Apr 11

Central Washington University Phase 1

Today I’m here at Central Washington University with Tai Nguyen (my brother), Dad, and Phu (my son). Its a great to see college life again. I sort of miss it a lot. It feel like just yesterday going through Western Washington University. The feeling of being lost while at orientation. I was so lost walking around. Its like reliving the experience in a third person view. Seeing that look on my brother face was probably the same face that was on mine.

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Jan 11

A New Year 2015

It’s a new year! I’m doing great! Things seem to have fallen into place. My two kids are growing up and listen very well. I can have them grab stuff for Kim-Ngan like diapers and wipes from up stairs. My daughter on the other hand is a bit tough. She likes to be held when shes awake. If she’s sleeping then it’s ok to place her down, if she’s awake she likes to be held. She cries when I walk pass her.

At State of Washington Department of Enterprise Services its very slow and easy going. Everyone is very nice, but politics in the work place is a bit tough to handle. Being a private sector its a fast game. Get in and get out kind of deal. In the state government systems we have to do it in a specific way to get an outcome planned. Over all I’m still trying to adapt. Over all I love it! People are so nice.

Anyways that’s the latest news…

Nov 27

First Week of work at DES

Woah! That was a fun week! My daughter was born at 3:22 am on Monday 24th and first day of work starts at 8 am. It was a bit rough through out the day, but my co-workers are awesome! They all have their talents. Especially my supervisor! He’s awesome! He wasn’t too hard nor too easy. He gave me plenty of time to get into the comfort zones of a cubicle.

Second day was some what fun. First day was a getting use day. Second day was more of getting into fit. Getting badges, getting the requirements authentications, getting my tools together that I need. And most important of all is finding out what am I there fore. What was I hired for? After shadow all the co-workers I finally realize that I was hired as a generalist. Which means be part of the team and assist what I can do. It’s pretty much be a team and take share in the work. =)

that I can do! I’m so use to A-Z kind of work but now its just doing parts of a team is challenging. I just don’t want to step on co-worker boundaries. Though we may all know glimpse and bits of everything but boundaries are important at work I think.

Third day, (wednesday 26) – it was a more productive day. I was assigned a first task. I’m trying to understand things better such as our system “orion” similar to whm systems and other management systems. I got my SA account and was able to do more stuff “system administrator” type of work. It makes me feel more productive. I browse around to see how are the system setup and deployed.

Anyways thats my week! My boss is great! Great people are hard to find. Co workers are great too! SO far I like the diversity of the work place. My team are awesomes!


Nov 13

Last Journal – Interview with Department of Enterprise Services

Ok Life is werid! Last journal I wrote was October 31 regarding my interview with Department of Enterprise Services. I knew I blew the interview hard. Today I received a call from one of the interviewers. I was offered the job! I don’t know what to say at this point! On the phone he even stated that I did horrible on the interview but hes offer the job base on my resume and experiences.

I have to admit. I didn’t make up anything on my resumes. Everything I wrote on my resume was out of my brains. What I remembered I have encountered , I wrote it all down.

Well guys! I know gazilion friends out there that still read my journal. My only advice to you all is be true to yourself. Look at me for example, I like writing my journal to online talking random things about my life. Be true to yourself and good things will always come.

The fella on the phone even said that he hope he won’t regret his decision. I can’t promise anything to him, but I can simply promise I’ll try my best.

Never promise something that we don’t know what the future holds. We can only promise that we’ll try to achieve that goal.

That’s the good news for the day! At the point where I felt I’m down low; I get hope!

keeps your chin up guys!

-Cardin Nguyen

Oct 31

Blanked Out

I’m back! Today I went in for an interview at DES (Department of Enterprise Services). I have to admit my mind was totally blank. Even simple questions I couldn’t answer. If I have issues with another employees then what should I do. This is a common question that usually come up. But my mind was totally blank when I was in that room. I’m not sure if its the interview that’s blanketing my brains or its the environment that I’m in. I sat there at the end of the table and peak over to my right and notice DES staff working diligently on their 2-3 screen monitors. I want to be one of them .

I gotta stop this side dreaming in the middle of an interview. Sadly I remember another question “whats network tools have you used?”…gally! I used so many to even remember. I use RDP graphs, BlueCoat Traffic Shaper, and switchs CLI lines to check in network flows.

Anyways I’m done releasing some stress. It’s just me being scared and things just blank out! …….It’s weird! If I was just given a computer to do one thing then I can probablly do it. Computers calms me down!


Computer Syndrome – my definition – is a disease that calms one person downs to get a perfect result!


I just blew a good interview! Guarantee I wont get the job. I just shot myself! oh well…a lesson learned.


