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I saw this on my LinkedIn feed and thought it would be useful to share it with you.  Publicis London did a great job in communicating a very complex, emotional laden concept in a meaningful way.

Here’s the article that accompanied the video.


Life Goes On

I got an email a few weeks ago that my uncle passed away.   I didn’t know him that well.  He had 2 wives and growing up, we only saw the cousins from his first wife.  There were already emails alerting us that his health was very poor and he was already on “do not resuscitate”.  So his passing wasn’t a surprise.  I think my relatives are relieved that my uncle passed away in his sleep. His physical suffering is now over.

A few weeks ago, I was messaging with a friend from Xanga.  We had chatted a few months ago and he told me he was expecting his second child in February. I didn’t hear anything from him so I emailed him.  So he messaged me back the next day with updates and pictures of his baby boy.  He also chided me for not having Facebook where he posts all his updates.  His baby boy looks exactly like him.  I liked the photo where he and his daughter are both kissing his son. We chatted for awhile.  I then told him I needed to make dinner. He told me his daughter was cuddling him while he’s feeding his baby boy.  It reminded me at one point in my life, I wanted to have a child.  I feel sad that I can’t make that dream a reality.

Life goes on.



  1.  I was sitting across from a Chinese guy on the subway.  He was in his early 20’s and fidgeting quite a bit while looking down at his phone.  His legs would bounce up and down like pistons.  He would pause a bit before opening and closing them quickly much like a pair of scissors.  He kept doing this for a few minutes before leaving the train.  I had to force myself not to stare at him.
  2. Two people in my networking group have found jobs.  Both of them are execs and will do well in their new organizations.  I got some insights on how they network. They both have an extensive networks where they can tap into for help and also to help others.  I’m happy for them but a bit sad because they won’t be attending our weekly meetings anymore.
  3.  It was a busy couple of weeks when my cousins were here.  One afternoon, we were looking through a pile of photos at my dad’s old house where my sister lives.   We were sitting in the dining room which has a large window looking out to the porch and the front yard.  As we were going through the photos, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a silhouette of a person walking right by the window towards the front steps.  When I glanced up I didn’t see or hear anything.  I quickly went to the front door and didn’t see anyone on the driveway, yard or street.  It was really odd.
  4. I had a mock interview today with someone from my job networking group.  I didn’t do well even with some of the softball questions that was tossed at me.  I’m also in the middle of redoing my resume.  It’s time to get really serious about job hunting.  But the little kid in me still wants to play.
  5.  I was waiting for someone at a food court the other day.  There was an elderly man sitting at the next table working on a crossword puzzle.  I didn’t really pay attention to him but a few moments later, he said to me “Why is everyone so happy today?”  I shrugged and said “It’s better this way.”  I thought that would be it but he kept chatting with me.  He then started telling me his favorite phrase is “yabadabadoo” from the cartoon show Flintstones.  He uses that word instead of the “f” word because it breaks the tension.  He went on for awhile and shook my hand before leaving.  I noticed his fingers has several rings, one of a skull and one with the S from Superman.  We wished each other a good day.  It was an odd but interesting conversation.


What’s Next For Me?

There are days when I feel I know what I want out of life and what I need to do to re-invent my career.  And then there are days when I don’t have a clue what to do with my life.

Life is a journey and its meaning will likely remain mysterious to me right to the last day of my existence.

Where can I get some wisdom.  Is there still some old man that sits on top of a mountain?  Perhaps I should look for a wise monk.  Maybe the answer will be in some fortune cookie.

Preparing For Guests

I have relatives coming next week.  While they won’t be staying with me, I know they’ll be over frequently.  So this has spurred another round of frantic cleaning.  I did a bit more decluttering. There was a bag of old letters and cards that has been lingering in my bedroom for quite some time.  Some of them date back to my university days.  I didn’t know what to do with them before but today I was ruthless. I threw out most of them as they are from folks I don’t hear from or see anymore.  There was a bag of stuff that spilled out of a book shelf.  Most of it was old receipts but it took a couple of hours to sort and shred them.  It even had my old credit cards, coffee cards, statements, lube, an old Japanese photo book of red light district and some magazines… it’s just bizzare what I kept.

I still want to get a new rug for the living room and a new futon cover.  Both have seen better days although I plan to reuse the old rug underneath my desk.

I also cleaned my pantry which are 2 metal racks.  I took everything off the racks, wiped down the racks, and cleaned everything before putting it back.  As I look around the kitchen, I think I have to replace the microwave the sits on top of the stove.  I won’t mind replacing the stove too although it still works.  I had an electrician come in last week to look at my lights.  I want to change my old track lighting to LED.

Eventually I want to get my bathroom renovated and put new carpet in my bedroom. I also want to repaint my unit and update the kitchen.  The blinds are probably the last thing on my list.  And maybe some new furniture.

The list of things I want to do with my condo is endless but my bank account isn’t.



Aches and Pains

I jammed my thumb some months ago and it still hasn’t fully recovered.  I feel it when I’m trying to hold something heavy like a pot or a wok. I’ve tried pulling it on it to see if it would reseat itself but that didn’t work.  My shoulder (mostly the left shoulder) screams in pain if I pull it back.  I have no idea what I did to it.  Maybe carrying a 15 lb knapsack doesn’t help.  Then there is pain in the main joint of my second toe.  It’s mostly my left foot but my right foot has it too.  My podiatrist diagnosed it as capsulitis.  I wear sensible shoes and use a cream to help reduce the pain.  I already wear orthotics because of my flat feet.  If this gets worse then I have to get injections.  Ugh.

If you see someone with a big head, walking with a limp and his left arm dangling,  please buy him a beer.

I’m getting old.