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Gratitude exercise: Food that makes you happy

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Since food is one of our essential needs, I ask myself why not enjoy them more and let them make me happy.

On the last Thursday of August 2013, l squeeze a South African orange that tasted so sweet. A previous orange from the same batch tasted sour. In an analogy, l hope that sour relationships in our life turn sweet, when we are patient. Being patient is an art.

On the 2nd Monday of September 2013, I had a lunch with Thai friends. A guy who is returning to his home country praised my hard work, he often saw me also working in the weekends. During the lunch, I also tried stir fried fresh bamboo shoot, they taste crunchy, I like it!

In October 2013, I meet up with a mentor Keith Ferrazi, an Italian American. His surname sounds like Ferrari, the fast driving luxurious car to me. Keith’s main message of never eat alone is like a wake-up call for me. Up until 2011, I signed myself up for a challenging project with a deadline of 2011. I was struggling and stressing, I put extra efforts, energy, sweat, time, and even tears into my project. Since my time was limited, I often chose to eat during off-peak hours (I saved time on queuing and finding a seat), but that also means that I could not find someone to eat with (at weird hours). Gradually, I have learned to be comfortable with eating alone and be happy with myself. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because we have to be independent. However, I sacrificed opportunities to develop my inter-dependent skills by eating alone. Now, it is time to form new relationships, to revitalize old relationships, and to sustain harmonious ongoing relationships.

Free food served in association with conferences / talks. Actually, there is no free lunch, someone else is paying for our food, so I can only be grateful. It often makes me think how to increase the production of healthy food to sufficiently and sustainably feed the fast-growing world population.

Simple, relatively bland homemade / home-cooked food after a day of eating strongly-flavored, mass-produced food, to detox and re-balance our body. I am not totally anti-junk food. It is ok to have the indulgence of e.g. desserts, ice cream, curry, etc, but not for every meal!

Some nights, I cook soup overnight using the slow cooker. Having a (sometimes 2!) bowl(s) of hot soup in the morning really makes me more grateful than ever, especially to Mom & Dad who bought the ingredients for us. Thank you for loving us!

In December 2013, I packed snack to work. My snack includes different kinds of fruit (including Thailand longan, Korean Jeju Mandarin, nectarines from Australia), bread, and KitKat Hazelnut! Sometimes, I got free snacks. Life is awesome.

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February 17, 2014 at 9:08 am

Movie: Dear Enemy (2011)

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Thanks to a good friend, I recently watched a movie about investment bankers, who are involved in a M&A of Lithium mining companies. The movie was played by Xu Jinglei and Stanley Huang. I have also watched the movie Go Lala Go! (2010), played by both of them. I love both movies, perhaps simply because they are romantic comedy film, a genre of movie that I favor.

What I love about the movie is that the plots bring the audience from HongKong to London, South Africa, Chengdu, and Australia. Yes, I love travelling (the beautiful sceneries and people)!

It seems to me that modern Chinese people regard careers such as investment banking highly.

When I was a student in UK, I sometimes attend career talks, some of them are hosted by investment banks. They only want the brightest of the brightest, and while it is prestigious to work as an investment bank, it comes with long hours and high level of stress, according to some insiders.

While a friend of mine is so passionate in becoming a quant (quantitative analyst), and keeps on asking me to practice together, I find myself value peace / tranquility and creativity much more than competitiveness and results (unlike the teens me).

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November 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Leader: Nelson Mandela

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When and where did I first learn about Nelson?
when I was a primary school kid.
International news.
I love to watch the international news more than domestic news, perhaps the “international” reflects my adventurous spirits.
I have always been curious about the world out there, the exotic places, the wonderful people of our planet, and the extraordinary human endeavors.
Having no money to go travel, I traveled in my mind through brochures of beautiful destinations.
I love a brochure on South Africa so much, with pictures of many animals like girrafes with elegant long neck, the fierce lions, and the wildness of Africa.
Then, I got curious about the people.

In my primary school days, I had no pocket money, but somehow I managed to buy a biography of tata Nelson.

When I first learned that this hero of mine had been imprisoned for 27 years, which is ~3x of the length of my living days at that time, I kept on thinking about it. I imagined if I were in Nelson’s shoes, could I have the 1/3 of his determination and dream?

When Nelson was just released, a reporter asked him,
“How do you feel having waited for 27 years for this moment?”

Nelson replied, “I did not wait, I prepared”.

Although Nelson had been lock physically, nobody cannot lock him mentally.

In February 2012, I attended a talk in which Nelson was mentioned.
Then, I realized that the perseverance of Nelson (and other inspirational people) had subconsciously been imbibed in my soul.

Thank you Nelson! I want so much to hug you as if you were my grandfather.

Looking back of my life, much of what I have achieved today can be attributed to perseverance. My life is still long and I want to be more determined in my worthy undertakings.

Below are random new things that I learn about Nelson.

What is the Elders?
“This group can speak freely and boldly, working both publicly and behind the scenes on whatever actions need to be taken,” Mandela commented. “Together we will work to support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair.”

“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as A HUMBLE SERVANT of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.”
Speech on the day of his release, Cape Town (11 February 1990)

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February 19, 2012 at 12:19 am