Oct 31

October 2014 Updates

Its about time for another update. It’s been super long since I typed anything. Lately I’ve been busy with my self. Since graduation I applied to several state positions that’s open on careers.wa.gov website.

Its been a year now since my father had his total gastronomy (stomach removal) and its great to see him healthy again. If it wasn’t for my dad I wouldn’t have finish my degree. The exchange was a pricey one but things all happen for a reason. Its a year now and things are all falling into place. My father just finished his chemo theraphy two weeks ago. Everyday I drop off the kids at his house it seem like hes regaining his health back. Its neat how our body works just like computer.

We all need repairs one way or another. Computer needs a repair when a part is dying. Human body works exactly the same. Anyways my family been doing great. I’m getting ready for a new born too! 3 more weeks Kim Ngan Nguyen is seeing day light!!!

As for me? I’m doing ok! I’m trying to hold it together. Although I need a job but I’m sure it will come someday. I just want to get off DSHS support. I needed it while I was in school finishing my degree and a promise to my father. I’m holding it together…..

Jun 27

Not Selected for DR Coordinator Position Recruitment DOH-2370

Today I received an email saying that I’m not selected for further in the interviewing process. Though its sad but I got an email back from the interviewing officer made my sad day a bright day!


I’m going to work on improving myself.

-Cardin Nguyen




From: ***, ** (DOH)
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2014 6:59 PM
To: Cardin Nguyen
Subject: RE: DR Coordinator Position Recruitment DOH-2370


Your strengths are your ability to build a business from the start; your initiative and drive to succeed; your motivation to learn and grow from your mistakes; and your honesty.  I think to market yourself better you just need to highlight your strengths, and show a little more confidence in those strengths.




****** **********, CISSP | Information Security Officer | Washington State Department of He

(xxx) xxx-xxx (desk) | (xxx) xxx-xxx ( (cell)


Always Working for a Safer and Healthier Washington

May 21

Ahh School

School is finally almost over. Today I had a fun time with friends. They came over to play a few League of Legends games and talk over a few programs! It made me a bit happy. Trieu fell on the monkey bars and hurt himself! He cried so much and slept early today. That’s it for my day.


Hom nay la mot ngay day dang dan. Ban Cardin qua choi League of Legends 2-3 games roi noi ve Haskell va Java. Trieu hom nay di choi o Park. Trieu te sau ma bi dap. cu. Trieu chay ve nha khoc du lam ……hom nay ngu som khoan 8 gio la ngu mat dat.


thoi 4:44 sang thu 4 roi. Cardin di ngu day. Hoc het noi roi.


-Cardin Nguyen

May 16

Graduation Friday June 13, 2014

English Version:

Wow! It has finally come! I worked so hard for this BA in Computer Sciences. I was set off to college in 2002. But life thrust drove me off course. I worked so hard here at The Evergreen State College to get this degree! I worked so hard for this degree. If it wasn’t for my dad and my wife I wouldn’t have made it this far. Thanks for all the friends support. One thing thats bugging the hell out of me is. I worked hard for this degree but the person that I dream of being there couldn’t recorgnize the important of it. My wife couldn’t make it. She want to spend 6 weeks in Vietnam. I understand that she want to visit her family, but she fail to realize the importance of this graduation. Its the pride that I took in. The energy that gave me was my wife.


Vietnamese Version:

Wow, Cardin sap ra truong roi mung qua! Co le minh qua vui ma cung qua buon. Vui vi hoc sap xong. Buon vi chuyen doi lap di lap la cung la mot cuon phim. Nguoi song ai cung co mot dich. Tot hay xau minh suot doi ko biet duoc. Luc biet da qua tre. Thuong hay la khong chinh ban than minh biet. Thuong la mot su hanh dong. Minh co rang hoc xong de co mot tuong lai. Nhung ngoi nghi lai ko ai thuong minh that su het. …Da ddo vo* mot lan ma sao minh lai thay so* qua.. Vi ngoi  day minh moi biet minh mong muon co nguoi o ben canh di dua minh ra Truong.

minh di hoc de cho Ba vui va Vợ Con co mot tuong lai tot dep. Nhung dong Tien huy hon la chu “mong”. Cardin ko biet lam sao duyen ta. Nhung sao tam hon dau hon lan truoc. Da 31 tuoi dau roi ma bay gio moi hieu duoc cach thuong. Moi nguoi co mot cach thuong khac nhao. Minh co hoc het 9 thang de duoc bang de cho  Vo Con  va Ba/me thay minh di len nhan bang ra truong, nhung nguoi minh thuong nhat, nguoi minh chua bao gio gap ma ve lay lam vo khong hieu tai sao No quan trong voi Cardin. Noi ra thi Vo minh cuoi minh. Noi ra thi vo minh ko heu.

