wasn’t sick but just sleepy.) Mom told me she was fooled by Kevin so there won’t be a next time like this.

Two hours later, Mom got a call from school that Scott is not feeling good; so Mom had to come to pick up the little prince . Coming home, I saw both of them playing in the yard like a holiday.

Jan 23rd– 2010

Just went to beauty salon for my nail instead of church ( Hope God forgives me this time). It costs Mom a fortune at this place doing my nail maybe because of the French name “La Belle”. Everything with a French name ends up costing more than any other language . I told her I won’t eat out for 2 months to make it up.


Jan 7th –2010

Mom just finished reading “ The Madoff Chronicles”; she asked if I would like to try it. So I decided to read for class assignment instead of other book. Here is the report about the man and what he did : Through sweet talk and shrewdness, Mr. Madoff managed to swindle 50 billions out of investors.

50 billions _ Imagine how much money that is because each billion has 1000 millions . Looking at the picture, Mr.Madoff is about 6 feet tall, tight- lipped, quite a handsome man in his younger day . He is very good at talking that people gave him money to play with; but he spent their money on good vacation, nice homes around the world and private planes. What a charm life he led for a long time until his scam unraveled.

So not becoming any victim of any scam ( Mr.Madoff blamed because of people’s greed that expecting him doing miracle that he had to turn return into unreal fiction for almost 30 years.) So he just typed up statements and send to people each month telling them how rich they had become.

This is the best non-fiction book I’ve read so far.

Mom is training me how to read people’s face and dogs so I won’t make mistake like Mr.Madoff’s victims : looking at a person’s face, his grin, his talk, his movement of body language and then you can tell whether they are good dogs or good people.

Life’s lessons takes a long time to learn,” Mom says “so this is a good time to start.” when we are still of age.

Mom must have gotten her heart broken badly in her young days so the first lesson she wants me to learn in life is never let anyone break my heart.

The trick is being able to read your boyfriend before letting him become your boy friend,” said the expert; “Never forget this critical point. Once he becomes your boyfriend, it’s hard to break away.”

The second lesson is how not to lose your money when lending it to “your loved one” meaning the boyfriend again . Or believing blindly “the too good to be true promise” like Mr. Maddoff’s.

Decent people do not borrow money anyway , especially from girls . Only crooks do this.”

My aunt is shocked sometimes when she finds out about life lesson Mom trying to teach me . Anyway, when you have a Mom as a poet and teacher , you never know what you learn the next day.

Right now, for me it’s easier to read dogs’ face than people’s: Dogs have no motive making money or advancing in society since they are all taken cared of. The question is how to choose smart dog or dumb dog ( Kiki is bright, Coco is not.)

When we have left over ham; I would chop it off and mix with bread to feed them by my hand. Kiki would try to go around the bread , just pick out the ham “ no bread thank you.” But Coco would blindly swallow anything . When Kiki is hungry , she would make noise so you notice. Coco is quiet like a monk meditating.Only eat when given.

Mom picking Coco up a lot since she feels sorry for that dog. I feel hurt that she doesn’t pamper Kiki as much. She says she feels sorry for Coco not being as smart as Kiki. So when you are dumb, you will get more love.

Jan 8th -2010

I should stop wanting to have stuffs that my friends have : the latest one is I-pod which each of us got for Christmas present from our cousin _ Dr. Christopher. I kept nagging at Mom for this but she kept saying I don’t need to have this $300.00 toy .

The next toy I want is the berry cell phone which my 3 best friends already got ( Mom doesn’t think I need that either.) Mom is very good at getting into the way of my wish list.

I notice that if you are a doctor like my cousin . He buys very neat toys for us every Christmas comparing to other family members . So this will be my career choice for sure: Save life and buy great toys at the same time. You can be your own boss, taking off whenever you want to go on vacation.

Dec 2nd –2010

How come my world is not calm and ordered? I should try to meditate here and there with Kiki and Coco. The dogs behave better than we do: very calm, taking meal as delivered, feeling grateful if we pick them up and hug . Dogs don’t have to go to school or trying harder. Maybe Kevin wants to be a dog.

It’s hard for him to try any harder( or he’s not trying at all). You should see him walking around school with shirt inside out like a convict in jail ( This marks you as a trouble maker for the day; you will dress like this till you correct your bad deeds.)

Scott is wavering between the good and the bad , but he is more on the good side since he still wants prize for his effort.

Poor Mom still trying to mold Kevin into better form or he’s too old to be molded. Every morning on the way to school, Mr.Robbin still says on the cassette tape :” Never too old for anything you want.” We prefer listening to the rap music but Mom won’t switch till we hear what Mr.Robbin gets to say first. Wish Kiki could listen so she can stop being nasty to Coco once in awhile ( Coco is very afraid of Kiki even she is older.)

Here is another life lesson _ size doesn’t count, just the mentality. Once you act timid or afraid, the other side will boss you around. So in life, I need to act like Stella: Miss- know-it -all . She has a very strong character, even her Grand Mother is scared if her temper.


Kevin is weaned off TV completely, no need to watch anything now. This week the video game is out of his touch again.

In Kevin’s class, there is a boy who is on top of everything except look ; he is a tiny boy. Kevin calls him “Nerd”.I wish Kevin were a nerd in this way. I respect this boy’s mind: He gets a scholarship this summer to attend some college in the East Coast. I am trying to be number 1 like this boy.

