Tag Archives: Vancouver

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 […]

How to safely store our data?

On 20170515, I discovered that two of my Western Digital external hard disks could not be detected by my asus laptop [1]! Then, on 20170529, my engineer brother told me that the hard disk in his Mac book was spoilt and he lost his undergraduate data, but he did not care as he has a […]

How to consider alternative?

To be creative and productive, we must consider alternatives by asking multiple questions. Considering alternatives provide us with more options for solving problems and addressing challenges. Always consider alternatives and do not regret once you have decided. Some examples to practice considering alternatives: To use Socratic questioning techniques, consider alternative viewpoints and perspectives. The ugly […]

How to overcome jet lag?

Jet set is pleasurable, but jet lag is painful. Both seem to come as a package of traveling across continents and time zones. Jet lag has caused my insomnia, and possibly a decrease in productivity, but I must be productive, creative and innovative in this life. It can take up to a day for each […]

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 […]

What can we learn about now and emotion from Eckhart Tolle?

When I first learned about Eckhart Tolle, I read not-so-positive reviews. However, I believe in the saying, "If three of us are walking together, at least one of the other two is good enough to be my teacher" (三人行,必有我是焉). There must be some things that we can learn from him. Tolle argues that in attempt […]