I was born in Saigon in 1972, the fourth out of six children. My family left Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975. We initially moved to Guntersville, Alabama and then to a couple of small Texas towns (pop. less than 1000) after my dad landed jobs as the local physician. In 1978 we made a more permanent move to San Antonio, Texas as my dad opened up the first of 3 medical practices.
I graduated from James Madison High School in 1990 and attended the University of Texas at Austin from 1990-1995. For the next few years I worked for my father and my oldest brother in one of my dad’s clinics…. maintaining the computers and setting up the electronic medical claims system.
In 1999 during the stock market bubble I became fascinated with the stock market. I read as many books as I could on the stock market and taught myself to trade from home. For the next 10 years I would trade from home until my divorce in 2009.
Soon after my divorce, I decided that I needed to take drastic steps to change my negative outlook on life. I felt that it would serve me best to temporarily leave the United States and some of the bad memories behind. I chose Vietnam because it’s a exciting, fast developing country, I could speak the language and still had relatives there. I hope that by reconnecting with my roots and simplifying my life I will learn to be more appreciative for all that I have.