TOPIC 23- Talk about an important trip that was delayed.

TOPIC 23- Talk about an important trip that was delayed.

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Alice (English US)

George (English US)

You should say:

What was it?

Why was it important to you?

What caused the delay?

What happened in the end, and how do you feel about it?


Well, I planned a trip with my family to go to Thailand in 2020. I work and live in HCM city, while my parents reside in my hometown, Dong Thap Province, which is about 200 km from HCM city. So we only meet several times a year. And in order to build a strong bond among us, I wanted to make my parents relax and have a great time because they have worked hard all their lives. So I was planning to book a tour to Thailand from Vietravel, which is a famous travel company in HCM City.

But I had to postpone it because of the pandemic. During that time, many countries and regions imposed quarantines, entry bans, or other travel restrictions for travelers. Thailand also closed its border and banned entry for foreigners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because it was a long time that I and my family didn’t have any tours together, we think this tour will help us to let off steam, recharge our batteries, and create a strong relationship among us. So I was eager and prepared for everything to travel, but the tour had to be delayed, so both I and my family were quite dissatisfied.

But we think that health is the top priority. If we don’t have health, it will impact our work and our relationships. It’s the foundation of a good life.

During that time, Vietnam implemented strict social distancing rules nationwide for nearly 5 months to curb the spread of COVID-19. And we followed the guidelines strictly to protect our health and others.

After nearly 2 years, everyone got vaccinated. Both Thailand and Vietnam reopened for international tourism. So we booked a tour to Thailand nine months ago.

We were really excited and happy because this is the first time we traveled after the COVID-19 pandemic. And we had a great time exploring many places of interest, enjoying delectable food, and making many friends there as well. It was really great and exhilarating.


Alice (English US)

George (English US)

  1. How have you been using your time, which resulted from this delay?

Actually, at that time, Vietnam implemented strict social distancing rules nationwide for 15 days to curb the spread of COVID-19. So I stayed home and didn’t go out when it was not necessary. And I have also been putting in extra hours studying for the IELTS to improve and enhance my career.

  1. What is important to keep in mind when unexpected events affect planning?

From my perspective, when an unplanned event impacts a situation, it’s good to be calm and stay focused. Life is full of unexpected things. We should be used to it. Everything will be fine.

  1. Can you elaborate on that a bit?

Yes, of course. Like I mentioned before about our delayed tour, at that time, my family and I were quite depressed because we couldn’t go out, and we were in a panic because we were afraid of COVID-19.

But after getting some advice from our relatives, we got calm and followed the guidelines strictly. And we were full of hope. Everything will be fine one day.

  1. What are some common situations around the world that can suddenly influence people’s planning?

I think that illness, accidents, pandemics, and earthquakes can affect any plans, as well as financial or family troubles.

  1. Which of these is the most difficult to deal with, and why?

I think that death and illness are the biggest challenges to tackle, such as in a car accident or losing a loved one.

  1. How has technology helped in managing the influence of unforeseen effects on scheduling?

Honestly speaking, technology development has a big impact on reducing the damage caused by unexpected events.

Communication technologies such as mobile phones are really helpful because they allow us to connect quickly, and we can use them to ask for assistance.

  1. Can you give an example?

Oh, definitely, if a person gets in a traffic accident on their way to work. They can call their family immediately for help.

Or people can call the hotline to report traffic congestion or traffic problems so that they can be solved.

  1. What life skills can help people stay in control of unplanned situations?

I believe that stress management is absolutely necessary, as are analytical skills. By combining these skills, we can stay calm and focused and figure out the best solutions for any problems.

Such as throwing salt or flour into the oil fire in the kitchen instead of water.

  1. Where can people learn these?

We can learn these skills from our experience or from school. Or by reading some information on the internet. There are tons of tips that are very useful.

I like myself every time I feel spicy, and in order to get rid of this, I just drink a little milk to help my mouth cool down. I learned it from my mother.

  1. Some people believe that keeping emotions under control is essential when dealing with new and challenging situations. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

I completely concur with this notion.