Something is happening to Kevin. He’s resisting to being good. Wonder how worse he can get. Everyday is a struggle of who would win the battle between Mom and Kevin. Each wants their own way. Scott is doing good since Mom has to pay him a salary to do his homework well and chores around the house. Kevin doesn’t care fort small change.

It’s so hard for Mom. Finally, all her reading and wisdom come down to this final test: How to deal with her oldest son.

The Chinese Tiger Mother is making news. Mom is into reading this manual to follow the Tiger’s foot step. Mom says comparing to her, Mom is still too soft on us : We haven’t watched TV in ages. The video game is off for the brothers. This week, friends will be cut off for Kevin _ he won’t see those dear faces till he makes a change of grade in Math and Spanish.


The Spanish Tutor comes every Sunday for 2 hours . Mom has to sit at the table taking notes for Kevin since he doesn’t know how. I think Mom knows more Spanish than Kevin .

Since having my private room, I am into reading more since no one bothers me anymore.


Jan 4th –2010


School started today! How sad! I wish we could have another month of vacation!

Pretty soon I will be one year older as the Chinese New Year rolling along. Now, I know why mom gets depressed at every New Year; people go out to celebrate, she would rather stay home to brood since she getting older.

Driving us to school , Mom starts her old job again: being the drill sergeant to Kevin because he needs attacking not too good grades by thinking bad grades as lethal enemies that needs to crush down.

To me, this is the best metaphor Mom uses so far towards the daily goal of making Kevin better . But Kevin also tries to resists this tough change so you see this tug of war happening daily between two strong-willed persons. I feel sorry for my brother.

Something is going on in Kevin’s mind (we don’t know what it is) but it seems like he is dreaming most of the time for thoughts to write down a good poem except he’s not writing . But Mom wishes to crack the code soon. Surprising all Mom’s children turning out like she; not at least like Dad _ who is very serious and hard working man ( Work is all my Dad knows.

We are looking for a Spanish teacher to coach Kevin in Spanish ; a math teacher to coach him in Math. Some school offers Chinese as a 2nd language; Mom wished they offer Vietnamese so she can coach him, but only Spanish here.

Lately Scott starts chatting like a parrot _ especially at bed time non stop besides at study time – Wonder what is going on with this twin. Mom’s friend says it’s puberty’s problem with my 2 brothers. I agree since Kevin gets beard, but not Scott.


Christmas shopping

Dec 22nd – 2010

For Christmas, Mom got Kevin the book “ 365 ways to save,” Kevin doesn’t want to read it nor having any desire since he gets no money to squander anyway. Dad collects money gifts to put into Kevin’s account; so far he has $535.00 in his account, saving for college. Hope college doesn’t cost more than this since this is all he could save.

( Kevin used to ask Mom to withdraw money for him whenever he had the urge to spend, but Dad puts a stop to this since he is the only one to withdraw for Kevin.)

We went to the mall tonight for shopping. I saw more workers standing around the shops than the shoppers. It was awful like we walked into a ghost town. I felt so badly for Starbuck coffee that I ordered a giant Cappuchino. Also, going to Claire to buy 3 pairs of earrings . This is my addiction right now after being cured from coffee addiction. I have about 30 pairs so far in my collection.

Everyone should have a collection of some sort. Mom likes shoes. Kevin likes video. Scott likes gun. Dad likes to work.

This is a family of addiction for sure. We live with passion.


About Kevin from Scott.


Oct 12nd, 2007


Today I am going to write about Kevin. He likes to play video game like

Halo,Cod, Army of Two and other stuffs. Also, he likes to eat lots of things ; some of them are noodles, spaggeti, chicken, rice, cheese, sandwich, ham and lots of others.

Kevin likes to eat only but hates his homework. When getting to do projects, he usually just gets pictures of guns and games to paste on. He is a person with changing moods; he is nicer when he gets to play .

Thanks for reading. Wish you have a nice day.

Scott Nguyen.


Dec 21st, 2010 Dear Santa,

From Scott Nguyen


Here I am again to write to you what I accomplished this year. From 5th grade to 6th grade at KIPP Heartwood Academy I got on honor roll all the times. I feel sad and embarrassed that I didn’t get higher level than this.

In swimming, my rank is super swimmer bronze; it took me 5 months to do but it ‘s worth it. During Cub – Scout, I did all things to graduate to Boy – Scout. It took me awhile but it is all worth it.

My favorite sport is playing the X-box. A few days ago, my friend , Jonathan came over. I asked him how to connect the X-Box live, then he showed me. I would give him $10.00 for teaching me, but I didn’t have any money. When Jonathan left, I was playing

an on_ line computer game called Runescape; while fighting the monsters, my highest level was 70. That day was my happiest day I ‘d ever had .

At school in September and October, I made 3 new friends; their names are Johnathan, Duc and Daniel. For some reasons, I always make friends by talking about war or video games.


Dear Santa,

This is what I will try to accomplish this coming year:

_ On the next honor roll, I will try to get Magnum or Summa so I can feel happy and proud.

_In Boy Scout, I will try to get the rank tender foot. You have to do a lot of stuffs to get to this rank like you have to know how to treat a wound or to memorize scout oath and scout law.

_ I will try not to ruin the net work like I did a few months ago when I didn’t know how to connect to X-Box live.

_ This New Year, I will try to make 4 new friends at school.

_ I will try to be #1 at school so when I do activities, people will say “ We got a smart one.” or they might say “ Let him do the work since he knows more than us.” So far that happens to me a lot.

_In swimming, I want to get the super rank swimmer silver or gold. It might take me awhile, then I will become famous.

That is all I want for Christmas.

From Scott Nguyen.


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