• Be resilient.  Be Hopeful.

    Resilience Many people, who have known me, may not know that I was a classical trained Chinese instrument player from age of 9 to age of 14, and competed nationally till the day I did not get admitted to the best Music and Art Performance school in Taiwan. The Chinese instrument I played is called Liuqin. If you are curious about what Liuqin sounded like, this music piece (https://youtu.be/sTynfNCgXlY) is what I played at a national competition.  I was placed number 7 nationally at age of 13. To me, I failed as a musician at an early age. And, a few weeks after finding out not admitted to the top…

  • Minimalist Guide for Business Travel Packing

    Ever since I was a child, I have loved flying.  Experiencing an airplane taking off from the runway and marching into the sky is my favorite moment of any travel.  Plus, the feeling of gazing the cloud in the sky gives me a sense of present moment and stillness. I fly every week for work, and packing efficiently has become one of my obsessions.  Interestingly enough, I observe that when I pack minimalist-ly, I do feel content and energized during my entire trip. What does packing minimalist-ly mean?  It means to pack items that only serve a need during the trip and spark happiness when I use or wear them.  After many trials and errors,…

  • Productivity Tools that Make Life Simple

    Every year I search a new way of managing things in life, in order to remain motivated, informed, and paperless.  I have tried out various notebooks, sticky notes, iOS apps, or even voice recording.  After so many trials and errors, I finally have a list of productivity tools that I can’t live without and go paperless.  Here they are, WhatsApp:  I travel across the globe, and WhatsApp is the only messenger that people can’t live without.  It’s easy to use and fun.  You can create private groups that people can share, chat, and record. iPadPro:  The magical 12.9′”tablet has truly enabled me to go paperless.  The screen is the same…