Managing our emotions helps us make better decisions, whether they are big or small. Understanding our emotions allows us to become aware of triggers, so we can gain insights on how to respond in constructive ways.

It’s necessary to keep our heads cool to make wise decisions when we are in trouble.

And I learned this from my husband. Whenever any problem arises, he usually keeps his head cool so he can resolve it effectively.

  1. Why must we handle unexpected situations?

Life is full of surprises, and sometimes things just don’t go as planned. That’s why it’s important to develop your acceptance of unexpected situations.

Once you accept and acknowledge what has happened, you will be in a better position and will probably find things easier.



  1. build a strong bond
  • Nghĩa: xây dựng một mối quan hệ mạnh mẽ
  • Phiên âm: /bɪld ə strɒŋ bɒnd/
  • Ví dụ: Participating in team-building activities can help build a strong bond among colleagues.
  1. the pandemic
  • Nghĩa: đại dịch
  • Phiên âm: /ðə pænˈdɛmɪk/
  • Ví dụ: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on global health and the economy.
  1. quarantine
  • Nghĩa: cách ly
  • Phiên âm: /ˈkwɒrəntiːn/
  • Ví dụ: People who test positive for infectious diseases are required to undergo quarantine to prevent the spread of the illness.
  1. let off steam -idiom
  • Nghĩa: giải tỏa cơn giận, căng thẳng
  • Phiên âm: /lɛt ɒf stiːm/
  • Ví dụ: After a long day at work, he likes to go to the gym to let off steam.
  1. recharge batteries
  • Nghĩa: nạp lại năng lượng, tỉnh lại tinh thần
  • Phiên âm: /riːˈtʃɑːdʒ ˈbætəriz/
  • Ví dụ: Taking a vacation helps to recharge your batteries and reduce stress.
  1. the top priority
  • Nghĩa: ưu tiên hàng đầu
  • Phiên âm: /ðə tɒp praɪˈɒrɪti/
  • Ví dụ: Safety should be the top priority in any workplace.
  1. social distancing rules
  • Nghĩa: quy tắc giữ khoảng cách xã hội
  • Phiên âm: /ˈsəʊʃəl ˈdɪstənsɪŋ ruːlz/
  • Ví dụ: It is important to follow social distancing rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  1. to curb the spread of
  • Nghĩa: kiềm chế sự lây lan của
  • Phiên âm: /tuː kɜːb ðə sprɛd ɒv/
  • Ví dụ: Strict measures were implemented to curb the spread of the virus.
  1. delectable food
  • Nghĩa: thức ăn ngon lành, hấp dẫn
  • Phiên âm: /dɪˈlɛktəbl fuːd/
  • Ví dụ: The restaurant is known for its delectable food and excellent service.
  1. Exhilarating -adj
  • Nghĩa: hứng thú, làm sảng khoái
  • Phiên âm: /ɪɡˈzɪləreɪtɪŋ/
  • Ví dụ: Skydiving can be an exhilarating experience for adrenaline junkies.
  1. enhance career
  • Nghĩa: nâng cao sự nghiệp
  • Phiên âm: /ɪnˈhɑːns kəˈrɪər/
  • Ví dụ: Acquiring new skills can enhance your career prospects.
  1. get/be used to
  • Nghĩa: quen với
  • Phiên âm: /ɡɛt/biː juːzd tuː/
  • Ví dụ: It took her some time to get used to the new work environment.
  1. be in a panic
  • Nghĩa: hoảng loạn, trong tình trạng hoảng sợ
  • Phiên âm: /biː ɪn ə ˈpænɪk/
  • Ví dụ: During the earthquake, people were in a panic and rushed out of buildings.
  1. get rid of -v
  • Nghĩa: loại bỏ, vứt bỏ
  • Phiên âm: /ɡɛt rɪd ɒv/
  • Ví dụ: She decided to get rid of old clothes that she no longer wore.
  1. gain insights
  • Nghĩa: đạt đượcsự hiểu biết chi tiết, nhìn nhận sâu sắc
  • Phiên âm: /ɡeɪn ˈɪnsaɪts/
  • Ví dụ: Attending conferences and workshops can help professionals gain insights into the latest industry trends.


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