Do la mot khoan cach tuoi tat ma khong bao gio gep lai. Chac la Cardin so* so* qu?a de.u cau troi lai thoi gian. Bay gio moi biet cai loi va cai hai. Da qua Tre roi…..

Thoi gian hanh phuc nhat cuot doi Cardin la thoi giang Cardin vua di bo bao …..vua co Vợ noi chuyen…ma vua co Trieu. Luc do Vợ Cardin con hieu duoc.
Luc do Cardin di lam de danh tien co’ mot dich – Ve Vietnam lay V. Luc do chua gap mat Vợ ma chi duoc nghe tieng noi cua V.  De danh tien, vua tra tien nha, tien xe, va tien luat su. Bay gio hoc thanh cong roi nhung vo ko hieu….
..bay gio het thay cai quang trong cua hanh phuc nua.

Back Camera Back Camera


Thuong hai khong? buoonn qua….

ngoi nhin lai minh bo het 5 nam nhung vang khong hieu duoc vi sao minh chi la mot con Co*` thoi………..

bay gio co 2 dua con Phu va Trieu. Sap co mot dua nua roi. Nhung sao thay buon qua. Cardin se khong goi pha Vợ hang ngay nua. Bay gio de Vợ Cardin suy nghi ra co thuong Cardin that tinh hay khong. Nhin lai khong biet lam sao 2 nguoi chua gap mat, lam sao ma thuong nhau duoc? L

Vang mat Vợ Cardin nho qua………Cardin buon vi khong phai Huong khong lam tron phan nguoi V. Nhung Cardin buon vi Huong khong hieu tai sao Cardin phai di hoc  ma den gio nay moi  xong. Huong khong muon di du le ra truong.

Cai bang ben Vietnam co tien la mua duoc nen khong ai thay quan tro.ng . Ben My~ hoc ra duoc cai bang la mot su kho. Nen hom kia Cardin goi Vợ, xin V voi ve som. Huong noi mot cau ph~u phan “Anh co biet minh dau khong ma keu em ve truoc 13 thang 6.?”


Long tinh cua nguoi Vợ ddoi’ voi Cardin nhu vay thoi sao?


Mot cau tra loi lai bang cau hoi, lam Cardin buon lam…..nen Cardin moi nghi la Ba Xa lam rat tot bon phan nguoi Vo,  nhung Cardin khong phai la nguoi Huong thuong …….thuong khong phai Cardin can Sex, khong can nau an, nhung Cardin can su yeu thuong va quan tam…..Cardin work hard cho cai bang nay de mong minh co the lam mot nguoi chong tot, mot nguoi cha tot, nhung that vong vi ba xa khong hieu va khong biet su. nặng. vợ Cardin không quan trọng tốt nghiệp.

bay gio moi biet vo khong thuong minh ma khinh thuong Cardin.


Roi cai gi cung se qua. Dong tien lam mot nguoi thay cá tánh, Tôi không biết phải làm gì , nhưng muốn tốt nhất của may mắn den Vợ. 

Nếu Cardin phải trao đổi bằng cấp của Cardin cho vợ Cardin duoc một giây phút hạnh phúc và nụ cười hơn giay lat, Cardin sẽ không còn cầu xin Vo ve som để dự lễ tốt nghiệp.


Cardin đã lon lên tại Hoa Kỳ, nhưng Cardin la 100% nguoi Vietnam. Cardin không biết làm thế nào để lộ cảm xúc của mình, vi nguoi Vietnam không hiển thị nó. Do la lý do tại sao Cardin sử dụng blog để bày tỏ cảm xúc của mình mà không nói ra.

cam on may email “congratulation” cua cac ban! Cam on cac ban da lau nam doc nhat ky cua Cardin. Cardin ko so ai đọc het. Cardin vui vi co nguoi bo thoi gian đọc blog.

Cam on cac ban de gui e-mail cho Cardin.  Sorry 2-3 ngay nay Cardin ko tra loi e-mail. Chi mong co ai thuong Cardin that su. Nham mat ma thuong moi heu chu dau long. thoi neu day du roi. Co ban nao muon email thi cardin@cardinnguyen.com. Cardin hua se tra loi lai

Blog Song

Feb 18

Quick Update 1 Year

Sorry guys!
I been so busy to update my blog!

– Everything going fine! I just finish my Fall quarter at The Evergreen State College! I pass with good grades! Wahooo

– my life is finally getting together! Everything is coming to light again!

– the kids are doing good! they beat me down everyday! ahhh

To keep this simple and short! Life has really busy! When I got the time again I’ll start typing again. Next year 2014 I’ll try to at least type 1 blog every month for you guys!


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