A man living in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta decided to give up his career as an engineer to become a video blogger recounting travel and food experiences in the country and several international destinations.
Dinh Vo Hoai Phuong, 26, is the founder of the 'Khoai Lang Thang / Food and Travel' YouTube channel with videos of his own experiences traveling to different places and tasting specialties in and outside Vietnam, which drew the attention of both Vietnamese and international viewers.
Phuong graduated in construction engineering from a famous private university in Ho Chi Minh City but he later followed the inner voice in his heart to become a YouTuber, leaving a bright career path with a decent income behind.
“I realized engineering wasn’t meant for me and it just didn’t feel right,” he explained the bold decision that changed his whole life.
The 26-year-old YouTuber began learning everything from subtitle timing to editing and other procedures of video making on the Internet.
He spent time practicing speaking in front of the camera to overcome his shyness as well.
Phuong debuted a YouTube video about a short tour around the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Ho Chi Minh City in early 2017, marking his entry into this entertainment industry on the world’s biggest video-sharing platform, despite the footage’s not-so-good filming technique and low-quality sound effect.
Khoai Lang Thang / Food and Travel has since produced over 150 videos about culture and cuisine diversity, filmed during Phuong’s food tours not only in Vietnam but also in Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, and Spain.
|A screenshot of the homepage of the Khoai Lang Thang / Food and Travel channel on YouTube|
One of Phuong’s most fascinating videos is one introducing his hometown in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, where he had a chance to learn how to harvest local specialties and turn them into mouth-watering dishes.
“Vietnam's traditional culture and cuisine will always have a special place in my heart,” he recalled the wonderful memories of his trip to the hometown.
His bold decision on becoming a YouTuber first met with disapproval from his family and friends, but they now show their respect for this young man for his determination and passion for doing what he loves.
Khoai Lang Thang / Food and Travel has got over 800,000 subscribers and up to a million views in each video, which is the biggest motivation for Phuong as he succeeds as a social media influencer.
“Anyone could be an influencer as long as they keep spreading positive vibes to others,” he said.
He also encouraged youngsters to follow what their hearts desired instead of staying in the comfort zone since youth is for experiences and lifetime adventures.
“I chose to start my life book from page zero, what about you?” said Phuong with pride.