From : Vietnam
Interview Location : Hanoi, Vietnam
" It's my own sweat from my work that makes me happy. I don't really stay up at night, I sleep like a dead person. Sometimes I work this job at night and sometimes in the during day. I also have another day job, at night I go to the market to pick up recycle bins. It keeps me busy and make a little more money... I don't really know what to advise cause I'm uneducated..."
From : Hanoi, Vietnam
Interview Location : Hanoi, vietnam
"... our family. We both travel 2 hours everyday to work ( the city) to try and make enough money to bring to our family. We have children and we just try to make enough to to send back for them to go to school...it's very difficult so we work very hard, because we make very little..."
From : United Kingdom
Interview Location : Ho Chi Min, Vietnam
"So I met you 30 days ago and since then I ask myself the question. Every morning when I wake up, when I go sleep what inspires me about life and living… and I would have to say that everyday my answer has changed. So I would have to say it's not one unanimous thing that inspires me sometimes. I think overly it's pride. When I am proud of someone and something they have done.. I am inspired to do the same. I want someone else to feel the the same way about me. That circulation of pride and being proud of people you don't even know or something that comes up on the internet, or a story you overheard from the next table, or a traveler's experience. You don't even have to know them. It's like a pride moment of people bettering themselves and doing better for other people that inspires me. And um family, I have to say friends and family. My parents especially, like everything they've done for me, I want to do for other people. I want to bring people up in the same way. Everyone brings each other up and their positive energy. At the end of the day, fear is the only thing holding anyone back. So I want to take away my fear and take away other people's fear at the same time."
From : Vietnam
“Bringing happiness to people. I love to see the happy face of everybody, not by me, just happy like… (Khanh then does a quick gesture of walking around with big smile)…First I have to do good tattoos for other people, it’s what I can do now.”
From : Germany
“…I think it’s just really important to just live your life. I think that’s really important, cause I feel like back at home that there’s all kind of systems that people feel like they have to keep to. That’s something that I realized very recently actually…figuring out that you don't actually have to do what this invisible limit that’s on our lives, which there shouldn't be on our lives you know like we only set our own limits. We should never feel like we have to do something by a certain period and you have to find a job after Uni, and stuff. So I suppose I'm a quite confused at the moment, I'm a bit lost I suppose. But in a way I feel like I've got a little more of sense of direction about being happy then a lot of other people at my age do about following what I want to do … I can't think of what inspires me to be honest, I think it’s amazing to me that me & people from different cultures and hearing them (their stories), I find that really inspiring…”
Interview Location : Hoi An, Vietnam
“ When I will repair your motorcycle very carefully…when I help the foreigner’s I am really happy! I think when the foreigner’s come to Vietnam they’re going for local help. I think when I have time I will Vietnam and go live in California with my younger brother. I will meet foreigner of America to help me. I think like this, I help you help me…”
“ It’s not an easy question and not a thing I would know the direct answer to. But what I found out during traveling, I started in Bangkok around 6 weeks ago, and I’ve met all these people from all over the world and that was pretty cool. 'Cause if they’re from the western world you see them basically on TV, through media or through movies and you see how they live, but it’s completely different. I talk to people and actually see how normal people in a country like that or another countries are. As bad as it sounds there’s always stereotypes and it’s just normal to think very stereotypical of a country that you’ve never been to or you’ve never met someone from. I think for me, these people have proven that these stereotypes aren’t always right. There’s also on the other side stereotypes that are true, true-ish, so its not as bad as they make it sound, but you can see where it comes from. That’s interesting…”
From : Canada
"Happiness...just seeing my friends happy my family happy, even the people I don't know .. just seeing the little bit of joy in their heart and their smiles."
"I would have to say.. who you build the foundation with behind you because they are the people that help create what inspires you on what you end up doing...like how you end up loving yourself, the friends you make.. they inspire you to help you do the things you do and having family… like definitely people who are behind you that basically shape who you are and what you do in like."
"Probably the rediscovery. The journey and the rediscovery of finding what inspires me in the first place is what I enjoy the most. Because there are things you forget, and when you remember it's like that's what it is and it's that process of learning again."
Interview Location : Da Lat, Vietnam
“My life is not quite interesting for most people, it's quite small. I spent 4 year in University and now I just want to be in the tourist industry. I fell in love with the tourist major, that's why I think I chose this for my life. I was a tour guide for 3 years before. I did canyoning, biking, trekking,adventures in Dalat. Also outside of that I just want to change my life to be richer, maybe big boss and maybe more money for my life and for my wife, Strawberry. Then I start to open a hostel. I incorporated with my friends and in the beginning it was fine, but gradually it was very hard because we have different ideas. After one year, so many hostels that open which created so many competition, my hostel was dark rated. I almost gave up, but I have to say this is my shop and I have to feel motivated.."
"Whoa, what inspires me the most, charity. Just because I found in charity that giving something that I didn’t have when I was small & it’s inspiring because most of the charity I’ve done in my life was about Kids. So when the kids get whatever we give them you can feel the total happiness on their faces and every single feeling that they feel that we can feel it too. It’s just, I don’t mind miss chances, but kids they deserve the chance to get better in their life even if their parents are a bit mistaken."