Tag Archives: Taiwan

What is your checklist for flying?

I flew a lot in years 2009, 2010 (one of my flights made an emergency landing and I unexpectedly had the chance to visit the first Starbucks outlet), 2015, and 2017. As inspired by The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, below is my ongoing checklist for flying. Buy the best (cheapest, direct-flight) tickets [1] Few […]

What are simple ways to nurture creativity?

Creativity is a matter that has fascinated me, since I started my graduate study. Even in today’s 24/7, always-on world, we can blend work and rest together in ways that make us smarter, more creative, and happier. Surround ourselves with the creative and seek out creative environment/places [1]. Imagine ourselves as a tourist in our […]

What are the essentials to instill in our children?

Towards the end of summer 2017, we received a flyer of a pre-school advertising its approach of engaging children in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, abbreviated as STEAM; it seemed that STEAM is the new trend, previously it was STEM. Although they missed the s for the mathematics in their flyer, I was impressed […]

What can we learn from the movie New Trial?

In the first half of 2017, I rarely watched movies. However, when I watched movies, I wanted to learn life lessons from them. One of the movies that I was fortunate to learn from was New Trial (2017). Based on Iksan murder case in 2000, New Trial (2017) depicts the story of Jo Hyun-woo whose […]

How to persevere?

According to Samuel Smiles in Self Help (1859), history is full of people who achieved amazing things by sheer will and persistence [1]. On 20161209, after the first skype with Little Princess, I thought of the following: You don’t know how persevered you can be until you have no other choices but being persevered. One […]

How to be independent?

As parents, one of my prayers for our children is that they will grow into independent people. At the most fundamental level, independent people are able to care for their food, clothing, accommodation, and travel [4], collectively termed as 衣食住行, which are the basic necessities of lives and termed as the physiological need by Abraham […]

What would you choose if you can only have either wealth or wisdom?

After an unproductive morning trying to identify an obstetrician whom I can have confidence in for safe delivery – a VBAC if possible [1], I learned about the lifestyle and perspectives of the second generation of the top 1% [2] wealthy from China via Al Jazeera, while enjoying my lunch [3] of black chicken soup […]