About me


I’m a Vietnamese-American living in Hawaii with my husband, our parrot Kelsey, and our maltese-poodle Luffy. My first name is actually Thanh-Tam, but everyone online calls me Crystal, and I prefer it that way because it’s easier for both sides. Sometimes I think I should have changed it to Crystal when I had a chance back in 4th grade when the citizenship thing came through, but I suppose it doesn’t matter much.

I’d like to say I’m an avid reader, but that would be lying.  I used to be an avid reader, before university held my grades for ransom and demanded I pay with my time.  Then I started a full-time job. Lately I’ve been trying to get back into writing, and with that comes a lot of reading as well. In my spare time, in addition to reading I also write short fanfiction and original fiction, and obsess fervently over manual typewriters.

My other interests include learning Japanese, anime, manga, movies, cai luong, and nifty games/software/gadgets.

Am a big fan of British actors Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Gary Oldman, and Jeremy Irons.\  My favorite actor of all time remains Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung Chiu Wai, best known in the U.S. for his roles in Hero (Broken Sword) and Lust, Caution (Mr. Yee).  My favorite of his is In the Mood for Love, which won him a best actor at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

I have an extremely weird love for pens and other stationary items, though lately I’ve focused my attentions more on (as previously mentioned!) typewriters. You’ll find a lot of computer-generated posts on this blog, but I’m doing my damn best to get an equal number of typecasts on here too!

I love to meet new friends, especially those who enjoy the same interests as I do. =) Poke me if you want to get to know each other–I’m friendly, I swear!

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