We met in Physics class at Community college and moved in together about 6 months later while attending University. That was 10 years ago and we’ve been together since. We’ve visited Viet’s family in Vietnam many times and have brought his parents over to live with us while they establish citizenship and earn money at their jobs. Citizenship will allow them ease of travel between countries as they visit us and Viet’s sister in Australia. We intend to visit Vietnam every few years or so.
We like to be outdoors in nature and love adventures especially when the temperatures go above 50°F. We go hiking and camping a few times a year and often go boogieboarding with Celest’s mother on the coast. Every year Celest’s mother sets up a family vacation, usually on the coast.
We enjoy growing food in our yard along with Viet’s parents who live with us. We also try to implement native plants when and where we can.
We are a bilingual family and are open to teaching our child a 3rd at the request of the birth parents. We understand the importance of cultural heritage while growing up and discovering one’s self.
We are the happy owners of a half acre with a 5 bedroom home near a little harbor town in the Puget Sound. We grow food in the front yard and started a 10-tree orchard on the side yard with still plenty of run-around room in the back and a couple places to have small bonfires. There are multiple schools in walking distance through our neighborhood. The house also has 1 full bath and 2 ¾ bathrooms with an upstairs living room and another downstairs. The upstairs living room is open to the dining room which is open to the kitchen. The south side of the house has many windows but a cleverly designed eve lets the sun in in the winter and blocks it out in the summer so we’ve never needed AC and sometimes the sun will heat the house 8 degrees warmer than we set the thermostat it in the winter.
Having a split family, I’ve moved around a bit but spent every other year on Oahu until High School. I feel a connection with Hawaii and now we try to go every year to feed our souls and heal the body.
I find my happiness on the mainland via boogieboarding on the coast or hiking and camping, especially in the Olympic National Park.
Coming from humble beginnings I’ve embraced the term “waste not want not”. I have amazing memories from my childhood that money couldn’t buy and I hope to pass on that ability to find happiness and adventure in your given surroundings even if we are better off than my family was when I was a child.
I’m very picky about who I spend time with so my friends tend to be close friends that become more like family.
I have a scientific mechanical mind and love math. I enjoy science fiction and comedy and laid back or fun music. I’m picky about how my food was grown but I love veggies and fruits with the occasional meat. I do have health problems which is partially why I’m a picky eater but they are mostly minor, easy to control issues that I’ve lived with for most of my life.
My mother and bonus dad live 30 minutes away near my big brother and his wife and kids. My father and bonus mother live on the other side of the country with my 2 little sisters, one of which is married.
I came to the United States in the 80s when I was a young boy. I was a refugee in Malaysia for a duration after escaping Vietnam in the 80s. I was sponsored by my uncle and came to United States to live with him and his family. I was raised by my uncle with his five kids. Most of my cousins that I grew up with live within half an hour from us.
I joined the United States Air Force after high school and work as an electrician/ lineman for three years. This experience allowed me to travel and discover my passion for my current career path as an electrical engineer. I find my career challenging and enjoyable.
In my spare time I like to read about technology, relax, and study for my MBA.
More from Celest on Viet:
Viet has a lot of energy and is very adventurous and generous. Although he has embraced American culture a piece of his heart is in Vietnam with 2 of his siblings and A LOT of cousins. He also has a sister in Australia.
He is fun with children with the ability to be stern and serious if needed.