Shortest list of things I’ve learned at 30 ever!

1. Track habits and moods based on my menstrual cycle

Yo, this tracker is life-changing!

As a woman, it’s not hard to realize how crazily my menstrual cycle affects my wellbeing. Oh not hard at all! Tears that come out of nowhere. Sudden waves of anger and irritability. One day feeling…

As I went over my old notes, I came upon this.

July 7th, 2019

Today is dedicated to noble silence practice. I’m not supposed to read or write anything. But here I am, jotting down my experience over the past 4 days.

This is the fourth meditation retreat with thầy. Even though thầy…

Every year close to NYE, I spent a day reflecting on the past year then wrote down new year resolutions which I came back to once in a while, whenever I felt a little off balance.

This year, I was at a meditation retreat in the last four days. All…

Came across this question in one of the job application forms, “Who inspires you the most and why?” At first, I was concerned if it would be a risk to give a “spiritual” answer to a “professional” question. …

Area of focus: Short-term unsecured personal loans

What’s now

In Vietnam, there’s a significant increase in demand for short-term unsecured personal (payday) loans. These loans tend to be urgent, especially for low/average income families and individuals who have little to no credit history. Banks set a large number of constraints on loans…

Think before products, before technology, into behaviors and solutions that were not designed at all, and eventually as far past into human evolution as you can find. Look at the threads connecting major leaps, and the accidental variations that ended up being hugely influential. …

Brainstorming exercise to come up with thesis ideas that are in different forms than a mobile app.

Form #1–Designing a system


  • Holistic approach
  • Potential to create a sustainable and scalable ecosystem


  • Multiple touch points and stakeholders
  • Requires different skill sets
  • Hard to maintain and update

Thesis brainstorm

  • A system that helps to make the lending process…

I met Jamie when I was doing my observation at Pay-O-Matic (from which I shared some findings in this post). He couldn’t see well so he asked me to help with the Coinstar kiosk.

Jamie was originally from Alabama, he moved to NYC in 1963, lived in Long Island before…

In the attempt of learning more about the unbanked and underbanked population, I spent an hour of pure observation at one of the stores of Pay-O-Matic, New York’s provider of check cashing & financial services.

The location I chose is located in Flushing, Queens NY. The area has a dense…

Angie Ngoc Tran

Product Designers by day, Zen practitioner all the time 🧘🏻‍♀️ One mindful moment at a time

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